Terry Francona thinks that it's not fair that he can't use his DH when he plays a National League team in a National League ballpark.
This is certainly hilarious, if one thinks that Terry is actually advocating for his team to get an extra hitter in the lineup. I don't think he's doing that. Rather, he probably wants the DH used all the time, for both teams, when interleague play is ongoing.
Of course, that wouldn't fair to the National League team. Yes, an AL team is constructed with the DH as an integral part, but in exactly the same way, an NL team is constructed without the DH in mind. It's not as if both teams are losing an equal player. All of the players that Boston will consider sitting (Ortiz, Youkilis, Lowell) are far better than the options that an NL team will consider for DH. If the DH were uniformly in effect, NL teams would complain that the AL teams have the advantage of an extra quality hitter.
I suspect most of you understand this, and that isn't even what really interests me about this story. What does interest me is that Francona is whining because he might be forced to sit David Ortiz.
Folks, this is why a DH must be an absolutely transcendent hitter to be the MVP. David Ortiz is so bad defensively that he cannot play first base. He's so bad, that the Red Sox are considering sitting him down because they no longer have the luxury of the DH. He's so bad that the Sox would rather play Manny Ramirez in left field than play David Ortiz at first base. A DH like Ortiz greatly hurts his teams flexibility. A player like Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter or Joe Mauer or Justin Morneau or Albert Pujols does not present his team with these problems. They are good enough defensively that they provide their team with the luxury of using a crappier defensive player elsewhere. They are picking up the slack that allows the David Ortizes and Jason Giambis of the world to play baseball.
This flexibility absolutely must be factored in to any discussion of player value (and therefore the MVP award). You won't see the Yankees and most other MLB teams going through the same "woe is poor me" routine when they have to play interleague games because their best hitters play defense too.
**EDIT** Fixed some poor apostrophe usage.