A fan's response to Lucchino's letter Larry's letter

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A fan's response to Lucchino's letter Larry's letter

A direct response to the letter that Larry Lucchino sent to season ticket holders earlier today:

Dear Fenway Sports Group,

As your team crosses the midpoint of the 2012 season, it still flounders unacceptably at .500. If only your efforts to improve the team on the field matched your efforts off the field to shill and profit from it. You talk of history and nostalgia, but all fans are left with is tasteless promotion on top of tasteless promotion, resulting in a nine-inning infomercial. If this was being done as a means to financially improve the team, we the fans could live with it. But thats clearly not the case as the front office apparently fears the luxury tax threshold far more than mediocrity.

To say that the teams play has tested the mettle of the faithful is like saying the Mayor tests the durability of the Kings English. Its maddening more often than not in spite of the bullpen jelling and young players emerging to play pivotal roles. Thats because some of the veterans are content to lead Ross, Aviles, Nava, Middlebrooks and Salty to the exact same place they lead the team last year: nowhere. With leadership from entitled, truculent malcontents like Josh Beckett and Kevin Youkilis, you risked entrenching a culture of complacency that left this team on the outside looking in last season. The departure of Youkilis was a step in the right direction, but its only a first step and it's come months too late.

Your one on-field constant, Big Papis performance, suggests that maybe long-term job security isnt the best option for your players. We fans could care less that he blasts the front office at every turn, because frankly, you frauds deserve it. And, as long as an angry Ortiz remains a productive Ortiz, please keep the option to be a Red Sox forever renewable only through arbitration.

And constantly off the field is a great way to describe Jacoby Ellsbury. Its clear to real fans that he is more concerned with playing for his next team than he is for this team. So, instead of waiting for his contract to expire, please feel free to expedite that process for him through trade. As a result, the teams medical and rehab expenses should drop like the ratings of Sox Appeal and with the money saved; you can then hire some new medical personnel that, unlike the current disciples of Dr. Nick, can actually diagnose fractures.

But forget players returning from the DL. What would really make Red Sox fans green with envy is a general manager who didnt have Larrys hand infused into his backside. John already told us all that Larry runs the Red Sox but does he have to run them into the ground? Many of us are willing to give Ben Cherington a chance to build this team into a winner, even if that means one, two or even three steps back this season. But if the front office is going to override his decisions for the good of the TV Show then just let an actual Muppet run the team. My choice would be Animal.

While you suggest that fans come to the park early, many of us diehards dont see a reason to come to the park at all. Do you play Sweet Caroline on a loop during BP now? I have news for you gentlemen, the only thing that will make the ballpark experience any better is with a contending team. And, much like having sections of tickets available at
game time isnt a sellout, being within striking distance of the second wild-card spot isnt contending, especially with the large expectations and payroll this team carries. Instead of pimping A Living Museum, youd be better served overhauling a team destined to be the Walking Dead come late September.

In honor of Acts of Kindness Month, my suggestion for you and your entire ownership group would be to promptly sell the team. Preferably the sale would be to an entity that wouldnt allow early success to transform it into complacent soulless accountants. Red Sox fans demand and deserve a team run by fearless sportsmen obsessed with victory and championships, not ratings and profits. So, on behalf of all Red Sox fans who still value on field success over off the field schlock, the only truck day we will truly look forward to is the one that removes you, Liverpool, Carmine, LeBron and the rest of your belongings from Fenway for good.

Go (Bleep) Yourselves,

Mike from Attleboro

Quotes, notes and stars: Location gets Buchholz in trouble

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Quotes, notes and stars: Location gets Buchholz in trouble

Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

 

QUOTES:

"When he's gotten in trouble, it's been a combination of location and pitches up in the strike zone. That was the case tonight. . . It's more general location than one pitch that he's getting burned on. '' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz's poor start.

"No disrespect to (Jace) Peterson, but you're wanting to force contact. He hasn't hit for a high average.'' - Farrell on Buchholz walking No. 7 hitter Peterson three times.

"When do you walk guys, you do your best to try to minimize the damage and I didn't do a good enough job of that.'' - Buchholz, who saw Peterson come around to score twice after his three walks.

"It's frustrating when you can't put your finger on what you need to do it, and when you need to do it and why. All I can do right now is learn from it and get better in these next couple of days.'' - Buchholz.

"I didn't hear anything. The play was right in front of me, so I couldn't see him say anything. I just assumed I was out.'' - Xander Bogaerts, who was ruled safe at second on a force play by umpire Joe West, but believing he was out, came off the bag and was tagged out in the first inning.

 

NOTES

* Clay Buchholz has allowed five earned runs in four of his five starts this season.

* Heath Hembree pitched multiple innings for the fourth time this season and remains unscored upon in them.

* Over the last eight games, Dustin Pedroia is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with nine extra-base hits.

* All three of Chris Young's hit off lefthanded pitchers this season have been doubles.

* Hanley Ramirez (three hits, two RBI) has driven in a run in each of his last four games and six of his last seven.

* The Sox have scored in the first inning in eight of the last nine games.

 

STARS:

1) Nick Markakis

The Braves right fielder had a four hit night and knocked in three runs.

2) Jhoulys Chacin

Atlanta's starter wasn't overpowering, but he limited the Sox to two runs over five-plus innings and earned the victory.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez broke out a bit at the plate with three hits, while knocking in the first two Red Sox runs.

 

First impressions: Another tough outing for Buchholz

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First impressions: Another tough outing for Buchholz

First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves

 

Another night, another less-than-satisfactory start for Clay Buchholz. Since the end of their last homestand, the Red Sox are 6-2. Both of those losses were hung on Buchholz.

Buchholz wasn't horrendous - he did manage to pitch into the seventh inning and five runs in 6 1/3 isn't a shellacking.

But five runs to this Braves lineup is nothing to shout about, either, and Buchholz made matters worse by walking the No. 7 hitter -- Jace Peterson, who came into the game with a .205 average -- three times. Twice, Peterson came around to score.

In fact, the bottom third of the order was 3-for-7 with three walks.

 

Hanley Ramirez showed some progress at the plate.

Before the game, John Farrell noted that Ramirez had been expanding the zone of late, and working to correct the issue with hitting instructors Chili Davis and Victor Rodriguez.

Something apparently clicked, as Ramirez was 3-for-3 in his first three at-bats with two RBI.

The one thing that's been lacking for Ramirez: power. He came into the game with just one homer and a paltry .373 slugging percentage.

 

It wasn't much of a night for former Red Sox players.

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski was 0-for-4, and for the second straight night, failed to catch a routine foul pop-up.

Meanwhile, reliever Alexi Ogando came in for the seventh inning and promptly allowed a leadoff single and a walk to the first two hitters he faced before recording two more outs and getting lifted for lefty Hunter Cervenka.

 

Turnabout is fair play for Chris Young.

Young got the start in left field over Brock Holt, despite the fact that Atlanta started a righthander (Jhoulys Chacin).

Young was 1-for-3 with a double, though that one hit came off lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty.

Then, in the eighth inning with righthander Jim Johnson on the mound for the Braves, John Farrell sent Holt up to pinch-hit for Young.

That marked the first time that Holt hit for Young; to the great consternation of many, Young had been sent up to hit for Holt three times in the first week or so of the season.

By the way: Holt grounded out to end the inning.