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Retire Number 14

January 12, 2009

Congratulations to Jim Rice, long time outfielder and slugger for the Boston Red Sox.  After years of getting snubbed in the vote for the Hall of Fame, he came in at about 76 percent (75 is required) of the vote.  He joins stolen base legend, Ricky Henderson, but I’m more excited about Jim Rice.

My father was a huge fan of Rice, so I’m sure he’s happy about this.  

Now we can say what we already knew, Hall of Famer, Jim Rice.

CC is out.

December 11, 2008

Now that the Yanks pulled in CC (or, with that monstrous contract, maybe he pulled them in), I am concerned about the the Sox’ perceived lack of motivation for the free agency.  I hear the Yanks are pursuing other top pitchers quite aggressively.

Sure, we picked up some unknown Japanese youngster who played for a corporation (an ultra-glorified company softball team).  And we no longer have Manny to round out the batting order.  Plus we seem to be losing our chances at a quality catcher (hint:  If no one else is around, pick up the old captain).

Henry lost a ton of money in the weakened economy.  Perhaps he is no longer a big risk taker now that he’s moved down a few notches in the billionaires club.

Maybe they’ve analyzed all of the aspects of sabermetrics and came to the conclusion that adding Texiera and another number two pitcher will not improve their chances at winning the World Series.  The amount of number crunching the Red Sox administration attack would make an IRS Auditor blush.

At this point, I still believe the Sox ownership and executives to have a higher level of intellectual aptitude than their Yankee counterparts.  Why else would they have two World Series Championships since the calendar flipped over to 2001?

The question is:  Will they sign a big contract with a huge bat?

A-Rod The Wimp

May 9, 2008

“As tough and big as he seems, he is real wimpy around doctors or any type of medical situation,” Cynthia Rodriguez said. “I was, like, not even having a baby; he was the one. The one nurse had a cold cloth on his head, the other nurse had the blood pressure on his arm and my mother was like rubbing his back — and he is passed out on a couch.

“And I am there, in the middle of labor, and really, I am not being paid much attention to besides the doctor and a couple of nurses. And he is there, moaning. In between pushing, I am going, ‘Honey, are you OK?’ And are you breathing? Are you OK?'”

Well, the purse slap incident that occurred in the 04 ALCS makes a heck of a lot more sense to me.  Dirt Dog he is not.

Wasn’t Meant To Be – Congratulations Giants!

February 4, 2008

I tip my hats to the NY Giants and congratulate the team and their fans.  They were the better team last night and deserve the Super Bowl Championship.

This was indeed a classic season for the NFL. 

As a Boston fan though, my main team is always the Boston Red Sox who will raise another banner this April!  While the Patriots pulled off the greatest choke in football history, I kept remembering the satisfying team the Bosox pulled off only a few short months ago.  Yes, Tom Brady proved himself human last night.  What hurt him will only make him stronger.  He’s surely got at least 1 or 2 more rings in his career.

Defense!  Defense!  Coach Bill lost at his own game.  18-1 does indeed look pathetic with the end results.  NYers, go ahead and gloat!  Have fun, and enjoy it.  As we in New England fully understand now, a championship team is a great feeling.  Remember though, this Patriots dynasty ain’t done yet.

The best thing about Santana going to the Mets?  Jacoby stays with the Red Sox and the Yankees have to find their ace elsewhere.  With Beckett, Dice K, and a healthy Schilling, this looks like another exciting season.  Pitchers and catchers is only 9 days 23 hours and 45 minutes away!

I might surprise the wife with a trip to Fort Myers to catch a few Spring Training games this year.

Barry Bonds – No, I’m not a hater

November 16, 2007

First off, I am not a huge fan of Barry Bonds.  I can’t respect the fact that he felt the need to resort to alternative methods to enhance his game.  As a ball player, it was his responsibility to maintain a high level of professionalism and honesty.  His choice has only served to tarnish the beloved national past time.

On the other hand, I find it irritating that congress is targeting major league players over steriod and drug usage.  Why don’t they focus on more important matters, like ending this illegal war on terror, or better yet, the war on drugs?  I feel it is up to Major League Baseball, as a private corporation, to deal with their own dirt.  Instead, congress felt the need to assemble this circus of events and harass private citizens.

Please, do not misunderstand me.  I am not defending the actions of Barry Bonds, but instead, I am pointing out the major issue of the entire investigation.  I’ll leave it at that for now.

2007 World Series Champions – The Boston Red Sox!

October 29, 2007

Not much to say, but congratulations to the Boston Red Sox.  They dominated the Colorado Rockies the entire time, and finished them off in great fashion last night, with a 4-3 thriller going to the bottom of the ninth.  I would have picked Papelbon for the MVP, but I can see arguing for Lowell to be just as deserving.

Why did A-Rod choose to announce his inevitable option from his contract during the World Series?  Can a Red Sox fan go one day without hearing some kind of Yankees related news?  No, I don’t blame the Yankees for this gaff.  I hope we don’t sign him.  We have a working formula that needs Mike Lowell  at the left corner of the infield.  Heck, even keep Lugo at short, he’s a proven warrior during the post season.

Comparing the 2004 WS Champs with the 07 Champs is like comparing apples to oranges.  They can’t be compared.  The 04 team was full of veterans living on guts and glory, having to literally fight their way to the finish.  This year, the Red Sox had a lot of enthusiasm in their rookies and young guns, and experience and wisdom from their veterans and old dogs (including Manny).  The combination of the two types of players could prove to develop a possible Red Sox dynasty.

Everything worked out in the end.  My doubts during the season were unnecessary.  This was a team built to win a World Series, and that is exactly what they accomplished.

Big ups to Terry Francona.  He is now 8 and 0 in the World Series with a Red Sox uniform on.  Also, a hand goes out to Lester.  What a story, overcoming a battle with cancer, and finishes a winner in game 4 of the World Series.  This should be a great start to a long and storied career.

Now I get to have some sleep.  Fox commercials and all are done for at least another year.  And not soon enough!

Great Start, Keep it Going Sox!

October 25, 2007

What a fun game that was last night.  At least, for anyone siding with the Red Sox.  I thought they would win the game, but not in the fashion that was presented to me last night.  So many records were broken last night, that I think the game bordered on the ridiculous.  I would say that the combination of the Red Sox staying hot, and the Rocks having a long lay off culminated to the bombardment last night.

I think today will prove to be a quite different game, and may even result in a last man standing pitcher’s dual.  The Rockies have come this far not to let it be swept away.

Eric Wilbur predicted the Rockies to win in 6.  For me, I can’t predict who will be the winner, but I can at least enjoy this WS while it lasts.

Red Sox 2007 ALCS Champions!

October 22, 2007

Well, well, well.  The Red Sox have done it again.  After a two season absence, they have reached the World Series.  We had so much fun watching this team come back to win three straight against the admirable Indians.  Yesterday was a nail biter of a game, with the game close until late into the game.   Dice K has a way of making me nervous when he is on the mound.  He pitched a few fabulous innings, but one inning almost dealt the lead to the Indians.

Sox are in it to win it.  I enjoyed the MasterCard commercial with  Roger Clemens.  Shows him playing a round of golf with some buddies.  I turned to my wife and said, “Honey, this is exactly what Roger Clemens is doing right now.”  We had a good laugh at the expense of a $28,000,000.00 per half season pitcher.

The Red Sox need just four more wins to bring the trophy back to Boston.  I am not counting the Rocket out yet.

Turn Around Came Just in Time!

September 27, 2007

I’ll be the first to admit that I started panicking way too early. When the team was struggling and creating ways to lose, I pretty much gave up on them.

One week can change things, and this week has been an enjoyable one. With just four games left and a three game lead over the Yankees, it looks like the Red Sox will finally regain the American League East Division Championship. The last time they won, was 1995. The start of my sophomore year of high school. That team featured big names like Mo Vaughn and Roger Clemens, long time veterans like Mike Greenwell, John Valentin, and Luis Alicea. Some then unknowns played prime time that year, like Matt Stairs, Scott Hatteberg, and Aaron Sele. Jose Canceso was the DH that year. The only player from that roster that remains on the Sox today is Tim Wakefield.

Then again, there aren’t too many players that were with the 2004 roster. If this team wins it all this year, I hope they aren’t so quick to dismantle it.

Four to Go!

August 13, 2007

Gagne. Why? Can I see your payslip, because I am starting to believe it has the Yankees logo on it. We couldn’t beat Baltimore. Baltimore! A team that is always a guaranteed easy win. Not anymore. What does their payroll equal, like 80 million? Has this team ever even made the playoffs? While we get dominated by a team that is 1 step above AAA, the Yankees had an easy go at the Indians, a team that is a serious contender.

Schilling was the one positive note. He pitched very well. If he keeps this up, we may barely scrape into the playoffs this year. On paper, we have the best bullpen, probably the best rotation, the 3rd best fielding, and well, hitting needs to be better. Time for the paper to transition back to the field.

We return home this week. Please give us a winning streak that lasts longer then 2 games.