October 31st, 2008
Saw a neat baseball quote today by Robert E. Clancy:
“Unlike baseball, life has as many innings as you want. Until you die, only you can declare the game over.”
Pretty cheery for Halloween huh?
More random thoughts on yet another day of no baseball…
Some super news on the Tim Wakefield front–he will stay with the Sox for Year #15, (the team record for most consecutive seasons as a Red Sox pitcher) as the Sox will exercise his $4 million club option for the 2009 campaign. The terms of the agreement between Wake and the Sox, signed in 2005, was that the club has an annual $4 million option, ad infinitum, with the Sox having 5 days from the end of the World Series to exercise the option. Wake’s 2008 numbers were far less than what he brought to the club: 10-11 with a 4.13 ERA in 30 starts….at least 5 of the losses were due to the crappy run support he always seems to get. This year’s option will go into effect once all is cleared on his physical and MRI.
Speaking of knuckleballers, maybe this will help Charlie Zink stick somewhere: Despite the fact that his major league debut in August against the Rangers did not go as well as he hoped, (he gave up 8 runs on 11 hits 4 1/3 innings in that Weirdo Bizarro 19-17 game) For 2008, Charlie Zink had a career high in victories with 14 and the 2nd lowest ERA in the International League–a 2.84 (his career ERA is 4.05)–which is exceptional for a knuckleballer…It was also the 5th time he have 10+ wins in a season…
Looks like Ken Macha will no longer be offering insight on the Sox for NESN’s pre and post game shows, having been offered the Manager’s job for the Milwaukee Brewers, replacing interim Manager Dale Sveum. He was fired from the helm of Oakland in 2006, 2 days after Detroit sweep them in the ALCS…Bob Brenley and Willie Randolph were also in consideration for the job….
No surprise to anyone, Manny filed the 1st day he could, as did Jason Varitek, Ken Griffey Jr (who is not expected to return the White Sox), Old friends Gabe Kapler (can we pick him up, Theo, please???), Derek Lowe, Julian Tavarez, Chad Fox, Brendan Donnelly and 57 other players who are eligible to be Free Agents this year…I wonder how many of these players have Satan as their representative??? Of the 65 on the list, I can probably name at least 10 that I know for sure…Players have until November 13th (15 days after the World Series ended) to file…This is also the exclusive negotiation time for the players and their incumbent teams…
Wasting no time at all, Betonline has already release their lines for next year’s World Series Champs: And the Red Sox are in the lead with 3-1 odds… Rounding out the top 5 are: The Cubs and the Angels 5-1 and the Phillies and the Skanks 6-1. The Rays are 6th with 10-1 odds, and the Washington Nationals are in the basement with odds of 300 to 1….
And from our friends at ETrueSports: A miracle in Philadelphia! On the same night the Philadelphia Phillies won the 2008 World Series the crack in the Liberty Bell disappeared. How, or why, this happened is a mystery. Read more here: