…it should be less of a mystery with the release of Seth Mnookin’s upcoming ‘Feeding The Monster’, a few choice tidbits from which are dropped in today’s Boston Globe by Gordon Edes.

Stat analyst Bill James (above) did a study in the 2003 season in which Ramírez was cited for half of the 60 instances in which Sox players did not hustle, and this spring, after the Sox did not trade him yet again after he’d asked to be dealt, Ramírez directed a rant at the owners in which he referred to them as “[expletive] white devils.”

The Sox asked James to do a study to determine whether David Ortiz was being truthful about his age; James told the club his performance was age-consistent.