Texas Game Saw Massacre
Rangers rout Red Sox
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe)

Rangers Dismantle Red Sox, Season on the Brink of Disaster

Sox Box: Texas 18, Boston 3 | Nightmare on Lansdowne Street
Lesterrible! Lefty Has One of the Worst Starts in the History of Earth
Josh Hammer-ton's 469 Foot Bomb to Be Replayed During Fenway 100 Celebration
Still Counting How Many Different Rangers Homered Off Red Sox Pitching
Bobby V's Japan-Style Motivation Speech Did Wonders for Youkilis
Good News: The Red Sox Have Put Green Balloons All Over Town
And Mark Melancon Wanted to Be Our Latex Salesman?
Is That How Things Are Done Around Here, Pedey?

"I thought Jon [Lester, yes the one that pitched last night] had great stuff tonight, down and away. They were fouling some tough pitches off. Jon just kept battling..." -- Bobby V, getting more delusional by the day

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(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Groans, Groins, and Golden Sombreros

Bobby Falls Into Booby Trap

BDD Photo Illustration / Mr. Punchy
(BDD Photo Illustration / Mr. Punchy)

Will Bobby's Mouth Go South After Youk Gaffe?

Misdirection: "It seems misdirection comes from all sides, players with an entitlement mentality, absentee ownership, and a manager struggling to imprint his brand on a wayward ship.

Even the hero in our story, Dustin Pedroia, reduces himself saying "that's not the way we do things here." In fact, that's exactly how we got to this disturbing place, players dismissing the manager, and ownership bringing a 'task-oriented' manager instead of a 'relationship oriented' skipper.

We hear how players are concerned about 'snitches'. In other words, professionalism matters less than protecting each others' reputations.

Nobody likes to be criticized. And worse than criticism of performance, impugning one's attitude or "commitment" gets our attention.

The manager's job is to get the best performance out of the players. No doubt that a great "process" is required to get the best outcome. But a seven win September last season argues that the laissez-faire, 'boys will be boys' approach no longer worked.

The question (for a team with a bloated payroll and several seasons of underachievement) becomes what approach will work?" ... continued." -- Ron Sen, BDD contributor and founder of Red Sox Reality Check

The Roosevelts: Remember When Babe Ruth Was on the Red Sox?

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

Boston Globe:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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