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  • February 1st, 2012

    February 1, 2012:
    Spring Training Month #1!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:24 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    While Pitchers and Catchers isn’t for another 18 (EIGHTEEN!) days, February is the month where it all begins: Spring Training, Truck Day…Sunny Florida days while we all sit in the North, hoping the forecasted 4-6 inches of snow won’t fall…

    And yes, I should be all excited about the thoughts of a brand new season, and being able to turn the page on what was a thoroughly disappointing 2011 campaign.

    But I’m not. Not Really…

    We all know the facts: The Boston Red Sox, known for the greatest comeback in all of sports history, is also known for the far less dubious honor: The worst collapse in all of sports history…or, if not the worst in ALL sports, it’s pretty damn close.

    September was horrible, OK, we’ll all move on, the Sox will get some good and deep pitching, make some tweaks here and there, and they will be locked and loaded for the 2012 campaign, which coincidently is also the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park…

    Instead, we get every bargain barrel, bottom of the heap pitcher out there, in the hopes that one will rise to the surface, as they all battle it out in spring training.

    And the Sox trade the best option for shortstop, ostensibly to “free up payroll”–and it appears that freed up payroll isn’t to get a legitimate #3-4 starter, but MORE bargain basement pitchers…

    Maybe the Sox will do something splashy yet, but I have the sad and sneaking suspicion that the “big and splashy” portion of the program was the signing of Bobby Valentine–maybe Sox management think they can distract us with the larger than life personality, and the new ticket stuff, and the 100 year anniversary, that none of us will notice that the Sox have absolutely NO PITCHING DEPTH–the same thing that KILLED them last September…

    I reallyREALLY hope I am wrong…

    Arbitration hearing dates have been scheduled for the last 2 holdout from the Sox, Big Papi and Alfredo Aceves. I really REALLY hope they get these done before the hearings. Because my understanding of the hearings is the ballclub pretty much goes in and tries to minimize the player to get the best deal possible, while the player tries to maximize themselves. How do you think Big Papi will take that? This is a man with a huge ego, who is all about respect–for himself anyway. I can’t see that ending well, even if he gets the money he wants out of the hearing. So, c’mon Ben, get it done, because the couple of dollars you save will not outweigh the damage it will do…

    Daisuke is still working hard on his rehab from the Tommy John surgery he had early last year, throwing off the mound for the first time yesterday in Fort Myers. He threw 21 pitches, and if all goes well, he will continue his progress, and could potentially be ready sometime in July/August…

    Coming up: We wait and we hope…

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