January 21st, 2010
Well, apparently, Carlton Fisk isn’t the least bit happy about the whole Mark McGwire circus, and most of the sentiments echo my own–and probably a good many people. Some gems:
“…There’s a reason they call it performance-enhancing drugs. That’s what it does — performance enhancement. You can be good, but it’s going to make you better. You can be average, but it is going to make you good. If you are below average, it is going to make you average. Some guys who went that route got their five-year, $35 million contracts and now are off into the sunset somewhere. Because once they can’t use anymore, they can’t play anymore.”
And my personal favorite: “Try having your knees operated on and catching for 30 years. Do you think you feel good when you go out there? [McGwire] had to stand around and play first base. So excuuuuse me.”
Personally, I think McGwire made it worse on himself–the ‘roids didn’t help your power numbers? REALLY? And before this “interview” people just THOUGHT he lied and was delusional about it…now they KNOW…But then again, as the old saying goes “We save the best lies for ourselves…”
And then there is this about Fat Boy Roger, whom Fisk didn’t have too much love for either: “The reason he got let go from the Red Sox was because he was starting to break down. His last couple of years in Boston just weren’t very productive, a la ‘The Rocket.’ Then all of a sudden he goes to Toronto and he wants to show somebody something. Then he gets two consecutive Cy Young Awards [in '97 and '98]. Come on, give me a bucket…
Folks: TIM WAKEFIELD IS NO LONGER A RELIEVER–HE IS A STARTER. Please stop asking about when the Sox will be moving him into the bullpen because the Sox have too much pitching–and while we are at it–YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH PITCHING–Are we clear? Everyone? Bueller?
More details on the 2010 contracts for the Demonic Bullpen Tandem: Manny Delcarmen will receive $905K and Ramon Ramirez will receive $1.15 million)
Oh, and in case you were wondering: Jeremy Hermidia made $2.25 million in 09–and asked for $3.85 million (the Sox offered $2.95 million)–OK…and what were his stats in 2009? .259 with 13 homers and 47 RBI’s? Oh, OK…yeah, that’s worth and extra $1.6 million
Finally: If you have always wanted Fenway Park a little closer to you home, now is your chance. Scotts Grass Company will now offer the same seed and fertilizers that are specially blended for Fenway Park-to the average person. Each package will have the signature of Fenway Groundskeeper Dave Mellor. And if you have other baseball fans in your life, Scott will also offer these products specifically for Wrigley Field (Cubs), Citizens Bank Park (Phillies), Busch Stadium (Cardinals) and Great American Ballpark (Reds)…
Coming up: 1 month tomorrow, all position players will report to Fort Myers for Spring Training, with the 1st full-squad workout taking place on February 24th–won’t come soon enough for me!