January 31st, 2008
So here we are, two weeks before pitchers and catchers. Johan Santana is going to the Mets, and it looks like Coco Crisp and Jacoby Ellsbury will try and peacefully coexist in center field…
As a rule, MLB conducts background checks on all umpires, but the investigations were intensified last year when NBA ref Tim Donaghy was being investigated by the FBI for betting on game. So now the investigators are going to the umps friends and neighbors and asking such things as are they beating their wife, smoking pot, or members of the KKK! How did they make the leap from gambling to the KKK? And what does rowdy parties (another question frequently asked) and smoking pot have to do with umpiring a game? Unless you are smoking post AT the game….
It’s just BAD…If someone came up to me and asked me if my neighbor was doing anything wrong–the 1st thing I would think? “He is doing something wrong” So even if they are innocent of any wrongdoing (and most of the time they are), it’s just a crappy way to go about things….
Another Red Sox young’un is glad Johan Santana is going to the Mets–and that would be Jon Lester: “…obviously, there’s a little relief…I’m staying with the Red Sox now, which is what I always wanted to do…for the Red Sox to make me a part of that trade for one of the best players in the game, it’s a compliment…”
Cause he just cannot help himself: Despite the fact that he SAID he didn’t want to be a distraction, and take away what was important–namely, the young players at the Astro’s minicamp–including his very own son. Mercenary Roger just could NOT stay away, spending 3 hours answering questions, and teaching young pitchers mechanics…How bout THESE apples? From Roger: “My biggest talk to them is, ‘If you can handle failing, you’re going to be all right, because you’re going to do a lot of it…You have to pick yourself up off the ground and go forward.” So explain to me, then, Roger, IF you did take steroids, or whatever you had Brain McNamee allegedly inject into your ASS–was that to prevent your failing, cause YOU couldn’t handle it? Or for some other reason?
Scary (in a good way) Thought #1: Josh Beckett is only 27–and may not have even peaked yet…
Scary (in a good way) Thought #2: Josh was all out of sorts his 1st year with the Sox, as was Daisuke–for alot of the same reasons (different settings, wildness, etc) and ended up with similar records for their 1st years in a Red Sox uniform…Is its possible that Daisuke will rebound and be as good as Josh was his 2nd year in a Sox uniform?
Holy Buckets! The possibilities!