"The Red Sox in me is happy Joe Torre is no longer in charge in NY. The person in me wonders how does a guy who obviously has the respect and loyalty of his entire roster, a guy who’s taken his team to 12 straight post seasons, a guy who exudes class and respect, how does he, in the midst of what might have been his most challenging and defining season and post season, not only have to manage his team in a best of 5 win or go home series, but also answer a billion questions about being basically told ‘win or you’re out’? How did it come to that? ...Managers don’t win ballgames, players do, and I think you’d be surprised to know how bad we feel when managers we care about get fired because we know, if we have one ounce of integrity, that our failures as players are, most times, what gets a manager fired."
Curt's blog 38 Pitches is a fascinating read by someone who is not afraid to say what he thinks but also not afraid of being wrong. I'd imagine baseball has something to do with that perspective, where the very greatest pitchers still make mistakes and batters who only hit once out of every three at bats are considered powerhouses. Schilling is magnanimous in his praise both for Torre and the vanquished Indians. Can't wait to see how he wraps up the World Series...
With even Rudy Giuliani backing the Sox, can it be that there are some undercurrents of post-season respect passing between Gotham and Beantown? Lots more "B"'s observed in the Berkshires than normal, though the Manhattan-influenced Litchfield Hills are not especially bursting with Red Sox pride.
I still have to get one of these, though. And I believe Schilling wears one himself.