by Earl Nash
YOU’RE BEN CHERINGTON you allow the phantasm scene of you accepting the “MLB Executive of the Year Award” to float behind the steam on the mirror of your medicine cabinet for just a few seconds, when, Tyler, draws you out of your reverie:
“Ben, breakfast it ready!”
YOU’RE BEN CHERINGTON: Finally in charge, Architect of the “Next Great Red Sox Team”
by Earl NashYOU’RE BEN CHERINGTON and your “Bridge to Nowhere” team for 2013 is making a run for Post-season, the prospects for an all homegrown “Next Great Red Sox Team” are blossoming, you have made your decision about your future Hall of Fame outfielder, Jackie Bradley.
YOU’RE BEN CHERINGTON and, with the door closed, looking out the window of your ancient office, the pathetic fallacy of literature provides nothing but blue skies–as far as you can see.
Willie Nelson is crooning on the glial stage of your Primary auditory cortex:
"Blue skies smilin’ at me…Nothin’ but blue skies do I see… Blue days, all of them gone… Nothin’ but blue skies from now on…"
Ben, finally– it’s your turn to drive, Cherington takes the wheel in Boston
by Earl Nash
Finally, it’s your turn to drive the car, Ben. Last summer, while you were learning to drive, Uncle Larry kept grabbing the wheel, until he crashed the car. Dad promised that from now on Uncle Larry, that old know-it-all, will go back to his real job, running the Red & Pink Trinket Shop across the street from Fenway–it’s your car, at last!
Almost all the race experts predict you’ll finish last in the AL East Drag Race Championship this summer. But you look at the other four cars and you think: the Bomber car has worn out parts; the Devil Ray car is good at pitching the turns, but lacks power; the Baltimore car has piston rotation problems, and the Canadian kid spent a lot of money on his car this winter.
November 14, 2013:
The Sporting News has given Red Sox GM Ben Cherington its Major League Baseball Executive of the Year award for 2013. The empaneled 31 major-league executives chose Cherington over fellow contenders Neal Huntington of the Pirates, Dayton Moore of the Royals and Frank Wren of the Braves.
Cherington, 39, was of course the architect of this year’s world champions, and the Sox’s success was due in part due to the moves he made in the 2012 offseason — moves like signing Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Koji Uehara to reasonable contracts. As well, Cherington made the call to fire Bobby Valentine, skipper of the roundly disappointing 2012 team, and replace him with John Farrell, who’s a finalist for AL Manager of the Year.
Cherington has been at the helm in Boston since being promoted to replace the outgoing Theo Epstein in October of 2011.