Ben Cherington steps up to the plate

New Red Sox GM boldly stands behind beleaguered Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett

Updated: October 26, 2011, 12:28 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The room was packed with Red Sox employees, all turned out to see the best day of Ben Cherington's professional life. Finally, some good news on Yawkey Way: One of their own was being promoted to general manager, successor to Theo Epstein, whose installation as Cubs president three hours earlier in Chicago had the feel of a coronation.

But for all the scouts and stat men, secretaries and assistant farm directors and sales people who crammed the State Street Pavilion in Fenway ...

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