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  • March 27th, 2009

    March 27, 2009:
    The Day after the Final Day Off of Spring Training…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:40 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (5)

    From here on out, the Sox will be playing baseball–only spring training, but as Opening Day is ONLY!) DAYS AWAY–Whooo Hoo–DO and Rem Dawg await! Can I just tell you this no baseball thing has gone on far too long…

    Apropos of nothing: With the Sox win on Wednesday, 2-1, against the Reds, it beings their record to 13-12…

    As Opening Day draws closers-the starting pitcher intrigue heats up. Locks: Josh Beckett, Daisuke (Fresh off his 2nd MVP of the WBC–I am just happy his fricken arm didn’t fall off…) Tim Wakefield, and Jon Lester. Then its gets interesting: 5th starter: Brad Penny, Clay Buchholz, and Justin Masterson (John Smoltz, despite he good session this week, will not be ready until May or June…) There is some question Brad Penny will be ready to start when the Sox would need him–April 12th. If he is, he’ll be #5–BUT…If he is not, Masterson and Buchholz will vie for that coveted spot. I know Bucholtz has had a splendid spring training–but his raunchy record (2-9 with a 6.75 ERA) from last year, gives me the shakes…and Justin Masterson, also having a great spring training, has been consistently good since he was in the bullpen–but he was raised a starter…

    In their continuing effort to be reactive to the fans and the economic crap we are dealing with now, Fenway Park and their concession vendor, Aramark will not be increasing their concession prices for 2009, opting to keep everything at the 2008 prices, which are STILL horribly overpriced. But, Holy Buckets! If you have every been to Disney on Ice, (or any other Disney show I imagine) you’ll know that the Concession prices are nothing–They will charge $10 for COTTON CANDY!! And the most screwed up thing of all? PEOPLE WILL PAY IT.

    The Miguel Tejada saga is now over, with a hearing on Thursday, where Tejada was sentenced to 1 year probation, 100 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine (which he could pay out of pocket money), for the charge of misleading Congress…This judgment makes him the 1st baseball “star” to be convicted of a steroid related crime….

    Ya know, I heard about this last week, and I was floored. Yeah, the guy screwed the Sox twice (ALCS 2003, and screwing up his knee, requiring the Skanks to get A-Fraud) but holy buckets! OPEN HEART SURGERY??? He is only 36!! Diagnosed with a “…congenital defect in his heart where the valve has two – not the normal three – cusps to manage blood flow”, he had his surgery this week, which replaced a bicuspid aortic valve. From his Dr: “Aaron Boone is doing fine and awake following surgery. We were able to preserve the leaking aortic valve and replace the ascending aortic aneurysm.” Hoping he will make a complete recovery…

    It’s so sad when amazing players, some even great last year, kind of fade into oblivion: Brendan “^&@*&@^#*(@^#&* is my favorite word” Donnelly was released from his minor league contract by the Rangers yesterday. Career numbers are: 26-9 with 4 saves, in 318 appearances and an ERA of 3.12…

    From our friends at eTrueSports, who always make sure Boston Red Thoughts know all the breaking news–and how Manny is truly “green”: “Providing another indication that he is embracing Los Angeles , Manny Ramirez has announced he has adopted a carbon neutral lifestyle and will bike to all Dodger home games. “I hope the fans will understand if I don’t run out every ground ball,” said Ramirez.”

    I got an e-mail yesterday from Matthews at Tessuta, who told me about this very cool Game Day Bag, which every woman needs to have to go to the ballpark. From its designer, Andrea Greenspan: “I created my Game Day Bag, which you can wear hands free, because I needed a bag I could sling over my shoulder while cheering and carrying drinks and hot dogs to my family. I needed a purse that was practical, fashionable and told everyone who I was rooting for.” And now they are available for Red Sox fans! I am probably going to get one, and once I do, I’ll give you the up close and personal scoop…

    And…Today is the day I will permanently announce my love of the Boston Red Sox–yes, folks, I am getting my “Hanging Sox” tattoo…Yeah I know, I was supposed to get it after the Sox won the World Series in 2007– but better late than never huh? I will have pictures and the story coming up…

    Coming up: The Sox host the St Louis Cardinal (2004 rematch–uh, NOT!) with Josh Beckett getting the start. 1st pitch 1:05pm…

    5 Responses to “March 27, 2009:
    The Day after the Final Day Off of Spring Training…”

    1. Mitch says:

      I have to admit that I’ve been waiting for you to write a full opinion post on Curt Schilling’s retiring and whether the Red Sox should take a second look at re-acquiring Pedro Martinez; also, the issues with Jason Bey. Thoughts?

    2. Christine E. says:

      Hey Mitch:

      I think Curt Schilling retiring was the best thing that could happen (in terms of being a Red Sox fan) I would have been horribly disappointed if her has went somewhere else, and done horribly, or did very well. After all he did for the team (bloody sock and all), the best way he could end it, for me, was to retire a Red Sox–and although he technically was not a Red Sox when he retired–its close enough…:-)

      More to come…Thanks for your comments! One more week!

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