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  • February 20th, 2012

    February 20, 2012:
    The 2012 Campaign has begun…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:39 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    As it was the mandatory reporting day for Pitchers and Catchers, yesterday signified the first official day of the 2012 Season–and after what was a disappointing and uneventful offseason, all I can say at this point is: It’s about freakin time…

    And of course, with the first day of everything, comes the obligatory pressers, which were even more anticipated, as we were all waiting to see if the starting line-up were going to take responsibility for the destruction that was September…

    I think they fell a little short, especially in the Josh Beckett corner, disappointing me greatly, as Josh has always stepped up and accepted responsibility. But this time, it just felt flat. Still going with the “what happens in the clubhouse, stays in the clubhouse” mantra, the biggest responsibility he accepted was for list last 2 starts, specifically, and final game in Baltimore: “‘The bottom line is my last two starts. They just weren’t that good. I’m not saying we didn’t make mistakes because we made mistakes in the clubhouse, but the biggest mistakes I made was not pitching well vs. Baltimore. I was prepared to pitch every time I went out there. I just didn’t execute pitches when I needed to…” Really, Josh, do ya THINK?

    Oh, and my favorite: “…I’ve been a fan of things too. We were the best team in baseball for about five months. We’re just as let down as they are. That doesn’t make it right. We were very let down as well.” Well, Josh, since the fans had no control of the complete and utter collapse of the team, and YOU DID–forgive me if I don’t feel all bad that you were let down as well…

    It will be interesting to see what happens next, as Jason Varitek did not report to Spring Training, which, barring a stunning turnaround, means that his time in Boston is done. And we all know how Josh really only wanted ‘Tek to catch him–and with him gone…will this be a “thing”?

    But it was nice to see that Jon Lester realizes that it’s time for him to step up and be a leader, since the older players, who he took his cues from are no longer around, it’s up to him: “Just being a better teammates, a better presence…I think going out here, we’ve got a lot of young kids in camp. Showing them the first bullpen means something; the first sprints mean something; that first ground ball you take in PFPs is important…That was something I learned my first spring training being around Schill and Josh and Wake and Timlin. Everything they did meant something. I think that’s important to try and instill in these young guys. Day 1 means just as much as Day 162.”

    And note HIS take on the fans disappointment: “…There should be; we didn’t play very good. With all the other stuff added on top of that, it’s obviously going to make it worse. I don’t blame them for being mad ‘ We stunk. I stunk. I take complete responsibility for that…”

    Needless to say, John Lackey had nothing to add…But I am bet he has never felt stronger and healthier, for sure…

    While I did not get a chance to watch Wake’s retirement presser on Friday, live, I saw enough–enough for it to get VERY dusty in the Boston Red Thoughts corporate offices–Tim Wakefield was a class act, both on and off the field, and he will be missed immensely…I hope the Sox have a place for him someday, when he is ready to do that…

    Also retiring this weekend is old friend Mike Cameron, who played with the Sox in 2010-2011, and was part of the 2010 “all injury team”, pretty much playing with a hole in his abdomen. Good Luck in retirement, Mike!

    So Cub’s pitcher Matt Garza wants to talk trash huh? “That I was able to kick the crap out of them (The Red Sox) every year, year in and year out, for the last three seasons. That’s what I remember.” Really Matt? In those 3 years you were 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA–I’d say that’s barely breaking even, certainly not “Kicking the crap” out of anyone. And wouldn’t it be funny if YOU were part of the Theo Epstein compensation deal to Boston? Not that I want you here, but it would be fun to see you backpedal…Asshat…

    So Hideki Okajima will not be pitching for the Skanks after all. Offered a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training, Oki failed his physical, thereby voiding the contract. So unless someone can deal with whatever issues cropped up, nut sure where he will end up, which is a shame, as when he was good, he was VERY good…

    Here is a shocking stat: For all the bitching about JD Drew and his injuries, he played 357 games for the Sox, or about 119 games a season. Kevin Youkilis only played 358 in the same span…

    Speaking of shocking, Carl Crawford, who showed up for camp today, will miss the 1st few weeks of the season as he rehabs from his wrist surgery. Really, does this surprise ANYONE???

    Last week, saying I was one of the chosen few who have an “opportunity” to purchase Green Monster seats! And I was all excited–until I saw the price $165 EACH, plus about another $10 per tickets in fees. $350 for 2 tickets–that’s almost a mortgage payment! Or, if I wanted to stand for the whole game, those were $50 each, plus fees… I passed…

    Finally, in honor of Tim Wakefield’s retirement (sniff…), Chris Jaffe from The Hardball Times compiled a great listing of highlights from Wake’s career. Not only does it list of his greatest and most important games he ever played in, but also personal milestones and notable achievements, and some odds and ends mixed in for good measure. Of the 50 entries total, 40 are from his years with the Red Sox. Definitely worth the read–you can check it out here…

    Coming up: Physicals and the like, and then tomorrow, the battery mates will have their first workout of the 2012 campaign…Whoo hoo!

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