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  • December 8th, 2008

    December 8, 2008:
    Let the Winter Meetings Begin!

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:46 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the Winter Meetings began last night, and will end on Wednesday afternoon. And while nothing of note has happened yet, it will more than likely be the site of some major blockbuster deal…

    Last night at midnight WAS the deadline for teams to accept the proffered arbitration deals made by their current teams. The Sox had 2: Jason Varitek (a Type A Free Agent) and Paul Byrd (a Type B Free Agent). And in no surprise to anyone, both rejected the arbitration offer….So now they can negotiate with all 30 teams, not just the Sox. And if either signs anywhere else, the Sox get draft picks for them.

    So I guess Theo’s streak of arbitration hearing-less off seasons, which he has had for all of his tenure, will continue…

    So, A-Fraud plans on playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in March. But he always has to say things so stupid–and it always sounds like he is being disingenuous (Remember “I’m probably pretty sure it will all work out for the best?”) How about this for lame?: “I am 100 percent sure that I will play for the Dominican Republic team.”

    Oh OK, A-Fraud? We’ll see, since you were all indecisive about whether to play for the US or the Dominican Republic in 2006, and ending bailing on both, with a bunch of drama. But then he was added to the US Roster, after being pretty much talked into it by MLB and the players union…He is SUCH a prevaricator…

    The event, which takes place every 3 years, will feature 16 countries, and will begin on March 5th around the globe…

    I’ll be the 1st to admit that I do not know a ton about the law (Although, according to my husband, I watch enough CSI and forensic shows to probably qualify as an expert) But how do some charges get dropped, and others don’t? Case in point: Barry Bonds was originally charged with 17 counts of lying to a grand jury, and 1 count of obstruction of justice. Now Federal prosecutors have dropped 7 or the 17 lying charges. How does that work> Do they count how many times he told a lie, and now some of the lies are less “bad” or “illegal”? I don’t get it….Bonds’ trial is set to begin on March 2, 2009…

    It was announced this weekend that Greg Maddux will retire, rather than look for another team for 2009. A 355 game winner, Greg has a lifetime ERA of 3.16, and was a 4-time CY Young winner. And in honor of his retirement, I give you the BEST…COMMERCIAL…EVER

    10 Old time players: Dick Allen, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Al Oliver, Vada Pinson, Tony Oliva, Ron Santo, Luis Tiant, Joe Torre and Maury Wills, who all wait expectantly to find out if their brethren on the Baseball Veteran’s Committee, will find out today if they will get the 75% of votes needed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July. The Veteran’s Committee, who vote every other year, is where players who were not elected by the media after 15 years of trying, attempt to get into the Hall…

    Coming up: A nation waits: To see who makes it to the Hall of Fame on the Veteran’s Ballot, and who gets the HUMONGOUS contract deal from somewhere…

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