February 3rd, 2011
So, after the snow and ICE STORM of the last few days (thankfully I have 4WD) baseball and the (hopefully) accompanying warm weather seems oh so far away….
But, like everything else, it will be here before we know it–and we’ll be complaining its too hot and the like, just like we do every other year…
And, in 5 days, On February 8th, unless we get some more crappy weather, THE Truck, driven for the last 13 years by Al Hartz, and loaded from stem to stern with everything from bats and balls, to player motorcycles will leave the Fens, arriving in Fort Myers by the end of the week.
Kevin Youkilis kicked off his new program, “Athletes for Heroes” at his “Not Your Average Idol.” event this evening. Part of the Youk’s Kids foundation, this program will pair athletes from Boston’s professional sports teams with children who have lost a parent or had a parent severely disabled in the line of duty. The goal of Athletes for Heroes is “to inspire those children to look beyond current obstacles, providing opportunities these children may not otherwise have access to and motivating them to determine their own future.” You can get more info on the program at their website or by calling 617-946-YOUK (9685).
Last week, Tony Mazzarotti cited 5 concerns he had about the 2011 Boston Red Sox:
1. Hitting Lefties/Pitching to Lefties
3. Lackey and Beckett
4. Who will be the shortstop?
5. Who will be the everyday catcher?
While I agree that all of those are pretty valid concerns, I think the most compelling of the bunch is #3–and I think you need to add Daisuke to that mix as well. Barring an arm falling off or something, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester SHOULD be as good as, or ever better than they were in 2010, when they went 36-16 games between them. So that leaves your 3-4-5 starter. Yes, I now consider Josh Beckett the 3rd starter on this ball club. Now, he could be brilliant again this year, and reclaim the ace slot, but I don’t think he’ll be better than Lester/Buchholz. And Lackey and Daisuke need to start pitching to the level of their salaries–pronto….
And if they don’t, maybe the fully stocked lineup can compensate–but then the other concerns that Mazz mentioned then become a little more…concerning…
And good news on the Skankee front: Andy Pettitte has decided NOT to follow in the footsteps of his former best friend Fat Boy Roger, and has retired from baseball. Whoo Hoo! Despite the fact that he is not as good as he used to be against the Sox–not only messing them up for the game he pitched, but for 2-3 games after–He could still pitch a gem every once in a while. But now the Skanks will have to do without him…Can never be a bad thing for the Sox…
But never fear Skankee fans–you still have….wait for it….Bartolo Colon HAHAHAHAHA….Makes you want to run right over and Bet on Sports at BetUS huh?
Finally, so rumor has it Albert Pujols will be looking for a 10 year/ $300 million dollar contract–Holy Buckets! Yes, he is a better player/human being than A-Rod, but $30 million a year for 10 years? Really? He’ll be 41 when that contract ends…Crazy…