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Friday, June 25, 2004

John, I Couldn't Agree With You More

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I think that is the real total for Nomar So Far.

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Maybe that is the real one, but Nomar is not the scorer.

That said, is it time to start wondering whether Francona is the manager these guys need. Sure, Grady lost track of the importance of the 7th game (how could anyone do that?), but did he not do a better job day to day than Francona? I don't see MANAGING going on with the Sox, I see NEW LINEUPS as a substitute for managing, thinking, etc. Anyone else getting the feeling that Francona is not much more than a puppet (and I mean that in a good way, don't I?) for that would-be manager group in the offices? Hey, I think Bill James is a pretty smart guy, but data don't make decisions on the field; baseball is a game of situations and I don't think Francona reacts to situations or prepares for them or even sees them.

Yeah, if they don't make the playoffs, fire Terry, too. But please let's not start the "Bring Lou Pinella in here to kick these guys' asses" talk; it's more complicated than lack of discipline.