February 28th, 2007
In just a few short hours (at 7:05pm) the 1st game of the 2007 will begin–it does not count, and you probably won’t see any starters after the 4th or 5th inning–but it will be BASEBALL! 9 innings, 27 outs, with hitters and pitchers and fielders, and a score! We’ll take it. Wow–I cannot believe how long it seems since we have had baseball–feels like forever..now we just have to get through the next few hours….
Here is the lineup:
1. Julio Lugo, SS
2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Jason Varitek, C
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. Wily Mo Pena, RF
7. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
8. David Murphy, LF
9. Jacob Ellsbury, CF
Pitcher: Curt Schilling
So, JD Drew is already missing time???
Haven’t we heard this once before???: I really think we should not ever bother getting all riled up with regard to Manny–because the same thing OVER AND OVER, he hates Boston, wants to leave–he loves Boston, he wants to retire in Boston- back and forth and back and forth…the latest from Manny’s agent, Gene Mato: “Manny is at peace with his situation in Boston…He has indicated to me that he would look forward to the opportunity to retire in a Boston uniform.” He says this now–but for how long? A watch–now the speculation about activating those options years the club has (09 and 10, worth $20 million each) has already started? C’mon people–this is MANNY–tomorrow he’ll shave his head and want to be a Hari Krishna…he’ll change his mind again…Promise.
Catch me if you can: Here is an interesting exercise: If Doug Mirabelli never caught Tim Wakefield, do you think he would be the successful pitcher he is today? Tim doesn’t think so: ” I can’t find the words to describe my feelings for Doug and how much of an integral part he has played in my success, as well as the success of this team.” While Mirabelli’s offensive numbers last year were…er…offensive, there is no doubt that last year’s season would have been different if the Sox has not traded the struggling Josh Bard for Mirabelli last season–and not in a good way…Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that–and not for the foreseeable future either….
Everyone has an opinion on Wily Mo, and if you ask 15 people what they think, you’ll probably get 15 different answers–some thing he is will be better than Big Papi someday–others think he is just a big dumb lug, and others think he is Satan incarnate (although I have no idea why…) But it’s nice to hear that he is fully committed to becoming a better player. In an recent interview, Tito mentioned that Wily Mo is working really hard, staying late every day, working extra drills with DeMarlo Hale, anything he can do to get better: “He’s done a great job this spring…he’s stayed after every day…worked with DeMarlo. His attitude towards getting better has been awesome. That’s what we want him to do…” Good for him–I am one of the camp who think he is a good citizen of the Nation, and will be very good someday–so I am glad he is working hard to make that happen…
Every 2 years, the living members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, 14 broadcasters, 8 sportswriters and a holdover voter cast ballots (currently a total of 82) to give candidates who did not make it to the hall by election from the Baseball Writers Association a second shot at the Hall of Fame. And for the 3rd time in a row–they voted NO ONE in….
The closest to the 62 vote minimum for induction was Cubs great Ron Santo with 57. Others: Jim “Just call me kitty although I am a 62 years old MAN” Kaat with 52 votes, Brooklyn Dodgers 1st baseman Gil Hodges with 50, and Sox ace(and king of sausage) Luis Tiant with 15 votes. The committee will be reviewing their policies and procedures when they meet in March.
Play Ball…and Let the Games Begin!
32 days to Opening Day!