Which brings us to the 2012 Boston Red Sox.
The unhappiness that exists among the Boston players and staff is multi-layered and deep. Calls and texts and complaints about daily events and exchanges are being sprayed all over the baseball landscape, as some involved share their frustration with friends and family and agents. Some are already talking about looking for work elsewhere down the road.
There is frustration about how individual situations have been handled, about communication. For those aware of the problems, there is bad body language on display during games, as the anger manifests.
"Did you see that?" an official texted during the weekend here, after some particularly egregious posturing.
Nobody's really gone on the record -- yet -- but it's clear that if the Red Sox are going to win this year, it'll have to be in spite of the bad feelings. This team isn't going to turn into Happy Town anytime soon. There are too many irreconcilable differences in place.
Now, there's a few issues here:
- insider only, so the full article may have more details than this, but right now Buster's extremely light on specifics.
- all anonymous attribution. Which official texted Buster? Sox? AL? Opponent?
- sounds like second- or third- hand knowledge.
And after all, we keep saying winning cures all. If the team is not playing well and the players are frustrated because of that....isn't that a good thing?
All that being said, the idea that this team is filled with unlikable jerks isn't going away soon.