Park, in Boston, is a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark. Everything is
painted green and seems in curiously sharp focus, like the inside of an
old-fashioned peeping-type Easter egg. It was built in 1912 and rebuilt
in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between
Man's Euclidean determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities.
Above: New Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz
Unlike many local scribes, I don't have much interest in rehashing the Teixeira saga. If what we are hearing is true, then he just wanted to be a Yankee more than a member of the Red Sox. It's not fun to hear, but it happens. That the Red Sox are left without an alternative to bolster their offense speaks less to their lack of preparation - at what point will people learn that this isn't ever an issue with this front office? - but more to the market.
Quite an off-season for the MFY this year, eh?
Didn't they do something similar six years ago?
Look at it this way: with more than $400 million spent on just three guys so far (soon to be four? why not?!) and vast riches already committed to many others, they'll sure be sorry when the economy finally implodes! And then the schadenfreude will be delicious.
Eh. Not the
biggest fan.I mean, I’m
hardly some sanctimonious history prude, averse to any change whatsover.But nor do
I believe in change for change’s sake (or for the sake of moving more merch in
the team store).I just
happen to think the jerseys — especially the primary road uniform — are really
Bring it on, Hal and Hank
Buster Olney reports that the Red Sox are scheduled to meet with CC Sabathia next week (that's a subscriber link). Olney seems to have no idea what the Red Sox are doing, which at least is honest. We have no idea either, frankly, but that's not going to stop us from speculating.
L - R: Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Michael Bowden
This is not news by now: the Red Sox are likely to need a catcher for
the 2009 season and beyond. There are options: Varitek could return,
they could import a veteran like Bengie Molina or Pudge Rodriguez, Josh
Bard could make his triumphant return, they could trade for a youngster
from another team who's available, or simply call up George Kottaras
First Sox since the Hit Dog in '95. And Mo's probably twice his size. Literally.
Ain't that something?
16 first-place votes. Not too shabby at all at all.
From SoSH: "Never in my lifetime did I think a munchkin my size would win an MVP award in baseball. Nice work there shrimp."
He offers hope to and inspires pride in short men everywhere.
Oh, don't pretend you don't know what book it is
Tony Maz keeps saying the Red Sox' priority at the winter meetings will be to sign Mark Teixeira, which, as we discussed earlier, they should do if they can. At the same time, though, it's hard to understand why that situation would be their first priority, since they've known for a long time now that they would be facing a tough decision on their catching situation.
Like a chainsaw bayonet, Mark Teixeira is a major offensive upgrade
The offseason is upon us - Oakland, Colorado, Washington, and Florida certainly have gotten started on things and Atlanta and San Diego may be next - and so now it is time for us to lay out our road map for what we feel the Red Sox should do to put together a competitive team in 2009.
RED SOX EXERCISE 2009
CONTRACT OPTION ON RHP TIM WAKEFIELD
BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today exercised the
2009 contract option on righthanded pitcher Tim Wakefield.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice
President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
posted a 10-11 record and a 4.
things I keep playing over in my mind, sure. The fact that Alex
Cora started at short. The fact that JD
Drew didn’t actually go around. The fact that Pedroia “just
got under it.”
But I’m not
It was a
damn great series. And they’re one hell of a baseball team. They played us
tough, and we gave it right back to them, and in the end they edged us out by
just that much.
This just in.
You know it's a big deal when 88-year-old men feel compelled to blog about it the next day:
"In a surprise move, Red Sox manager Terry Francona last night
accepted an offer from Senator John McCain to supervise every aspect of
his faltering campaign for the Presidency in the period remaining
before November 4th, Election Day.
else this October, we’ll have this.
What is it
with these guys?
something hardwired in their DNA that makes it difficult to thrive in any
situation other than teeth-grinding adversity? Are they like a writer (say,
like me perhaps?) who’s able to produce only with a Damoclean deadline looming
over his head?