The 2011 Red Sox are an earth continually salted, a shitpot continually stirred. And every refugeeā€”especially if disgruntledā€”has a story to tell. Today's storyteller is former strength and conditioning coach Dave Page, who was fired this week.

Page was a natural target, as any September collapse brings accusations of conditioning problems, to say nothing of chicken and/or beer. Giving an interview on WEEI this afternoon, Page said he's been scapegoated, and he reported the problems to management but no one ever did anything about it.

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He stops short of naming names, but gives the Boston media another few news cycles worth of clues. Like singling out four players for being out of shape: a position player, a starter and two relievers. And when Page approached coaches to try and talk to the players, he says he didn't receive any "backup."

I did have a good conversation with one player at the end of the year in Baltimore that really kind of opened my eyes. I said, "Hey, what's going on here? It seemed like you pulled the plug a little bit. Why?" He kind of looked down at the ground, looked back and me and said, "I don't know why. I can't answer that question." Which was kind of a shock.

Then there's Josh Beckett, who worked hard but expressed concern about his own weight gain. Beckett "felt he was getting a little sideways."

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Once again, this isn't the first time a baseball player has been accused of being in less than peak physical condition. And it certainly isn't the first time an ex-employee has bad things to say about his former employer. It's just rare that he gets a half-hour on the radio to grind his ax.

TRANSCRIPT OF FIRED SOX CONDITIONING COACH DAVE PAGE ON M&M: ā€˜THERE WAS A LOT OF GRUMBLING' AMONG TEAM [WEEI.com]