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  • December 14th, 2007

    December 14, 2007:
    Whew!

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:33 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    About 2 hours before the Mitchell Report came out, I saw “The List” that was circulating–and my heart sank. It had names on it like Jason Varitek, Trot Nixon, Skeezy Bastard…and Nomar…Fortunately, when the report came out at 2:00pm, none of their names appeared in the document…although 2 recent Sox players did appear: Brendan Donnelly and Eric Gagne…both of which are no longer playing on the team…All in all 89 players on the list–some a surprise (Andy Pettitte) some not so much (Bonds, Conseco)…

    So, do you think Theo and Co were psychic, or just damn lucky when they non-tendered Donnelly just hours before the Mitchell Report came out? Although, apparently, the Sox knew about both Donnelly’s and Gagne’s potentially steroid usage…From a Sox scout in response to a query from Theo about Gagne: “lacks the poise and commitment to stay healthy, maintain body and re-invent self. What made him a tenacious closer was the max effort-plus stuff…Mentality without the weapons and without steroid help probably creates a large risk in bounce-back durability and the ability to throw average while allowing the changeup to play as it once did…

    And how about this about Donnelly: “He was a juice guy, but his velocity hasn’t changed a lot over the years…If he was a juice guy, he could be a breakdown candidate.”

    And (big surprises) Jeremy Giambi was named in the report–OBVIOUSLY the meds did nothing to help HIM–what did he hit with the Sox, like .189????

    And how bout MERCENARY ROGER???? Not only is he a Mercenary, but he’s a cheat as well…no surprise there. But I do have something to say to all of those folks who STILL think it was a mistake to trade fat-boy Roger to the Blue Jays in 1997. Dan Duquette did not make a mistake in –Roger was fat and injured and DONE–the only thing that is responsible for this resurgence is the STERIODS…So stop it with the revisionist history…K?

    OK, did you hear the latest about A-Rod? He thought the Skanks didn’t want him. Are you kidding me? They are paying you a gajillion dollars, what more do you want? For them to snuggle? Buy you flowers? WHAT???? That is the reason he opted out of the contract with the Skanks. Apparently, Satan told him…: “I was 100 percent sure, pretty much, from the information I was getting that the Yankees didn’t have any interest in my services…”

    Holy Buckets! Can he EVER just SAY something??? What the hell does “I was 100 percent sure, pretty much…” MEAN? That is right up there with: “(I’m) probably pretty sure it will all work out for the best.”

    And if this whole thing was true, WHY didn’t he FIRE Boras’ sorry ass? The new contract is for 10 years/ $275 million dollars–do you have any idea what kind of commission Boras will get for his screw-up??? Yeah, ok…

    So, the Sox are 3 for 4 in This Year in Baseball Awards, voted on by fans… On Monday it was Josh Beckett for Starting Pitcher of the year Award, Jonathan Papelbon as Closer of the Year, and Clay Buchholz wins for the 2007 Single-Game Performance of the Year with his no-hitter on September 1, 2007…In only his SECOND major league start, and throwing 115 pitches while walking 3 and striking out 9, Clay didn’t even realize until the 7th inning that something amazing was happening: “You know when everybody knows what’s going on…And then you look at the scoreboard, and then say, ‘Oh, Lord.'” His no-no was 1st since Derek Lowe’s in 2002, and the 17th in Red Sox history…

    The remaining awards, and who I think should win…:

    Dec 14: Rookie (Dustin Pedroia)
    Dec 17: Hitter (Big Papi?)
    Dec 18: Setup Man (Okajima)
    Dec 19: Defensive Player (Kevin Youkilis)
    Dec 20: Blooper/Play (Coco Crisp catch in Game 4 of WS/Jacoby’s catch in Game 7 of the ALCS)
    Dec 21: Moment/Postseason Moment (Red Sox win the World Series, natch…)

    2 Responses to “December 14, 2007:
    Whew!”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine, pretty wild day yesterday, huh? What a sad day for the game: and I think all they accomplished is having more congressional hearings in the future.

      The one thing that made me angry? Selig actually having the marbles to act like he was unaware of a drug problem in the game. He must think we’re all morons.

      Hope you are well.

    2. Danille Turrey says:

      Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog. A great read. I will definitely be back.

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