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  • January 23rd, 2013

    January 23, 2013:
    This or That, This or That…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:36 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox,Signings and Trades No Comments

    Random Thoughts at less than 3 weeks to Pitches and Catchers…

    Avascular Necrosis. Sounds tasty, doesn’t it? That is the hip thing that cost Mike Napoli 2 years and $34 million dollars. And the weirdest thing is that he said he has no idea that he had the condition until the Sox found it during his contract physical. Web MD lists the condition as: “Avascular necrosis (AVN), also called osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis or ischemic bone necrosis, is a condition that occurs when there is loss of blood to the bone. Because bone is living tissue that requires blood, an interruption to the blood supply causes bone to die. If not stopped, this process eventually causes the bone to collapse.” Yeah, its sounds as bad is it probably is…and worse still, he has the condition it BOTH hips.  But until it becomes an issue, it’s not, so for now the Sox expect (hope?) to at least get the year they paid for out of Napoli, and go from there…

    Chris Carpenter (no, not THAT one) was DFA’ed to make room for Napoli on the 40-man, thereby reducing ever further the NOTHING the Sox got for Theo from the Cubs…

    But I’m not bitter…

    Speaking of not being bitter, how nauseating is it that JOHN LACKEY is the highest paid pitcher/player (!!!) on the Red Sox staff, being paid $16.5 million dollars in 2013. 2nd on both lists is Ryan Dempster. YUK. In case you were wondering That Clay Person will make $7.5, and Jon Lester will make $6 million for their work on the 2013 Campaign.

    And the arbitration hearing-less streak, alive since 2002, continues with the Sox coming to terms with all 9 arbitration eligible players: Jacoby Ellsbury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow, with the later (and final signing) getting one of those oh-so-rare multiyear deals (2- year, $6.5 million with an option for a 3rd year at $4 million) Everyone else’s were of the 1-year variety, with Jake’s deal being $9 million for the season, and then he will be a free agent. And chances are if Jake is any good AT ALL in 2013, Boras will get someone to throw ridiculous amount of money at him, for a ridiculous amount of time…

    The baseball world lost 2 greats over the weekend, Earl Weaver, the Hall of Fame Manager of the Baltimore Orioles, and probably the greatest Cardinal to ever put on the uniform, Hall of Famer Stan Musial. The baseball world loses a little bit of its luster when we lose icons like them…

    My Terry Francona book arrived today, and I SO cannot wait to start reading it! I already read the SI Preview, and what everyone else is saying about it. I will let you know what I think, but I expect that it will be the Tito we all know and love: honest and witty…

    Tito weighs in on his tome: “If that came out that their feelings are hurt, I could see that, but that’s not the way the book is meant to be read. I’ll probably never feel great about the way my tenure ended there but that’s just the way I feel. I don’t wake up every morning mad or anything like that…And, as a matter of fact, the book says they’re good owners, I just said they don’t love the game like I do…”

    Speaking of Tito, tomorrow is the annual Boston Baseball Writes Dinner at the Westin Copley, where he will receive the Judge Emil Fuchs Award for Long and Meritorious Service. Also expected at the event are Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Joe Morgan, Jody Reed, Andrew Miller, Daniel Nava, Mike Aviles, Jackie Bradley and manager John Farrell. As always, Tickets are $175 each, and can be ordered online. One of these days I WILL get there…

    Finally, yesterday was an auspicious day in Red Sox history–it was the 10 year anniversary of a signing of a player who had just been released by the Twins, who the Sox decided to pick up as a backup/part time first baseman–and the result is the greatest clutch hitter in Red Sox history. Happy Anniversary, David Ortiz! Chris Jaffe from The Hardball Times has all the details. You can read all about it here… Check it out!

    Coming up: Saturday is T-Day–when the rest of the tickets to Fenway go on sale (except for the games against the Skanks, and the coveted Monster and Right Field Roof Box Seats. Starting time is 10:00am…

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