Curtis: Red Sox’ Change In Direction Evident In Offseason Signings

December 5, 2012 10:39 AM
Curtis: Red Sox’ Change In Direction Evident In Offseason Signings
BOSTON (CBS) — When this Red Sox ownership group took over the franchise in 2002, its mission statement was simple and direct: Bring a World Series championship to the deserving fans of “Red Sox Nation.”

" They were bold; they traded an icon in Nomar Garciaparra for two players nobody within 128 had ever heard of.  They fired a 93-win manager who brought them five outs away from a World Series berth in Grady Little and replaced him with a man who averaged 91 losses in four failed seasons as Phillies manager in Terry Francona.

They out worked the rest of Major League Baseball to bring clubhouse king Kevin Millar back from Japan to babysit Manny Ramirez, they signed a little known DH previously known as David Arias and overspent for Keith Foulke to end their awful experiment of closer-by-committee. Sox brass spent Thanksgiving 2,000 miles from Yawkey Way at Curt Schilling’s Arizona home after trading a prized prospect for the rights to negotiate a deal with him and returned to Fenway with an ace.

They were after wins, not box office splashes "

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