I particuliarly like what Al Leiter had to say here:
"Is he going to get on your nerves? Absolutely he will. If you’re sensitive, you’ll have some issues. But I had some of the best years of my career when I played for him and it was because I was prepared to pitch. He made sure of that."My advice to the Red Sox players is to listen to what he tells you and don’t worry about what he says to the media. If you listen to him, you’ll be a better player.”
Will our players, management, and owners be smart enough to give him a chance to change what needs changing? We shall all see. I for one am hopeful that we can begin to rebuild this once proud team. We need a professional clubhouse culture with everyone focused on winning, not whining. We need some players to get healthy, and others to stay healthy by maintaining their bodies. And, this off season, we need the owners to step up to the plate one more time to fix the many holes keeping us from another WS ring. We need them to stop rolling dice on marginal talent hoping to find a diamond in the rough. How about just buying some real diamonds for a change? Not rubies/emeralds suggested to be diamonds like Crawford, or turquoise /amethyst like Lackey. But this is for next seasons discussion. For now, let's just try to clean up from last years mess. Get a top down management style in place. Any players not cooperative with it-send 'em packing and I don't care who they are, or think they are. There can be no room for adolescent rebellion on this team. That was last seasons failed approach.