Read today’s Shaughnessy column and tell me if you don’t think the exact same thing I did.
It rebroadcasts Sean McAdam’s thory that Ramirez is upset because official scorer Joe Giuliotti (whose columns I read in the Herald growing up) ruled one of Manny’s hard-hit shots off Jeter’s glove an error instead of a hit. I would like to think Ramirez is more mature than to sit out most of two games because he’s mad at a scorer’s decision. But if he’s not, I don’t know that I’d be surprised either. In either case, the New England sports columnists amazingly jumped on Ramirez and his 8 for 11 series after the five-game sweep, instead of on all of the many Sox culprits who could reasonably be singled out for castigation.
Shaughnessy’s column today is a bit different, (although he ultimately lapses into the same lazy "all these other players did things differently, so Manny must be a horrible, lazy ballplayer" mode he and Buckley and MacMullen always do), in that he captures this bit of lunacy from Francona about the scoring decision:
Tito said the Sox planned to formally protest to the league office to have the Jeter error changed into a hit for Manny.
“In my opinion, it was a horrendous call, and I think the [expletive] scorer ought to be embarrassed," said Francona. “It’s an [expletive] major league game."
Are you kidding me? The Red Sox are in the midst of a season-high six-game losing streak, his team just allowed Boston Massacre Part II, and Francona’s angry enough to use two expletives because of a scoring decision? I understand that Francona’s got to make Manny happy. If that requires formally protesting the call, fine. If that requires giving him a couple days off to cool down and blame it on a hamstring, that’s pretty sad but part of his job. But to call out the scorer for some of your fiercest criticsm in a year when far more than that has gone wrong for this club? That is troubling indeed.
Francona and the Red Sox are the ones who were embarrassed this weekend. Not the scorer. Get your priorities straight, Tito.