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The Sox clinched the cellar late Tuesday in the Bronx. They are officially the last-place Red Sox of 2012. They have lost seven in a row, 12 out of 13. They are 25 games out of first place. They are 23 games under .500. They are the worst Boston baseball team in 47 years. Oh, and remember the 7-20 record of last September? That’s now what we call, “the good old days.’’ The 2012 Red Sox are 7-21 since Sept. 1.

In the immortal words of the late Ned Martin … “Mercy.’’

Mercy. It’ll all be over tonight.

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The report said that Valentine ended up with his bicycle at the bottom of a ditch after “he had to swerve to avoid the umbrellas of two French tourists walking in front of him. The bike skidded, and he lost his balance and went careening head over pedals down the side of the hill by the road.”

Valentine suffered minor injuries to his knees and hips.

“I shouldn’t have been reading a text while I was riding. That’s the wrong thing to do,” Valentine said, according to the Times. “But at least I was wearing my helmet.”

No, this isn’t a story on the last day of the Red Sox’s season about Bobby Valentine crashing a bike while swerving “to avoid the umbrellas of two French tourists” and reading a text message from Dustin Pedroia. Right?

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I want to be a Red Sox my whole career," Pedroia said. "I want to be here during the World Series times, during the September collapse, the biggest trade, and I want to be here when we’re world champs again. I want that. I’ve been through times when not a writer said a bad thing about me, or the talk show hadn’t said a bad thing about me, and I want to be here when they say a bad thing about me. I look in the mirror every day and at the end of the season I’m going to look back and say I did everything I could to help us win. Were there parts I regret? Yeah, without question. There were a lot more than in the past, but I learned from those things. It’s going to make me better, I believe that. Yeah, I have to believe that. It’s going to.
I don’t know how anyone could EVER forget that Dustin Pedroia is the heart and soul of this ballclub. Watch him play. That guy wants to win. There’s a reason why he’s sacrificing his body all over the place and is emotional. He wants to win.

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Beckett wasn’t vilified as he was going 6-6 in 2010. He wasn’t despised for his relentless and curious injuries. He was actually kind of revered for being a take no [bleep] personality, an attitude that most presumed produced his production on the mound. Turns out, we were all hoodwinked as that relentless persona got out of control, transforming a hardened athlete into an enabled, unproductive albatross.

“I may not be the media darling, but I answer questions. That’s it,” Beckett told Bradford.

Except when he, you know…didn’t. Except when he brushed aside last season’s epic collapse during spring training. Except for the multiple times he wasn’t there to answer after yet another shelling. Except when he was cowardly hiding in the clubhouse while his teammates imploded.

Oh, Josh Beckett. You’re a freakin’ joke.

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Pedroia said he wasn’t surprised that his previous injury had completely healed, citing his recent production at the plate as an example of the progress.

“My other injury is healed. It’s 100 percent healed, and I could tell because I was hitting balls in the air to the pull-side. That’s a big thing because it means my bat speed is fine,” he said. “That’s the part that’s frustrating. I was about to get on a huge run the rest of the way, like I always do, and this happens. But there is still a lot of games left, I’ll heal this thing up, get out there and it will make a huge difference.

“I’m a lizard. I heal while I play. I’m a freak healer. I heal great.”

Dustin Pedroia should never change. Ever.


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[Daniel] Nava is now the leadoff man for the Sox, hitting .294/.411/.462 and making the league minimum, after J.D. Drew’s $70 million contract expired at the end of last season. The little things always matter. Even when you’re a team as flush as the Red Sox.
The Red Sox rank 7th on Grantland’s Power Rankings. Did you know Nava signed for $1? Ridiculous.

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Had we been completely true to our baseball philosophy that we set out and believed in and followed, we probably wouldn’t have made certain moves that we made anyway, moves that, as I look back on them, they were probably moves too much of convenience, of placating elements that shouldn’t have been important,” said Epstein. “Those were my mistakes, and because of that the last couple of years weren’t as successful as the previous seven or so.
Theo Epstein essentially says he screwed up in Boston. I’m glad he can admit it.

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McAdam brings the cold, hard truth

Sean McAdam, who, in my opinion, is the best Red Sox beat writer on this planet, delivers the bottom line facts on Theo Epstein staying with the Boston Red Sox:

It’s difficult to imagine Red Sox ownership allowing Epstein to leave with a year remaining, even if baseball protocol generally calls for teams to allow personnel to leave if it involves a promotion — in this case, from executive vice-president and general manager to club president.

It’s no secret that Epstein harbors a desire for new challenges.

After next season, he will have been general manager of the Red Sox for a full decade, from 2003 through 2012. In that time, the Red Sox have won two pennants and two World Series, with at least a decent chance to improve on that this October.

There’s drudgery to the job, and after a while, a sameness: endless paperwork, conversations with agents, arbitration cases and other day-to-day demands.

McAdam makes great points. It’d be hard to see Theo not as the general manager of the Red Sox, but I think Theo would ultimately be happier if he could escape Lucchino & Co. Whether it’s to a big market team like the Cubs or a small market challenge team (I could definitely see this) is unknown.

Ben Cherington, I hope you’ve got your GM Hat handy.

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First, I hope you brought a shit-ton of number two pencils from Seattle. Because before you’re even allowed to set foot inside the bullpen for warm-ups, there’s an extensive, mandatory questionnaire you’ll be forced to complete. Although it mostly concerns Red Sox trivia, there may (or may not, heh) be a few out-of-left field questions pertaining to “The Jeffersons.” The only advice I can offer is, when in doubt, respond with, “The episode in which George makes fun of white people.”
Red from Surviving Grady doing fine work, like always.

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