Those in Glass Houses…

Jeez, barely two paragraphs into today’s column and Dan Shaughnessy throws this one down at the current Sox:

Hang down your heads, John Henry, Larry Lucchino, and Theo Epstein. You too, Terry Francona. And all you guys in uniform — you just keep telling yourselves that any day now you’ll take off on a hot streak. You are 45-44 since May 1 and you have a chance to be remembered as the biggest pack of frauds ever to don the Sox uniform.

Seems to me that Shaughnessy suffers from a bit of hyperbole and pathological frustration. I don’t see how a team which is basically maddeningly underachieving deserves the tag of “frauds”. There have been missteps, bad hirings (Francona), poorly handled almost-trades (duh), totally debilitating injuries to two all-stars one of which led to the trading of a local hero (these injuries were perhaps the biggest snowball-causing culprit this season), the recent and extended absence of a strategically important second baseman (Reese), pitchers in their walk-years suffering from stage fright, all sorts of problems. There have also been sincere efforts at upgrading the pitching staff in the off-season (Schilling and Foulke, smart and clever moves, both), pleasant surprises (the development of Arroyo and Youkilis in the last two months), cheap over-performers (Bellhorn), and a legitimate wild-card hunt. Before Shaughnessy starts F-bombing the Sox, he ought to re-think the maneuvers of the team, and re-judge their supposed fraudulence. He ought to re-read his columns lamenting the walking-away of Mo Vaughn for nothing. His labeling today is shameful.

This is a typical column from someone who has become, from the tenor of his columns, a nasty and embittered man, and I disavow him as representative of Sox fans in RSN. Though I am frustrated, hate the manager, and am sick of mediocrity, I cannot doubt how badly these guys want to win, and calling them frauds is absolutely out of line.

5 comments… add one
  • Remedy: Ramirez surreptitiously spits out his chew-wad into Shaughnessy’s coffee.

    JCL (YF) August 10, 2004, 12:56 pm
  • where have you been, SF? most of RSN dismissed dan shaughnessy long ago. he does not know how to be happy. seriously. even when things were going well, he was finding ways to tear people down.
    example: mocking the “new look” manny, in a viciously sarcastic column comparing him to joe dimaggio, ending with the only similarity he could find: a Nation turned its lonely eyes to both. the implication? that Red Sox Nation is fucked for doing so–manny’s no dimaggio.
    gee, thanks, dan. file that one under “no shit, sherlock”. but he had to bring it up just then, at the beginning of the season, when people were happy with the team and with manny.
    the CHB is a complete prick. reading him is hazardous to your sox faith.

    beth August 10, 2004, 4:02 pm
  • I’ve been reading Shaughnessy for years. I know he’s negative and I tend to discount anything he writes, but for some reason this column, calling the team a bunch of “frauds”, it ticked me off more than usual. It’s something I’d expect from a New York journalist writing about the Sox, and it’s something I didn’t think even Shaugnessy would write. He knows, I think, that it is patently dishonest to accuse them of being frauds. Sloppy and underachieving? Sure. Frauds? Nope.
    Just to be clear, the definition of fraud:
    “A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain.”
    So if DS thinks that the Sox were put together just to fool us, to cheat us into thinking they were/are contenders and to get us to watch (as if we wouldn’t normally), but that the front office KNEW they weren’t any good, then he should be wearing a tin foil hat. It’s preposterous to think anything of the sort.

    SF August 10, 2004, 4:18 pm
  • Beth: why are you still reading him then?

    JCL (YF) August 10, 2004, 4:18 pm
  • dear yankee moron–
    the column i referenced was written in May. that’s when i stopped reading him, and why.
    thanks for playing, though.

    beth August 11, 2004, 4:51 pm

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