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  • December 17th, 2012

    December 17, 2012:
    One-upmanship, Ad Nauseum

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:35 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades No Comments

    I am a huge fan of R.A. Dickey. Not only is he a knuckleballer, he is a fine human being, overcoming some major adversity in his life to be a successful pitcher on the major league level.

    This is the guy who was born WITHOUT the UCL, or the ligament that Tommy John Surgery repairs, and should for no reason, be able to do what he does. He has also shed light on his own sexual abuse as a child, and has come out the other side. And he was this year’s CY Young Award Winner for the National League. THIS is the type of guy I want to see pitch for my beloved Boston Red Sox. Good player, and even better citizen. But, no, HE will be joining the 752 other players the Toronto Blue Jays have signed/traded for in this offseason.

    The Angels signed Josh Hamilton to a 5-year $125 million contract, which gives them a lineup that includes him, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. Interesting. But isn’t it also interesting after all the brouhaha about Pujols last year, he sort of faded into the woodwork, and we really didn’t hear about him?

    And the Dodgers (who are going to have a bigger payroll than the Skanks this year) signed front of the line pitcher Zack Greinke for 6-years, and $147 million…

    And the Tigers got Anibal Sanchez for 5-years, $80 million…

    The Sox got Shane Victorino-who, don’t get me wrong, seems like a standup guy–Ben just paid FAR too much for him, as he has been less effective the last couple years, had THIS to say at his presser: “I’m beyond ecstatic, to say the least. We’ve all paid attention to our counterparts on the other side, what this organization is all about, the tradition this place holds. Coming to Fenway, people always ask what my favorite park is. I always said Fenway is one of my favorites — there and Wrigley, because of the tradition. Coming in here, having an opportunity to play in Boston has been absolutely amazing as a visiting player.”

    And MAYBE Mike Napoli, IF they can get the language right on his contract. What we at now? 14 days?

    We also get shortstop Stephen Drew, yes, as in Just Angling’s brother. A 1-year, $9.5 million contract, which pretty much says that Jose Inglesias WON’T be ready for the 2013 campaign. Although, shockingly, (Yeah, right) Drew the younger was injured in 2011 (broken ankle), and hasn’t been the same since…

    And let’s not forget Ryan Dempster, who was signed to a 2-Year $26.5 million contract, and who has pitched exactly 12 games in the AL, after spending his whole career in the NL–and while he is an innings eater–Since 1988 he has pitched 200+ innings for every year except 2012, when he pitched 173–we all know the whole “transition from the NL to the AL” thing for pitchers, usually isn’t super groovy neato…

    So Youk has weighed in on becoming a Skankee: “You can’t control what people are going to think about you. All you can control is what you’re doing in the game…There’s a lot of great Red Sox fans and they just wanted the best for me going forward. I know there’s going to be some that don’t like this decision. You can’t worry about that. For me personally, I just want to go out and play and win, and I’m very fortunate now that I got traded to the White Sox, another historic franchise, too. So now I’ll have the opportunity to play on three unbelievable franchises in the game of baseball.” UGH…at least he is not trashing the Sox, and saying the Nation sucks like Johnny Damon did. And we can hope that his numbers of last year (.235 with 19 homers in 122 games) will be the norm, rather than the exception—and that he doesn’t beat up the Sox when the Sox and Skanks meet 19 times in 2013…

    Coming up: Let’s see what other good players other teams sign, while the Sox refuse to veer from the “low risk, potential for greatness, but not really” mantra that is starting to define the Hot stove of 2012-13. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying be stupid, (as in Carl Crawford for far too much money kind of stupid), but can’t we get a hot player too? Just one?

    Pitchers and Catchers: 57 Days

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