Obstacles await newcomers

New hires like Lee Mazzilli and Ozzie Guillen start fresh, but not necessarily with a clean slate.

Originally Published: November 11, 2003
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

We learned more this week about why Grady Little had to get fired as the Red Sox manager, when Pedro Martinez expressly exonerated Little of any wrongdoing in the Game 7 loss, and subtly blamed him at the same time. Martinez said his reaction to Little's firing was 'Wow,' and Martinez echoed the words he spoke immediately after Game 7, that the finger of blame should be pointed at the star pitcher and not the manager.


But Martinez also let it be known -- in his version ...

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