And the Red Sox trash heap gets bigger

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And the Red Sox trash heap gets bigger

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Its going to be one hell of an offseason for the Boston Red Sox.

As soon as the Sox made their implosion complete the finger pointing started. Now the mudslinging and trash heaving is in full swing.

Yesterday, Boston.com published an insight story into what was going on behind the scenes and in the Red Sox clubhouse. Minus the obvious bowing to the mighty Sox ownership, it gave some interesting tidbits into how dysfunctional the 2011 Red Sox truly were. And pretty sure the Boston.com story is a watered down of what really went down, too.

CSNNE.com reporter Mike Giardi had his own little story on how poisonous the Red Sox clubhouse was. Its maddening if youre a Boston fan.

Both articles garnered a slew of reactions from fans and media alike. Fans were wondering why these stories didnt come out earlier; they want to know how such a screwed-up organization, always in spotlight, could keep its dirty socks hidden from the public eye all season long. Media personalities finally got some answers, too.

Chicken roasts and a slew of other madness. It now seems like us calling the Red Sox the MLBs version of "Animal House" is off base. Its at least 100x worse.

From the Boston.com story:

The indifference of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey in a time of crisis can be seen in what team sources say became their habit of drinking beer, eating fast-food fried chicken, and playing video games in the clubhouse during games while their teammates tried to salvage a once-promising season.

Sounds like the Red Sox pitching staff were more geared toward playing adult softball than pitching in the MLB.

If thats their dream, maybe the Sox should let them chase it instead of stinking up Yawkey Way.

And as our buddy @gorskic said yesterday, Beckett & Co. are probably solely responsible for keeping the Boston Popeyes in business.

After a long, super hard, endoftheworld road trip, John Henry decided to bring the team onto his yacht to hang back, relax and be cool.

Boston.com:

The owners responded by giving all the players 300 headphones and inviting them to enjoy a players-only night on principal owner John W. Henrys yacht after they returned from a road trip Sept. 11.

2011 Red Sox: On a boat and out of the playoffs

Yet, that obviously wasnt enough to sooth the teams inflating egos and waistlines.

Boston.coms article also makes Terry Francona look like a cross between Amy Whinehouse and Michael Jackson. Seriously.

From Boston.com:

Team sources also expressed concern that Franconas performance may have been affected by his use of pain medication, which he also vehemently denied. Francona said he has taken pain medicine for many years, particularly after multiple knee surgeries. He said he used painkillers after knee surgery last October and used them during the season to relieve the discomfort of doctors draining blood from his knee at least five times.

Sounds innocent enough. Everyone has one family member whos a walking pharmacy. But these team sources want you to think Tito is trying out for "Scarface".

In reality, its probably more like this:

Yet for all the crap tossing by team sources and management, somehow the Red Sox owners come out of the fray without a speck of poo on their fine Gucchi suits. They claim they were generally unaware of how deeply damaged the Sox had become until after the season.

Smell that?

Listen, Francona mightve been able to keep the teams trash swept under the carpet and away from the prying eyes of the media but from ownership, too? Thats unbelievable. This hear no evil, see no evil is BS. You dont have as much money as the Red Sox have invested into its employees and not pay attention to whats going on off and on the field.

And if it is true if John Henry and his minions were completely oblivious to what was going on with their team they need to get grilled for it. They need to take responsibility. Its their team. Its their business venture. Theyre no more innocent than anyone wearing the Sox jersey.

They need a little crap on their suits, too. Which team source will help throw the first piece of dung? There seems to be plenty to go around.

Pare 'brings energy' as big-bodied, sixth-round Bruins pick

Pare 'brings energy' as big-bodied, sixth-round Bruins pick

CHICAGO – The Bruins aren’t ever going to shy away from big, strong centers with a willingness to play on the physical side, so it was no surprise they selected big French-Canadian center Cedric Pare in the sixth round of the NHL Draft Saturday at the United Center.

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The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Pare was described as “a project” by Bruins assistant general manager Scott Bradley, who said that he’s looking forward to the big-bodied forward playing a top-six role in the QMJHL next season. Pare had five goals and 16 points in 64 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs before posting three points in 18 playoff games. Bradley said the Bruins hope to see more offense as he gets more exposure as a player.

“Pare is a developed kid that we got in the sixth round. He went to the Memorial Cup and we’ve seen good things from him. We think we got good value there,” said Bradley. “He plays with a lot of energy and I think his skating is undervalued. Over the course of the year he really picked it up with his skating, and his stride has lengthened a little bit. We just like that he plays with energy and he scored in the Memorial Cup despite playing a limited role.

“He was playing on the fourth line last year. I think this year he’ll be playing on one of their top lines as a top-six forward and he’ll get a lot of ice time...hopefully get some good development there.”

Pare indicated that the Bruins had shown interest in him throughout the season and he had an idea the Black and Gold might call his name in the later rounds. While there’s always room in the B’s prospect cupboard for a big-bodied center that plays with plenty of energy, it remains to be seen if Pare was worth using a sixth-round pick on when there are plenty of big-bodied hockey players out there willing to play with energy and aggressiveness. 

Bruins tap Maine-bound goalie Swayman in fourth round

Bruins tap Maine-bound goalie Swayman in fourth round

CHICAGO – It was thought the Bruins might swing for the fences with Boston University goalie Jake Oettinger, particularly if they traded down in the first round, but they ended up filling their goalie quota on Saturday in the fourth round of the NHL Draft at the United Center. The B’s selected University of Maine-bound Jeremy Swayman with the 111th pick in the draft after an impressive run for the Alaska native at Sioux Falls as a junior hockey player.

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The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Swayman posted a 2.90 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 32 games for a poor Sioux City junior team, but distinguished himself with his size, athleticism and competitiveness as the rare goalie prospect to come out of the great state of Alaska. Swayman was eating breakfast in his Alaskan home while watching himself get drafted by the Bruins. Needless to say, he was pumped as he readies for his first season in Hockey East.

“I’ve been working my whole life for this and just to kind of have the notion of, your work has paid off in a small area of time or a small trinket, it’s very worth all of the hard times and tough times, and kind of working at everything for it. It’s kind of a token back and just an incredible opportunity for sure,” said Swayman, who said he models his game after Braden Holtby while also envying Tuukka Rask’s flexibility. “I would describe myself as a challenge goalie. So, a competitive goalie just kind of fighting through traffic at all times. Being able to see the puck from anywhere on the ice, whether there is a screen in front or a point shot and, of course, a point blank shot. Again, I trust my ability on my skates. I have good feet. I can stay up longer than most goalies in situations where they would have to slide. So, I can stay up and cover more net on a backdoor pass, per say. I also like to cut down the angle a lot.”

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley admitted that Swayman wasn’t the first choice of everybody at the B’s draft table, but said the scouts were confident making him the pick after another goalie was taken off the board before him. There were three goalies taken in the fourth round, including Prince Albert netminder Ian Scott taken one pick before the B’s selection, so it’s difficult to tell which other goalie Boston had their eyes on.

Clearly, the hope now is that Swayman follows in a proud tradition of stud Black Bears goalies that include Ben Bishop, Jimmy Howard, Scott Darling, Mike Dunham and Garth Snow, and that the B’s have drafted a new goalie of the future with Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre in the AHL.

“He’s a goalie that [Bruins goalie coach] Bob Essensa had really liked, and had scouted him. Most of our staff was on board with the goalie. We targeted another goalie, but he just went before our pick,” said Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley. “We heard good things from [the University of Maine] staff there, and we did our due diligence on him. We’re happy with him.”

It remains to be seen how Swayman develops in college, but the B’s hope it’s a steady, ascending development like that of McIntyre after they drafted him prior to his starring run at North Dakota.