Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 8/14/12

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! has a juicy, gossip-filled article about the unrest on Yawkey Way. It culminates around a meeting that took place in July at the behest of a group of Red Sox players, including Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia, at which they expressed displeasure with many of Bobby Valentine's tactics.

Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were among the most vocal in the meeting, in which some players stated flatly they no longer wanted to play for Valentine, the sources said. The tenor of the 2 p.m. meeting at The Palace hotel in New York turned ugly almost immediately, according to the sources, whom Yahoo! Sports granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about internal matters.

Not all of the Red Sox players attended the meeting, the sources said, highlighting the chasm that exists not only between some players and Valentine but among players in the clubhouse. The perception that Valentine is being scapegoated unfairly to divert attention from mediocre performances by star players exists among some players, according to sources.

Apparently their main issue was Valentine leaving Lester in to get tagged for 11 runs in his previous start. But the issues weren't limited to that.

The article goes over much of what we already know (or have assumed) about the situation in Boston. But the big takeaways are this:

  • The players are looking for someone to blame
  • Bobby Valentine is not the answer
  • Ben Cherington had nothing to do with his hire
  • The local media is still bought by the Sox organization, as a national guy scooped this meeting
  • and most importantly...everybody needs to get on the same page, pronto. It's not anyone's fault in particular, it's that they all have different agendas. Passan refers to Valentine's "divide and conquer" management style, which is why the clubhouse is such a mess among both players and coaches. But the same could be said of Larry Lucchino. Lucchino has been a tremendous executive from a business perspective. The Red Sox are wildly successful financially, and have for the most part been extremely successful on the field under his watch (yes, the last calendar year has been a disappointment, but two World Series in a decade ain't bad). But he needs to let Cherington do his job and hire a staff that he can work with, or he needs to fire Cherington and find somebody who's on the same page with Valentine. I trust Cherington, so I say eliminate Valentine and the rest of the coaches, but that's just me. Whatever the case, put a program in order immediately.

Anyway, go read the whole article, it has all kinds of good stuff. Drive-time radio should be fun this afternoon.

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