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Red Sox won’t hold press conference about Dave Dombrowski firing

Tampa Bay Rays Vs. Boston Red Sox At Fenway Park

BOSTON - JULY 31: Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski responds to a question about his decision not to acquire any new pitchers as he meets with the media before the game to take questions regarding the team’s lack of a trade before the deadline expired. The Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays in a regular season MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on July 31, 2019. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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We talked at length about why Dave Dombrowski got fired, but the “how” of it all is rather interesting.

It was unexpected. We know that. The Sox just won the World Series. The timing of it -- at midnight, after a Sunday night game on the opening Sunday of the NFL season when the Patriots made big news -- was a tad unusual too. It happens like that sometimes, but it gives off the impression of being hasty or, at the very least, makes it look the team was trying to bury it, as if this sort of thing could be truly buried.

But I’m mostly fascinated with how the Red Sox, apparently, seem to have no interest in explaining the why:

You’d think a presser would be in order, wouldn’t you? Instead we’re going to get a lot of stories in which anonymous sources tell reporters things that put Dombrowski in a bad light. Which, while a time-honored Boston sports tradition, is certainly less than illuminating.

We’re already getting a little bit of that today, as I saw one article in which the Red Sox’ spending under Dombrowski was cited by an anonymous source as a problem. Which is weird given that I have no doubt that all of his big expenditures -- Chris Sale’s extension, the J.D. Martinez signing, etc. -- got signoff from ownership.

Now, though, that’s Dombrowski’s fault, I guess, and no one will be able to ask John Henry a question about why such spending was fine with him six months ago but ceased being fine as of midnight last night.

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