Sox Tumble
at The Trop
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, right, talks with pitcher Craig Hansen after he surrendered the lead to the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
(AP Photo)

7th Hell: Delcarmen-Hansen Double Up for Disaster

"Manny not taking the extra base on an error, Lowell actually going for a stolen base in the ninth with some of the slowest feet in baseball, the bullpen failing to produce any "productive" innings since last year... For one of the highest paid teams in baseball, this team sure played some bush-league ball the last five games. Pressure? You better believe it's on now." -- 7.3.08, B. Smithers, BDD e-mail

Wednesday Night Box: Tampa Bay 7, Boston 6
Stinging Rays Rally to Sweep Slumping Sox
Can't Blame It on the Rain: Milli Delcarmen Forgets to Cover First
Managing to Lose: Was Tired Tito Asleep at the Wheel?
Was Francona Too Wrapped Up in Manny's Attack on Jack?
Thanks for Stepping Up: Manny "The Small Ticket" Ramirez Goes 0-for-5
Poor Penmanship: It Would Be Great If Dice-BB Could Go Past 5 Innings
File Under Whew! Timlin Coming Back to Bolster the Bullpen
Singular Effort: Pedro Finishes a Hit Shy of the Cycle
Per Usual, Lugo Contributes to Sox Slide
How'd Tek Do in that All-Star Vote?
Hope Coco Enjoys His Week Off

"... We had a lead ... got to Delcarmen, and things unraveled in a hurry." -- 7.2.08, Tito on Manny Being Horrific

Sweep Caroline

Rays fan celebrates with an inflatable broom next to a Boston Red Sox fan following the Rays 7-6 win during a baseball game Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays swept a three-game series from the Red Sox.
(AP Photo)

Did Road Sox Nation Let the Team Down in Tampa Bay?
Were There Really More Rays Fans Than Sox Fans at the Trop Last Night?
What's Next? Will Yankee Fans Take Over the Stadium?

Red Sox Reality Check: In Defense of the Pink Hats
Drew's Just 262,802 Votes Out of OF Spot: No Time Left to Vote for J.D. & Co.

Ex and the City

New York rips A-Rod pillar to Post

Bronx Bombshell: A-Rod Is Out at Home

NY Post: C-Rod Goes Down Swinging with Kravitz in Paris

Slap on the Wrist for Manny?

Manager Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox watches play against the Tampa Bay Rays June 30, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
(Getty Images Photo / Al Messerschmidt)

Tito Doesn't Want to Tell Us the Inside Story

7.2.08: Terry Francona on sports radio WEEI�s Dale and Holley program: �I was there. I was there,� Francona said when asked if he witnessed the altercation between Ramirez and McCormick in Houston on Saturday. �I�m gonna speak a little bit more in general terms because how we choose to deal with things is how we choose to deal with things. When things happen in our clubhouse that get out to the media, to me that doesn�t make it that we should treat it differently or make the punishment more severe. When somebody does something wrong, we try to handle it and we always handle it internally, and we will continue to do that, but we will not change the discipline because it has leaked to the media. I think that would be a horrible mistake on my part. We�ve always tried to handle things with respect regardless of whether people know or not, and we�ll continue to do that.�

Francona was reluctant to talk specifics of how the altercation transpired, nor would he comment on any specific action taken in the wake of the incident.

�I�m in a little bit of a difficult position here,� Francona said when asked if it was unusual for an athlete to have an incident with an employee of the team. �We don�t condone sometimes things that happen, and actually very strongly. We also handle them, but we choose to handle them internally. I can�t be a whole lot more specific. That�s just the way I feel about it. Everybody�s entitled to their opinion and sometimes things don�t go as smoothly as you want them to. When I tell you we take them very serious, I hope you understand that we really do.�

Francona said a number of people could be involved in making a decision on how to handle these types of incidents.

�If we need to make a decision every day, there�s probably a lot of different reasons, or a lot of different people you confer with, depending on what it�s about,� Francona said. �Sometimes we need to talk to players. Certainly I talk to Theo about a lot of things. Sometimes actually ownership needs to be involved in things, that�s just the way it goes. We all answer to people, but try to do it right. And again, because we feel like we feel, and I do feel it needs to be handled internally, that�s just how I feel. I don�t think that that actually makes us� if spineless is a word that�s been used. I don�t agree with that. We try to handle what we handle and again, but I�m not going to go any farther than that because I choose not to��

Francona admitted it�s frustrating for him when clubhouse issues get leaked to the media.

�Yeah it actually is [frustrating],� Francona said. �And that doesn�t mean that something that was wrong shouldn�t have happened but good teams handle those types of things. Not that you don�t make mistakes but how you handle the mistakes and move forward is important. Now, our players in Houston, with the way things get out sometimes, is uncontrollable and it�s not the players fault. There�s a lot of people in that clubhouse, a lot of kids that work in that clubhouse that run to people. That�s just the way it goes. That�s the day and age we�re in so we deal with that. It doesn�t make what happened right. It means you�re gonna have to deal with it a little differently because there�s a lot of information getting out there, not all of it�s correct. Sometimes people don�t care if it�s correct.

�Everything that ever happens here is monitored, is handled, and will be continued to be monitored. Again, because of how I feel about it being internal doesn�t mean it won�t be handled. And again, I don�t expect you to understand, because I�m not telling you��

Kevin Cullan: Manny Whiffs

Kevin Cullan, Boston Globe, 7.3.08: �The Red Sox have become one of the richest franchises in sports by selling the idea that they are different, more special, than other teams.

And we bought it, because implicit in the deal is that we are different, that we are special: Fenway Park is unique; being a Red Sox fan is not a lifestyle choice, but an orientation.

But there is a fine line between being special and being insufferably arrogant, and Manny has crossed it.

If the Red Sox do not publicly rebuke him, not just for what he did to McCormick but for the countless displays of disrespect he has shown his teammates, the fans, and the game, then they should do us a favor and just drop all this Red Sox Nation jive.�

BDD is a feature of All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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Boston Herald:

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