There was also the account (I can't remember who wrote it) that Lucchino and/or Henry took offense when Tito said that he didn't feel that he had the backing of the front office, and considered that to be breaking the compact of a graceful exit for both sides.
Well, Tito clearly did not have the backing of the front office, and it's not a terrible thing to say. Tito also took the initial blame himself, saying that he felt that he had lost the clubhouse (which, in hindsight, was true). That was the way it should have been left.
Tito himself said he told the FO that he was not the right guy for the job, and so they were parting ways. He then said that he was not sure whether or not he had the backing of the FO during the Sept swoon. Now if you're the FO, and in your opinion he had been distracted and asleep at the wheel during the epic collapse, and you had supported him during that time and throughout the season, how would that comment sit with you? For me it would upset me. Not the point that I'm going to go tear him up to Hohler, but it would definitely piss me off. And it would do the opposite of making me super interested in getting Hohlers sources so that I could fry them up.
Since the FO's design was seemingly to cover their own craven asses and blame Tito for the catastrophe of 2011, I would take the veracity and extent of such statements with a very large grain of salt. Front office sources said this, and Tito denied it.
BTW this year's wonderful start certainly doesn't back up ownership's implication that the poor play was directly tied to Tito.
Who in the FO are you speaking of here? Theo? The guy that didn't give him a sniff for his opening manager position in Chicago? Or are you simply chalking this up to JWH and Lucky, because that's far more convenient for this particular narrative?
And I've yet to see any indication that ownership implied the poor play was directly tied to Tito. Any chance you can back that up with something? In any event, I'm fine with tying the poor play to Tito, at least in part. By his own account the players had tuned him out. That's certainly on the players to some extent, but how is Tito blameless on that?
Whether what was written was the truth is immaterial. It's when it came out and how it came to be written that is the issue
I disagree that what was written was immaterial. But in any event, I've still not figured out how it's just assumed that it's the old evil ownership that was responsible. Hohler has said there were multiple sources. If everyone under the sun knew he was chasing tail and popping pills, why is it all on JWH and Lucky?