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Now you know why the Red Sox haven't won(3 posts)

Now you know why the Red Sox haven't wonLive Steam
Oct 27, 2003 3:20 PM
the World Series in decades. Why in the world would they fire Grady Little? He brought them to the ALCS and within a few outs of the Series. I thought he managed them well. This ruins their cohesiveness in my opinion. So he left Martinez in. Who's to say that the Yankees wouldn't have spanked the pen and still have won? Who's his replacement gonna be - Bobby Valentine? LOL!!
Grady's problems predated game 7TJeanloz
Oct 28, 2003 6:04 AM
Grady didn't manage very well all year. The feeling in Boston was that this was the team (from a player perspective) that could have won the World Series, but Grady put them in a place where they were always fighting an uphill battle. In the WS alone, how many hit-and-runs did Grady call, and how many resulted in double plays? He just was not a very savvy manager, like it or not.

Boston is all hoping for Jim Leyland. Bobby V could never make it here.
Grady's problems predated game 7Live Steam
Oct 28, 2003 6:25 AM
I was just joking about Bobby V :O) I thought the players all liked playing for Little? It was frequently reported how he brought that clubhouse together. Are you talking about the strike-em-out, throw-em-out DPs? He made those calls against ground ball pitchers. They may have resulted in DPs any way. The hitters should have gotten the bat on the ball.

I still think it's a mistake. Teams need to work from consistency. Look at Joe Torre. Yes he won in '96, but he could have been fired after the '97 loss in the Division series to Cleveland. A new manager and a new system does not guarantee results. Little, I am sure, learned from his mistakes. He wasn't Larry Lucchino's pic and that is why he's gone.