Sure, I could blame Jonathan Papelbon for serving up a grand slam in the 8th. I could blame numerous Sox bats for not getting it done. I could blame Clay Buchholz for making a few rookie fielding errors.

But why would I do any of those things, when I can blame last night’s pathetic loss on Julio Lugo and his treasonous lack of hustle?

Bases loaded, two out, bottom of the seventh, Toronto up 2-1. Lugo at bat. Grounds weakly to the left side, as has been his wont lo these many months, and starts jogging half-assedly down the first baseline. After a few leaden steps, Lugo sees that shortstop Ray Olmedo is juggling the ball and he has a chance to be safe at first—hence driving in the tying run. But of course, by then it’s too late. Lugo’s out, the inning is over, and in the next inning, and the Red Sox go quietly into the night.

22 Responses to “Julio Lugo is what’s wrong with people.”

  1. Brian Sadecki says:

    Gabe Kapler wants back in! Put him at short. That man is made of heart and hustle.

  2. Yes, Zvee, your comment is a bit off the mark, methinks. Red Sox fans don’t love Manny *because* he fucks up from time to time; they love him *despite* his fuckups. The whole idea of “Manny being Manny” is more or less an explicit acknowledgement of precisely the point you just made – Red Sox fans realize that they put up with more from Manny because he is one of the best hitters of all time. But Lugo just sucks all around.

    Also, I can’t agree with the idea that if J.D. Drew were hitting .310, people would say he was “cool under pressure.” Even when Drew had his career year with the Braves in 2004, hitting .305 and 31 homers, I don’t remember anyone complimenting his on-field demeanor. He was still known for his apathetic approach, such that when the Dodgers signed him that very offseason, there was much concern among LA fans and media about Drew’s reputation as an apathetic player, despite the numbers he had just put up.

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