CHB plays the fool, again
“Precisely when did a contract become a one-way deal?”
So CHB chimes in on the BC coaching fiasco in about as timely a fashion as reporting on the Lincoln Assassination at the outbreak of WWI. Sweet. In the world of hypocrites he’s vaulted to the top spot.
A guy who was first in line to berate Sosa, McGwire, Palmeiro and me when we were in front of congress -them for some things, me for shutting up for once in my life when he of all people knew that without photographs or physical evidence, dropping names on that day would have been character assassination of the highest order. Yet, strangely, he was also at the front of the line during the HR binge with stuff like this:
“The ball is juiced. Mark McGwire and friends are hitting something that looks and feels more like a Titleist HP Eclipse than an old-time hardball. Today’s ball is wound tighter than Tom Coughlin. It’s not made by Rawlings, it’s made by Wham-O – the company that brought us those cool Super Balls of the 1960s. It’s Flubber. Or Son of Flubber. In an effort to stifle complaints from every pitching coach and meatball artist hurling middle relief, baseball commissioner Bud Selig and his lieutenant, Sandy Alderson, have commissioned a scientific study to determine if today’s baseballs conform to size, weight, and impact standards established by Major League Baseball. The study is being conducted by Dr. Jim Sherwood of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.”
Really? How does that work? How do we get to play both sides of the fence and not be accountable like you? Where do we apply for that job?
This is the same guy who, late in the Rocket’s tenure in Boston when Clemens LEFT THE PARK before the ending of a game he started and his team lost, wrote what a warrior Roger was, how he couldn’t stand the losing, to the point he couldn’t remain at the ballpark. Yet in 2004, Pedro left the park and CHB couldn’t contain himself:
“Martinez didn’t stick around to talk about things after the game. In fact, team guy that he is, Pedro left the ballpark before the game was over. He must not have been feeling properly respected, or something like that.”
See our little feud dates back to this article. If CHB ever did like me (which he claims he did) it all ended after he wrote this. I called him in the clubhouse, talked about the Clemens piece and then asked him about the Pedro piece. Why the two different views? Why was it, that all the players CHB appeared to rip and detest, from Carl Everett, to Pedro, were not white? Was he a racist? I had to ask, I assumed I already knew that he wasn’t but I had to ask. If not that then what? Star hater? Did he try and find a way to just not like the good to great players here?
His defense was “Why are you yelling at me? I write and have written nice things about you.” Which in a nutshell, summed it up for me with CHB. Did he really think we lived on islands in the clubhouse? Did he really think we were OK with people like him ripping our teammates? How can you play with guys, and mingle with media members that write and say things that often times are outright lies? How can you play with guys and face them everyday, playing both sides of the fence? I can’t, and never have. It’s likely one of the reasons I have so many ‘non’ allies in the press. Maybe it’s the fact that these guys rip on each other daily, people they work at the same paper with, and think that’s how it works, that makes them think this is OK. These guys rip and belittle each other far more than anyone I’ve ever played with yet many of them can’t wait to write a piece on a player doing that same thing.
So few of them are the experts they would have you believe they are. Hell, I promise you there are way more fans in Boston that know more about the Red Sox than people like CHB.
Maz, Bradford, Buckley, Sean Mac, Browne, Benjamin … I do believe they know what they’re talking about more often than not but part of that is because I feel like every one of them is a fan of this team and cares about the team. They are certainly objective for the most part. Maz and Buck can get carried away at times but it’s never out of malice.
How do I know this? I know this because I lived the life, I saw them, I heard them, I saw the inside of the clubhouse and saw the interactions and the goings on and every day I got to see what they wrote and said, and so often it never matched up. It was pure BS for the sake of being the one ‘in the know’.
You see it all the time in sports. Free agent Manny Ramírez signs a contract with the Red Sox in 2000 and it looks great. But when it comes to 2008 and he doesn’t like those two one-year club options at the tail end of his deal, Manny lies down like a dog to get out of the contract and make the options disappear. The team is forced to trade him.
In sports? Really? Only? Or do we see it all the time in sports, and the rest of the world, but sports is the only place we care enough to write about it? Oh, and you spent the last four years lambasting a manager who’s ass you now kiss as the ‘best ever’ for placating and ‘enabling’ the guy you hate so much, all the while knowing he was doing everything within his ability to manage the situation as best as possible.
After the 2007 World Series, Curt Schilling signs a one-year deal for $8 million plus incentives. When he shows up in spring training looking like Chris Farley, unable to throw a Wiffleball because of an injury, the club is on the hook to pay him the $8 million. For no services. The club must live up to the contract.
Really? I wasn’t overweight or out of shape in 2008 when I showed up, where’d you get that? Your ‘inside’ sources? You wrote this same thing in 2007, after I stunk up opening day in KC, you and others, about how ‘out of shape’ I was, and how unprepared I was to start the season. You seemed to fade away after I went 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in my next 8 starts, you and everyone else. So what, I was out of shape for that one game? How does that work?
Your ‘inside’ sources are crap because you and pretty much everyone else had no idea how the 2007-08 off season went and the events that occurred during that time frame. Your ‘hit and run’ journalism is so far beyond tired and boring it’s laughable.
After all these years and all that crap you’re now on the moral high ground? I have yet to hear the full story from anyone regarding both sides of this story so I can wait until then. How is it though that after all these years you can take this stance? You of all people know how sports and contracts work. It’s not, and never will be, like the ‘Real World’ right? It can’t be. You want contracts to be two-sided when far more teams and schools throw loyalty out the window than any number of athletes ever could. Loyalty in your sense of the word is a selfish and personal thing. It’s only ‘loyalty’ if it offends or pleases you.
Looking back on the Rocket’s tenure here I can’t decide when you hated him, when you loved him, when you hated the Sox and when you loved them. You flip-flop more than an epileptic toad.
Do you stand for anything? Truly? I know life’s been a challenge since that ‘group of frauds’ won it all in 2004 and destroyed a thing you’d created, but someone with your talent in writing certainly has better things to do, or at least more meaningful ones right?