Re: To all those who bashed me and called me out
posted at 10/3/2011 11:26 AM EDT
Every Tito and Theo basher was going to be right eventually, on the same principle that even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Translated: your time comes around, even if you could be wrong. Simply because field managers and GMs tend to wear our their welcomes. Now it's happened to Tito. Was surprised, but not surprised, that you turned out to be right, Andrew, but I knew that you would be right eventually and now is your time.
Still, I credit Tito with successfully wrangling certain elements in the clubhouse - the same elements that took advantage of him.
Was also a bit surprised that Tito didn't adapt - he could have used DeMarlo Hale or some other clubhouse presence as the enforcer - the bad cop to his good cop.
But the fact that Tito didn't adapt - maybe he didn't try - indicates that he was worn out from the job and needed a break. Fair enough.
He also felt that the FO and ownership didn't have his back. Huh and harumph. At least John Henry returned to his yacht in time to watch his soccer team win. (I am so happy for him.)
To me Tito represented a good balance of sabermetrics and old school. Tito's place in RS history is secure and I will miss him because, yeah, he managed most of the personalities very well the vast majority of the time.
And just as an aside, I still wonder if beer had a role in Josh Beckett's trip-and-fall off that practice mound in Toronto? Was he drinking Molson's Canadian or Sleeman's India Pale Ale? If so, then there really are consequences to his actions from drinking on his so-called off-day. Was this the straw that broke Tito's back?