The next two shoved off the ship…
Terry Francona. Theo Epstein. Curt Young (yay). We knew it wouldn’t stop there. The next two flung from the ship? Unsurprisingly, strength and conditioning coach Dave Page and assistant trainer Greg Barajas.
Apparently, beer and chicken (which, I’m sure, are set to become the immortal joke from 2011), AREN’T the best way to strengthen and condition a winner.
Players like David Ortiz have repeatedly NOT blamed Page. Look at what Ortiz said in September:
“He is dedicated to his job and he’s down to whatever it takes to get you going,” Ortiz said. “That’s the kind of person you need to have around. He’s always there ready for us. He’s always there telling you what to do and making sure you get your work in. After that he’s not a babysitter.
“It’s your job to know what’s good for you to be able to compete,” added Ortiz. “You get paid, not only to throw the damn ball, to catch it or to hit it, you get paid to make sure your body is in good condition to play the game. If you don’t know that, you’re wrong, bro. That’s your weapon, your secret weapon. You can’t wait for them to come and tell you that you have to be in shape to play baseball.”
Curt Schilling had Page’s back in September too:
“That team has the most committed, passionate, educated, smart strength and conditioning coach I’ve ever met,” Schilling said. “I thought the team came out of spring training — I don’t want to say in bad shape, but they weren’t ready to play. The strength and conditioning coach, Dave Page, is a guy who will spend 25 hours in his day doing whatever he can do to make players better. You can’t make guys do stuff they don’t want to do. “
Keep in mind we no longer have to listen to ANYTHING Curt Schilling has to say. Not after THIS crap. But it’s telling, none the less.
Even the Globe massacre story that started this seemed to have his back.
“Beckett, Lester and Lackey were among a number of Red Sox players who cut back on their workout routines, sources told the Globe. Strength and conditioning coach Dave Page tried to reverse the trend, but, as one source said, “It’s hard for a guy making $80,000 to tell a $15 million pitcher he needs to get off his butt and do some work.”
But really. Chicken. Beer. Video games. It’s YOUR job to “make guys do stuff they don’t want to do,” Page. It’s your job to tell a $15 million pitcher to “get off his butt and do some work.” It’s YOUR job to be EFFECTIVE.
Hardball Talk expresses my feelings better than I can:
When your job is “strength and conditioning coach” and the team’s conditioning is in serious question that makes getting fired something less than a shock, but the scapegoats in Boston are getting so plentiful that it’s tough to keep track at this point.
And Greg Barajas? Casualty of war?
So, who’s left to scapegoat, ladies and gentlemen? I’m sure there are enough horns for everyone… Let’s blame Jerry Remy. Sure. It’s YOUR fault.
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My true feelings on the matter can be expressed by the cast of the 1980s classic, “Into the Woods.” I have played this before. But seriously- was ever a song so timely?