YFSF Flashback: The More Things Change

To: Human Resources Department, www.monster.com
From: t_epstein@sinkingship.com
Re: Job Posting

We are looking for a baseball-savvy upper-management type, someone who can motivate some of our employees. Said employees are highly paid, but seem to be sleeping on the job, and some are even going home early because of supposed health problems (one even complained of a blister on his thumb!). We have a capable and semi-competent, though mediocre, man in charge (of medium intellect), but he can’t seem to get the employees to work quite hard enough. Drop me an email if anyone is available, though I know the talent pool is dreadfully thin at this point in the fiscal year, and I don’t have high expectations. If I have to keep this guy on until the end of his contract so be it, but I am looking to upgrade – I can’t fire the employees even if I wanted to. Best, TE

A certain SiteFounder posted that back in the early days of the blog — Aug. 20, 2003. Yet it sounds like it could have been written yesterday. A key difference, though: In 2003, Grady Little could actually field a lineup with David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez in it.

6 comments… add one
  • Just heard on ESPN that Papi was flown back to Boston for tests on what is supposedly an irregular heart beat and will be away from the team indefinitely. Here’s to hoping the big fella is all right and this thing turns out to be something minor.

    bloodyank78 August 29, 2006, 8:11 am
  • Agreed. Sounds scary.

    Rob (Middletown, CT) August 29, 2006, 8:26 am
  • Even as a Yanks fan, that’s never news you want to hear. Hopefully Ortiz can get this taken care of, and can come back when he’s 100% healthy and ready to play.
    And if that’s not until next season, so be it. At least the Sox aren’t in the thick of a pennant race so there shouldn’t be any misguided pressure on Papi to return before he’s ready.

    weaz August 29, 2006, 9:10 am
  • From what I’m reading, this seems to have happened to him before. Does anyone know the story? And irregular heartbeats can be quite trivial can’t they (and I mean in that a good way)?

    Sam August 29, 2006, 9:48 am
  • Ortiz was hospitalized overnight during the Yankee series after experiencing the same symptoms he experienced before last night’s game. He didn’t miss a game in that series, and went 3 for 6 with a HR in the game immediately following his hospitalization. He later blamed the problem on dehydration, stress and fatigue.
    But now this is very, very scary.
    A lot of thoughts are going through my head, but most of them involve four letters and shouldn’t be used in a family medium.

    Paul SF August 29, 2006, 11:58 am
  • Incidentally, I do want to make clear that I posted this a. Not indicting any particular players for their injuries and b. Not as some sort of subtle way of calling for Francona’s head.
    I just thought it interesting the similarities between the two seasons — and our reactions — at this point in them.
    As Cafardo says in his excellent piece today, there’s only so much a manager can do, and the debacle the Sox find themselves in is the result of the front office’s decisions (rightly or wrongly) and bad luck. Francona’s lost his share of games for the Sox this year, but very few in the last couple weeks.
    Likewise, players like Lester, Papi, Wily Mo — undoubtedly, they’d rather play than not. And I don’t believe Manny’s faking it either. It’s just atrocious luck in the middle of a “rebuilding” season, and it’s created a perfect storm of mediocrity.
    Get better, Papi.

    Paul SF August 29, 2006, 12:12 pm

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