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  • December 17th, 2014

    December 17, 2014: Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit Concert, slated for January 10th, announces its 15th Anniversary All-Star Line-up

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:07 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Old Friends,Red Sox | No Comments

    Hot Stove

    The first performance by the Juliana Hatfield Three in nearly two decades, the return of The Cavedogs and performances by Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), the legendary Al Kooper and Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood of Belly highlight an all-star evening of music and baseball talk at the 15th anniversary Hot Stove Cool Music charity concert, presented by Walmart and Mintz Levin, which will be held at the Paradise Rock Club on Saturday, January 10. The show raises funds for the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), which supports local non-profits that benefit at-risk youth. Doors open at 7 p.m., and once again, the event will be emceed by actor/comedian/ writer Mike O’Malley.

    VIP tickets, which include a pre-show party featuring artist meet-and-greets and mouthwatering dishes from select Boston-area restaurants, as well as general admission tickets, are now on sale.

    The FTBNL has granted more than $6.5 million to 200 deserving non-profit agencies. FTBNL also supports 46 under-resourced students from the Boston area at four-year colleges around the country. Read more…

    December 10th, 2014

    December 10, 2014:
    Jon Lester Ruminations…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:48 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    I wish I could say I was surprised, but that is probably one of the few emotions I DON’T feel with regard to Jon Lester signing with Theo and the Cubbies for 6-years and $155 million. But here are some random thoughts, musings, ramblings, etc. etc. that started to coalesce when I was on twitter last night for hours, watching it blow up, and knowing in my gut that the Jon Lester Era was over in Boston…

    First and foremost, I don’t care how much he signed for, if you know Jon Lester AT ALL, this was in no way about the money–it was NEVER about the money. It was about the fact that this kid came up in the farm system, pitched like an ace (110-63 with a 3.64 ERA, oh and a 0.43–yes, like 43 CENTS–in the postseason), battled cancer, CAME BACK, and AGAIN pitched like an ace, is arguably one of the best lefties in in the game. He also loved the fans, loved the organization, hell, loved PLAYING IN BOSTON…

    THIS was about respect. And I don’t mean the annual Big Papi whine-fest about how he doesn’t get any respect. This is about the fact the Sox could have gotten Lester for 4-5 years for about $100-120 million a year ago. But chose to lowball him with 4 years SEVENTY million. And then TRADE HIM to Oakland in the July fire sale. I don’t proclaim to know the intricacies of baseball contract negotiations. But what the ^&*^@#&!*@^! is wrong with this picture???? Read more…

    December 4th, 2014

    December 4, 2014:
    4 Months To Go…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:00 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    …give or take a couple days…

    It’s 28 degrees here in the Northeast, we had snow on Thanksgiving, and summer seems so far away…just like it does every year. But the Hot Stove has been doing a decent job of warming up the Red Sox, so now if the Sox can just focus on starting pitching (Jon Lester, cough cough), things would be even better…

    Speaking of… Apparently, The Dodgers are making this big splash play for Jon Lester at the 11th hour. Up to this point it has been the Sox, Theo’s cubbies, the Braves, San Fran, and Toronto. Honestly, how on EARTH could he possibly want to go to the fracking DODGERS???? That totally does not seem like a good fit for him and his personality. And if he does decide to make it all about the money, and go to La La Land, then he’s not the guy I thought he was, and deserves what he gets…

    And if the Sox do not get Lester, they need to get SOMEONE cause right now freaking That Clay Person is the default Ace of the Boston Red Sox, and they will ne-VA E-VA will a world series that way..E-VA. Read more…

    November 24th, 2014

    November 24, 2014:
    Finally going to catch up…

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:22 pm in Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    As the Hot Stove continues to heat up, some random thoughts as I work on my final project for my Testing and Assessment’s class, get ready for Turkey Day, and wrack my brain on what to get my toddler for Christmas–and then actually find the time to go out and do that…

    Yeah…

    But holy buckets! The Ben Cherington and Co seems to be making some magic, reportedly signing Pablo Sandoval to a $100 million-ish/ 5 year contract. I know he is a postseason big deal, the Sox need a 3rd baseman, and David Ortiz’s Dorian Grey act is not going to last forever, but I am not super impressed. He’s got weight issues–and it’s never a good thing when a player has weigh issues–it makes them more prone to injury, and sluggish in a position where you really need a player who can move well…If I were a betting girl, this is not the player I would be betting on…

    I am super impressed that they signed Hanley Ramirez, who was also reportedly signed for a $88 million/4-year deal, with a 5th year vested option of $22 million. I just hope he had grown up from his immature antics…and the injury thing isn’t going to become a thing… Read more…

    November 12th, 2014

    November 12, 2014:
    Catching up on the Catch Up…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:49 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    A bunch o’ random thoughts as I am still trying to find my desks after spending a week in Tennessee with my toddler daughter (which included first plane ride). She was better behaved that a lot of the adults we saw on our journey…

    112 Days to an actual baseball game. Against a major league team. While it’s not a real game that means something, the first game the Red Sox will play in spring training happens on the road, then they take on the Twins on March 5th. The first game at home is against the Fish the next day…The “beat the crap out of the college teams” contests will be a day/night doubleheader on March 3rd…

    So the “the Sox are going to sign Lester for the moon, the stars, and Larry Lucchino’s left leg, cause they are committed to winning!” stuff has started. Uh huh. While I would like nothing better than to see Jon Lester in a Red Sox uniform, standing on the mound on April 6th, my position still is: If they wanted him, why not sign him when they HAD him–it would have been must cheaper (and a lot less circuitous)… I’m not saying it will never happen in a million years…I’m just saying I am not willing to bet the farm it’s going to happen… Read more…

    October 29th, 2014

    October 29, 2014:
    Finishing up the Postseason…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:54 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Poor Jake Peavy.

    From a CY Young in 2007 to not being able to win a game if his life depended on it. 3 World Series Starts and 3 stupendous World Series losses (This includes last year’s 4 inning start with the Red Sox). He is truly the Tim Wakefield of baseball these days. He really is a better pitcher than his record suggests. OK, not in the postseason tho, as he is now saddled with a 12.79 (Yes, like 12 dollars and 79 cents) ERA. Last night, he couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning, leaving the bases loaded, and had already given up 2 runs. And of course, Yusmeiro Petit promptly allows all 3 base runners to score, and then adds 2 of his own. So it’s a 7th run 2nd inning, and the Giants night just get better from there, as they Yordano Ventura put on a freaking clinic, with 7 shutout innings of 3 hit ball, and a sparkling 1.49 ERA. His bullpen continued the trend with 2 innings of 3 run ball as well…

    So the Royals and the Giants each get to live another day and the series is evened up at 3-3. And tonight is game 7, the culmination of this wild ride against these pretty evenly matched teams (with the spread favoring KC by just -1.5).

    And I have not watched 1 inning of postseason baseball. The Royals getting here has been interesting, but the debacle that was the Sox’s 2014 campaign just wore me down and sucked the baseball life out of me. I expect it will get better once the hot stove heats up, but right now it’s just…Blah… Read more…


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