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  • January 18th, 2012

    January 18, 2012: Internet Blackout.
    Oh, and Carl Crawford’s wrist fell off…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:37 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    It’s interesting that on the day a good deal of the internet is on strike/ boycott/etc to protest the Anti Piracy Legislation (PIPA and SOPA) currently before Congress, there is probably the most amount of Red Sox scoopage to report…

    And, if you want to sign the petition (against PIPA and SOPA, not against the Sox) you can do so here….

    Carl Crawford needs what? NOW? Yep. Carl Crawford had arthro surgery on his left wrist yesterday for what the team is calling “…basic debridement of some cartilage in his left wrist.” When he started to ramp up his hitting a couple of weeks ago, his wrist started to hurt again, as it has in the past. But apparently the pain was worse this time, so the Sox had him go to a specialist, who determined that the procedure was warranted at this point.

    Freaking wonderful.  Of course, chances of him being ready for Opening Day are remote. And while the team is trying to act all optimistic that Carl will be “back in position to be active and our everyday left fielder in our lineup for the bulk of the regular season.” And that is all very well and good, but we all know that wrist surgery takes time to heal–and time to regain strength. Look at Big Papi. Look at Nomar…

    NOT a good thing–at all…

    So the Sox have signed yet another junk pile pitcher to a minor league contract so they can all fight it out in Spring Training. Ducky. The latest of these is Vincente Padilla, who got a $1.5 million base deal if he makes the big, with incentives up to $4.5 million.

    I get the whole idea–and we cannot dispute the fact that it does work sometimes. But Holy Buckets! The Skanks just signed this young stud, and while I don’t think we should count the Sox out of anything, by any stretch, Sox pitching is what KILLED the 2011 in September–and it just does not seem like they are doing enough to mitigate that…

    The list of arbitration eligible was further reduced yesterday with the Sox signing Jacoby Ellsbury to a 1 year, $8.05 million deal, which is almost a 300% increase from his 2011 salary of $2.4 million. And ya know what? That is still a bargain. If Jake continues to play at this level, or even improves (which is possible, seeing as he is only 28 years old) He is going to get VERY large money…

    The Sox also reached an agreement with Mike Aviles yesterday, with another 1 year deal. Mike’s was for $1.2 million, a little less than 1/2 from his 2011 salary of $ 640,000

    And then there were 4: Alfred Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, and David Ortiz. The Sox will probably come to some agreement with the pitchers relatively painlessly. But I think that if anyone is going to break the long standing record of getting through arbitration season without a hearing, it’s going to be Big Papi. The team and he exchanged their numbers yesterday: The Sox offered $ 12.65 million, Ortiz wants $ 16.5…He made $12.5 million last year…They have until the hearing sometime next month to work it out…

    Sucky news for old friend Victor Martinez, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee this week, which will more than likely require surgery, effectively ending his chances of playing for 2012. Sucky news also for the Tigers, as Victor hit .330 with 12 homers for them in 2011…

    Finally, next Saturday the 28th is the day where I make a big vat ‘o coffee, and sit in front of my computer–for Red Sox Ticket Day. Yep, the majority of the tickets to the Holy Land (aka Fenway Park) go on sale at 10:00am EST. And while I do the online thing, you can also to the automated ticket stuff at 1-888-REDSOX6. Of course, the reallyREALLY good seats (e.g.: Opening Day, Monster, Right Field Deck and the Skankee series) will be sold via raffle later in the off-season, but if you want anything else, this is the time! And it will be interesting to see if last years collapse does anything for or against ticket sales…

    I just wish we could lose some of the bandwaggoners and pink hats the Sox picked up in the last couple of years since the World Series wins…Is that too much to ask?

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