Another lucky individual has escaped the curse of being on the Red Sox in 2012.
Curt Young will no longer be a member of the coaching staff of the Boston Red Sox.
Pitching coach Young received more disrespect from his starting rotation than just about anyone in Major League Baseball history.
The faint praise heaped upon him by everyone from Jon Lester to Clay Buchholz may have sped his signing with his favored old team, the Oakland Athletics, where his kindly personality and attempt to treat adult men as adults seems to have won accolades.
In Boston a group of man-children seemed unwilling to act like men and acted out the adolescent attitudes of a Texas cowboy. They made the clubhouse at Fenway their personal saloon.
Josh Beckett and John Lackey have become the epitome of overindulgent bullies who stuck together to the detriment of their team.
Along the way they dragged Buchholz and Lester. Of the foursome only two may return to Boston unscathed by fan scorn.
Already the Sox are shopping Lackey, and if the chips fall where they may, Josh Beckett may be a goner too.
The treatment of Curt Young by the four major starters was disgraceful and an affront to baseball dignity. The Three Blind Mice of ownership treated him better, did not fire him, and let him find another job within 24 hours of his request.
If there ever needed to be a wakeup call to men of all ages that adulthood means putting childish habits behind them, the lesson of the 2011 Red Sox was that case.
Lame, inadequate young fans in Boston still defend the beer guzzling, disrespecting louts. They may never grow up, and their attitudes may more accurately depict the problems of American society in the 21st century.
The Red Sox prove to be merely a symptom of bigger fish caught with a hook in their crop.
William Russo's newest book is now out, ready for your tablet, your smartphone, your Kindle or Nook. Read RED SOX 2011: A WHIMSICAL AUTOPSY to find a month-by-month examination of the team, showing all the signs of trouble that most sports media missed. His other sports books are SEX, DRUGS, SPORTS & WHIMSY and RAJON RONDO: SUPERSTAR!