January 25th, 2007
And yet another backup catcher: The Sox have agreed to terms for a minor league contract with Kevin Cash, who also has received an invitation to Spring Training. I guess, after last year’s debacle with ‘Tek and Mirabelli, and then having to go and get the completely uninspired and unmotivated JV Lopez to fill in the gaps, they need to load the hopper with some other catchers, but HELL, can’t they do better than THIS guy? I don’t know how he is as a defensive catcher (probably could not be worse than JV) but his offensive numbers are…well….offensive: a well below the mendoza line .172 career batting average in 144 games, playing for the Devil Rays and the Blue Jays…UGH….
Bullpen feeding frenzy: If Terry Francona decides to go with 12 pitchers to kick off the season, the battle for the final bullpen spot should be interesting. As it stands now, here are the definite pitchers:
Starters (5): Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka (it’s amazing how easily I can type his name…I STILL Have to look up Doug Mientkiewicz…)Jonathon Paplebon, and Tim Wakefield
On the bubble between starter and relievers (2): Julian Tavarez, Joel Pineiro
Relievers (4): Mike Timlin, and Brendan Donnelly, Hideki Okajima, and J.C. Romero (Okajima or Romero could possible be usurped by lefty Javier “don’t you DARE call me JV” Lopez)
Favorites to be “the one”: Craig Hansen, Manny Delcarmen or Devern Hansack
And the rest: Jon Lester (everyone is waiting to see how things will play out with Jon, as his cancer is currently in remission), Craig Breslow, Kyle Snyder, Lenny DiNardo (will probably be starting for the PawSox), Kason Gabbard, Edgar Martinez (will probably close for the PawSox), David Pauley, and Nick DeBarr (a Rule 5 pickup from Tampa Bay–he had Tommy John surgery in 2005–but who must make the 25-man roster, or be offered back to Tampa Bay…)
Here’s an inetretsing thought, that I saw was brought up the other day: Where in the world is…..Matt Clement???
More Spring Cleaning: In addition to the changes I spoke about yesterday (yesterdays blog entry) The Sox will also be continuing their 6-year tradition of upgrades to the 95 year old ballpark with a 3rd base deck behind the grandstand, adding a ladies room to the men’s room that has been there since the park opened. Also included in the plans is a batting cage for the visiting team,also on the 3rd base side. This location will allow folks who are having dinner or a drink at Game On to actually watch the visiting team take batting practice. While that seems pretty neat, I am not sure appetizing it will be to watch sweaty men swing a bat…especially when the Skankees are in town–THAT is enough to keep anyone off their dinner…
There is also talk about “The Bleachers Bar and Grill”, a family restaurant which will open by the All-Star Break, that will take up the room currently occupied by the old visitors batting cages.
These changes will also help grow the capacity of the holy land to about 38,800.
3 weeks tomorrow, pitchers and catchers report…3 weeks and 4 days, the rest of the team will join them–I cannot WAIT to see how it all plays out–it’s so exciting when a season is beginning!