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  • December 5th, 2011

    December 5, 2011:
    Let the Meetings Begin!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:57 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    The Winter ones that is…

    So now that the Sox FINALLY have a Manager in place (Trying to focus on the positive) they can actually turn to the business of, oh, I dont know, PUTTING A TEAM ON THE FIELD…

    And it’s interesting to note that King Larry will not be attending this year….hmmm

    David Ortiz’s charity golf match was this weekend, and, as his 1st duty as Manager, Bobby Valentine went down for the Friday night festivities, and to talk David into staying with the Sox.

    Big Papi has until Wednesday to accept arbitration from the team, but in light of the fact that he wants “long term security”, as in a 4 year contract, I cannot imagine him accepting… I also cannot imagine the Sox biting on something as ridiculous as a 4 year contract for a 36 year old DH–unless it’s for $4-5 million a year–and you KNOW he is going to want at least $10-12 million. He made $12.5 million is 2011…

    And unfortunately, Skeezy Bastard was there as well, and, as always, Johnny Damon just cannot keep his Freaking. Mouth. Shut. From such gems “…No one ever leaves Boston happy. But hopefully Tim Wakefield can.” to stating that Big Papi should sign with the Skanks, Johnny should focus on his own matters and SHUT THE @!^(*&@!(*& UP when it comes to the Sox–but he just cannot help himself–and personally, sounds like sour grapes to me–and then he wonders why Sox fans boo him… Asshat…

    Looks like Pedro is finally going to call it a career, after not playing since the 2009 World Series with the Phillies. A 3-time Cy Young Award winner, Pedro has an astounding .687 win percentage (219-100) with 8 All Star nods, a 2.93 ERA and 3154 strikeouts…Currently 40, Pedro’s officially retirement announcement will be happening shortly…

    Speaking of retirement, Manny wants out of it… The players union is trying to work out a deal with MLB where his suspension is only 50 days, rather than the 100 he was given violating the drug policies a 2nd time, because he did not play for most of last year, and would essentially be serving a 206 day suspension. Bullsh*t–you freaking retired rather than face the consequences of your actions–why should you benefit now????

    I guess it’s no surprise, but it was sad to hear that when Terry Francona interviewed with St Louis, he was asked about his pain med usage. He weighs in: “That probably aggravated me – not from St. Louis, I don’t blame them, I’d have asked it, too – but the fact that I had to defend myself . . . really hurt me…”I actually talked to Bob (Hohler) , I think it was the night before (the article came out)…When I hung up with Bob, I was under the impression that he understood, you know, I could have got him to talk to (Sox internist) Dr. Ronan. I was under the impression that wasn’t part of the story.”

    Yeah, Tito, it hurt us too–because when all is said and done, and after all the interviews, I still think the Sox made a mistake in letting you go…

    But Dave Magadan has been retained as the Red Sox hitting coach, which is a great thing. The statuses of Bench Coach Demarlo Hale, 3rd Base Coach Tim Bogar and Bullpen Coach Gary Tuck are still up in the air–and they will need a 1st base coach, as they let Ron Johnson go, and pitching coach, as Curt Young went back to Oakland…

    And, it’s that time of year again: The Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America will hold their 73rd annual dinner on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Westin Copley Hotel. Tickets are $175 each and are available by sending a check made out care of Rusty Sullivan, The Sports Museum, 100 Legends Way, Boston 02114. Or you can contact him at rsullivan@dnc.com.

    Finally, over the weekend, The Boston Amateur Baseball Network hosted their 11th annual Winterball Tournament, drawing dozens of amateur adult baseball players from local baseball leagues across New England to play a game to benefit Toys for Tots. With a game-time temperature of 39 degrees, the Young Bucks (players aged 18-29) defeated the Aging Stallions (players aged 30+) in a 10-inning contest by a score of 6 to 5. Sgt. Major Rick Peterson of the United States Marines was on hand to collect the toy donations, before the contest and throughout the game’s first pitch at 11:00am. Congratulations to all who played, and thank you to those who made donations to Toys for Tots…

    Coming up: The Winter Meetings continue through Thursday, and hopefully they will be as productive as they need to be for the Sox–which is WAY productive than they have been yet this offseason…

    One Response to “December 5, 2011:
    Let the Meetings Begin!”

    1. Thomas Troty says:

      good post man!

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