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  • January 6th, 2014

    January 6, 2014:
    The Winter of Our Content…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:45 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Buckle up kids; it’s another stream of consciousness post…

    With 43 days left until Pitchers and Catchers (which feels like a fracking LIFETIME these days), baseball seem very far away, especially when the wind chill is supposed to be -30 tomorrow. Yes, NEGATIVE 30. In Pennsylvania. We are not talking about Minnesota or one of the Dakotas here. Pennsylvania.

    So as the heat in home office of Boston Red Thoughts pumps nonstop, and I take my Red Sox Mr. Potato Head away from my daughter, I wish for the warm sunny days and the boys of summer to get their collective asses back on the field, or at least fire up the Hot Stove, and let’s make the offseason interesting–cause right now, it is not even remotely…Cause while I am OH SO glad I won’t have to see Robinson Cano 19 times a year anymore (but we will see Jake) , I really don’t CARE all that much…

    No Red Sox swag this year for the big December holiday (Mr. Potato Head is a couple years old), although I managed to acquire the World Series Film, the “We Own the East” T-shirt, and of course, the Red Sox World Series Champions T-shirt. Merry Christmas to me. Of course, we all got the best Christmas present EVER (or at least since 2007) October 30th…

    And 2+ year debate about which jersey I need to get continues to rage on. I still have my Mike Lowell one, and it’s perfectly acceptable, as he was (and still is) beloved in the Nation, World Series MVP of 2007, and retired as a member of the Red Sox. And most importantly: I love Mike Lowell. Not like my previous jersey of Skeezy Bastard (you might know him as Johnny Damon). But I did find out that burning jerseys caused this horrible black smoke…so I am thinking I won’t do that again.

    So…anyway, back to the jersey thing. Do I go old school, like Ted, or Fisk, or Johnny Pesky? You can’t go wrong going old school. And if they go bad, I won’t have a useless jersey on my hands (and no black smoke)

    Or do I choose a current player? But the problem with current players is you never know how they are going to end up. Like if I had gotten Jake’s jersey, I would be stuck now. I could go Dustin Pedroia, because we KNOW he is not going anywhere, but everyone and their brother has a Pedey jersey, and I am not a big fan of doing whatever everyone else does. And then there is Jon Lester. Always loved him as a player, and his # is birthday, but now I am hearing that the Sox may actually consider trading him, as he only has 1 year left on his contract–Jersey notwithstanding, I really hope they don’t, cause I really do believe there is a consistent dominant ace in there…and he is still only 29.

    So I guess at this point, I’m still on the fence–fortunately, I still have a pretty expansive Red Sox Wardrobe…

    ANYWAY…

    So I am really liking the new Japanese posting system, where all teams can negotiate with a player, and then when he signs with the team of his choice, the Rakuten Golden Eagles get $20 million, as he is still under contract there. Because the old system of submitting blind bids and the highest bidder had the chance to exclusively negotiate with the player was complete CRAP…and the Sox took a $51 million bath with Daisuke…

    And I really like Masahiro Tanaka, and with his 24-0 record, and 1.27 ERA what’s not to like? Oh, and he is 25. I would love the Sox to sign him, as long as he is more Koji than Daisuke…But at this point, I fully expect the Skanks will throw far too much money at him, as they are desperate for starting pitching…And the Sox won a World Series with 6 starters that were not this guy, and we all know how funky the transition can be for Japanese starters…

    Neato stats: With their $178 million payroll, the Sox paid $1.82 million for each of their wins during the 2013 campaign. And just to put things in perspective: The Skanks paid $2.79 million per win. Yes, they had fewer wins (12 less, if you only count the  regular season), but they also had a payroll of $59 million MORE. Way to spend that money–Keep up the good work!

    So I hear the Phillies are “desperate” to trade Papelbon, who has lost almost 3MPH on his fastball, and 3 strikeouts per nine innings. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Schadenfreude!

    5 names remain in the arbitration lottery for this year. Newly signed Burke Badenhop, Mike Carp, Jonathan Herrera, Andrew Miller, and Junichi Tazawa, as well as the ballclub have until next Tuesday the 14th to submit their arbitration numbers. The Sox haven’t went to a hearing since Rolando Arrojo in 2002, I fully expect that streak to continue

    Finally, the Class of 2014 will be announced for the Baseball Hall of fame on Wednesday. The BBA predicted Greg Maddux, Tom Glavin and Frank Thomas will get the call. Personally, I would be totally shocked if Greg Maddox doesn’t make it in, the others could go either way…

    Coming up: 85 days until Opening Day, which, coincidently, is my birthday again this year…Last time my birthday fell on opening day was in 2011–the beginning of the downward spiral that took 2 years to correct. Let’s hope it was an anomaly in 2011…

    One Response to “January 6, 2014:
    The Winter of Our Content…”

    1. Michael says:

      Very interesting reading …..

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