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  • January 31st, 2012

    January 31, 2012:
    Less than 3 weeks!

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:55 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    And yet another indicator that this has been a PAINFULLY slow and boring offseason–one of the major Boston newspapers hadn’t had a Sox new story from Saturday morning until later Monday…

    These are the Boston Red Sox people! Can we please stop acting like the $30 million payroll Marlins already? Hell, even THEY have stuff going on these days…

    And what do the Sox have? Another bargain basement pitcher. This time its former Met John Maine, who pitched an oh so impressive 1-3 record with a 7.43 ERA in 2011-IN THE MINORS–for COLORADO–and he left there in JUNE and didn’t play for the rest of 2011!…and his best season? FIVE YEARS ago….And the kicker is there is no invite to Spring Training–just a minor league contract–what’s THAT about?

    Hey, Ben, I hear John Wasdin would be open to a minor league contract, with an invitation to Spring training…UGH…

    And, they are signing this dreck, but cannot find a place for Tim Wakefield? Really?

    So Kevin Youkilis weighed in this weekend on the wonky team vibe that helped contribute to the crappiness that was September 2011: “…It’s just playing the game and not worrying about other stuff and the media hype and things that are going on. Because if you’re going crazy with that stuff, it’s going to eat you all up….If you just play the game, not worry, not read what’s put out there, everything that’s said, it handles itself.” C’mon Kevin, REALLY? Last year was not your first day at the rodeo–you have been part of TWO World Series teams–and I don’t think there could have been anymore media hype than there was in 2004–and Josh Beckett was MVP of the 2003 World Series at 23, after mowing down the Skanks. So please don’t tell me the MEDIA pressure got to the players…

    So Cody Ross will wear #7, which was last worn by JD Drew, and before him, Trot Nixon. Cody is MUCH more worthy to wear Dirt Dog Trot’s # than JD ever was…To make room for Ross on the 40-man, Scott Atchison was designed for assignment–can’t say I am too broken up about that…

    Oh, and Bud Selig is going to resolve the Theo compensation deal–and he REALLY means it this time…Feh…

    So Red Sox ticket o’rama happened on Saturday. And, because I had some other things going on, I didn’t get to sit in front of my computer until mid afternoon–and I was pleasant surprised at the changes the Sox has made to the ticketing system. Instead of the horrible virtual waiting room they used to have, where you would sit in limbo, never knowing where you were in line, or if you even were in line, only to find that once you actually got past the virtual waiting room, there were no more tickets available for the date I chose, and it was hit or miss if you could get to another date.

    But this year, they actually gave you am indicator as to where you were in line, as well as how tickets were selling, and the page refreshed every 45 seconds or so. And the nice thing is that once you made it to the head of the “ticket line”, music started to play, so you didn’t have to sit glued to the screen, fearing that if you stepped away for a beverage or bathroom break that you would miss your window of opportunity.

    Surprisingly, I only had to wait about 45 minutes to get the chance to buy tickets, and there were still some decent seats to be had. I didn’t buy any, as I have some things coming up in the summer and I am not sure when they are going to happen, so I didn’t want to commit a bunch of money and not be able to use the tickets…So I am hoping that when my schedule settles, there are still some tickets to be had.

    Apparently, there is some other new stuff as far as tickets this year. Called “Digital Ticket Initiative”, this is supposed to help prevent the lowest priced seats at Fenway Park (the $12 Upper Bleacher Seats) from being sold on the secondary market for more than that–sometimes A LOT more…And basically what it means is that these tickets are non-transferable. The person who bought them needs to bring the same credit card they bought them with to Fenway and have it swiped to gain admittance…

    And while Fenway is one of the 1st parks to do this, it will be implemented in all MLB parks in the near future…The 1st round of digital tickets for Fenway go on sale tomorrow for the following home games: Opening Day April 13, April 20-22, June 8-10, June 22-24, July 6-8, July 16-19, July 20-22, August 3-5, August 24-26, and September 11-13.

    Finally, ESPN’s Jenny Dell with replace Heidi Watney as NESN’s roving reporter teaming with DO and Rem Dawg–and former player Matt Stairs, who played with the Sox in 95, will join the trifecta of baseball eliteness Eck, Jim Ed, and Peter Gammon, as an analyst.

    Coming up: 19 More Days to Pitcher and Catchers! 65 Day to Opening Day! And it’s 55 Degrees on the Eve of February in NE Pennsylvania…Whoo Hoo!

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