No Red Sox fan will forget the collapse of September 2011 and the reports that followed about the in game “activities” of the starting rotation. On nights when certain starters (Beckett, Lester, Lackey) were not pitching they descended into the club house to play video games, drink beer and eat fried chicken. The immature actions became the poster of failure for the 2011 Red Sox. It led to Terry Francona being ousted as the manager.
It led to Theo Epstein jumping to take the President of Baseball Operations job for the Cubs. It forced ownership to make a change and bring in a disciplinarian (Bobby Valentine).
Early in Spring Training all alcohol was banned from the clubhouse. Yet despite all the changes made by the Sox the immaturity of their roster, particularly their starters, continues to rear its ugly head. Continue reading
A move that has been expected for some time has completed. Everyone seemed to know Youkilis was on his way out of Boston, it was simply a question of where would he end up. On Sunday that question was answered as Youkilis trades in his Red Sox for White ones (not actually since the White Sox actually wear black socks).
On an emotional Sunday Youkilis played his final game for the Red Sox, at home in front of the Fenway faithful.
When he was removed for a pinch runner he was given a standing ovation and tipped his cap to the fans. Youkilis received hugs from his teammates as he left the field.
The Red Sox will pay a large portion of Youkilis’ remaining contract (which expires at seasons end). In return Boston received RHP Zack Jackson and Utility Infielder Brent Lillibridge. Neither player are likely to see significant playing time for the Red Sox.
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