We're all frustrated. We got outplayed. ... They did everything good. We didn't. ... We got outpitched, we got out-hit, they played better defense than us. They kicked our ass, that's it. We better show up and play better on whatever day we play again.Terry Francona:
We're not very happy with the series. That's an understatement. I think there's a difference between being aggravated at a series as opposed to sitting around and panic enters.Adrian Gonzalez:
I'm fully confident that, come September, we'll be either in first place or right in the middle of everything.Clay Buchholz:
I don't think these guys missed a mistake pitch for 27 innings. ... I think everybody's a little bit shocked. But we have a lot of games left ... I wouldn't read too deep into it.Theo Epstein:
Anytime you get swept and outplayed like that and you do have a good team, you're surprised. ... It's one series under the magnifying glass because it's the first one out of the chute.And I might as well make the same comparison everyone else is:
1998 Yankees - Began 0-3 - Outscored 6 - 21 - Finished 114-48 2011 Red Sox - Began 0-3 - Outscored 11 - 26 - Finished ?
When things go wrong, people often look around for someone to blame. So after the ghastly weekend series in Texas, who is the target? For Nick Cafardo, one of the main culprits is Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The Sox hitched their wagon to Saltalamacchia, and his strong spring reinforced their evaluation.In one of the weekend game threads, I wondered (half-jokingly) when the Boston media would decide that the Red Sox's rough start was because the pitchers could not rely on the pitching calling from the computer mind of Varitek.
Three poor games haven't changed that, but fans are wondering about the team's faith in him ... Saltalamacchia needs to prove he's a worthy successor [to Jason Varitek].
Tough to do when you've started the season 0 for 10 and when the staff you're handling has allowed 26 runs, 34 hits, and 11 homers in a three-game sweep ...
Last September, Cafardo wrote a bizarre column about Salty, one filled with speculation, innuendo and psychobabble from a doctor who, as I noted here,
has never met Saltalamacchia, never spoken to him, never examined him, knows absolutely nothing about his personal life or his baseball career, and has never read any report (or even read about a possible report) from any doctor or psychologist who might have actually met with Salty.In today's column, Cafardo again puts Salty on the couch.
Saltalamacchia didn't have the best of times when he was a Ranger, and perhaps he wanted so badly to perform well against his old team that it worked in reverse. ...Shouldn't the clock be ticking on Cafardo's writing career? Put him in front of a keyboard and he's Cesar Crespo in a slump. He's roster filler for a Class A team.
When baseball people assess the Sox, they always question why the Sox have so much faith in Saltalamacchia. And at this point the team has to be all in with him because it has no real alternative. ... The clock is now ticking.