I know the Globe has problems these days, but if they can find a way to hang on to Adam Kilgore, it would be a good thing. His Extra Bases post today is the first sensible thing I've read about this team since the season started. He's one of few mainstream newspaper reporters to use more advanced metrics, and, as a result, he's able to contextualize the team's early struggles in a way that goes beyond simply looking at the baseball-card numbers, which really aren't that meaningful at this point in the year.
Can't say I knew too much about the Angels' rookie pitcher, but he sure threw a gem last night, and looked to have boundless potential.
Which makes what happened immediately after the game just that much more shocking and tragic.
Sincere condolences to his family, friends, and teammates.
Tonight's Angels game has been postponed, obviously, but one presumes this weekend's Boston-Anaheim series will be played as planned, with heavy hearts on both sides
3:45 - Players making their way through the grandstands now... don't slip on the wet stairs! Surprisingly, the fans are being retrained and not mobbing the guys...a few high-fives here and there.
3:47 - HUGE ovation for MVP Dustin. Papi with Oakleys on the brim of his cap...don't think he'll need those today.
we’ll have to wait till tomorrow afternoon to see our beloved local nine “descending
the stairs from the grandstands.” From the stands? Are they for real? This
positively reeks of Steinbergism.One
SoSHer’s take...I'm already getting excited for the
2010 home opener.
First off, good for the Red Sox for getting out in front of the weather and postponing early, rather than letting everyone drive down, pay for parking, sit around in the cold and rain for hours (all while shelling out more and more cash for hot dogs, beer, etc.) and then postponing the game two hours after the start time.
We're posting our predictions anyway, though, just so we can get on record. The usual disclaimers apply: predictions are, ultimately, a silly, meaningless exercise, and when you're trying to guess at things like individual award-winners, there's really just no point to it. But it's kind of fun, also, so why not.
They follow, after the jump:
fluffs his fur after a winter-long hibernation and the Sausage
Guy scrubs down his grill, the Boston
baseball season gets set to commence on Monday afternoon. (We’ll be live-blogging
the 2:05 p.m. game right here at Sox Blog.)In this
I run down a
quick-hit list of nine seamhead storylines to follow over the coming
blowhard, and a know-it-all, and sort
of a geek.But you
were our geeky blowhard know-it-all. And
when you rolled into town not long after that awful Bronx
night, a good-guy gunslinger pledging, at long last, to make us whole,
promising to “make 55,000 people from New York shut up,” few could have
predicted, despite the fact that you'd done it before, how emphatically you’d make good on your word — never mind the incredible
circumstances under which you’d labor to do so.
Feel free to take a shot at creating your own caption in the comments section.
One of the most bizarre phenomenons in the world of sports fandom is
the way people approach players whose careers have been marred by
frequent injuries. It's sort of like a hyena mentality: they lie in
wait so they can pick at the carcass after the kill has already gone down,
laughing all the while. (I'm just going to assume I've completely
mischaracterized how hyenas operate; please, zoologists out there,
don't bother e-mailing me as I am already acknowledging my mistake in
Fort Myers, Florida. Hammond Stadium. 7:05 p.m. (No, not 7:10 just yet.)Boston Red Sox vs.
for the Mayor’s Cup begins.Players you
can expect to see...Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
News item: John Henry renews his call for what he describes as an "enlightened" version of a salary cap in baseball.
We hear the argument for a cap in baseball quite frequently, usually around times when the Yankees have spent a lot of money. Allow me to say, then, that I disagree with both the owner of my favorite baseball team and the editor of this very publication and suggest that a salary cap is really not going to fix much of anything.
Fifty-nine days and counting...
Goes to Madoff
Markopolos, for his pronouncement
today lambasting federal securities investigators:“If
you flew the entire SEC staff to Boston, and sat
them in Fenway Park, they wouldn't be able to find
first base.”Wonder why
he didn’t say Shea Stadium instead, though? (Or rather, ahem, the new and unfortunately
named Citi Field?)
can we all get on with the rest our lives?Quote
of the day: “Never before has a 37-year-old coming off a .220/.313/.359
season received this much attention.”Really
remarkable that it got to this point.One thing
that disturbs me: “In ‘10, he can earn another $2 million in incentives based
on playing time, beginning at 80 games started.