Just One week ago Red Sox Nation lost its most beloved face of the franchise in Johnny Pesky. Pesky was 92 and passed away of natural causes. Some might speculate that the iconic man known as “The Needle” died of a broken heart. Watching the epic downfall over the past couple years of his sacrament that was the Boston Red Sox organization had to have been a true case of misery for the one guy who bled the red and white team colors until the very day he passed. After losing 6 of their last 10 games, including two out of three this past weekend to the rival Yankees, the uphill climb for a mere one game playoff spot stands at seven and a half games behind Baltimore. With no disrespect to the late Johnny Pesky, this team has completely and utterly flat lined.
This past weekend’s series in the Bronx had to have been one of the more anti-climactic one’s I have seen in the 14 years I have been watching this team. Lineup cards in both dugouts were missing the likes of some usual popular suspects (Rodriguez, Teixeira, Ortiz, Sabathia, to name a few) and filled names of a far less talented variety (Punto, Ciriaco, Mcgehee, Lavarnway, Phelps, were just some of the causes for immense yawns at the stadium.) Jon Lester did continue his departure from mediocrity as he tries to regain his prominence winning consecutive starts for the first time since early May. Other than that not much good came out of this weekend. As pessimistic as that sounds, the truth hurts and that is the case with this weekend’s “efforts.” It seems to be poetically appropriate that the same week this team lost it’s most adored figure that they could not muster enough effort to attempt to beat their arch rivals for their good old friend and family member Johnny Pesky. That would be asking too much of these entitled group of individuals that have clearly have their sights on 2013 which at this point and time might be the best case scenario for themselves as well as their beloved fan base. One small step was taken by management towards the future today as they relieved pitching coach Bob McClure of his duties. Whether or not this move needed to be made is up for debate, but it seems as if he was not given a fair enough chance to showcase his worth to the organization. I’m not saying that his resume is far and away mind blowing because six years as the lowly Kansas City Royals pitching coach is far from a thing of beauty, but McClure was ousted rather quickly. According to sources, his relationship with Bobby V was one that was of the strained variety as they did not share similar ideals causing friction in a clubhouse that is already filled with more drama than an episode of MTV’s “Real World Boston” from 1997. This mess of a pitching staff will now have its third pitching coach in the last four years after losing Jon Farrell when he took the managerial job with the Blue Jays. Stability is needed for this staff to be able to grow and reach its full potential. With that being said, this move needs to stand as just the tip of the iceberg for many more changes to hopefully appear in the coming months. Rebuilding this team’s image will not happen overnight. It’s going to take years which ownership and most of the Nation are not accustom to the process of not being relevant, but realistically that is the unfortunate direction it seems this team is heading in; Repair mode. This team and organization will not be able to be graced with Johnny Pesky’s physical presence in this life time, but the hungry beating heart they once possessed for so many successful years in the past. It won’t be easy however, It’s not impossible as long as the appropriate steps are taken by each and every person from management down to the players that will be left on this roster for the 2013 season and beyond.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.