Fair points, I guess, and certainly a juicy subject to chew on as the weather gets colder. But as Jason at IIATMS (by way of reader Tadthebad) points out, Rosenthal was saying something slightly different about the Sox and race less than five months ago:
The Red Sox are a better example of a melting pot, but they are not just a cultural melting pot. The Sox are a blend of players young and old, gifted and ordinary, wealthy and hungry. The pieces — from Manny Ramirez to Dustin Pedroia, Daisuke Matsuzaka to Jonathan Papelbon — could not be more disparate. But somehow, under the leadership of manager Terry Francona, they all pull toward a common goal. If the Red Sox can make it work, any team can.To be clear, Rosenthal is not necessarily contradicting himself here. Yesterday's piece is about the simple but undeniable demographics of a roster, whereas the May article was about team chemistry. The Red Sox are a bit whiter than other teams, Boston does have, justly or not, a history of weirdness when it comes to race, and the Red Sox have, whatever their makeup, had pretty good team chemistry during the Francona era.
So, what to make of this? Maybe it's a situation in which the question Rosenthal posed yesterday -- do the Sox have a diversity problem -- was answered by Rosenthal himself in his May column -- maybe, but they've always seemed to make it work.