Following Monday’s contest against the Detroit Tigers, ESPN analyst and former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona expressed his outlook toward the local nine.
“They’re all in for this year,” exclaimed Francona on ESPNBoston.com. “With the payroll they have, the players they have, they have to try and win. That’s the way they’re geared, [and] their fans won’t let them do anything different.”
The Sox have won three consecutive contests, but remain locked in fourth place in the American League East. They’re eight and a half games behind the New York Yankees, as well as four games behind Oakland for the Wild Card.
However, despite the distance between them and New York and Oakland, Francona believes that their current winning streak may be exactly what Boston needs to propel them toward the playoffs.
“This is the timing. They’ve got nine more games left at home, they’ve finally fought their way over .500, they need to stay there and gain some ground,” added Francona.
Boston is 26-28 at Fenway Park this season, and will attempt to continue their current trend for the next few days against Detroit, Minnesota and Texas.
It’s a brand new week, which means we need to kick-start it with some news and headlines from the sports universe in Massachusetts…Boston!
* There will be a Game Seven on Wednesday, as the Boston Bruins won their second overtime contest against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, 4-3. Tyler Seguinregistered the game-winning goal and assist, while Tim Thomassaved 36 of 39 shots between the pipes.
* Boston and Washington will complete their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series on Wednesday at the TD Garden – time is TBD.
* The Boston Red Sox third contest with the New York Yankees was postponed on Sunday due to heavy rain. The Sox are currently 4-10, and haven’t recorded a win since they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, Apr. 15.
* The Sox will look to snap their five-game losing streak on Monday when they travel to Minnesota for an 8:10pm first pitch — Jon Lesterwill oppose Jason Marquis.
* Finally, the Boston Celtics have learned that their first round playoff foe will be the Atlanta Hawks. Boston clinched their third consecutive Atlantic Division last week against Orlando, but currently remain one game behind Atlanta for home-court advantage. Boston has two games remaining in the regular season against Miami and Milwaukee.
Cherington will officially be introduced to the media on Tuesday, as he’ll be sworn into office, but after every handshake, smile and question, he’ll need to hunker down and get his team back on track. And the first order of business is finding a new manager.
Terry Francona won’t be coming back, and neither will John McNamara or Don Zimmer, but what Boston needs is a hard-nosed tough guy that can make an immediate impact, and help players understand that the clubhouse isn’t a country club.
They need someone who’ll throw out the empty boxes of chicken, and pour the beer down the sink. They need someone who has dealt with “head cases” before and is ready to take on the great Josh Beckettand John Lackey, but really, they need someone who can turn this sinking ship around immediately.
For the past two seasons, Boston fans have watched their team suffer, and finish in third place, which isn’t exactly where Theo and his cronies imagined they’d be after 162-games. However, Cherington knows what it takes to win. He’s been apart of this organization since 1999 and has experienced two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, so I’d imagine that he’d like to win another championship soon.
Hopefully Boston fans will adopt Cherington’s methods, especially since his former co-worker won’t be stirring up media drama in Boston, but instead, Chicago. Cherington will certainly need to reshape this roster, as well as find a way to get rid of players that aren’t committed to winning.
The drama on Yawkee Way will certainly continue for the next few months, but at least the men and women who work for this fine organization can say, “We’ve officially found our new GM.”
Let’s face it – the Boston Red Sox are a complete disaster.
General Manager Theo Epstein constructed this mess and now, he’s most likely headed to Chicago to resurrect the “Loveable Losers,” but it’s not exactly certain.
Yes, sources have confirmed that he’s gone, and have packed his bags, which leave many Sox fans quite disappointed, especially since we all adopted the idea that in Theo we trust, right? OK, he’s not Bill Belichick, but he did win two World Series titles, so I am sure some believed he was the man who was going to turn two back-to-back losing seasons into gold, as well as another championship too.
Yet, while Theo played hardball with the media, beat writers, correspondents and bloggers fired back at the front office and their team.
So, while the days get shorter and the nights get longer, Red Sox fans are faced with many tough questions and thoughts.
Why exactly did Theo decide to interview for the Chicago Cubs General Manager position?
Why didn’t anyone in the Red Sox front office consider re-signing Manager Terry Francona to a new contract?
Can someone explain to me, why Beckett, Lester and Lackey felt it was necessary to play video games, drink beers and play videogames during Sox games?
Finally, where do we go from here? Also, who’s going to manage this club and who’s most likely to be the squad’s next GM?
Well, for starters, it seems most likely that Ben Cherington will be Boston’s newest version of Theo, yet that leaves one big void… a manager.
Don’t try to convince me by saying, “Joe Torre or Tony La Russa are the right guys for this team” because really, they’re not.
The Red Sox need a Bill Parcells or a Bobby Knight to come into this disgruntled clubhouse and change things around. Hey, maybe Knight would be the right guy, especially since he’s a master at throwing chairs.
Yet, while we wait patiently and ponder, what will the next move be in this epic game of “baseball chess,” I think it’s fair to state once again, this Red Sox team is a complete dysfunctional family. They need help. They need someone who can clean house, and press the restart button. Yet, unfortunately, this isn’t a videogame or monopoly, so we can’t avoid take fake money and throw it out the window, but the Sox do need someone who’ll get the team back on the right tracks.
It’s going to be a long off-season, so put on your seatbelt and enjoy the ride because come February and March, we’ll have a brand new ballgame.