If we only
win one at the Trop all year, I suppose that’s
a good way to do it.
course, we’re not gonna win just one.
gonna win tonight.
then tomorrow night.
we’re gonna stay on top and finish this thing up.
Rays had a nice little run at it this summer, and I’m sure it’s done wonders
for their self-esteem.
In Bill James's Gold Mine 2008, he talks at length about Nolan Ryan. In short, he finds Ryan to be a fascinatingly unique pitcher - unique in his approach, and in the results he got by going about his work that way. Ryan, as he tells it, simply refused to get a batter out any way but by striking him out. And to a degree, it worked - he is the all-time leader in strikeouts.
More like "Scott Kaz-yourworstnightmir," am I right Sox fans?
Okay, fine: Kazmir has given up seven runs in nine innings (two starts) against the Red Sox this year. And yeah, he has problems pitching late into ballgames (which looms as a potential bugaboo for the Rays come playoff time.) But we still fear him when he pitches against the Sox.
We are the jockeys; the jockeys are we.
So a lot of people have been talking up the idea of Dustin Pedroia winning the MVP award lately: the Fenway crowd chanted it at him, Ozzie Guillen famously called him a "jockey," David Pinto used his success in the cleanup role as an excuse to post the video of Andy Kaufman performing the Mighty Mouse theme on Saturday Night Live, and even Rick Sutcliffe floated the possibility during the broadcast of Wednesday's Rays-Yankees game.
Yeah, that isn't good. While there is some precedent for a pitcher to visit Andrews in Birmingham and come back without scheduling a date with a scalpel for the dreaded tendon transfer surgery (a/k/a "Tommy John surgery," after the gentleman pictured above, the first to undergo such a procedure.) But more often than not, it's the case.
The scene at Hadlock Field this morning
So Clay Buchholz has been sent down to Portland, presumably so he can work with his old pitching coach.
People have been debating Buchholz and considering his struggles all year; perhaps it's luck, maybe it's his mechanics, maybe the issue is mental, or maybe he just wasn't ready.
Is it getting Dusty in here?
No, I'm not talking about pitchers.
Since 2003, the Red Sox have felt the need to assign their backup catcher to near-exclusive duty as Tim Wakefield's personal knuckleball valet. With the exception of Doug Mirabelli's crazy-good 2004, that has meant that the Red Sox (like most teams, to be totally fair) have found themselves carrying an offensively-deficient glove man.
"You messed up, dood."
so logical at the time.
By the time
Sox Blogette met me at the Lower Depths last
Zink had already retired the side in the top of the first. I had half a
beer left. Rather than book it on over to Yawkey Way and pay four bucks for a
Fenway Frank, we figured we’d just stay put, order another quick round, watch
the bottom of the inning on TV, and avail ourselves of the Depths’ dollar hotdog
RED SOX ACQUIRE RIGHTHANDED PITCHER
FROM CLEVELAND INDIANS FOR A PLAYER TO BE NAMED
The announcement was made by Executive Vice
President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Byrd, 37, has been added to Boston’s 40-man roster. The
Red Sox will make a corresponding move on the active roster once Byrd reports to
As my fiancée and I were filling out paperwork to get a marriage license today, just around 3:58 in the afternoon, the front offices in Boston, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh were doing something similar -- shuffling sheets filled with stats and dollar figures and sending them off in flurries of transcontinental faxing.
The Red Sox were ending a marriage.
A big deal for "the man with snakeskin boots"
We'd tell you more, except the entire internet is down right now.
UPDATE Sports Illustrated says Jason Bay goes to Boston. Pittsburgh gets minor leaguers. We sincerely hope one of them is named Andy LaRoche. While we're in speculative mode, we wonder if LA also gets Jack Wilson somehow?
2:30 p.m. I'm having a hard time buying this myself, but if it's in the Globe it must be true: when approached for comment about the Manny situation, Curt Schilling had an opinion.
It's 1:55 p.m., and, if you believe what you hear, Boston Red Sox principle owner John W. Henry has been e-mailing with superagent Scott Boras. Apparently, the subject of one of the messages was "Fwd: FW: Gasoline cartoons- 'a sign of the times'"
It's 1:43 p.m., and at moment it's being reported that Theo Epstein has a deal in place to secure financing for a new midnight blue 2008 Toyota Tundra Double Cab.
At 1:27 p.m., several
sources say they've seen, sitting on Commissioner Bud Selig’s desk, a copy of
Tim Kurkjian’s rollicking new memoir
This a Great Game or What?