Redoubtable Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay has this to say about the Red Sox installation of new manager Bobby Valentine:
The Boston Red Sox installed Bobby Valentine as their new manager early Thursday evening. But you already know this. Besides winning world championships, it is the organizational mission of the Red Sox to absorb every last drop of attention and oxygen out of baseball’s atmosphere, until an astronaut on Mars is wearing a “B” logo cap and a third of all babies born (male or female) are named Pedroia. Or at least Youkilis.
Like their biggest rival, the New York Yankees, the Red Sox are a ravenous beast that eats everything in sight. Four other baseball organizations have changed managers for 2012—the Marlins, the Cubs, the White Sox and Cardinals—with nowhere near the fuss, hand-wringing and over-analysis.
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There’s one major exception to the idea that they are trying to “absorb every drop of attention”. That’s the Don Fitzpatrick scandal. That scandal is a lot like the one at Penn State, except that the perpetratrator was allowed to retire quietly to his condo a half mile from Randolph High School. And none of the people who knew about this and kept his secret for more than ten years has ever explained why. I recently sent this email to Nick Cafardo:
“Since the Penn State scandal broke I’ve been trying to find out how the Don Fitzpatrick scandal was handled. You seem to have been covering the Red Sox on August 25, 1991 when one of Fitzpatrick’s victims held up a sign accusing him.
Nothing about this seems to have been made public at the time. Were you unaware of the sign, or was a conscious decision made by you or an editor not to publish this?
I don’t mean to pick on you or the Globe. It appears that nobody in the media picked up on this story, but I might be wrong.
With hindsight, do you think that everything was done that could have been done?”
There have been a few mentions of this scandal in various local blogs, but even there it is assumed that this all happened a very long time ago, and it was all Tom Yawkey’s fault.
Yawkey was long dead by 1991. But many of the people who knew about this scandal in 1991 are not only still alive, but still active. But very, very quiet.