Grady Little The Latest To Snub Red Sox Party

When the Red Sox organization stated they would be inviting everyone to the Fenway Centennial celebration, they really meant it.  On the list of invites is none other than Grady Little, the famed manager who is best known for not pulling Pedro Martinez out of game 7 in the 2003 ALCS against the rival New York Yankees.  A game that the Sox would eventually lose in extra innings that was set up when Pedro squandered the lead in the 8th inning.

As Gordon Edes reports, Little was publicly humiliated shortly after the Sox lost the series when he was fired and ridiculed for his lack of movement from the dugout to replace Pedro with his bullpen.

The Little firing has recently been resurrected and re-hashed when Terry Francona was thrown under the bus and dethroned from the managerial position for what the owners felt was a legit cause.

Like Francona, Little appears to have snubbed the Sox for the way he was treated as he has yet to reply to the invite to the party.  Not surprising when you read Edes article who dives into the bowels of 2003 and recaptures the situation as it was.

The difference between Francona and Little is simple.  Francona won and relieved a Nation of misery while Little was accused of prolonging the agony.  One decision has caused Little to be hated by many Red Sox fans and whether or not it’s justified is another debate for another day.  But when the introduction of past managers and players is introduced on April 20th, two of the more notable names will be missing; one who brought tears of joy, the other who brought tears of pain.

Would you like to see Grady Little at the Fenway Park celebration?

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  • cpasitesolutions

    I think it’s unfortunate that any of the key players who had a role in the good parts of Red Sox baseball history are choosing not to be at the celebration.  I don’t blame them, I think there’s been a lot of tension over the years.  That’s one of the side effects of having a high-profile baseball team that’s as up and down as the Sox.  Hopefully in a few years it will pass as roles within management shift and change.  But there won’t be another 100 year celebration for these folks to take part in when that happens.

  • John Green

    I’m not sure you can place all the blame on Grady for that. I’ve never completely agreed with that. If its me I stay with my horse in that situation instead of handing the ball to my–shaky at the time–bullpen. It is tragic the way the organization treats managers on their way out the door.

  • Derek Stykalo

     @John Green John you know I respect your opinion a great deal and usually agree with you, but this time I feel that Grady should’ve pulled Pedro.  That year after throwing more than 106 pitches batters were hitting something like .366 on him. In the eighth inning he had thrown over 110 pitches and was ripe for the picking.  
    I do agree on the way managers have been treated, especially in the new owner era.  Very sad. 

  • Derek Stykalo

     @cpasitesolutions Time heals all wounds, just ask Billy Buckner who was kicked around for years by the fans and the media.  He didn’t deserve to be treated that way and neither do Little or Tito.  Tito not attending I can understand but I thought Grady would’ve given it was almost a decade ago that he was let go.  This goes to show that there is likely a lot more that happens behind the scenes that we will never know about that have cause hard feelings aside from the firings and public humiliations.  As always, thanks for reading and thanks for the comments. Keep the discussions coming. 

  • John Green

    @Derek Stykalo Hey man the feelings are mutual, I respect your opinion just as much. A friendly disagreement never hurt anybody. Enjoying the post’s as always, keep the good reads coming.