With latest negative Red Sox report, it’s clear: the players are running the show

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Dustin Pedroia mocked Bobby Valentine in a cell phone photo.

 Another day, and yet another off the field story coming out and taking over the airwaves and media attention surrounding the Red Sox.

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Red Sox players had an intense meeting with ownership in New York late last month on their off day before a weekend series with the Yankees.

Adrian Gonzalez reportedly texted ownership and complained that he and other players felt manager Bobby Valentine “embarrassed” starter Jon Lester by letting him stay in a game where he allowed 11 runs, including four home runs in just four innings.

Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were reportedly the most vocal in the meeting, in which the players voiced their displeasure of playing for Valentine.

Also in the report was Red Sox players sharing a picture message of Valentine apparently asleep in his office chair with Pedroia in front of him with his tongue out and thumbs up. The caption read, “Our manager contemplating his lineup at 3:30 p.m.”

As each of these stories come out it becomes more and more apparent the players are the ones running the Red Sox organization, rather than the front office and the manager.

Have you ever heard of a team where the players constantly go to management to complain about their manager or coach’s decisions? Imagine Tom Brady complaining to Robert Kraft about the way Bill Belichick was coaching. Imagine Paul Pierce complaining to Danny Ainge about the way Doc Rivers was coaching. Unfathomable right?

Making matters even worse is management siding with the players.

How did Lester’s worst start as a major leaguer become about Valentine? Why should Valentine have taken Lester out earlier in the game and ruined his bullpen for the next few days of the road trip? Lester, being the veteran he is should realize the situation and take one for the team.

Once again there was no player accountability, rather the blaming of Valentine and no sign of a team. Instead, just making sure individual players are happy.
           
As for Pedroia mocking Valentine in the picture message, this is the so-called leader of the team, and the player some wanted to be named the next Red Sox captain? What he did, if the report is correct, was extremely unprofessional, something you would see with a Babe Ruth team, not a professional major league baseball team. Whether you like your manager or not, act professional. Give your manager a little respect and leave all the drama outside the ballpark.

The players control the organization. Because of this they got their manager fired last year and are well on their way to getting another one fired this year. It should now become clear to ownership that the managers are not the issue with this team. It is the players.

If ownership really is committed to winning, there needs to be a drastic change in culture next season. That can only happen if ownership takes control of the team and eliminates the problem players and/or coaches. They know who they are, they see it first-hand.

It’s your move ownership, make it count.

Sox dumped by O’s

Boston fell again in Baltimore Wednesday night, losing to the Orioles, 5-3.
Aaron Cook had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning but things quickly unraveled. The O’s scored five runs in the sixth inning as the Red Sox fell to 57-61 on the season.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.