Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The Pacer shaped backup catcher likes it his way
"“He called (Dave) Roberts (when Mirabelli was traded) and said, 'I guess I'm getting called back to the big leagues,' ” Towers said before Monday's game with the Dodgers. “I'm glad I didn't hear that. . . . I don't miss him. These guys don't miss him.” "
“He was (upset) when we got Piazza,” Towers said. “ . . . He was (upset) because Rob Bowen was hitting in a group with Piazza and it should have been him. . . .
“The Sunday before the trade, Mirabelli was calling my phone like 5-6 in the morning. I finally get to (Petco) Park . . . I get into the clubhouse and he says, 'KT, can we have some private time?' ”
When they were alone, Towers said, Mirabelli told him the Padres might want to start Bowen behind the plate against the Dodgers that day, “because I'm not focused on the game.”
“I said, 'What?' ” Towers recalled. “He said, 'My boys, the (Red) Sox have been calling me. I got to tell you, it's all I watch on TV; all I think about is the Red Sox. Do me a favor and you guys a favor (and make a deal).”
Bard was then leading the major leagues with 10 passed balls, unable to come to grips with Wakefield's knuckleball. The Red Sox were desperate to bring Mirabelli back to Boston. But the last thing Towers wanted to do was accommodate a player whom he considered a pain.
“I said, 'You're (expletive) catching today,' ” Towers said. “ 'Theo (Epstein) ain't paying you. I'm paying you.' . . . Then in the worst way, I wanted to trade him to the Yankees. In the worst way.”
Red Sox Nation Says:
If this were the other way around, Sox fans would be up in arms, and this guy would be enemy #1. Instead, we got a guy who either couldn't resist the Chalupa at 3am, or radically changed his "regimen" before the 2006 season. A fat, slow, overpaid backup catcher who can't hit his weight (He is well beyond 183 pounds)is our Red Sox reality, while Bard and Cla Meredith thrive in San Diego. Sorry to be so harsh, but better to face reality than to live in denial. I wish the arrogant Mirabelli (rumor has it that it was his primadonna attitude that got him out of Boston in the first place) would take this advice to heart. What gives you the right, Douggie?