|Subject: So Little|
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003
From: "George" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: jcouture at s-t dot com
Little's teams did not finish 1st in their division.
He inherited a decent team. He did not rebuild one.
He took a 40-17 record and couldn't make the playoffs last year.
This year, he only got to the playoffs because Seattle choked.
Then got to 2nd round because Oakland choked.
Then of course, the Red Sox always choke.
Many people thought this year's team would win the WS.
He couldn't get to first place.
Can the great season stories.
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I know this has been keeping you awake at night, but I finally found out where the hell "Brownies" came from.
A long, long time ago they were called the Agawam Browns. I guess the original color of their uniforms was brown, and they used to be able to hide the football against their bellies when they ran. This stumped the opposing teams...they called it "Pulling a Brownie"
Hence the nickname, the "Brownies...."
Ahh...the things you learn when you talk to cheerleaders.
Now you can sleep at night!
|Subject: Response: Grady gave it all away!|
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2003
To: jcouture at s-t dot com
I am responding to your column as of Saturday 18, 2003. I now know why you work at Standard Times. I want to get one thing straight, of all people I am not one to protect Grady Little. However when u write an article and nonetheless ST lets you print it is absurd. I want you to answer these questions. Is Pedro Martinez the best pitcher in baseball? Can Grady strike someone out or can he hit a homerun? You call Grady a coward in your article. So put it in this perspective. What if Pedro struck out 3 batters in the 8th or if he even got out of the inning with just one run given up. Then everybody would be loving Grady and his managing. The point of the matter is Pedro is the best pitcher in baseball (without velocity on his fastball). So you want Grady to take out Pedro to throw in Timlin, Embree, anybody? Well, I'll say again this is why you work for the ST and not for the Globe. You can give me any stat you want about how the bullpen has pitched in the playoffs and I'll say your right. But what happens if he took Pedro out and Timlin lost it. Then what's said "Grady can't manage?" What you have to face is that the article you wrote is wrong not in the aspect of you saying Grady can't manage, but the fact you believe any manager would take out Pedro who in 7 innings gave up six hits and two runs with only 100 pitches or so. My point is if your going to lose I would rather lose with the best pitcher in all of baseball then say Joe Shmoe! Another point that needs to be made upon referencing your article. You said "For Game 7, Torre dropped high-priced slugger Jason Giambi to the seventh in the lineup" resulting in 2 homers, you call this managing but in reality could the Red Sox drop say Manny Ramirez to the seventh whole then fill the spot. NO. I use Manny in that spot because he is the same value as Giambi in the Yankees lineup. So I go back to the point which is the players, managers, personnel, and hell even the fans didn't lose that game 7. The fact is the higher priced, more experienced, and most of all BETTER TEAM won! This isn't second guessing. That would imply I had to think twice!
A heartbroken RedSox fan
Andrew _. ________
That front page column on deadline this morning was, in my opinion, a classic, written in white heat for the ages. I have no doubt it will be a prizewinner in the contests to come.
But, more importantly, it was a test of a young columnist's grace under pressure and you came through beautifully.
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