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Now I get it.

Oh, so this is why everyone I know thinks Dan Shaughnessy is a d-bag. Today's article (see link) shows he's lying in wait to cause problems for the Red Sox so he can write about them and still get money from the sales of his book Curse of the Bambino after the curse has died. The Sox left first place yesterday. They won the World Series last year. And this fucker can't let Tito have any benefit of the doubt! He vents to the manager that the fans want Olerud (Who is not a savior! There is a reason he was released by Seattle last year and a free agent into this year! He's a competitor and great for our team but he is seriously lacking in bat speed. If he hits major gas, he is guessing.) to bat for Cora in the 9th on Sunday. This would have been a bad move. With Bellhorn injured (he went on the 15-day DL today and had to be pulled after 2 at bats on Sunday. Hence, Cora at second.), like it or not, there is a good chance that Alex Cora will start the majority of the games at second over the next couple weeks. It would have killed his already iffy confidence in his hitting if Tito was so afraid of letting him hit in a clutch situation where it'd be hard to fail (though he did, spectacularly) that he would rather risk Millar at third base (!!!!!!) than let brother-of-Joey hit.

Shaughnessy's argument regarding Tito's decision is valid enough to warrent a debate. However, for him to approach it as a no-brainer and use his favorite obligatory Grady Little reference (used whenever talking of Tito) is ludicrous and irresponsible. He then goes into the club house mid-manager's pre-game meeting to seek out contradiction and second guessing. Of course Billy Barrou would have played second if asked. That man would pitch the ninth inning sans pants if he were asked. He's the fucking man. Of course Millar could predict that, he's met Billy ballgame. Of course Shaughnessy uses these certainties and a questionable logical foundation (i.e. that Tito's decision was simply wrong) to be sure that he won't take to significant a hit from the downturn in paperback sales resulting from the tragedy of 2004, when the hometown team, lead by Tito Francona, WON THE FUCKING WORLD SERIES!

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mgdistrict said…
Thank you and amen.

The guy is such a gossipmonger, always looking for a controversy for the sake of a controversy. Such a dink.

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