Are you like me? Have you been wondering why the Red Sox manager has been starting sub-Mendoza stars Darnell McDonald and Mike Cameron when a young kid with a lot of promise and a hot bat is on the bench? WEEI's Big Show had Terry Francona on Wednesday (conversation on Reddick starts at the fourth mark) and asked him if he would start Josh Reddick over the likes of McDonald and Cameron, citing Reddick's above-.400 batting average. Francona responded:
He has done a really good job in a small sample size for us. But you can't get too carried away with that. He was hitting, I think, .240 in AAA... I think you get my point. You don't run away from your guys for the flavor of the week--I think that's a bad way to manage. And I love Red. And again, as long as Red wants to help us right now, that's great, because he's maturing by the week. And he's doing better. And as this kid does mature, you're going to see a better player, and hopefully he'll keep it. Consistency's been a real hard thing for him the last couple of years, but hopefully he starts to get there.
I would like to formally submit my disapproval of this managerial decision. I would form an argument why, but I think most fans on this site already know what I would say, none of it being original. My main objective here is rather to air out Francona's words so more people can know exactly what he's thinking.