The Red Sox didn't just lose one of their six starting pitchers for the season on Sunday, they lost one of their real character guys in the clubhouse, too.
Ryan Dempster announced that he will not be pitching in 2014. That forces the Sox to look elsewhere for another pitcher, but they won't be able to find a guy with the personality like Dempsters.
Sean McAdam joined Mike Giardi and Jessica Moran in Fort Myers to discuss the Dempster news and what he meant to the team.
"He kept things light all the time, and that was one of the things they liked about him,' McAdam said. "As Ben Cherington said today, they were trying to make baseball fun again in 2013 after a disastrous last place finish in 2012 and the ugly end of 2011. And they knew that Dempster could bring some of those intangibles.
"And one of those instances was on display on a west coast trip in July when the Red Sox lost three games in a row . . . Dempster did not pitch well in one of those starts, but the next day he was out there clowning around leading the team through stretch by doing jumping jacks and just trying to lighten the mood. And people in the organization kind of stood back and saw that and said 'this is exactly why we needed a guy like this.'"