Laser Show is thumbs down for the Fenway series. If his hitchin’ digit mends, he will be back after the break.
General Red Sox
Friday, July 6th, 2012
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Sunday, June 24th, 2012
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Despite their best efforts, the Sox grounds crew have proved unable to drain the field of the knee-deep blood from yesterday’s massacre. The Red Sox will be in Minnesota tomorrow, while the Yankees head to Arlington. Enjoy your rest, boys.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Regarding Youk: was Bobby V.
a. trying to smooth things over when answering a baited question
b. trying to use mega mega-mind powers to schism the current reality
c. grooming Dustin Pedroia for a “C” jersey
d. outside his mind; don’t question GGOW
Regarding Bard: was Bobby V.
a. trying to get the best out of his new starter in a pressure situation
b. confident Bard wasn’t spent
c. confident the pen was a worse option, and Bard should be the ace reliever in his own start anyway
d. outside his mind; don’t sit on your ass and say you didn’t know he was through
It’s been a few days so the stew has had time to mellow. What’s your opinion of The Bobby V.? Please feel free to add your own F’n'Gs.
Monday, April 9th, 2012
The list of what went wrong in Tampa would run nearly as long to retell as would watching those atrocious games all over again so let’s focus on the positives:
Phil Hughes turned in an average start and ARod looks healthy.
On to the undefeated* Baltimore Orioles. The Baltimore rotation is young. Brian Matusz (25 y.o.) is on the mound today at Camden, with Wei-Yin Chen and Jake Arrieta (each 26) waiting in the wings for the three-game set. Jason Hammel (29) is the elder statesman of the rotation with 7 years in the bigs. He and Tommy Hunter (25) won’t be seen this go-round. The combined major-league innings thrown by the Baltimore rotation is 1,578.
The Yankees faced Matusz twice in 2011, hitting him well both times. Ivan Nova pitched in Camden twice last year, winning a game and getting a no decision in a team loss in the second outing. Lineups follow, comment away.
* – Obligatory small sample notice: Baltimore won their first four games last year, and seven of eight, before finishing April 12-13
Friday, March 9th, 2012
Jonathon Papelbon offers up his insight about Boston Red Sox fans in a bizarre stand-alone quote with little context on an AP feed:
“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Papelbon said in a radio interview with Philadelphia’s 94-WIP. “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played. I’ve had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston.”
It’s such a shame when one doesn’t appreciate a gift until it is gone.
Sunday, March 4th, 2012
ARod took Doc deep in his first at bat, and Lars Anderson hit a granny for the Sox. When my phone woke up and started spitting me box scores from the grapefruit and cactus leagues, I just about wept with joy.
What a beautiful thing is baseball.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Okay, that was mean. But it does mark the passing of an era, what with Tek and Posada — each of whom were powerful presences in their clubhouses — both retiring.
It’s time to move on. It probably was time to move on some time ago. I will miss the intensity and passion both of those players brought to their game.
Friday, February 17th, 2012
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
“If I wasn’t outspoken and a so-called ‘proud black man,’ maybe I would have gotten the empathy and sympathy like other ballplayers got that I didn’t get; like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Steve Howe. I can name 50 people that got third and fourth chances all because they weren’t outspoken black individuals.” — Dennis Boyd, talking with Nick Cafardo in The Globe.
I think it is impossible to know what factor being an “outspoken black man” played, and though I have no doubt racism may have swayed some opinion of and prospects for the man it seems more likely that being an average pitcher in decline with baggage probably held the exit door for Oil Can. That said, I always loved watching him pitch.
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
The new regime in Boston made their first player move this week, dealing Josh Reddick and 2 minor leaguers to Oakland for two-time All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and versatile outfielder Ryan Sweeney.
Bailey has had some arm issues in the past, appearing in fewer games and throwing fewer innings with each successive season since his 2009 debut. But when he has played he has been pretty much lights out, posting a sub-1.000 WHIP, a 206 ERA+, and a 3.55 K/BB over those 3 seasons.
As for Sweeney, the 26-year old outfielder can apparently play all three OF positions well and has better offensive numbers pretty much across the board than the 24-year old Reddick (+35 points in BA and +52 points in OBP, though -38 points in SLG).
While there is nothing earth-shattering here, and I don't know enough about the minor leaguers dealt to assess that portion of the deal, it would seem this is a pretty good move for Boston, with an apparent upgrade in the 3rd or 4th OF position and the filling of a big gap left by Papelbon's departure at relatively low cost.
Here's to hoping that Bailey's numbers have been massively inflated by pitcher-friendly Oakland Coliseum…
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Melancon seems like a decent addition at first glance. Then I got bored. And Punto… well, I guess he knows how to win or something, though he may have helped the Cardinals win a Series last year mostly by staying out of the lineup for the greater part of the season. I started to dig some math to describe the Punto factor, but then I got bored. Then I tried to think of a headline. And got bored.
This video is strangely appropriate.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
There are lots of rumors surrounding both of our teams right now. The Yankees are being linked to Hiroki Kuroda, Gio Gonzalez and John Danks. The Sox are making a push for a Wagner College's own Andrew Bailey. Most importantly it's being reported that the Yankees are willing to listen to offers for A.J. Burnett. Who do you want? Who don't you want? Here's your place to discuss it all.