To me, I think it all rots from the head down.
Henry and Werner have let their focus drift with the purchase of another professional sports team. We werent really sure what this would mean, but given Henry's involvement with the Sox it seemed unlikely at the time it would be too big an issue. However, this has all going downhill since that date. The LL Theo rift came back, Tito run out of town and pissed on on the way out, LL is messing w baseball stuff and not sticking to the business side, their seems to be organizational chaos and on and on. I am someone who all along thought much of this is tied to LL revenge, but really that couldnt have happened with an on the ball Henry at the top of the Sox. LL is LL and is running amok because there is no once ot keep him in his box. The same applies to BV. He seems like an ok manager who is not a great fit for the Sox and the media in this market and to follow a guy like Tito. Still, the idea ALL this dumps on him is silly. It really, really comes back to an ownership group whose focus has drifted and the whole organization is now suffering.
Well said. BV is a symptom, not a cause. It's always on ownership when you're into the second season of something like this.
For generations, in most sports and in most towns, blame was successfully deflected down the chain of command. The writers promoted it and the fans eagerly bought it - "I can do better than [fill in the name of the current manager]. Well no more. There is too much information and the great majority of fans rightfully look to the top.
You'd think this is the nadir, losing three straight at home to the second worse team in the League record wise when you're only 4 out of the WC. But you can call a bottom only when you're on the rise, and we seem to be nowhere close to that.
No amount of lipstick or PR spin will be adequate in the face of this. Your move, John Henry.