January 30th, 2009
So, the deadline for Jason Varitek to accept the Red Sox offer passed at 8:30 this morning, (although they may be operating under Satan time on the Left Coast, in which case, the deadline expired only a few minutes ago…)and The Nation waits to see if the Captain will accept the 1 year, $5 million contract, with the $5/$3 million dual option for the 2nd year.
And from what I am hearing–it does not look good. The big rumor around town is that ‘Tek is actually considering either sitting out the 2009 season, or RETIRING… Holy Buckets! $5 million is nothing to sneeze at. You and your agent made some bad choices, and this is a freaking GREAT deal, considering. Hell, it’s a great. Deal. Period.
Finally! Someone with sense! Even if Mike Lowell felt he could participate in the WBC (which he probably would not anyway), the Red Sox exercised their option of requesting a player be not eligible to play if the “player (is) coming off of surgery or significant injury” If Lowell could play, he would have liked to play for Puerto Rico, the country of his father’s birth, and where his father, a pitcher, was an international baseball legend. Lowell, who actually took some swing off a tee this week (his 1st bat swings since the surgery) does plan on being the starting 3rd baseman on April 6th–and there is every indication that is a realistic goal…
Unfortunately, 4 of the starting 9 and Daisuke (who sort HAD to, as the MVP of the 2006 games, and his stellar pitching for Japan) will be going: Jason Bay (playing for Canada) Big Papi (playing for the Dominican Republic) and Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis (playing for the US).
Question: How do you know when Scott Boras is lying? His lips are moving. And the bullsh*t has begun with regard to Manny. Apparently, according to Satan “Things are progressing for Manny.” And that the “…market has started to take shape” Uh Huh. At this point, it is believed that the only offer for Manny is the one there has always been: 2 years, $45 million–from the Dodgers…
If you want to register for any of the random drawings for the tickets you cannot buy through regular channels, such as Opening Day, Skankee Tickets, Green Monster or Right Field Roof Deck Tickets, you can go to the Sox website or call the Red Sox at (877) RED-SOX9.
You must register for each lottery (there are 3), and If you are selected in one (or more), you will have the opportunity to buy up to 4 tickets in that category.
Here are the deadlines:
Opening Day and Yankees Tickets: You must register by 12 noon on Monday, February 2; Winners will be notified via e-mail on Wednesday the 4th
Green Monster Tickets: You must register by 12 noon on Friday, February 13; Winners will be notified via e-mail on Wednesday the 18th
Budweiser Right Field Roof Deck Tickets: You must register by 12 noon on Monday, March 2; Winners will be notified via e-mail on Wednesday, March 4th
Speaking of tickets–apparently, the Sox are feeling the economic crunch as well, as the current ticket sales are a “couple % points” behind last years. Great. Try telling that to the untold thousands who spent hours and HOURS online trying to get tickets….
So, I guess Skankeeland is not super happy with Joe Torre’s book–and people are actually saying he needs to apologize, that he “violated the players trust” by telling the stories and the intimate details on the goings on during his tenure… Hmmmmm…Because it’s the Skanks, and I want to read the book that bashes the Skanks, I think it’s a riot. But, to be fair, if Tito did something like this, I would be pissed at him-But I would still want to read the book…
Coming up: Will the Jason Varitek Era continue, or be over? Stay tuned…