Well, can't expect much from the droves of come lately "fans" who emerged leading up to and following '04. Sometimes I wish the team would have a few bad years so they’d all go away.
It not at all a new phenomenon for RS management to mismanage popular personality departures. Harrington did it, Yawkey/O’Connell did it. Hell Harry Frazee did it. Now Henry/Lucchino do it. It’s like a Fenway tradition or something in the water at Yawkey Way.
Upon assuming ownership, it initially appeared as though it was a high priority for the Henry group to mend fences with many former players. A strong alumni office was established and players who’d had no contact with the team for years were extended olive branches. It seemed to be working for a while. Now it’s like nothing has changed at least as far as departures are concerned. It's a return to the norm.
Treating people with dignity on the way out must be a really hard thing to do for some reason.
As for Tito, he was the right guy at the right time. But his affiliative leadership style was bound to run out of steam. When you’re always a nice guy to the people you’re charged with leading, being friends with everyone is your priority, the people will continuously test boundaries and cross them until most boundaries disappear. The overly affiliative leader then loses his grip on his people. I always thought this would catch up to Tito and be his downfall. Assuming accounts of the collapse are true, it looks like this is exactly what happened. He as much as admitted he lost control of the players. It was inevitable given his leadership style.
That he had some prescription drug issues, that he had a deteriorating marriage, that he had a girlfriend as either cause or effect of the deteriorating marriage; I couldn’t care less about any of it. It’s tabloidism. The man is human. What a surprise.
Tito will always have my grace and gratitude. I can't imagine thinking otherwise.
Nicely put. I would like to add my 2 cents to the part I highlighted here. Always easier to mend someone else's fences. Reaching out to former players is really a no brainer. Whatever the issue might be, the former player is most likely always feeling as though they have been wronged, forgotten or mistreated in some way. The team (new ownership) has more stake in the present and future rather than the past. Reaching out symbolizes an acknowledgement (real or perceived) that makes everyone feel good except perhaps the former ownership/admin and that matters little as they are just that.....former. That game has now changed some with Francona and any former Sox during the reign of the current ownership group as they now have to mend their own fences. That olive branch is so much easier to extend when you're not the one who's been a party to any of the bad blood and ill will.