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Red Sox clubhouse is “eleventy-billion times better”

Mar 10, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

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So says the Boston Herald’s John Tomase:

The clubhouse is eleventy-billion times better than it was over the last two years. General manager Ben Cherington set out to address the black hole made all the worse by the presence of Bobby Valentine last year, and if March is any indication, he has succeeded.

The vibe in the room couldn’t be any different, or frankly, any better. It starts with manager John Farrell, who has thus far commanded the respect of his players without leaving any knives in anyone’s back.

Tomase cites the influx of many new faces as another factor, as well as the exit of the “defiant” Josh Beckett and “aloof” Adrian Gonzalez.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    no more beer and fried chicken on off nights eh boys

    • shaggylocks - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      *insert lame, tired beer and chicken comment here*

      Shoot, you already beat me to it.

      • homelanddefense - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        nothing is funnier than a two year old joke that has been beat to death…

  2. drewzducks - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Eleventy billion ? Did he get that quote from Dr. Evil ?

    • paperlions - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      JRRT, actually.

      • chacochicken - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        In a hole in the ground there lived an aloof Adrian Gonzalez.

    • baseballisboring - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:59 AM

      He probably overheard Jim Kaat talking to his math tutor.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Of course the locker room vibe is great….

    They wildly overpaid a ton of middling players.

    Who WOULDN’T be happy in that situation?

    • sabatimus - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Um…everyone on the Sox roster last year?

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        It got worse this offseason.

        Did you not notice they signed Victorino, Gomes, and Clement?

      • homelanddefense - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Clement? LOL, is it 2004 again?

      • 18thstreet - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        Clement was terrific until he was hit in the head by a batted ball by an unknown player on Tampa Bay who was totally worthless and never played a good game in his life.

        Seriously: MATT CLEMENT WAS AN ALL-STAR FOR THE RED SOX. Then he got hit in the face with a batted ball. I will defend this signing for the rest of my life.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Things that happened:

        Matt Clement was never the same player again. Would you be?
        And does anyone ACTUALLY blame Theo Epstein for this? That he should have seen it coming?

        If so, please say something bad about Tony Conigliaro in your answer. About how Tony C. is a hero and Matt Clement is a bum.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Heh….my bad. I have ALWAYS confused Matt Clement and Ryan Dempster because of the Florida/Cubs careers and didn’t even realize it.

        However, let us PLEASE not forget that his ERA was 8.88 for the month leading up to getting hit.

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    The vibe in the locker room and from the media will not be great if the team fails to perform. Just wait until Aceves returns from the WBC. That will change the locker room vibe all by itself.

    • mcsnide - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Especially if he still has Satan in his eyes.

    • bobwsc - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      hope you got a prime spot on the Jays parade route.

      • psousa1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Dickey and Josh Johnson (Dickey and Johnson?) will be 17 game winners – combined.

  5. chacochicken - Mar 10, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    That’s statistically significant.

    • paperlions - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      We actually need the mean and variance to determine that…

      • chacochicken - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        I go with my gut. Don’t bring you’re damn sabremetrics into this.

  6. manchestermiracle - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    How could it have gotten any worse? Isn’t anything times zero still zero?

  7. Jackson - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Pretty sure the last time I said “eleventy-billion” I was in second grade.

  8. thebadguyswon - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    So what happens when this team flops? I can’t wait to see who gets the blame.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      The media.

  9. pisano - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    That was an easy problem to solve, 90% of the trouble was Bobby Valentine, anytime a manager talks crap on his players to the media, there’s gonna be a lot of backstabbing going on. Thank Valentine for most of that.

  10. Old Gator - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Without the knife handles, what keeps the uniforms from getting sweaty and sticking to their shoulder blades?

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