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From the archives | 2006

It’s not about who’s to blame

I appeared to strike a chord in the readership earlier this week by writing the following: “The truth is we need to sit down and figure what sports are all about. We’ve lost our way.”

It was in reference to the Yankees’ infamous five-game sweep of the Red Sox, and the need of many, as I saw it, to find someone to blame for all this, rather than to accept it as a pure athletic situation in which one team simply performed better than another over a period, in this case four days. As always, there are plenty of people who are quite unhappy with the manager, but at present people are displeased in much greater numbers with general manager Theo Epstein, who, in their view, either allowed to get away, traded away, or traded for the wrong people in the last two offseasons and who then angered them further by not putting the Mercurochrome bunny on all this by making a cure-all trade at the July 31 deadline.

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