September 21st, 2007
How about this for very neat and a TOTAL surprise? Gabe Kapler wants to play again! He announced through a written statement yesterday: “Managing was incredible for me this year… “I learned so much about baseball, about the young men I had an opportunity to lead, and about myself. Ultimately, the experience reawakened the competitor in me. I miss the battle. I still need to be on the field as a player.” I think the Sox need to re-sign him…PRONTO…..Think he’s available NOW?
Lots of articles everywhere about how the Sox are crawling into the postseason, hurt and tired, and need to turn it around–in 9 games…with a Manny Ramirez who may never get better, a Kevin Youkilis who still canâ€™t swing the bat (Thanks so much for that, Chien Ming Wang) and Coco Crisp who has neck pain and back pain and hip pain…and Okajima who basically has a dead (or at least comatose) arm right now, and they are desperately trying to rebuild him up–can you even DO that in a week?
But even if we look beyond the injuries, the Sox got problems: Letâ€™s start with the most obvious: J…D…Drew…what is he hitting now? .260? The homer on Wednesday notwithstanding, he has SUCKED this year–at the risk of sounding like a broken record (shocking, I know) the Sox paid $17 million for THIS??? and How bout Sir Julio the Useless? The party line when the Sox signed him is that they decided to go with offense at the position, rather than defense. So letâ€™s look at the numbers:
So, basically what you are telling me is that if we compare what A-Gon gave the Sox last year, to what Julio Lugo gave us this year, and even tho A-Gon played fewer games, he hit more triples (1) Homers (2), Had a higher batting average, OBP, SLG, and OPS? And letâ€™s not forget that A-Gon, has TWELVE less errors, 3 MORE double plays, and has a higher Fielding %, Range and Zone Rating. And the piece de’ resistance? Julio Lugo is getting paid $4.75 MILLION more a year….
And with â€˜Tek in a major slump, Paplebon throwing BP, Big Papiâ€™s knee hurting him, blah blah, blah…the list is endlessâ€¦
Tonight: Josh goes for win #20 and will hopefully right this quickly sinking ship (He is 10-3 in his starts after a loss…) Scott Kasmir will take the mound for the Satan Fish. No less than a sweep will do this weekend…1st pitch 7:10pm