By now, unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about the firing of Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and the hiring of Dave Dombrowski as the President of Baseball Operations. While Dombrowski should make a plethora of moves in the following months up until Spring Training of 2016, his way of conducting a baseball team is what will last with this team for a long time.
Fenway Park is one of the most historic and beloved ballparks in all of baseball. If you are a fan of baseball, it has to be on your Stadium Bucket List. However, after finishing last in 3 out of the last 4 years, with an unlikely World Series mixed in there, one thing was extremely clear: the Red Sox needed a major shake up.
And with the hiring of Dombrowski, that is exactly what will happen.
Everyone is now, hopefully at least, going to be accountable for their actions. Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox will strive and accept nothing less than success. We will not have players, such as Pablo Sandoval, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, John Lackey (for a time), etc., ink a new fat contract with this team then sit back and not give you 100% effort.
A prime example of this is what happened last night (9/19). In the seventh inning of last night's 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians, Rusney Castillo flipped the ball into the center field stands, thinking that it was the third and final out of the inning. Well, Rusney, there were only two outs. Luckily, the run did not end up scoring, but small things like that are what separates good and great teams. The Red Sox have forgotten how many outs there are on more than a couple occasions.
Tonight, Castillo isn't in the lineup. Coincidence? Maybe.
I am sure that interim manager Torey Lovullo won't throw his player under the bus when asked why Castillo isn't in the lineup, but it is worth noting that Dombrowski was in attendance at Fenway Park last night. Could he have said something to Lovullo, saying that the Red Sox will no longer accept stupid, mental errors?
Time will tell...
But one thing is for certain: Red Sox Nation deserves to have a winning ball club out on the field every season.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS