Don't you want the dirt? I want the dirt. I want everything Tito repressed during eight years of press conferences protecting players and shouldering the blame. I want to know what it was like managing Pedro, Schilling, Manny, Papelbon, Damon, Foulke, David Wells, Beckett, and Lester. I want to know what it was like when ownership dropped a $100 million pitcher named Matsuzaka onto the roster and how that affected the clubhouse. I want to know what kinds of orders he received from Epstein and Lucchino and when he had autonomy to make his own decisions. I want to know what happened on the road and what happened in Boston. I want to know how Pedroia carried the team in 2011 while others gave up.
I don't want to read a smear piece, and frankly I don't think there's that much to smear except for some more clarity around Francona's exit and the allegations in the Hohler piece. I just want the honest behind-the-scenes truth. We've read everything there is to read about how smart this team is and how they drafted, signed, and analyzed to rebuild the organization. Now I want to read the rest.
And though I loathe Shaughnessy, nobody but he could write this piece. He's the only one with nothing to lose. No national writer is close enough to the team to ask a probing question about a specific road trip or heartbreaking loss; no Boston writer could afford to take a contrarian stance to ownership. Gordon Edes? Are you kidding me? There's an important role for Gordon Edes in journalism, and he's a great reporter, but he's not writing a tell-all book.
The elephant is whether Tito wants to manage another team. If so, he probably won't go Ball Four
on us, but maybe he finds comfort in Bristol and decides to hang up the cleats.
Edited by Paradigm, 08 December 2011 - 11:20 AM.