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

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

Farrell angered after Castillo fails to run out grounder

The Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract bn August 2014. Over parts of three seasons, the 29-year-old has a .679 OPS across 337 plate appearances in the majors and spent the vast majority of the 2016 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Castillo had a chance to start things off on the right foot in 2017, but that ship has already sailed. On Thursday against Northeastern at JetBlue Park, Castillo didn’t run out a routine ground ball. He claims he lost track of the outs. Manager John Farrell isn’t happy about the situation. Via Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald:

“Disappointing for a couple of reasons,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “One, he has lost the number of outs. Still, regardless of another of outs, getting down the line is controllable. And for a player in his situation, every little aspect of the game is important. That’s something that was addressed in the moment. He needs to execute the game situation. And for that matter, every player. But that one obviously stood out.”

Everyone always makes far too big a deal about running out grounders. It’s a real nit to pick when it’s February 23 and your team just finished playing an exhibition game that is even more meaningless than the other exhibition games that will be played in the coming month.

That being said, Castillo has to prove himself to merit inclusion on the 25-man roster and that means dotting all his i’s and crossing all his t’s. Even if he went hitless all spring, Castillo could have at least said he couldn’t have done anything else better. But on day one, he already gave his team a reason to count him out.

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.