Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Same Old Red Sox: Bullies and Cowards
But like the Red Sox? Oh not. One does not simply live in the New York Tri-State Area and like the Boston Red Sox. It is folly.
The Red Sox are bullies. And, like all bullies, they are cowards.
No player was more indicative of this than Pedro Martinez. We still don't know whether or not he used steroids, but he did hit batters, on purpose, and with the purpose of injuring them, when he was good enough to not do so.
Nothing in sports pisses me off more than a player who is good enough to NOT be dirty, but is anyway. This is why I would forgive a player who briefly used a no-no substance to rehab from an injury (say, Andy Pettitte), but not one who did it to gain an unfair advantage (say, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and, apparently, Alex Rodriguez).
Well, one thing pisses me off more: When Red Sox fans chant "Steroids!" at A-Rod, when they know goddamned well that, if David Ortiz (who DID need steroids to become a great slugger) and Manny Ramirez (who DIDN'T and is thus more offending) hadn't taken the damn things, they'd still be looking for their first World Championship since 1918. And that's just the 2 we know about. When do we find out what other 2003-11 Red Sox were juicing? When Bud Selig dies? When ESPN gets a new editorial director? When the New York Times reminds the Boston Globe who owns them?
Speaking of the Boston Globe, an interesting little tidbit appeared in the column of legendary Sox observer/expert Dan Shaughnessy today. Apparently, the party line on their awful 2012 season is that it was the fault of manager Bobby Valentine. The author of the book The Curse of the Bambino, and the popularizer of that myth, says: