The 2006 schedules are out, and a quick perusal suggests that the Sox better have their house in reasonable order come March. The boys open with a pair against a bunch of drunk sophomore-heavy squads before they square off against Pittsburgh and Minnesota, though with no off-day. Then it’s back on the road, with a 45 minute bus ride to St. Pete, a stop at the local Fuddrucker’s, and then a quick half hour trip over to Jupiter. The good news: if the Sox can take a lead into the third week of the month (or at least stay within reasonable distance), they will be very well positioned to close things out. Here’s who they’ll face coming down the stretch: a short-roster Minnesota, Tampa, Tampa again, some team called "workout", and a now closerless Philadelphia. It should be manageable, at least in theory.
Oh, shit. This is the spring training schedule. Sorry.
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It’s good to see a genuine fan movement, and we certainly appreciate the sentiments of the 25,256 (and counting!) stalwarts who have signed the online petition at keepmanny.com. Some Bostonians have us a bit worried, though:
-"To avoid the public contact that Manny doesn’t care for, I’d build a dome over Boston Common and give Manny the only key."—Steve Homer #28
-"I would chain myself to Larry Lucchino’s car and refuse to unchain myself untill a guarantee that Manny would stay was signed executed. I would also bake him my special recipe brownies."—Rory Parnell #7596
-"I’m allergic to shellfish…I WILL EAT AN ENTIRE MEAL OF SHELLFISH!"—Ben Diercks #7654
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Casa Ramirez, on the market. (hat tip to Dirt Dogs). For only $6.9M (give or take, we hear he’s itching to sell) you can fire up mac and cheese and pop tarts in the same "gourmet chef’s kitchen" that Manny has for the past few years. See the floorplan along with a link to an online tour of Manny’s casa unifamiliar after the jump.
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Come on, Joe. Do it. Put Derek out there. Please…
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Peter Gammons’ Insider column (subscription required) this week should be retitled the "Insaner". Gammons, an all-time fave, is (sadly) getting harder and harder to read, throwing out layers of names, numbers, and supposedly deep insiderish stuff that is beginning to read more like an US Magazine recap of where Lindsay Lohan shops than a column from a man with an unquestionably deep knowledge of the game and it’s workings. Here are some choice nuggets, paraphrasing and/or quoting:
- The Jays "beat everyone to the punch" by signing Ryan to a 5 year deal. No shit, Peter, they offered him a FIVE YEAR CONTRACT.
- The Scott Eyre contract (3 years, 11.5M) is "staggering". Compared to what, Peter, the Ryan deal?
- The big gamble for the Sox in the Beckett deal is that "all three [i.e. Beckett, Lowell, Mota] break down". Thanks, Sherlock. Way to not rest on those Hall of Fame laurels with that reporting.
Sometimes I think this blog does a better job, and we have zero access to anyone in baseball. Maybe that’s a good thing.
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It’s commonly presumed in the Big Apple that every player, regardless of color, creed, or gender, wants to join the fearsome Yankees at some point in their career. It is also typically believed by those "arrogantly detached" Yanks fans that if the Bombers get involved in a negotiation it’s just a matter of the Yanks deciding whether they want a player, and not the other way around. Not anymore. The last 5 years seem to have taken their toll on the reputation of the once-titans (as well as a number of middle relievers’ arms), and now it looks like Brian Cashman will have no trouble executing his strategy of rebuilding from within. He has to. Nobody wants to play in the Bronx. Except, perhaps, those players still represented by Scott Boras, and you can figure out why they target the team. It’s not because of the winning.
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The 2006 schedules are out, and a quick perusal suggests that the Yanks better have their house in reasonable order come April. The boys open with a 6 game-road trip to Oakland and Anaheim before their first home series, against KC. Then it’s back on the road, to Minnesota and Toronto. May brings 8 games with the Sox. June and July are tough. Interleague this year is against the NL East, a solid division, top to bottom. The good news: if the Yanks can take a lead into the last week of August (or at least stay within reasonable distance), they will be very well positioned to close things out. Here’s who they’ll face coming down the stretch: Det (home), Min (home), KC (away), Balt (away), Tampa (home), Boston (home), Tor (away), Tampa (away), Balt (home), Tor (home). Boston and Minnesota are the only +.500 teams in there from 2005. Even if Tampa and Toronto improve (even if everyone improves), it should be manageable, at least in theory. The trick will be getting there.
How many days until opening day?
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The Mets tentatively get one of their men. Does this mean Manny is staying put? We can think of lots of worse things…
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at 1:33 pm in
First Schilling. Now Beckett. How’s Jack Abramoff’s slider?
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at 9:56 am in
And no, I’m not referring to the pending-approval acquisition of Josh Beckett, but rather to the anniversary of my co-blogger’s birth. Happy B-Day, YF!
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Or almost all. We were happy to participate (along with Alex Belth of Bronx Banter, Brian MacMillan of Off the Facade, and Patrick O’Keefe of Yanks Blog) in a survey of Yankee bloggers conducted by Steve Lombardi, of Was Watching. Highly recommended.
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Rumors flying that the Sox and their GM by committee have acquired Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell for some of that up and coming talent. Thoughts will be offered when and if this gets confirmed, and by multiple sources.
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The Yankees presented their plans for Yankee Stadium II last week in the Bronx, and it didn’t go over too well. Most of the local papers were on it, but we point you to the account at Field of Schemes, always one of our favorites. For background, check out our Ballparks thread.
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It’s one of those idiotic and vapid claims you see on television commercials, radio ads, and at the top of print ads for the latest Ephronian garbage: "It made me laugh and cry". Normally, that phrase would (and should) make someone run screaming in fear that the next two hours of their life will be wasted on something out of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, a biopic about the handsomest blind deaf mute high school junior (played by an anachronistic 45–year-old Harry Hamlin) who somehow overcame narcolepsy to kick the winning field goal in the state championships. In the case of the new collection of Bill Simmons’ (ESPN’s "Sports Guy", and a personal fave) columns from 1998-2005, Now I Can Die In Peace, however, the biopic is a highly entertaining feature about someone all Boston fans can relate to: a Larry-Bird-worshipping-Real World-watching-baseball-loving/hating-son of his father, a devoted follower of all things Soxian, all things Bostonian. And, in fact, it did bring tears (circa the columns of 2003-2005) as well as draw questions from Mrs. SF about why I was laughing out loud at a book about sports.
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With no actual baseball to watch during the offseason, we often find ourselves rummaging through the fairly prodigious library at YF HQ. We have a few gems in the collection, but an old favorite is Fred Schwed’s How to Watch a Baseball Game. A taste:
For the past quarter century the New York team of the American League has done so much better than any of its sometimes changing fifteen rivals that it is shocking to many minds. Money, it is often charged, is the answer to this; they have money and they make money, and they buy up all the best players. However there are other clubs that have money and don’t win pennants and world championships with infuriating regularity. Worse than that, the Yankees do it with aristocratic detachment…
That’s from 1957, folks. (Illustration, from the book, by Leo Hershfield)
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Four years, $52 million for the man with the famous porn collection. Money well spent, in our humble opinion, though we might not be saying as much in 2009. Next up: B.J. Ryan. Don’t wanna know what he collects.
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