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Re: Coverage of Williams firing
Dan B wrote:
>Both Sean McDonough and Jerry Remy have been very critical of the firing of
>Jimy Williams during the Red Sox game tonight. They had Dan Duquette on for
>one-half inning and were polite in their questioning and let him have his
>say. For the last three innings, they have blasted the Sox for the move.
>I'm sure the Sox aren't pleased.
Joe and Jerry on radio were more circumspect, but I certainly got the sense
that they were not terribly fond of the move either. Peter Gammons on ESPN
blasted Duquette for saying Kerrigan was his second choice, and everybody
seemed puzzled on WEEI about why Williams was being fired NOW-- general
consensus was that Duquette had just been waiting for an excuse to do
it. WEEI callers were very anti-Jimy Williams, and thought it should have
been done long ago. But what was really amusing-- and tells you how hot
the topic is in Boston, is that not only was the firing the lead story on
WBZ News Radio (as it should be-- the Red Sox are an obsession around
here), but then, it was the first subject on the DAVID BRUDNOY SHOW (not
exactly a bastion of sports talk) which did an hour on it, with Alan Segal
and Gary Tanguay as guests. WBZ callers were generally pro-Jimy Williams,
and felt he was being asked to take the fall to cover the mistakes that
Duquette made in putting the current team together. David, G-d bless him,
was surprisingly knowledgeable about the topic.