By TERRY LYONS (adapted from Ernest Lawrence Thayer poem)
The outlook wasn’t hopeful for the Fenway nine today;
The Commissioner issued a ruling, telling the Astros how to play.
Then Jim Crane came down hard, and fired Lufnow and AJ Hinch the same,
A sickly silence fell on Boston’s loyal patrons of the game.
A few got up to defend them, citing technology and speed at best,
Sox fans clung to the hope Alex Cora would be spared the rest.
If only the news wasn’t delivered in a nine-page report,
Maybe Alex would get his chance for a powerful retort.
But Manfred came down hardest, citing prior warnings on this mess,
The penalties for high-tech sign-stealing, $5 mil and two picks.
But Crane was grandstanding, protecting his franchise value and his name,
Just maybe Henry, Werner and Kennedy wouldn’t do the same.
Team execs and media applauded Manfred’s tough approach,
Then Shaughnessy & Keegan stepped-up and went with guns ‘a blazin’
“Fire Alex today or yesterday,” don’t wait for Manfred’s promulgations,
Didn’t look good for Alex, despite his love of community, and the island of our nation
The week ahead included Writers’ Dinners and a trip to Springfield, Mass,
Yes, we heard rumblings around the water cooler, which apparently took a bash,
The signals are difficult to communicate in a split second or two,
But advance warning for a change-up, might let Mookie hit The Pru.
Seems Mike Fiers told The Athletic everything he knew,
Then the White Sox Danny Farquhar, heard banging, after signaling for a ‘deuce,
Beltran hit the panic button, and they disassembled the feed,
But not before poor Alex was front and center in the deadly deed.
Manfred appointed Bryan Seeley and Moira Weinberg, DOIs,
They reviewed email messages, texts and Slack aside.
Ten thousand images strong, they issued vast evidence,
Seemed the ’Stros and Sox had aid when swinging for the fence.
From the pulpits, in New York and Bristol, there went up quite a roar,
The focus came upon the Red Sox and what they’d do with Cora.
“Sack him, fire him, shouted someone from every corner of the land,
It was time for Henry, Werner and Kennedy to draw the line in the sand.
So, at 7:26 tonight, the communique was received,
It lit up #RedSox Twitter and the Boston sports world, indeed.
No Spy Gate, nor Deflate Gate, nor a “Tuck Rule” to doubt,
With a simple one-page news release, Alex Cora has struck out.