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  • March 8th, 2016

    Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay 3, In 10…Holy Buckets! It’s Baseball!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:44 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I know, I know, I’m about a week late and $52 short, but I am in final exam mode for my Master’s degree, and until that is done, the boys of summer are taking a back seat to the endless scholarly writing…

    Also I have been keeping up with the day to day, even if I am not writing about it, and last night I had a dream about That Clay Person (no, not THAT kind of dream–Blech). So this dream was that the Sox were in Spring Training, and I was online and I see an article that Clay Buchholz is shutting it down for the season, and will focus on getting ready for next season. Yes, this was occurring in MARCH. Holy Buckets, how freaking SAD is that. But that is how it goes for those of us who are used to his nonsense. And they used to call Nomar glass???

    And speaking of That Clay Person, he got his first start in the win against the Oreos Sunday, annnnnnnnd it went about as well as you can imagine: 1 1/3 innings, 4 Runs (1 earned), and three walks, throwing 42 pitches, 20 for strikes.

    Rusty much? But he FELT GOOD! Gah… Read more…

    February 8th, 2016

    February 8, 2016: 10…More…Days…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:49 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Pitchers and Catchers report next Thursday the 18, with the first workout the next day. The reaming players need to be in camp the following Tuesday the 23th, with the first workout for everyone being the next day (the 24th) I wonder if anyone will be late this year, although that really hasn’t been too much of a thing since the Manny Ramirez days…

    Other important dates include the doubleheader annual drubbing of Northeastern University and Boston College on leap year, and the first “real” baseball game against, you guess it, the Sox dreaded rival (ah huh) the Minnesota Twins, which is the afternoon of March 2nd…

    As I mentioned before, this really hasn’t been that bad of a an off-season, likely due to the fact that the weather hasn’t been completely abysmal (although supposedly it’s going to get REALLY cold) this week, and stay that way for a while), and the fact that I didn’t watch a ton of baseball in 2015 (cause they SUCKED), so I was prepared for long stretches of no baseball… Read more…

    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…


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