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  • January 27th, 2016

    January 27, 2016: 22 Days…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:34 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Some random thoughts as I take a break before my last class of graduate school, celebrate my daughter’s birthday, and wonder why NE Pennsylvania never seems to get those really big snowstorms we got when I was a kid…

    And actually, this off-season really hasn’t been all that bad. Dave Dombrowski has picked up some good pitching (David Price and Craig Kimbrel), and the weather has been downright balmy until pretty much the beginning of 2016. So now we are getting the cold, and in a short time, the Sox will report to Fort Meyers and start getting ready…

    Someone is already chomping at the bit to get started is Christian Vazquez, who says he will be 100% ready to go when Spring Training starts, despite the fact that he had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2015. But he is working hard and will try to get his spot back after missing so much time: I’m working hard. My shoulder is more important now. My elbow is fixed. I’m working hard to get strong.” Read more…

    January 7th, 2016

    January 7, 2016: ZERO Votes for Mike Lowell?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:16 pm in General | No Comments

    And NOMAR leaves the ballot after two years because he did not get the prerequisite 5%?  Holy Buckets! While I know neither was probably going to get in, the fact that they were out so soon, is just shocking to me.

    But it looks like Schill may have what it takes to get there, if he can keep his mouth and stay out of trouble that is.  He got a nice bump to 52.3% this year, his 4th on the ballot.  He has six more chances to get the additional 22.7% to get to the magic 75% mark.

    And for those of you who think:  “Eh, is Schilling really Hall-worthy?”  I got three words for you:

    Bloody Sock.  TWICE.

    And Holy Buckets, what is it going to take for the BBWAA to unanimously vote someone in????  Ken Griffey, Jr., got the most votes EVER yesterday, 99.3% (or 437/440).  So three troglodytes didn’t.  Uh, WHY????

    Congratulations are in order as well to Mike Piazza, garnering 83% of the vote.  Let the debate continue about what hat he should wear when inducted into the hall in July.  Mets?  Or Dodgers? Read more…

    December 8th, 2015

    December 8, 2015: And Dave is Still Not Done…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:13 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comments (3)

    Despite stating last week that the bigs deals were pretty much done, Dave Dombrowski wasted no time at Day 1 of the Winter Meetings in Nashville shoring up the Red Sox bullpen, and adding a left-hander started. Doing a deal with the Mariners sent lukewarm starter Wade Miley (in 2015, he went 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA) and minor leaguer Jonathan Aro to Seattle for reliever Carson Smith and started Roenis Elias. Smith, a right-handed power pitcher, just finished his first ML Season in 2015 with 70 appearances in relief and a 2-5 record with a 2.31, 13 saves and 22 holds.

    Oh, and he throws sidearm, is 26 and the Sox have control of him until 2020. Yeah.

    Roenis Elias is competent, with a 15-20 record and a 3.97 ERA in 51 outings (including 49 starts) for the Mariners since 2014. I’d like to see how he does with some actual run support, as I suspect he did not get much with the Mariners….because–Mariners…

    David Price was presented to the world as the latest Red Sox acquisition on Friday, and of course he said all the right things, like how he wanted to be “that guy” and how he wanted to win in Boston, and something about saving all of his post season success for the Red Sox, blah blah blah. Of course he is going to say that; he just signed the most expensive contact for a pitcher. Ever. Let’s just hope he is worth that kind of money. At least for 3-4 years…. Read more…

    December 3rd, 2015

    December 3, 2015: Hot Stove Burning Bright…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:19 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So Dave Dombrowski made another AMAZING deal this week, signing DAVID PRICE to a 7-year deal worth $217 million. With an opt out clause after year 3.

    And he is 30 years old.

    And if Ben hadn’t tried to low-ball Jon Lester, the Sox would have likely not had to make this deal.

    But they did, so now they are on the hook for an average of $31 million a year for the next seven years.

    I know that sounds like I am not happy about this deal. I am. I am excited that Dave is getting it done, signing a great closer, and ace, and a very good backup outfielder (more about him in a minute). David Price can pitch in the AL East (although his postseason numbers are troubling), and he wants to be “that guy”, like Jon Lester. That Clay Person never wanted to be that guy. He just wants to hide in a rotation so he can pitch without any pressure. In Boston.

    Yeah, good luck with that. Read more…

    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” Read more…

    November 16th, 2015

    November 16, 2015: MLB takes on golf and poker with the Player’s Trust

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:03 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Old Friends,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    By James Miller

    2015 was undoubtedly a difficult year for Boston Red Sox. The team faced many struggles and ended the season helpless at the bottom of the division despite the impressive efforts of Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley, Jr.

    Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia on March 31, 2014Despite the relative disappointments of the season, baseball fans can still look ahead to a few off-season treats with the news that Major League Baseball’s charity, the Player’s Trust, will be hosting their annual golf and poker tournaments very soon.

    The Player’s Trust has been in operation for a number of years and is one of the first of its kind in offering players past and present the chance to put their fame to good use through a series of community-based initiatives. Through a series of organizations such as Buses for Baseball, Volunteers of America and Medicines for Humanity, the charity is able to bring about a great deal of exposure and money for the more needy elements of society. Read more…

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