A Leadership Failure: The Boston Red Sox

The on-field fracas at Fenway Park on Saturday showed that the Bosox have not one but at least two Albert Belles on their team: Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez. That should make it pretty hard for anyone to root for these punks and cowards masquerading as cowboys.

But the real story here is not about sullen, surly overpaid ballplayers. It's about leadership. It's unconsionable that Red Sox manager Grady Little and the team's three owners could stand in support of such boorish and unsportsmanlike behavior. By not being critical of it, by not demanding that Martinez and Ramirez apologize, they're encouraging it.

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  • Mark Zorro

    Here is the acid test, let Pedro Martinez come to the Fast Company offices, dress everyone in baseball gear and let him throw a fast ball at the office staff's heads. If none of the office staff react in an aggressive or upset manner to this "attack", then it will be proof enough for me that baseball players should have the same sensibility, accord and restraint when presented with a similiar situation but one in a cauldron of emotion with thousands of people watching a game between two bitter and historic rivals.

    I think Jesus said it here best, "he who casts the first stone...".

    Long live the the new era of common sense, may this type of political correctness rest-in-peace and crawl back into the over-sensitive rock it once oozed out from. As for Don Zimmer, I loved the apologetic tears; as for the on-field fight, I still don't understand how it can be tolerated as a part of one sport (Hockey) and looked down upon in another (Baseball), but then the fat-cheque corporate gentry or upper crust elite have not fully invaded all aspects of hockey yet so we can still (without reference to ticket pricing) just about count it as a working person's sport and I guess that should explain it.

    M.
    zorromark@consultant.com
    (Mark Twain wasn't Mark Twain, Mark Zorro isn't Mark Zorro)

  • Tim

    A leader would apologize. Don Zimmer did, and I have to say he regained my respect. Macho posturing and the heat of the moment make the game a physical, emotional, exciting game. And it boiled over in game 3, on both sides - Red Sox and Yankees. It wasn't one pitch, it was an entire season and history of emotion and frustration, that came to a head with that pitch. Apologizing is not backing down, or taking the less "manly" road. It shows strength of character and a sense of personal introspection, recognizing and owning up to a foolish mistake, and that makes a leader. A pitcher shouldn't have to apologize for a pitch during a game, but a leader manages his emotions, uses his intellect and courage, and would apologize for his incitful comments and actions that take away from the whole game. Zimmer did just that, and proved he is a leader for the Yankees.

  • Earl

    The Red Sox blew it, and so did the Yankees. Beating on groundskeepers? Pushing around a 70 year old man? Regular people get arrested for that kind of stuff.

    Here's a coach that gets it: Herm Edwards of the NY Jets. When his best player was arrested and then pled guilty for DUI, Edwards sent him home to his mother and deactivated him for the next game.

    Did his player learn from Edwards' action? Maybe. Did the rest of us? Definitely.

    Behavior is behavior, regardless of what we do to earn our paychecks.

  • Keith Nichols

    Horsesh!t. (This is what happens when business journalists think they're qualified to comment on sports.)

  • Tom Dewitt

    Give me a break. Take off the dress. I refuse to believe that that commentary was written by a man. Throwing inside is a part of the game, as are bench clearing brawls. How many players has Roger Clemens beaned? Plenty. How many times has he apologized? You forgot to mention the yankee bull pen beating up a grounds keeper. But, I guess that's good behavior isn't it Nancy. Yankee management obviously thinks so.

  • Terry Musch

    Men playing a boy's game, making millions...good work if you can get it, especially when you don't get it.....TM