Fans of WBGO have known Felix Hernandez as a solid sender for a long time, but this guy can really bring it. Yeah, we’ve been looking forward to tonight’s game for a while. The Unit and The King. A good, old-fashioned pitchers duel, but with subtext up the wazoo. Bring it on.
Consider this an open thread for the action….
by General Baseball · 6 comments
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”This is a special gift from God, to play baseball, and if we can spread God’s word by doing that, then we’ve almost fulfilled our calling."
via Mike Timlin and the Boston Globe, we learn that this year’s Red Sox feature a heavy contingent of evangelical Christians, and though we aren’t in the business of maligning anyone’s spiritual beliefs (unless, of course, that person incompetently strums a guitar in the midst of a natural catastrophe), this story conjures up some interesting images of what is supposedly a chummy Red Sox’ clubhouse. Like Curt Schilling attacking Kevin Youkilis for his witchcrafty beliefs, Trot Nixon gumming up Gabe Kapler’s favorite cleats in a nasty prank of "schmear-foot", or Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon "accidentally" knocking over Adam Stern’s makeshift sukka. Christian, Jewish, whatever, we’re just happy knowing they all wear the same jewelry.
by General Baseball · 3 comments
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Make your best guesses in this thread, devoted to all of tonight’s action, both east coast and west. What will Curt do? Will he make a claim for his spot in the rotation, or will he remind us of the fact that he should have rehabbed elsewhere for a month (or longer) prior to re-taking his spot?
Make me look stupid, Curt. PLEASE.
by General Baseball · 23 comments
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David Wells went off yesterday during a Q&A with the Sox’ press corps, and now the Boston front office has gone and shown up their beefy lefty by apologizing to the Commissioner for his rambling, oft-humorous comments. Luckily, the whole shebang was broadcast in full yesterday during the Sox’ rain delay on NESN, and Wells came off as (surprisingly) neither a fabricator nor a cretin, but, shockingly, as a reasonable and affable child with a massive persecution complex. Paranoiacs are always entertaining, particularly if you throw a microphone in front of them right after they’ve been embarrased publicly and fined $300K for not doing much of anything. Wells did not disappoint.
As for reality? Common sense dictates that about 50% of what Wells said was true (really, can the Commish’s office be trusted any more than Wells?), 25% was half true, and the remaining 25% were fairy tales concocted benignly, as a child might, in his own solipsistic world. Anyhow, Boomer’s got some time off, and we have a suggestion that he might consider to occupy his free time.
by General Baseball · 6 comments
at 12:22 pm in
Keeping with YF’s simplistic representation of us Sox fans as only able to look at the black cloud around the silver lining, I figured I’d offer my "Jeter Meter" doppelganger. So, here goes:
There is no easier debate than to discuss the woeful state of King Cowboy Down’s game. In fact, there is even a thread over at SoSH discussing "what can be done with KM". Besides buying him a set of concrete cleats and dumping him in Boston Harbor, I think we’re stuck watching one of Tito’s pets play on a semi-regular basis. His VORP stinks, his batting average is middling, he gets nothing but walks and singles, and he fields like Ashlee Simpson sings. To wit:
Away Slugging vs Lefties: .182
E: 7 in 94 games at 1B
Messages in SoSH What to Do with Millar thread: 98 (and counting)
P.S. You guys are getting Bellhorn.
by General Baseball · 9 comments
at 7:02 pm in
There is no older debate on this site than over Derek Jeter’s defensive ability; we’ve always found him to be solid, despite a somewhat limited range to his left, whereas SF has continually pegged him as somewhere between horrible and mediocre. Which makes us only too happy to point out a recent post on WasWatching by Steve Lombardi (whose fine book is advertised at left) that notes Captain Perfect is now #4 in the AL in defensive win shares at his position. Above Miguel Tejada. Take that for what you will. Meanwhile, our hero is hot, hot, hot:
OPS, last 7 days: 1.289
Messages in YFSF Derek & Stacy love thread: 79 (and counting)
Stalker web boards: 1 (that we know of)
by General Baseball · 18 comments
at 2:37 pm in
The Yanks begin their final West Coast swing tonight with the opening of a four-game series in Seattle, that to be followed by three in Oakland. They return to New York for Tampa and Boston the following week. As they leave, they’re hot, and we hope they’ll stay that way. Tonight the Moose goes vs Ryan Franklin, already busted this year for steroid use. They’ll also face budding superstar Felix Hernandez on Wednesday night in a nationally televised game, which should be a treat. The pitching they’ll see in Oakland, on balance, will be even better. Meanwhile, the Sox are home for a stretch against Tampa, Baltimore, their make-up against the ChiSox, and the Angels before coming down to the Bronx. Will the Sox pitching continue to allow runs in huge quantities? Will the Yanks falter on the road? It should be an interesting week.
by General Baseball · 5 comments
at 10:15 am in
Many thanks to Dave Pinto of Baseball Musings, always one of our favorite hitching posts in the BBall Blogosphere, for the most kind reference.
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at 1:54 pm in
A huge comeback for the Yanks; a big blown lead for the Sox. Did we see the story of this division race writ small in yesterday’s results? We’re inclined to think that might very well be the case. The Sox have allowed 67 runs in their last 10 games. That can’t inspire confidence in Beantown. Look out above.
PS: Consider this your open thread for today’s action….
by General Baseball · 15 comments
at 11:19 am in
The Yanks acquired Matt Lawton from the Cubs last night for 43rd round draft choice Justin Berg. Rumor is he’s in right this afternoon and batting 8th; Scott Proctor has been demoted (we assume he’ll be back shortly). This was not the centerfield solution we’d been hoping for, but it does add some flexibility to an attrocious bench. Lawton gets on base at a reasonable clip, has a bit of power, and a bit of speed. Berg was not one of the jewels of the organization. Initial props to Cash.
Consider this your open thread for today’s action….
by General Baseball · 3 comments
at 12:42 pm in
This exhibition, at the First Street Gallery in New York, has started what seems to be a minor controversy. It seems that the gallery is displaying what is purportedly a death mask of Ted Williams, as part of the cheeky "Ben Affleck 2004 World Series Collection". This mask (seen above in all it’s hideous glory) is apparently direct from Alcor, the cryogenics firm responsible for the storage of the pickled slugger. Alcor’s representatives deny the mask’s authenticity, stating that they "[have] never allowed anyone to make a death mask cast of any of our patients" (emphasis mine), and the artist is sufficiently vague in his attribution of the ghastly plaster bust to throw it’s origin into doubt. We appreciate the fact that the company refers to their stiffs as "patients", but the only thing we find even vaguely (and tangentially) controversial in this whole matter is Jennifer Garner’s taste in men. No word from the gallery as to when the tomb containing Affleck’s career goes on display.
by General Baseball · 2 comments
at 10:14 am in
The Yankee catcher passed out t-shirts to his mates before yesterday’s game. On the front: “Grind It.” On the back: “There is no trying. There is doing or not doing.” How very….Yoda. Leave it to the Evil Empire to co-opt RSN’s rebel mojo! (We’re sure Big Jorge, the one who signs the checks, would approve.) Anyway, dopey or not, we’re pleased with the result: a 5-1 victory over KC. Bernie (2 dingers!) must surely have been wearing his. A-Rod, too. Meanwhile, the Sox had to slug another one out. That bodes well for our boys. May the force be wth them.
by General Baseball · 4 comments
at 9:59 am in
This seems like a discussion that warrants its own thread, so let’s continue what started after the Nice Clatch post here. SF, showing his typically soft backbone, argued first that CS should be demoted, and then that he should get just one more shot in the Show after last night’s performance. This YF, however, would be happy to see the Sox give up on their ace, whose 5ip, 5k, 1bb, 0hr line might actually be encouraging. So here’s the question: You’re Theo. Do you (a) Keep him in Boston; (b) Send him to Pawtucket; (c) Send him to Crawford, so he can harrass Cindy Sheehan; (d) Send him to Baghdad, so he can help get us out of the mess his favorite president created. You make the call!
by General Baseball · 20 comments
at 9:42 am in
It’s reasonable to say we’ve entered the stretch run to the playoffs; amazingly, the field of contestants seems to have grown over the last few weeks. That’s not how it’s supposed to work. The way we see it, there are seven teams vying for four slots, and none are locked up. Take a peak at the standings:
ChiSox:77-47 (and fading fast?)
BoSox: 72-53 (can they survive by bat alone?)
LAAoA: 73-54 (an NL team in the AL)
NYY: 70-56 (The Enigma)
Oak: 70-56 (With their pitching and rejuvenated bats, not likely to slump for long)
Cle: 71-57 (The hottest team, but can Wickman close?)
Min: 67-60 (The Anti-BoSox: all pitch no hit)
Who’s going to survive? We’d be awfully nervous if we were BoSox fans. Only Texas and KC have pitched worse in August. And we all know that, in just about every sport, teams that simply try to outscore their opponents without playing solid defense generally wash out. The Yankees have been mid-pack pitching, and we know they can score. Cleveland however, has been pitching AND hitting. This much we know: it’s gonna be an interesting month.
by General Baseball · 4 comments
at 9:24 am in
I am busy at work and without time to scour the web for the latest in baseball conspiracies, while YF is once again out of touch. I have a feeling that he may shirking his actual work-related responsibilities for a day in the Bronx, boozing in the bleachers, while constantly berating the dastardly Torontonians with his familiar guttural roar. Either that or he’s holed up in a dark room, still glum (like me) after both the Sox and Yanks missed golden opportunities to gain position in the AL East last night. Wherever he is, I wouldn’t want you Yankees fans to have to sit silently, so consider this your Bombers vs. Jays afternoon delight game thread. Bosox rooters should morph it into a Sox/Royals thread later on — I am stipulating all comments in boldface type, in honor of our beloved loudmouth’s return to the rotation.
by General Baseball · 12 comments
at 2:11 pm in
Those of us who were lucky enough to grow up visiting Fenway know of the field’s place as a Boston landmark, but now the Red Sox are trying to make it official. As that linked article states, there are many complex issues at hand in applying for and attaining this status, and these go far beyond the superficial symbolism of being lauded as a "landmark". The designation of such status is no simple architectural beauty contest, and it is also not simply an award for lifelong historic achievement, but rather a determination with significant and mostly positive economic ramifications for the team’s ownership. That being the case, it is quite possible (and also reasonable) to think cynically of this application as a tool for the profit of a private entity, and not an acknowledgment of the importance of this place to the City of Boston or it’s denizens. On the other hand, my experience of growing up sitting on the first base line of this glorious bandbox tells me that affording Fenway this status is nothing but good common sense.
by General Baseball · 1 comment
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