Monday, October 27, 2003

Goodbye Grady

My guess is that the only way Boston Red Sox manager Grady Little was going to keep his job (which he lost today) was if the Bosox had won the World Series. And even then, I think he probably would have been shown the door.

Little was not with "the program" that the new Red Sox management (and ownership) believes in, fervently. How fervently? Let's put it this way: They didn't hire stats wizard Bill James to augment the decision-making process, they hired Bill James to drive the decision-making process. Little passive-aggressively resisted "the program" all season.

Little's know-nothing approach cost the Red Sox game seven of the ALCS. Long before that, it cost him his job. Eric Wilbur has an excellent Red Sox blog on this very topic.