Today in Red Sox drama: Padilla for Pesky?

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Today in Red Sox drama: Padilla for Pesky?

The latest round of Red Sox drama revolves around Johnny Peskys funeral.

Doesnt that sentence just say everything about how disgusting this season has become? One of the most beloved figures in Sox history cant even be laid to rest without it turning into a sideshow.

Basically, if you havent heard, the Herald reported this morning that only four of the 40 guys on the Sox roster made an appearance at Peskys funeral on Monday morning in Swampscott. This, despite the fact that ownership provided transportation from Fenway and, you know, that whole Pesky dedicating his entire life to the Sox thing. According to the report, the owners werent happy with the weak showing, and theres no question it will strike an ugly chord with fans as well.

How do you disrespect Johnny Pesky?

What's wrong with these guys?

I wrote a few weeks back that I thought some of the players in that clubhouse had reached the point when they were going out of their way to piss people off; doing things that they knew would draw the ire of fans just for the sake of stir this feces-filled pot. At the time, I was half-kidding, but at this point Im not sure. Its almost too ridiculous to be real.

But honestly, you know what the most ridiculous part of this whole story is?

That Vicente Padilla was one of the four players who went to Pesky's funeral!

David Ortiz, I get. Same with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. And Clay Buchholz? Eh, that was a little bit of a surprise but I guess it makes sense given the way hes separated himself from the pack.

But Eephus Pitch Padilla? Never saw it coming. I would have guessed 30 names before I got to his.

Vicente Padilla, you have yourself a new fan.

But lets get back to the big picture, and the unraveling disaster of this Sox season.

Is it possible for Major League Baseball to only lock out one team?

Cant Bud Selig just snap his fingers from his Milwaukee mansion and declare this Sox season dead?

That would be fantastic. Wonder how may people would show up to that funeral?

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.

Offseason just like any other for Bogaerts

Offseason just like any other for Bogaerts

BOSTON -- At first, 2016 seemed like the “Year of Xander.” It turned out to be the “Year of Mookie,” with Bogaerts dropping off a little as the season progressed.

The Red Sox shortstop saw his average peak at .359 on June 12. At that point he’d played in 61 games, hit eight home runs, 20 doubles and knocked in 44 runs. Although Mookie Betts had six more home runs and three more RBI in that same span, Bogaerts had six more doubles and was hitting 69 points higher.

The two were already locks for the All-Star Game and Bogaerts still had the edge in early MVP talk.

Then things took a turn after the very day Bogaerts saw his average peak.

Over the next 61 games, Bogaerts still managed seven homers, but only had six doubles and 27 RBI, watching his average drop to .307 by the end of that stretch. At first glance, .307 doesn’t seem like an issue, but he dropped 52 points after hitting .253 in that span.

And in his remaining 35 games, Bogaerts only hit .248 -- although he did have six homers.

But throughout it all, Bogaerts never seemed fazed by it. With pitchers and catchers reporting in less than a month, Bogaerts still isn’t worried about the peaks and valleys.

“You go through it as a player, the only one’s who don’t go through that are the ones not playing,” Bogaerts told CSNNE.com before the Boston baseball writers' dinner Thursday. “I just gotta know you’re going to be playing good for sometime, you’re going to be playing bad for sometime.

“Just try to a lot more better times than bad times. It’s just a matter of trusting yourself, trusting your abilities and never doubting yourself. Obviously, you get a lot of doubts when you’re playing bad, but you just be even keeled with whatever situation is presented.”

Bogaerts level head is something often noted by coaches and his teammates, carrying through the days he finds himself lunging left and right for pitches. That’s also carried him through the offseason while maintaining the same preparation from past seasons -- along with putting on some weight.

“I don’t know how much I put on, but I feel strong,” Bogaerts said to CSNNE.com “I mean, I look strong in the mirror.

“Hopefully, I’m in a good position when the season comes because I know I’ll lose [the weight].”