Monday, March 15, 2010
Nomar's deal speaks well of Red Sox
After quoting ethicist Jack Marshall's take on Nomar's one-day contract with the Red Sox, Craig relates a moment from the ensuing press conference:
The second question asked to Nomar during the press conference was who-approached-who first. Nomar admitted that he made the overture to Theo. You could tell by how quickly everyone started writing that the press smelled a "desperate Nomar asks to be let back in the family" angle that reflected their own biases.
Theo, however, sitting right next to Nomar, almost immediately jumped in to say (not in so many words, but in effect) that it doesn't matter who approached who, the organization thought it was a wonderful idea, that they embraced it and other words along those lines. This suggested to me organizational health in both the way Jack described it in his post -- that they're willing to let bygones be bygones -- and in its manifest desire to protect their own from attacks from outsiders who may mean to do harm (i.e. Theo's save).
I think anyone would want that from their employer, and it certainly made an impression on me. The fact that anyone is mining negativity out of it all says more about those doing the mining than the principals involved.
Technically, it's been some time since Garciaparra was employed by the Red Sox. They didn't how much (if anything), and if they'd asked Nomar to wait a few years before a public rapprochement, plenty of fans and most of the local writers wouldn't have complained.
But snubbing Garciaparra would have accomplished what, exactly?
There is some upside (good feelings) right now, and zero downside. If you think about it, of course the Red Sox did the right thing. And what's more impressive, they seem to have done it reflexively, instinctively. Leaving such nebulous labels as "right" and "wrong" aside, that's just the mark of a fine organization.