Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

Buried almost offhandedly in the bottom of this Red Sox Notebook is the fact that David Wells can’t place any weight on one of his two legs, which limb it is is not specifically identified.  I assume that’s quite a bad scenario, considering pitchers are known for occasionally needing those things to be effective.   Not that it deserves screaming headlines, but what’s next, a nonchalant quip from Gordon Edes that "Manny has lost sight in both his eyes"?

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  • It seems like a line was left out — Well’s name is not in bold, as it should be in that context, and there’s no explanation for what’s wrong with his leg.
    On the other hand, everyone’s reporting Schilling is doing well. If Schilling does well, Beckett fits right into the AL East and pitches lots of innings, and the young Sox pitchers do well … then Theo’s plan could work. But there are several “if’s” in there.
    How will the old pitchers, which obviously includes the Yankee pitchers, do without their greenies as the season goes on?
    And is the Yankee bench strong enough without the greenies? I don’t even know who’s on the Red Sox bench. Graffanino, for one, I guess. Since backup catchers should play more this year, Stinnet seems better than Flaherty.

    john February 26, 2006, 9:52 am
  • That’s “feets”.

    john February 26, 2006, 9:53 am
  • I thought it was usually “feets”, and googled to make sure, but came up with “feet” as well. Author’s option.
    Anyone watching the Finland/Sweden game? Fantastic stuff. Most compelling hockey I have seen in some time.

    SF February 26, 2006, 9:56 am
  • John–the Sox baench (for now) has Graff, Cora, probably Bard for the backup catcher, and probably Adam Stern and Dustin Mohr as the backup outfielders until Kapler comes back, hopefully by the break at the latest. We have a lot of depth and some guys who will probably start the season in the minors who would make decent major league backups. Machado, for example. I think as far as our bench is concerned, the Sox should be fine.

    Laura February 26, 2006, 10:16 am
  • Also, I just realized that we will have Youk or Snow on the bench most games, depending who starts at first. That’s always a good thing.

    Laura February 26, 2006, 10:17 am
  • My point is that with the outlawing of amphetamines the bench players will play more and become more important. In that light, neither the Yankee bench nor the Red Sox bench is particularly good. Cairo is good, Bubba may be good if he plays more, Stinnet may be good but we don’t know yet, and Philips?
    It looks like Giambi will start at first as often as possible, which makes Philips a 27 year old rookie who won’t play much.
    When Stick had the young core that won the World Series he did an excellent job of signing SLIGHTLY over the hill former stars who did a great job of role playing.

    john February 26, 2006, 11:19 am
  • “Feets” goes back at least as far as Step n’ Fetchit types in early Hollywood movies. Bad grammar was part of the point. If it’s been recently corrected / corrupted, that don’t make it right.

    john February 26, 2006, 11:22 am
  • Snow was apparently as good as ever at defense last year. His hitting, however, is way down. Graffanino, if he’s still around when the season starts, should be as good or better than Cairo. Who’s the fourth outfielder on the Sox?

    john February 26, 2006, 11:25 am
  • From what I’ve read, Mohr will likely be platooning with Trot in right until Kapler is fully healthy. That could change, though. You never know, maybe we could a decent outfielder for David Wells.

    Laura February 26, 2006, 7:53 pm
  • Before having to bow out of his World Series start for NY vs the Marlins not too long ago, David Wells bragged that he was the poster child for now “not” to take care of your body. He was mocking the work-out regimins of guys like Clemens. Here he was, the guy that did nothing right, still strong as an ox and throwing at the top of his game. Apparently the bragging pulled a back muscle. Maybe I’m naive, but I tend to think his failure to survive that start was the real turning point of that series.
    Point is, I’m not surprised. He’s a gout or back pull away from destruction every outing.

    Sandy February 26, 2006, 8:27 pm
  • John,
    there are a couple things I’m confused about there:
    Why would the banning of drugs have anything to do with back up players getting into the game more often than normal?
    Why are backup catchers going to play more this year than before? Posada and Tek catch four of the five starters, and usually get two days a week off – have you heard something that I have not?
    Also, I’d rather have a couple “if’s” in my starting rotation (which by all accounts are not that much of an “if” so far) than be laying all of my hopes on guys that have yet to prove anything to anyone. The difference between Schilling being healthy and Small pitching well is huge. Schilling is a talented pitcher, who if healthy, is one of the best hurlers in the game. Small, Chacon, and Wang have yet to prove that they are dependaple, capable or reliable enough to make it through a season. Sturtz is nursing a sore shoulder, Pavano’s been cut off already, and the Yankees are banking on the fact that the three other guys are going to do something that they have never been able to do – stay healthy and win.
    Health is not an “if” – it’s a concern. If Schilling is throwing 80 pitches off the mound already, and Beckett is what Beckett is, there are no questions. I’d say if Schilling goes down, then the Sox more evenly match up with the Yanks, and that’s the only place the “if” resides.
    The main difference here is the fact that all the Red Sox issues, which seem to be non-issues so far, are surrounded by careers of factual data that say it’ll be okay. The Yankees are going with faith that they score enough to keep their pitchers out of serious trouble, because make no doubt, they’re going to be in trouble.

    Brad February 26, 2006, 10:25 pm
  • What Brad said.
    Also, John: no less an authority on the Yankees than BP and YES’s own Steven “Go Yankees!” Goldman says the Yankees have the worst bench in baseball, and the Red Sox have a very good bench. Goldman insists that this difference, plus the improved Sox pen are the major differences between these clubs.

    mattymatty February 27, 2006, 10:55 am
  • mattymatty, I might be misreading what Goldman recently wrote in his annual positional comparison for the Al East, but i gotta disagree with you. First, he has the Yanks as the winners of the AL East; second, he has the Sox as having the 3rd best bench in the East, followed by the Yanks at the 4th (The Rays round at the last position); third, he has the Sox as the best bullpen and the Yanks as the second best in the division.

    NickYF February 27, 2006, 1:05 pm

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