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Varitek speaks, defends teammates

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Varitek speaks, defends teammates

Add Jason Varitek to the list of players starting to trickle out and defend themselves -- as well as teammates -- in the aftermath of the Red Sox collapse.

Varitek spoke with the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham, and touched upon the recent reports surrounding the Red Sox organization.

According to Varitek, the collapse was nothing more than a team not being able to put it all together. It wasn't drinking in the clubhouse. And it wasn't a lack of team unity, which manager Terry Francona alluded to just after the Sox were eliminated.

I didnt agree with that," Varitek told the Globe. "I believed that this team, regardless, pulled for each other and those things have been so grossly distorted. Its just baffling that you can feel that way."

Instead, Varitek points to a number of other reasons that the Sox collapsed.

"We lost because we played poorly and we had some health issues and we probably taxed the bullpen too much," Varitek said. "We didn't lose because of some issue in the clubhouse. That's a lot of crap."

And when it comes to starting pitching hanging out in the clubhouse, Varitek defended that too.

"Guys are in the clubhouse all the time. I'm in there watching pitches because I can't see what I need to see from the bench. To me, that is not an issue at all."

But CSNNE's Lou Merloni thinks otherwise. While the drinking may not have had a direct effect on losing that day, in the grand scheme of things it hurts the team morale.

"Those guys drinking in the dugout is not losing games," Merloni said. "They aren't performing out on the field. But it's the message. It's the disrespect they're showing, to me, their manager -- a guy that treats them like men -- and even their teammates."

The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley took it one step further, wondering if the "respect" factor will come into play if things continue to get out of hand.

"I hope that we don't reach a point where 'respect' for the game becomes a cliche," Buckley said. "Because respect for the game should be paramount to anybody who plays the game: Management, coaches, even the writers. There should be a certain respect for the game and if you're sitting in the dugout drinking beers during the game, you cannot make a case for respecting the game, I'm sorry."

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I hope the Red Sox lose every game the rest of season, except when Chris Sale pitches, and have no shot at the post season.

I hate them, I hate them, I hate them. What a bunch of babies!

Are they a professional sports organization or a pre-school? Right now they seem to be the latter, which makes them the highest valued pre-school, at 2.7 billion, in the history of pre-K academia.

When I read my friend Rob Bradford’s report that a source told him Dustin Pedroia was not near David Price when the crybaby lefty went after Dennis Eckersley on the team plane, I said, “ENOUGH!”

I yelled with the same tone I scream at my kids when they are fighting over something stupid.

I believe Rob Bradford, always have and always will. I also believe what Fred Toucher had to say on CSN this morning when he was told Dusty Two Sacks (Fred’s term) was one of the Price-ettes when they verbally mugged Eck. 

This is what happens with my kids. One says the other did it, then the other says the other did it. Well, you get the idea. Then I simply declare, “You’re all guilty.” I don’t care who hit whom when or took whatever from whom, just like I don’t care if Pedroia was cheering on the abuse of Eck or not. 

THEY ARE ALL GUILTY.

John Henry should be ashamed of the way his team has behaved. These grown men have all been acting like petulant children. I have seen plenty of immaturity over the years with the four local teams, but nothing like this.

One person, who is with the team on a regular basis, told me there is nothing to like about the players on this team. The inmates are running the asylum and playing the role of McMurphy is David Price. 

What a gutless, immature, little child. Is it any surprise that he wets his pants in the playoffs? Give him some Pampers for the postseason. Maybe that will help. 

Price claims to stand up for his teammates, which is bull. This guy is all about himself. His so-called sticking up for his mates has resulted in a media firestorm and finger-pointing in the clubhouse.

“Pedroia you were there.”

“No way, I wasn’t there.”

You know what Boston Red Sox? I wish you weren’t here at all.