Look out, world. Alfredo Aceves isn't happy, and he doesn't care who knows it. He used live batting practice on Sunday to make a point, got reprimanded, and proceeded to show zero remorse. That much we know. The rest? Like much else with Aceves, still kind of a mystery.
Is he miffed because he's not being used as a starter? Does he have some other beef with new Red Sox manager John Farrell? Did the clubhouse guy screw up his coffee order? With Aceves you never really know. All that can be gathered from his latest show of defiance -- using live batting practice to lob up softballs to Red Sox hitters -- is that it wasn't quite sympatico with the new culture the team is hoping to introduce this season. You know, the one that emphasizes hard work, being a good teammate, generally not being a jerk. That sort of thing.
Steve Buckley and Dan Shaughnessy joined Damon Amendolara on Sports Sunday last night to question why Aceves still has a spot on the roster. Sure he's talented. Certainly a serviceable arm when not experiencing the uncontrollable urge to go rogue or throw a temper tantrum. But, to them, he's not worth the trouble.
"This is a guy who got suspended for three games last year, had a dust up with Dustin Pedroia, and showed up his manager on the mound," Buckley said. "They bring him back, Farrell says 'Clean slate. Lets' start all over again.' I thought Aceves showed up the manager and the coaching staff today on something that was as simple as live batting practice. He kind of wasted everyone's time. That's my opinion."
"It's a little bit surprising to me he's still here," Shaughnessy said. "I would be surprised if he's still her at the end of the week. I just think they should've cut their losses last year with this guy. We know he's got ability. I just dont think it's worth it. I was surprised they didn't do more to sanction him last year."
Let us know in the comment box below whether or not you think it's worth keeping Aceves on the roster.