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Aceves breaks unwritten rule in Boston

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08:18 AM ET 05.28 | Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves, in swiftly leaving the clubhouse, didn't offer his thoughts on blowing a save Sunday for the first time in 10 tries. One of the unwritten rules of the clubhouse is that pitchers have to take the heat after losses. Josh Beckett, for all his irascibility, never blows off the media. Jonathan Papelbon never did, either. Guys such as Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman were respected by their teammates for always being at their lockers even after their rare mistakes. It's not because the media needs a quote. It's because professionals don't leave it to somebody else to explain their mistakes. When you take a prominent role on a team, that's part of the responsibility.

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May 28, 2012  09:34 AM ET

He must think he is better than the rest of the guys who have come before him. If you want to be the man stand up when you fail and not just when you win.

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May 28, 2012  12:52 PM ET

At the very least, he could have left a Dear John (Axford) letter.

May 28, 2012  03:15 PM ET

Those "unwritten rules" are as good as the paper they are written on!

May 28, 2012  04:59 PM ET

Another BoSox pitching staff faux pas, or the media having a sulk? Looks a bit like the latter to my untrained eye.

May 28, 2012  07:14 PM ET

Pretty sure everyone of those sports writers he didn't talk to after the game ..saw the game ...saw him blow the game...and can basically decipher what happened and report it....I don't see what the big deal is...what is Aceves gonna give them besides the usual cliches like.."I didn't get the job done"...."I didn't execute and make my pitch"..."Give the other team credit they hit good pitches"..."I hung a curve ball and paid the price"...yada..yada...yada......this is such a non story it isn't even funny....

May 28, 2012  07:29 PM ET

I think teams need to limit media access anyway since they ask the same questions over and over day after day. It's not like this is the 1st time a player took off right after the game.

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May 28, 2012  10:36 PM ET
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Now that he doesn't play for a NY team he is going to have to learn how to act like a man and answer a question or two when things don't go his way. Remember, he can always pull the "I'm smarter than everybody card that the narcissist coach of the NY Rangers has used so often and pretend he is too smart for such nonsense. All he has to do is sit there with a dumb look on his face and pretend to be something he ain't.

He didn't behave this way until he moved up north...seems to be devolving.

May 29, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Where the hell is Andrew Bailey?

May 29, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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Where the hell is Andrew Bailey?

Is that like where in the world is Carmen Electra?

May 29, 2012  03:46 PM ET

How about this for a statement:

"I never wanted this stupid job anyway, but that headcase Bard insisted he was the best option in the starting rotation, so here we are."

May 29, 2012  06:43 PM ET

rodney didn't broke the rules and he did blow his first safe a day before aceves blow one of his own games,,,

May 30, 2012  11:16 AM ET

Who wrote the "unwritten rules" anyway? I know it was not I.
s$@#w unwritten rules, No one wants to sign on as the author then I am free to ignore that rule when I please and so is Aceves.

May 31, 2012  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Now that he doesn't play for a NY team he is going to have to learn how to act like a man and answer a question or two when things don't go his way. Remember, he can always pull the "I'm smarter than everybody card that the narcissist coach of the NY Rangers has used so often and pretend he is too smart for such nonsense. All he has to do is sit there with a dumb look on his face and pretend to be something he ain't.

That's kind of funny, considering it was the laid-back atmosphere that carried the Red Sox to the Championship in 2004. NY teams, ESPECIALLY the Yankees, have always been about professionalism. Aceves was probably glad to get out of town while he could still pitch so he wouldn't have to face the music time and time again.

 
June 1, 2012  02:02 PM ET

I don't think Aceves ever saw himself in the closer's role when spring training started. I think for the most part he's handled it well.

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