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  • February 19th, 2014

    February 19, 2014:
    Closer and Closer…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:41 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comments (2)

    Today, the position players took their physicals (hopefully there were no surprises) and then the first full squad workout wil happen tomorrow morning…and then we are about a week away to actual games, evening if they aren’t particularly meaningful…

    But it’s snowing here A-GAIN. So what happens if there is still snow at Fenway on April 4th? It could happen, if this snowing-every-day-for-the-last-47 continues…ok, maybe not 47 days in a row…it just feels like 47…

    Oh, and in case you were wondering? It’s sunny and between 70-80 degrees at Fort Meyers. As much as I am not a fan of the Sunshine State, after 47 days of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and temps with wind chills of -30. I may have to rethink my position…

    And then there is Johnny Gomes, whose response about all the questions about the fact that he shaved before reporting to Spring Training, is the best quote of the 2014 Campaign (so far): “I mean, it’s a friggin’ beard. No one died. We’re going to be all right. The beard didn’t hit or throw a fastball all year.” All that is left of the copious facial hair is one of those little “soul patch” things… Read more…

    February 17th, 2014

    February 17, 2014:
    Baseball has begun!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:46 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comments (2)

    Baseball is here! Whoo Hoo!

    On Saturday, the Red Sox 2014 Campaign officially begun when all pitchers and catchers reported to Fort Meyers for the start of Spring Training.

    And then on Sunday, Ryan Dempster made the announcement that he was taking 2014 off, citing health and personal reasons as the basis for his decision. As a result, he will be placed on the restricted list, which means the Sox will not have to pay him for the $13.25 million they were on the hook for in 2014. He weighs in: “I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to. I feel it’s in the best interest of both the club but most importantly myself to step away from playing baseball at this time. The time is right…I’m not saying retirement but I definitely won’t be playing this season.” In his first year of his 2-year contract with the Sox, he had an 8-9 record, with a 4.57 in 32 appearances last year, 29 of them were starts. He also was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in the postseason.

    As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, this is the reason you can never have too much pitching. Yeah, he was probably the 6th starter, as Felix Doubront came to camp in great shape this year, and the #5 job is his to lose. But last year, Dempster had to make 29 starts last year, as a result of That Clay Person being off for like 3 months. And while Clay says he is healthy and ready to go, you never know what’s gonna happen; he’s a skinny kid who gets hurt a bunch… Read more…

    February 4th, 2014

    February 4, 2014:
    Eleven. More. Days.

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:09 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I’m not a fan of football in the least, and did not watch even 10 seconds of Sunday’s contest, or the funny-sad-stupid commercials that came with it. And for me, it’s just the last hurdle we had to face so we can get to the important business at hand:

    Pitchers and Catchers in 11 days! Baseball is upon us! Holy Buckets! And Red Sox players have already started arriving in Fort Myers, including Jackie Bradley Jr, Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, and Blake Swihart, among others…

    And…They are calling for another 6-10 inches of snow tonight here in NE Pennsylvania. Outstanding…

    So, Daniel Bard has signed a minor league contract last week with the “Dark Bright Blue Team” aka the Texas Rangers. Interesting. Maybe a change of scenery will do him good, because he was going nowhere fast in Boston, which is a shame, because he was THAT guy–until he got it in his head that he reallyREALLY needed to be a starter in 2012 (Another bad call in the year of LOTS of bad calls)…and it all went to hell in a hand basket. I’d like to see him turn himself around–as long as it’s not when Texas is playing the Sox… Read more…

    January 28th, 2014

    January 28, 2013:
    Grandstand G16, Row 10, Seats 1 and 2,
    Thursday, June 12, 2014, 7:10pm
    Sox vs Cleveland…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:38 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Whoo Hoo! I’m going back to Fenway! Just wish it wasn’t 5+ months away–When its 4 degrees and the wind chill is -11, the warm sunny days at Fenway seem very VERY far away…

    Of course, a game in the Holy Land is reason enough to be excited, but Terry Francona will be there! Yeah, I have to look at Nick Swisher (Blech) and the other random reject Skanks they have playing for them, but I will always have a soft spot for Tito–even if I don’t think he should have beaten John Farrell out for Manager of the Year…and it will be my daughter’s first game in the Fens, so I am WAY excited for that…

    Ho Hum, it’s the end of January, time for David Ortiz to start bitching about a contract extension. Who had January 26th in the pool? Honestly, the only thing he didn’t throw out there yet was the infamous “it’s all about respect” line–but I am sure it’s coming. This time it was if he doesn’t get a multiyear deal, it “might be time to move on.” Holy Hell. Really Big Papi? Do you really think this is necessary? Do you actually think that the Sox sign you, year after year, because you whine to the press? You are an icon in Boston; you are the greatest clutch hitter the Sox have EVER had, who has carried this team on his shoulders more times than we can count. So a little dignity please.   If a deal makes sense, its gonna happen–It’s not like you’re broke and need the money…Honestly. Read more…

    January 23rd, 2014

    January 23, 2014:
    Signing Grady Sizemore…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:24 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    While Grady Sizemore is not even a blip on the radar in terms of superstar status–although if he hadn’t been derailed by a myriad of injuries, surgeries and the like, I think he may have gotten there–I reallyREALLY like this deal. I know, he hasn’t played in the bigs since 2011, but when he was healthy, he was of the best outfielders in the game, with 3 All-Star appearances and 25 Gold Gloves to his credit. He is also a career .279 hitter with a .861 OPS. And another bonus: He has speed, averaging 22+ steals each season. While it’s not Jake caliber, it’s certainly an extra bump…

    And the best part is this is virtually a no risk signing, but the potential could be pretty big. He has been signed to 1 year deal with a base salary of $750K. With incentives, he could earn up to $6 million for the 2014 campaign…

    But what is interesting is now the Sox have Jackie Bradley Jr (the heir apparent for Center Field) Sizemore, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Mike Carp, and Jonny Gomes–for 3 outfield positions. Not sure how this is going to play out…but outfield depth is certainly a good problem to have… Read more…

    January 15th, 2014

    January 15, 2014:
    One. More. Month…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:21 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comments (2)

    Woke up this morning to a scene that looked more like Silent Hill than NE Pennsylvania. Baseball seems SO very far away…

    Not much going on in the Nation in terms of signings and the like; the arbitration boys filed (Badenhop, Carp, Herrera, Miller, and Tazawa), and now the Sox have until Friday to exchange their concept of how they feel each player is worth. Since the Sox haven’t made it to an arbitration hearing since 2002, confidence is high that its not happening this year either…

    So A-Fraud got 162 game suspension–49 less than the original. Wish it was more. BUT, what is even more fun than the whole “we dont have to see Slappy McBlue Lips on the field for the whole of 2014 (and if the Skanks make it to the postseason, the suspension extends to that as well…) is the fact that he is now suing EVERYONE. Including the Players Union. Way to completely alienate the only group that was even remotely behind you…Jackass…
    Read more…


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