Report: Shoppach Used Gonzalez's Phone To Send Infamous Text To Owners

August 19, 2012 12:00 AM
Report: Shoppach Used Gonzalez's Phone To Send Infamous Text To Owners
" BOSTON (CBS) – The infamous text from Adrian Gonzalez sent to Red Sox ownership last month, actually came from former Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach, according to a published report.

Back on August 14, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reported that Gonzalez, “texting on behalf of himself and some teammates, aired their dissatisfaction with (Red Sox manager Bobby) Valentine for embarrassing starting pitcher Jon Lester by leaving him in to allow 11 runs during a July 22 start.”

The New York Daily News reported Sunday that the text came from Gonzalez’s phone, but was actually sent by Shoppach.

Major league sources told the paper that “Shoppach was deeply involved in writing the message that touched off the latest Sox drama, but Shoppach would not confirm that charge.”

The report also noted that “sources say Gonzalez had nothing to do with the message’s content.”

Here’s an excerpt from the Daily News story:

A small group of players that has been unhappy with Valentine this season — a group that included Shoppach, according to a source familiar with the circumstances — was complaining about the manager in late July and engaged Gonzalez in the conversation "

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