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Strength and conditioning coach “surprised” by Red Sox firing

Nov 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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Dave Page, the strength and conditioning coach let go by the Red Sox yesterday, told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he “was surprised” by the firing and “it caught me off guard that it happened now and not right after the season.”

In other words, once the constant headlines about beer, fried chicken, and video games in the clubhouse finally died down Page thought his job was safe. He’d been with the Red Sox for six seasons and was named strength and conditioning coach of the year in 2007.

Here’s more from Page:

We had a great program in my opinion and we added to it a little every year. But sometimes perception goes a long way whether it’s right or wrong.

“Sometimes perception goes a long way whether it’s right or wrong” could be the motto of the Red Sox’s offseason, at least so far.

Page told Abraham that at least a half-dozen players called him after news of the firing, adding that “Papelbon and Youkilis were less than pleased. I can tell you that.” Interestingly, none of the pitchers implicated in the beer/fried chicken/video games stuff were included on the list of callers.

  1. toosoxy - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    He’s rumored to be a great guy. Even the Globe investigation didn’t implicate Page…

  2. vanmorrissey - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Gee, is there an opening in Chicago? Hear the Cubs are becoming Sox nation midwest. And not White Sox nation, either.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM

      You say that like it’s a bad thing :)

      Though I hope Larry Lucchino is never on the list of people who may one day replace Crane “I know he handles the business end, but what does he actually DO?” Kenney.

  3. SmackSaw - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    He musta supplied the chicken.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    As the blame game in Boston continues. You can have the best strength guy in the world but its still up to the players to do the work and watch their diet. I guess its his fault because he didn’t babysit them like a bunch of children.

  5. bigharold - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    As a Yankee fan I think the great Beer & Chicken scandal of 2011 is WHY over blown. However, I do admit to a certain amount of amusement watching the RS continue to screw up what amounts to a Mickey Mouse PR situation. It reminds me of one of those video shows where a squirrel has a peanut butter jar stuck on its head and it keeps banging into things attempting to extricate itself. Clearly its an example of how not to execute damage control.

    Really, if these guys were out of shape do they not have any responsibility? I think a lot of this is conjecture and rationalization for just terrible performance in September. Does anybody really think this guy went from trainer of the year to not knowing anything? Perhaps this is another example of how Francona lost the players? Regardless, do you really think that the players were not following the program and the lowest guy on the totem pole was going to throw three of the starters under the bus?

    I’m not convinced that conditioning was the sole or even close to the biggest issue in the RS month long slow motion train wreck of last September. I understand that baseball is a results orientated business but this appears to be a kneejerk reaction. But, if conditioning did play a discernable part, I hope these clowns are proud of themselves. They just got a guy that actually works for a living fired.

    • bigharold - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      Sorry, I meant … WAY overblown.

    • yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Nov 4, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      Of course its overblown its the Boston media. I tune in to watch the NESN post game when they lose and they are worse than their whiniest fan base in all of pro sports. TJ, Eck, Rice complain like teenage girls.

      And the Sox fan-base couldn’t care less if someone who works for a living got fired, they aren’t even paying attention. Are you surprised that after the Sox are eliminated the “Nation” dwindles down to not even a small crowd?

      • bigharold - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:25 PM

        “And the Sox fan-base couldn’t care less if someone who works for a living got fired,…”

        I think some of them care but I’m certain that they all want it to go away. Frankly, at this point so do I.

  6. uyf1950 - Nov 4, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    It’s apparent that John Henry doesn’t subscribe to the phrase that was popularized by President Harry S. Truman “The Buck Stops Here”.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      The media would cream themselves if that were used, so they could change that to “The Popeye’s Truck Stops Here.”

      • uyf1950 - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:13 PM

        Good point. Maybe Popeye’s should consider signing Lackey, Lester and Beckett to an endorsement deal. The they could paint those trucks with likeness of them and underneath say “Look who eats here” or better yet “Supper of Champions” of course they would have to draw a line through champions.

        Sorry couldn’t help that.

  7. cur68 - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Off Season of the Long Knives seems to be more a which hunt than a meaningful change for better. Strength and Conditioning people can only do so much; the players, grown-assed men last time I saw them, need to be down with the program, too. Some of the players need some public boning by the team brass if we are going to be blaming conditioning on the BoSox’s craptastic September.

    Oh well, at least now Dave Page can get on with more meaningful things, like turning down the GM post in Baltimore before catching on with a rebuilding team. Any team full of young talented players that need a bit of experience with staying in shape for a full season and on into the post should be all over the guy. KC, Arizona, The Nationals, or even the Blue Jays should have a look at him.

    • protius - Nov 4, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      A ‘which’ hunt? How about a who hunt. Better yet, a what hunt.

  8. aceshigh11 - Nov 4, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    “and we added to it a little every year”

    Is Page talking about the S&C program, or Josh Beckett’s waistline?

    *rimshot* OH!

    Try the veal.

  9. bigleagues - Nov 4, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    I’m beginning to think the source on the Poultry Posse story may have been Dave Page.

  10. toosoxy - Nov 4, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    It is bigger than a “small crowd,” and they very much care.

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