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  • January 15th, 2008

    January 15, 2008:
    How much Longer will this go on???

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:27 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    Holy Buckets! Feels like forever since I have written—but there is just…nothing…out… there…

    We are at 30 days until Pitchers and Catchers, and the biggest news in the last week is the negotiations for a backup catcher?

    No disrespect to Doug Mirabelli, who does a superb job catching Tim Wakefield, and I think also contributes a lot his success, but c’mon, that is about all he does anymore –in the last 2 years he has batted an average of .197. Remember in 2004 when he was hitting .281 and it seemed like there was a homer ever time he started?

    So Mirabelli has signed with the Sox, agreeing to a 1 year contract with a base of $500K… He has various performance and conditioning incentives which could bump him up to over $2 million. Conditioning incentives huh? He has been looking a bit chunkier than usual as of late…

    So he is the 1st bench player the Sox have signed in this off-season. depending on whether Coco is traded, there will need to be more…From Theo: “There is a good chance that we’ll acquire one or two more complementary players to round out our bench…With our depth in center field, we should be in a position to have speed and outfield defense available off the bench…By the time all is said and done, we should have a bench comparable to what we’ve had here in the past.”

    Speaking of Coco, how much more talk can happen about whether or not Coco Crisp will be the Sox during spring training, and if he is, how awkward it will be for him and Jacoby Ellsbury so many times..

    And how many times do we need to rehash what the Skanks and the Mets and the Sox are offering in the Johan Santana sweepstakes? It hasn’t changed since before Christmas!

    Hey, nobody likes him anyway, might as well go for broke: Its legendary that Jeff Kent does not get along with teammates (his battles with Barry Bonds were legendary) so why not go for broke and take a pretty unpopular stance with regard to drug testing: “I’d like to see every player take a blood test and have the samples frozen. Not everyone in the game is using HGH, but I would bet it still is being abused. Why not have blood tests? If ultimately you want a clean game, then it needs to happen. They ought to be testing for drugs in the playoffs, too. They never do that.”

    Let’s hope the upcoming Boston Baseball Writers Dinner, which completely sold out (no surprise there) will offer some more relevant and newsworthy stuff than we have had in almost a week…

    Did you hear? Dave Roberts will now be playing left field for the San Fran Giants–replacing Barry Bonds*. While Dave won’t hit the homers Barry hit–he is something Barry will never be–a good citizen, and a great human being…

    It will always be the Jake to me: What a bunch of CRAP–Progressive Insurance will pay $3.6 million a year for the naming rights to Jacobs Field in Cleveland…If the Sox ever did that–that would be one of those things that is completely unforgivable…

    I think every Cleveland Fan in the world should each give a dollar a year to stop that…Hell, I’D give a dollar a year to stop them from changing the name….

    30 days! Whooo Hoo!!!

    2 Responses to “January 15, 2008:
    How much Longer will this go on???”

    1. Ted D says:

      It’s really brutal with nothing to write about baseball wise. There is only so much damage my kids can do.

      Glad Dougie is coming back and are we EVER going to get to know where Santana ends up? This is getting ridiculos. Miss you writing every day; I’ve had to go to the Globe and Herald the past few days ’cause you let me down. ;)

      Hope you and the family are well.

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