Xander Bogaerts admits Red Sox had tension in locker room

Xander Bogaerts admits Red Sox had tension in locker room

The Boston Red Sox had their fair share of dysfunction during the 2016-17 season.

They managed to fight their way to the top of the AL East, but not without their issues, Xander Bogaerts said during a press conference Thursday.

“It’s a long season,” Bogaerts said on an NBC Sports Boston broadcast. “Whenever there are a lot of men in a room there will always be some kind of headbutts, disagreements. But in the end we came out on top, division leaders, division champs, so we had to be doing something right. As grown men we get past all those issues, problems and move forward. We’re all grown men. I definitely believe we all learn from last year. We had a lot of stuff going on last year, to be honest. We all live learn and move forward.”

Bogaerts was asked for more details on those squabbles, but wouldn't give them.

There were a number of incidents that came into the public eye. Dennis Eckersley, in particular, seemed to draw out the Sox' emotions. David Price swore at Eckersley on the team plane over some of the broadcaster's analysis of pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, according to The Boston Globe. Eckersley's analysis didn't sit well with Price, and when Price ripped into Eckersley on the plane, many Red Sox cheered.

Dustin Pedroia, one of the team's leaders, also had a strange exchange with Manny Machado after Matt Barnes tried to bean the Orioles shortstop. The headshot attempt came after Machado spiked Pedroia earlier in the season. After Barnes' high pitch, Pedroia was caught telling Machado on the TV broadcast saying, "It's not me. It's them." Essentially, Pedroia alienated his teammate, Barnes.

The Sox wouldn't refer specifically to any of these events -- nor any events which were not in the public eye.

“I think just tension in the locker room as far as if things are down,” Betts told reporters, via the Boston Herald. “We have to find a way to smile and go out and refocus on the game now vs. kinda what's been going on. I think this year will be a little different. I'm going to approach things a little differently as far as, if I'm not playing well or if we're losing or whatnot, I can do my best to try and find a way to get everybody back happy, smiling, excited and going to play."

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Ray Allen pens Instagram letter about time in Boston

Ray Allen pens Instagram letter about time in Boston

When Paul Pierce had his legendary number 34 raised to the Garden rafters, there was only one member of the big three missing: Ray Allen.

There's been plenty of rumors and discussion over the years about Allen's supposed falling out with members of the 2008 Celtics.

Not a whole lot has been said publicly, but there has always been a dark cloud hanging over Allen's relationship with his teammates.

Ray Allen took to Instagram in order to try and express himself on how he really feels about his time in Boston, and more importantly, Paul Pierce.

What we did in 2008 was special! Not only by Boston standards but by professional sports standards. The truth is, without any one of us on that team we would’ve never been able to do the unthinkable. Going from last place in one year to winning a championship is unfathomable. But, we did it! WE did it- Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Tony Allen, P.J. Brown, Sam Cassell, Glen Davis, Eddie House, Kendrick Perkins, Scott Pollard, James Posey, Leon Powe, Gabe Pruitt, Brian Scalabrine, Doc, Danny, everyone at the Celtics Organization, our wives, children, families, the Fans in The City of Boston and yes, me. Over the last few years I have been berated, lambasted and had my name smeared. You may not want to hear this, but I will always be a Celtic. (Fact). I will always cherish the bonds that I shared with all of my teammates and the people in the city of Boston. (Truth). We all gave everything we had. We all won and we all raised the 2008 NBA Championship banner together. (Ubuntu) Paul Pierce is the first guy that welcomed Kevin and me with open arms into his atmosphere from day one and we never looked back. Paul and I have spoken about our time together as teammates- going to battle night after night knowing we could count on one another and we have also talked about my decision to leave during free agency- a choice I made for my family. Despite what you may have heard or read or what is rumored- there is nothing but love. Paul and I are more interested in building bridges than putting up walls. To Paul, number 34, Congratulations on having your number raised up to the rafters. I salute you for your commitment to the city of Boston and to us the 2008 NBA Champions #thetruth

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