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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Since it’s an election year, perhaps it’s time for the Misery Index:
It could be worse, Red Sox fans. At least Bobby Valentine’s players haven’t tried to kill him. Joe Kerrigan was not so fortunate in 2001, the last time the Red Sox had a season even remotely resembling this one. Just ask David Cone. He was there the September day that mercurial outfielder Carl Everett tried to attack Kerrigan during batting practice, an incident that helped push Cone into retirement.
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As bad as 2012 feels, with daily dramas materializing over matters big and small, it’s entirely possible that 2001 was even worse. Players tuned out Jimy Williams until he was fired in August. Ugueth Urbina and Trot Nixon brawled on a flight from Tampa, prompting then-bench coach Gene Lamont to remark, “(Expletive) it. Let them kill each other.” Everett disrespected Williams in a team meeting, tore his jersey off in anger during a post-Sept. 11 workout, and then nearly assaulted Kerrigan. The Sox couldn’t even agree on a teamwide donation following the terrorist attacks.[/block quote]
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