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  • November 18th, 2015

    November 18, 2015: Happy Birthday David Ortiz!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:12 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Today, The Large Father turned 40–and after the 2016 campaign, he will retire from baseball…

    Wait. WHAT???

    Yep. Ken Rosenthal from Fox sports broke the news yesterday, and Big Papi confirmed it with a video this morning. After 20 years in MLB, he will hang up hit hat. The gift baskets we keep sending to Minnesota for the completely boneheaded move they made in 2003 to release him after their attempts to make him a SINGLES hitter (?????) were unsuccessful, will continue for some time…

    In his 14 seasons with the Sox, he has 3 World Series rings, and will make $16 million in 2016, and still has a vesting option for $10 million for 2017.

    And here is my most favorite David Ortiz story. My stepdaughters and I were watching a Red Sox game in the early part of this decade, and it was the bottom of the 9th at Fenway and the Sox were down by a run or two. There were man on base, and Big Papi comes to the plate. And I look at the girls and say “watch this, he’ll hit a home run and win this game”

    And of course, THAT is what he did. Can’t remember exactly which game that was, but we were lucky to see him do that SO many times. I cannot imagine there is not a place in the Hall of Fame for the clutchest hitter in all of baseball. But we’ll have to wait 5 years after his retirement to find out…

    But it’s fun to talk about…

    This almost makes the Craig Kimbrel signing anticlimactic, but holy hell am I thrilled about it. He is a GREAT pitcher, and the Sox desperately NEED great pitching. Now, if Dave Dombrowski could finagle a starter or 3, including an ace, I think the Sox would be in good shape.

    Although I am not super-thrilled Koji will likely now pitch in the 8th inning, and Tazawa will get the 7th. But Koji will be 41, and while he is stil good, he is not as transcendent as he was in 2013…

    But of course, Koji being Koji, Dave mentioned he has this to say when told of the signing (Classy John Farrell made sure he knew before): “he said he was really good with the change of role and that all he wants to do is pitch in the World Series again.” “He basically said, ‘You don’t have to worry about me, I’ll pitch whenever you’re asked to.'”

    And did we mention that Kimbrel is TWENTY SEVEN–and the Sox have him under their control until 2018?????

    Oh, and trade Hanley’s sorry ass—because I have NO desire to see another season of him not giving a crap…

    Coming up: The Hot Stove Continues, with the hopes that Dave Dombrowski can sign Zack Greinke, cause that guy sounds SUPER interesting, and I think his energy (not to mention his TV interviews) would be fun…Chad Finn wrote a great article about him here. Check it out!

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