Originally Posted by Noneck
I didnt watch the game so yes it is different. But what happened to Rios happens a lot when teams are in this situation. Some stay longer on the DL, some get in the buffet line twice, some stay out later, some take less batting practice, some watch less film etc. The Sox just havent been in this situation for awhile, it happens to all at one time or another.
This is why I don't think getting benched will hurt him (if he isn't going to Pit) is that other teams know that it's a lot harder for Sox players and players for other teams like the Sox right know to play with the same tenacity as with a contender.