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  • February 10th, 2009

    February 10, 2009:

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:35 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    …Until pitchers and catchers, and now that Jason Varitek has passed his physical and his signing is official (1 year, $5 million contract, with the year 2 being a dual $3/5 million option.) The team is complete and ready to compete again this year–Hopefully…

    So its Reporting Day on Thursday, Physicals on Friday, and the 1st workout will happen on Valentines Day…On the 16th, the rest of the team reports, with the 1st full squad workout on the 18th. Then, 1 week after that, On February 25th, two weeks tomorrow–the Exhibition season begins!

    But don’t look for Daisuke to show up until after the WBC, as he is one of the focal point of the event, and is staying in Japan to train, and will not arrive at Sox camp, until the WBC is completed. Great. Unlimited pitch count at the beginning of the season…freaking wonderful…

    While I wish the Sox could have grabbed a bigger bat (and I don’t mean Mark Toxemia) to complement Big Papi, I definitely like their for the 2009 campaign.

    That isn’t to say that there aren’t question marks–here are 7 of them, right off the top of my head:

    1. Will Mike Lowell recover from his hip surgery and be the Mike Lowell he was in 2007? There is no reason why he shouldn’t–but you never know how things are going to go…

    2. Will Big Papi recover from his wrist issues, and continue to be the greatest clutch hitter the Sox have ever had? I miss watching games, where I can say, “Watch this, Big Papi is going to win this game for us…” AND HE WOULD…

    3. Who will be the shortstop? Jed Lowrie?, or King Julio the Useless? Someone else?

    4. Will Jason Varitek’s offensive numbers be less…offensive? With a .220 BA with 13 homers, 43 RBI’s in 2008–I am not sure he could be any worse.

    5. Will the off-season drama affect Jason Varitek negatively? Is he gonna be PO’ed that the Sox would not give him the better deal he wanted?

    6. Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia were ON FIRE in 2008. What is their next trick? Can they possible maintain, or dare I say it, get better?

    7. Which Josh Beckett will the Sox have this year?

    I get text messages from the Boston Globe whenever there is breaking news–and I nearly fell out of my car while driving when I got the text message on Saturday about A-Fraud and his steroid use…

    And I never thought that I would say anything positive about him–I will give him credit with regard that he came clean–he didn’t lie and deny (This time, anyway, like he did in 2007)–nor did he apologize for something, but not say what, (Like Giam-BO). He came clean–even if he still doesn’t censor what comes out of his mouth: “I was young, I was stupid, I was naive, and I wanted to prove to everyone that I was worth . . . being one of the greatest players of all time…”

    Unfortunately, there will be no disciplinary action, as his testing was part of baseball’s survey testing in 2003, and was supposed to remain anonymous. There are also 103 other players that tested positive at this time. I want to know who they are…

    How ironic is it that the person who was expected to shatter the homer run record–and rightfully take it away from asterisk boy–will also have an asterisk after his number, as he hit 156 homers during the time (01-03) when he took the drugs….

    Coming up: Once again, A-Fraud has commandeered the focus of baseball onto him–I cannot WAIT to see how this plays out…

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