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  • February 5th, 2010

    February 5, 2010:
    13 Days!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:11 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    In less than 2 weeks, Pitchers and Catchers from all over the world will converge on their appropriate Spring Training location to begin Major League Baseball: the 2010 Campaign…Yay!

    And while there will not be any meaningful baseball until April, knowing that the process has begun, indicates the light at the end of the tunnel…

    So the buzz has already started about how the Sox HAVE TO sign Josh Beckett, as he will be a Free Agent at the end of this season–and you know what–They are right–Signing Josh Beckett needs to happen. If they could pay 31 year old John Lackey the crazy money they paid him (5 year, $82.5 million) for a 102-71 record with a 3.81 ERA, Can’t they pony up at least that much for Josh Beckett? Josh will be 30 in May old, and holds a record of 106-68 with a .379 ERA. And his .609 winning percentage ranks 10th among active pitchers…

    Looks like it’s all over but the shouting: Nomar Garciaparra will retire at 35. Remember when he was Rookie of the Year in 1997, then hit .357 in 1999, and .372 in 2000? We all thought it would last forever–that Nomar was a lifer, and would retire a member of the Boston Red Sox–and if anyone could break Ted’s 400, it would be him (even Ted thought so) Hell, he even looked like a young Ted Williams sometimes. And then he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated (never a good idea), got hit on the wrist with a pitch, and it was all over. I reallyREALLY hope NESN considers signing him to be an analyst–that would SO way cool…

    And for the comedic value alone: Some thoughts from the owner of the Baltimore Ravens Steve Bisciotti: If I’m a Yankees fan, I’m upset we’re not winning 130 games with the roster that they have and the money that they pay out. I think it’s a disgrace they only beat the average team by 10 games in the standings with three times the money. I’d fire that GM. You don’t need a GM. All you have to do is buy the last Cy Young Award winner every year.” How bout that? Delusional, clueless and amusing–sounds like a Skankee fan to me!

    How far they have fallen: about 2 years ago, there was talk that Chien-Ming Wang was the ace of the Skankee staff–fast forward a couple of years, and a bunch of injuries later, and now the Nationals are looking at him. While he won’t be ready until at least May as he still in recovery from the arthro shoulder surgery he had last year, he is throwing 120 feet from flat ground and is making progress…

    So Fox Saturday Baseball is going to do 2 night games this season–WHY? Isn’t prime time Fox Baseball, Oh, I don’t know, THE PLAYOFFS? And of the list of potential games, there is not a Red Sox/Skankee matchup among them. Its all interleague, so the Sox will play the Phillies on May 22, and then the Giants on June 26, the Skanks get the Mets on the 22nd, and the Dodgers on the 26…The Skankee Dodger game should be pretty compelling, as its Joe Torre’s 1st time playing against his old team…So we’ll get to hear Buck and Carver in the regular season–freaking ducky…

    Remember when Manny signed with the Dodgers, and there was actually a clause in his contract that he needed to make a donation to the club charity? Well, that clause, referred to as the “Ramirez Provision”, has been disallowed by MLB. And apparently, most teams have done this–and the union doesn’t like it…They compare it to the company you work for requiring you to donate to a charity. I can se their point (probably the 1st and only time that will happen) But Manny signed the contract–and I guess the big question is–did he actually donate the $1 million to a charity of his choice, which was part of his $45 million contract? Maybe he donated it to the Manny Ramirez foundation….hmmm…..

    And my Roku came last night, which means I will be not renewing MLB extra innings with Direct TV, opting to go with MLB.TV for the 2010 campaign. It’s about $50 cheaper a year and I get to actually CHOOSE the home or away commentary.

    Holy Buckets! The thought of actually NOT having to listen to the Skankee sycophants go on and on and ON about Jeter’s “eyes of a champion” is completely excellent. Now, let’s see if it actually works…I’ll keep you posted…

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