NEW YORK -- The Red Sox can't escape their recent past. Every day, it seems, comes an anecdote or a news report surrounding the team's clubhouse dynamic.
The most recent came Sunday when the New York Daily News reported that former Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach -- and not Adrian Gonzalez -- was the person behind contacting ownership to request a late-July meeting about manager Bobby Valentine.
General manager Ben Cherington wouldn't comment on the report, though a source with direct knowledge of the case labeled it "not true."
But Cherington did say the Sox can't complain about the feeding frenzy that exists.
"Normally when you're being scrutinized, there's a reason for it," said Cherington. "When things aren't going the way you want them to, normally you're scrutinized more. We sort of made that bed ourselves and it's up to us to make it better.
"When we make it better, there'll be less scrutiny and with less scrutiny, probably fewer distractions. I'm focused on trying to find ways to make our current situation better. I know that's what the players are doing, the coaches, certainly Bobby (Valentine) is doing. While we're in this, we've got to deal with the questions because we're not performing up the standard we expect and until we do, that scrutiny is going to be there."
Cherington said he finds no fault with the team's effort on the field and believes the players are prepared.
"That's all I can ask for," he said. "But we've had a good effort all year. We just haven't gotten it done on the field enough. When things aren't going well in a place like Boston, there's going to be attention to that and everyone in Baseball Ops is responsible for making it better.
"Until we do, we've earned the criticism, we've earned the scrutiny. It's part of being in the game in Boston. There's great upside to being in this game in Boston when things are going well. When things aren't going well, you've got to deal with a lot of questions. It's our job to not deal with as many questions."