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  • January 4th, 2010

    January 4, 2010:
    1st Day Back…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:55 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy…Buckets…

    Every year I take the last 2 weeks of the year off for holidays, vacation and the like–and every year I think its a super idea, until the 1st day back from all of those days off (12 this year)–which inevitably comes on a Monday, then, not so much…

    And to make matters worse, it seems like the baseball world is in a similar predicament–all we are seeing these days is the “Final thoughts of the 2009 campaign” type of stuff–and as far as any real action on the Hot Stove? Forget it.

    Although, to be fair, the Jason Bay signing with the Mets over the holiday was a pretty big deal,(His physical is today)and, for me anyway, the successful repair of Mike Lowell’s “dangling by a thread” thumb was a pretty cool news item.

    So now it’s time to get back into the swing of things, dust off the desk, and re-ignite the hot stove, cause the Sox need to do some shoppin’.

    Because, while I think Big Papi will be better than he was last year, he cannot do it alone. Even when he was in his prime and carried the team pretty much every other day, he still had someone to help him with the heavy lifting–Manny Ramirez. So we cannot really expect David Ortiz to do it all–’cause he can’t…

    The Sox need another bat–and, according to Jed Hoyer, Adrian Gonzales is probably not available: “There’s certainly been a lot of interest. A number of teams have inquired about him. I think we’re obviously willing to listen on anything, but he’s a great player, he fits our team, he fits our payroll structure very well. So he’s certainly not a player we’re looking to move…”

    Freaking wonderful, which means the dance with the devil in the pale moonlight will commence (aka the negotiations for Matt Holliday with Scott Boras) any time now…

    Because the Sox reallyREALLY cannot start the 2010 campaign as constructed–can they?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think the Sox are racked and stacked and packed with pitching, and I know: “pitching wins championships”….But the Sox need some offense. As constructed for 2010 they have holes–they had holes with Jason Bay–they have even bigger holes without him…

    AND, if they succeed in getting rid of Mike Lowell, as they seem so hell-bent on doing, the holes get larger-because even with a reduced range at 3rd, Lowell is still a very good hitter…

    If you still want to go, tickets are still available for the Boston Baseball Writers Awards Dinner next Thursday, January 14th, at the Westin-Waterfront Hotel. Tickets are $150.00.

    And don’t forget the Hot Stove/Cool Music festivities are this weekend, starting Saturday afternoon with the Roundtable..

    Coming up: This Wednesday, January 6th, at 2:00pm, the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2010 will be announced–if the Baseball Writers vote anyone in…

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