Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe Red Sox beat writer, was less than kind to Julio Lugo when responding to a fan's question about the injured Sox shortstop. (Amalie just picked up the new mailbag gig on boston.com after Gordon Edes moved to Yahoo.com).
"I can't imagine there's going to be a big market for Lugo in the offseason, but the Sox can't continue to have him as their starting shortstop. He was awful this season, offensively and defensively."
Well Amalie, tell us what you really think. We all know Lugo has been bad, but did you have to be so brutal. I mean...he did hit .385 in the World Series last season. Does that count for anything? His average through 82 games in 2008 was 31 points higher than in 2007. Tides can turn quickly. Don't forget the $14 million grandslam.
"Lugo, by the way, is signed for 2009 and 2010 with a vesting option for 2011. That's a long time."
Is this backlash for the fact that Lugo was the 1 of 25 Red Sox players who stuck up for Manny Ramirez (rumors have it). Maybe Manny will convince the Yankees to include Lugo in his future $80 million golden parachute. "Yes....I would like $20 million/season, hair extensions, and Julio Lugo."
Be careful Amalie, this town can chew you up and spit you out. But, I admire the khutspe. It usually takes years of experience before members of the Boston media take unwarranted shots at the athletes in this town.