After sneering at the lack of acumen by the “Twitter types,” Ask Nick then demonstrates why we need him and others of his ilk during the sure-to-be-tumultuous hiring of a new Red Sox manager by: — Providing a Top Ten list with zero fresh information except for the Tampa bench coach (THERE’S a resume-builder), but a huge bias toward possible candidates with ties — however tenuous (played here; own house on the Cape) — that mark them as being properly aware of the importance of the Globe, Shaughnessy, and Nick himself. Don’t want nobody coming here who doesn’t respect our quaint “traditions.” — ruling out Jason Varitek, stating “We left off Jason Varitek because Dombrowski indicated [that] he didn’t see anyone in the organization getting the job.” I guess Nick missed the part where Dombo said managerial or at least strong bench experience would be essential. But how could he not address the howls for Varitek from 13 to 20 yahoo talk show caller staples? BTW, why are those a constituency that need to be addressed but “Twitter types” (I’m still not sure what that means) are not? Oh, and for good measure, Nick continues his lifelong confusion over whether he is an “I” or a “We” in his columns. Thoughtful complete sentences in proper English are still beyond his range. — name-checks a couple of guys who were great managers in their day but are now in their 70s. Is Nick pro- or anti- fresh blood/new approaches? He doesn’t know, so how could he tell you. — sets himself apart from the babbling rabble with the strong statement that “there are many excellent baseball men who deserve a chance to manage.” Then he lists another 100 or so names (I lost count/became drowsy). — demonstrates once again why we need him and the other beat writers (and fearless Globe columnists) by coming down hard: “It really could be anybody.” You don’t get insider analysis like that just anywhere. — Oh, and in a shocking twist ending, he ends up leaning toward #1 in his Top Ten — if anyone can remember that far back. At least he saved his appreciation of the misunderstood Bobby Valentine for another, presumably slower, news day. The Sunday “Baseball” column is my guess. Or is that “our guess?”
Perused Nick’s Sunday column and good grief, what a steaming pile of horseshit. How is he not embarrassed to put his name on that garbage?
I wish Farrell well–he was a good manager. And quite frankly why anyone would want to come here and deal with the morons who “cover” the team is a mystery & he always did it with class as far as I could tell.