On WEEI Sports Radio this morning, Tom Werner, he of the Red Sox holy trinity of Henry, Werner and Lucchino, mentioned that because it is a cold and blustery day, and because relief pitcher Mike Timlin made a request, the Red Sox bullpen will be heated during today’s game. Werner was asked specifically if the Detroit Tigers would have the same and, without a hint of sarcasm, Werner said “no”.
Though I don’t have the rule book in front of me, official rules of all sports usually forbid one team to gain advantage of another by employing different accommodations for visiting team’s playing and coaching members during the playing of the game.
By heating the home bullpen and not the visitor’s, the Red Sox have the advantage of relief pitchers with warm arms making them less stiff. They can warm up faster. Important when you have to get out of a late inning jam. There are a number of advantages.
But then of course this is the same Red Sox ownership that announced when they bought the team that were going to make serious efforts to change the perceptions and realities of the Red Sox being a racists organization.
When they bought the team in ’01 there were two African American working in the front office and major league team staff. (not including players and coaches) Since they bought the team the number of executives and staff has more than doubled, yet there are still only two African American employees. The same two ownership got when they bought the property. I mean team. The same two who had been there years before the new ownership arrived. And don’t forget, there were other African Americans working there when they bought the team who are no longer there.