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  • January 7th, 2009

    January 7, 2009:
    Precious and Few…

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:57 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Since there is so little to talk about with regard to actual baseball–Sorry, the Nick Green signing (a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training), or Pat Burrell going to Tampa Bay, or even Milton Bradley going to the Cubs, however intriguing, just is not cutting it…

    But since its January, it means that Theo and Gammo will team up for the 9th annual Hot Stove/Cool Music Concert to be held this Saturday at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston.

    With proceeds go to the Foundation to be Named Later, Theo and twin Paul’s charitable foundation, the event begins with a roundtable discussion at the State Street Pavilion at Fenway at 1:00pm, Some of the speakers will include Theo and Gammo, Dustin Pedroia, Torii Hunter, and Harold Reynolds of the MLB Network…

    Then at 7:00pm, MC Mike O’Malley will introduce Theo and Co and such acts as Kay Hanley and her reunited group, Letters to Cleo, American Hi-Fi, the Figgs and Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom.

    Tickets are $100 for the roundtable, and $40 for the concert, and can be purchased at the event’s website (you do need to register for the Hot Stove/Cool Music community to buy tickets…)

    And all I am going to say about Mark Toxemia (what my spellchecker on my e-mail account suggested for the spelling of his name–and what I refer to him as forevermore)is what the hell did you EXPECT him to say ? “Yep, I signed with the Skanks ’cause they were the highest bidder, willing to give me stupid money, but I really wanted to play for the Red Sox. And I am blaming my decision on my wife, in case anything goes wrong” Of COURSE he is going to say that the Skanks were his 1st/last/only choice…Duh…

    It’s been a while since a big name active player has been linked to performance enhancing stuff. But this one is a bit different: Phillies pitcher JC Romero will begin a 50 game suspension on Day 1 of the 2009 campaign. But it’s not because he did ‘roids–it’s because he bought something over the counter, and was “negligent” as to what the supplement had in it–and tested positive in August. During the suspension, he will not be paid, which will cost him over $1 million…

    AND, The Players Association actually sent out a memo after the fact (in November) telling their ranks that “supplements purchased in U.S. retail stores should be safe and within the guidelines of baseball’s drug-testing program.” and that “three over-the-counter supplements were found to create positive tests under baseball’s drug program.”

    Yes, he should have been more aware, and no one abhors the cheating more than me, but this seems a bit strange…it seems like an honest mistake–and sounds like only the low man on the totem pole gets burned on this one…

    Monday began the Red Sox Rookie Program in Boston for 13 up and coming prospects. The program, designed to ease the transition from the minor to major leagues, offers a curriculum of “conditioning, strength training, fundamentals, and major league life off the field.” Attendees include: Lars Anderson, Daniel Bard, Zach Daeges, Dewon Day, Argenis Diaz, Felix Doubront, Kris Johnson, Richie Lentz, Wes Littleton, Adam Mills, Josh Reddick, Dustin Richardson and Mark Wagner…

    Coming up: The wait continues for a Starting Cather and a 4th outfielder…and maybe another Reliever and/or Starting Pitcher?

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