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  • December 8th, 2016

    December 8, 2016:
    Well, the Sox got Pitchers for Christmas…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:38 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Just like I hoped for…

    So why doesn’t this deal make me more excited for 2017?

    Because while I really like the deal that is bringing one of the best relievers you have never heard of, Tyler Thornburg to the Sox–although I am disappointed to see Travis Shaw leave…

    I just reallyREALLY do not like the Chris Sale deal.

    I don’t really have an issue with the players that went, although I think the secret and strength to a great team that will contend year after year is a strong farm system, and this deal did reduce that. And it’s not that Sale isn’t a GREAT pitcher (He went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA and 6 (!!) complete games in 2016—and oh, he’ll be 28 by the time the season starts… and that a rotation of him AND Rick Porcello AND David Price (who will hopefully right the ship in 2017) AND Stephen Wright AND Eduardo Rodriguez AND Drew Pomeranz, and yes, even That Clay Person is freaking A-MAZE-ING.

    I just reallyREALLY do not like Chris Sale. Read more…

    November 30th, 2016

    November 30, 2016:
    Can we turn the heat up a bit on the Stove?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:57 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I know, it was just Thanksgiving, and we still have like 3 1/2 months until Pitchers and Catchers, which is pretty much a lifetime in baseball time. And the Winter Meetings are next week, and thing usually really start moving then…

    But as the days get darker, and colder, and we’ve got like 15 minutes to Christmas (the hell???) a nice trade would do a lot to warm the cockles of my heart.

    But holy crap, If the rumors are to be believed, I really would rather NOT be trading JBJ for Chris Sales. Yes, Sales is a great pitcher, but he also acts like a freaking two year old (cutting up uniforms because he didn’t get his way last year–really??? Who DOES that???) And we have all seen how quickly the Red Sox degrade with malcontents in the clubhouse…and the last time it happened, they were our own guys who went rogue. Now, they want to trade a guy who is electric to watch for someone who cares only for himself? I know he’s a great pitcher, but noooooooooo….. Read more…

    November 18th, 2016

    November 18, 2016:
    Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer Awarded
    BBBA’s Walter Perry Johnson Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 2:09 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Red Sox | No Comments

    baseballbloggersalliance-thumb-200x155-12545-8.pngThe bloggers of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have chosen the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander and the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer as the best pitchers of the 2016 MLB regular season.

    In balloting, Mr. Verlander received 11 first place votes and 130 points overall, highest among all candidates in both leagues. Finishing a close second with 125 points and nine first place votes was the Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber. The Boston Red Sox’ Rick Porcello finished third with 110 points and nine first place ballots. Also earning the top spot on BBA ballots were the Chicago White Sox’ Chris Sale and the Toronto Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez. The top five American League pitchers finished as follows:

    Justin Verlander, 130 points (11 1st place votes)
    Corey Kluber, 125 (9)
    Rick Porcello, 110 (9)
    Chris Sale, 46 (1)
    Aaron Sanchez, 44 (4) Read more…

    November 17th, 2016

    November 17, 2016:
    Holy Buckets, Rick Porcello!

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:03 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So we have been Red Sox baseball-less for over a month–unless you count all the former Red Sox players/management who comprised the Cubs and the Indians, and it’s a LONG way to Pitchers and Catchers…

    And next week is Thanksgiving, and it’s doubtful Dave Dombrowski will spend dinner with a potential Ace, just like Theo did with Curt Schilling and family all those years ago. Honestly, that is a story that legends are made of…

    It all just goes into the bucket for when Theo comes up for the Hall of Fame…Because how could he NOT be worthy? He broke 86 and 108 year baseball curses…Who does that?? And what’s next? Becoming GM of Cleveland???

    So for right now, Sox fan need console themselves with the fact Ric Porcello has won the first Red Sox CY Young award since Pedro did it in 2000! And he did it in a rather weird way, beating Justin Verlander by a mere 5 points; and it was not by having the most 1st place votes from the BBWAA (he had 8, Verlander had 14), but by his 18 2nd place votes, and the fact that 2 writers inexplicably left Verlander off their ballot. Now, I have no idea what they were thinking, but for some reason they thought Verlander was not in their top 5. But then again, a lot of people have been questioning a lot of balloting in the last couple weeks, so nothing surprises me… Read more…

    November 14th, 2016

    November 14, 2016:
    Mike Trout, Kris Bryant Awarded BBBA’s
    Frank Musial Award for 2016

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:12 pm in Baseball,BBBA,Red Sox | No Comments

    baseballbloggersalliance-thumb-200x155-12545-8.pngFollowing balloting by the constituent blogs of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, voters chose the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout and the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant as the best regular season performers of the 2016 MLB regular season.

    Mr. Trout received 22 first place votes and 403 points, the highest point total among all players in both leagues. Finishing a close second was the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts, with 331 points (9 1st place), while Jose Altuve finished a respectable third with 263 (5 1st place). The American League Top 10 finished as follows:

    Mike Trout, 403 points (22 1st place votes)
    Mookie Betts, 331 (9)
    Jose Altuve, 263 (5)
    Josh Donaldson, 152
    David Ortiz, 107 (1)
    Manny Machado, 101
    Francisco Lindor, 67
    Robinson Cano, 61
    Miguel Cabrera, 39
    Corey Kluber, 37 Read more…

    November 10th, 2016

    The Offseason:
    Random Thoughts…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:11 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Some thoughts while I try to juggle dance, swim class, Thanksgiving in 2 weeks, Christmas in 6 (The hell???) and 42 million other things…

    Well, THAT certainly would never qualify as the World Series of Boring. Despite the fact Cleveland did not win (despite being up 3-1 at one point–Tito should have KNOWN what was going to happen), The Chicago Cubs did, which means that hell has officially frozen over..and now they are being all nice to Steve Bartman, who should tell them all to kiss his ass for the humiliation and torture they have put him through for the last 13 years…

    So now, ironically, Cleveland holds the dubious honor of being the team with the longest World Series Win drought in baseball at 68 years. Can Tito get them to the promised land again next year? Well, the Indians’ front office HAS extended his contract to 2020, so anything is possible. Wow, imagine that….job security for a manager….for like more than a year… Read more…

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