The 2011 Red Sox were a group of men that were amongst the best in the world at what they do and were collectively paid about $170 million to do it. However, they couldn’t do it because they, “needed more structure.”
Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester spoke with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in an attempt to set the record straight on what has been said about his team in recent weeks. Unfortunately what he said doesn’t set the record straight. Instead all it does is give further evidence that his team was a group of over-paid, over-privileged babies that packed it in as soon as their season got tough and abandoned their manager for a bucket of fried chicken and some “rally beers.”
“There’s a perception out there that we were up there getting hammered and that wasn’t the case,” Lester told The Globe via telephone from his home in Georgia. “Was it a bad habit? Yes. I should have been on the bench more than I was. But we just played bad baseball as a team in September. We stunk. To be honest, we were doing the same things all season when we had the best record in baseball.
“Most of the times, it was one beer, a beer. It was like having a Coke in terms of how it affected you. I know how it looks to people and it probably looks bad. But we weren’t up there just drinking and eating and nobody played video games. We watched the game.
“I love Tito and he did a great job for us when he was here. On a personal level I was more than grateful for what he did for me and my family,” Lester said. “But there comes a time when your authority is no longer there. You kind of run your course. People knew how Tito was and we pushed the envelope with it. We never had rules, we never had that iron-fist mentality. If you screwed up, he called you on it. That was how it worked.
“I never saw guys purposely breaking rules or doing the wrong thing in front of him and rubbing it in his face. But this particular team probably needed more structure.
“In September, a lot of people had their weight jump up and I can see where the owner would look at that and say we’re out of shape. But that’s not the case Every time I was in the weight room, there were guys busting their ass.”
So instead of taking some responsibility for his actions, or stepping up for a manager that helped him win a World Series while also dealing with cancer, Lester decided it was best to make excuses.
This is not the 1920’s or 30’s where being a baseball player was almost a part time job and teams actually needed managers to keep them in line. Today’s players get paid mega-millions for what they do and should be taking it extremely seriously. Training 365 days a year should be the norm and needing somebody to provide structure is a joke.
The 2011 Red Sox were a joke. A pretty funny one. Now can they please finalize the Theo Epstein deal so they can start dishing the dirt on him too.