I Send Letters

Dear Terry:

It took over 40 games before I had the urge to send you a letter about how you’ve been managing.  I know the team is hurt, and that you’re working against some heavy odds to keep the team near the top.  For that, I owe you some thanks – the team is doing better than expected considering the problems.  Your team may be in third place in a couple of days, but that’s no big deal – just stay within spitting distance and if the troops heal soon I think you’ll be ok.  Ignore the gloating from parts south, it’s way too early and remember that those cooing about a resurgence and about domination were bailing out on their team three weeks ago. These people can’t be trusted, they are clearly unhinged and still suffering from PTSD, so ignore the noise this weekend.

However, and this is the important point, last night I caught the game and it seemed like you reverted to your old bad-self, and I want to make sure that you don’t end up in some sort of downward spiral back to where you were mid-season last year, when you were managing the team like Nick and Jessica are managing their marriage.  So, just to remind you: Alan is terrible at pitching to righties (I think you know that he had, before yesterday, a 6+ ERA against them, but I will tell you anyways).  Matt is great at pitching to righties (I am hesitant to point out that he has a sub-1.00 ERA against them, lest it look like I am calling you stupid).  Work on that hook, and I’ll write again soon.

Best,

SF

12 comments… add one

  • Nice of SF to label all Yanks fans as fairweather bandwagon jumbers who fall out at the first bump in the road. I guess I shouldn’t label Sox fans as a bunch of sore winning haters who take more delight in other’s misfortune than they do in their own good fortune. I guess that’s what 86 years of losing can do to you. When a world series title doesn’t seem likely, I guess you just learn to be happy when your rivals suck too or suck worse. How many WS is it gonna take before Sox fans just learn to enjoy them and get on with their lives?
    Can I get an actual number just so I am properly informed?

    Battingly May 25, 2005, 10:51 am
  • Batty:
    That was a subtle jab (I guess too subtle) at my co-blogger. Don’t take it personally, though it looks like you already have.

    SF May 25, 2005, 11:44 am
  • PS, Terry, Alan pitches almost exclusively off his fastball, and last night his velocity was consistently around 88-89 mph. Now, Terry, it’s one thing to work off your fastball when you throw in the high 90′s, as Alan used to do. And again, it’s one thing to work off your fastball when you throw in the mid 90′s, as Alan has done for most of his time with the Red Sox. But when Alan is working off his fastball and he can barely get it up to 90, that’s trouble. I think radar guns are standard at ballgames these days. In the future, do try to take notice of the radar readings in a case like this. Thanks.

    Sam May 25, 2005, 5:14 pm
  • The radar does not matter it is location,location,location and some movement. There isn’t a majorleagure out there that can’t hit a fastball. No matter how fast the pitcher throws. If he can’t mix up speed’s and hit his spots he will get killed and Embree has been getting worse and worse.

    Bob May 25, 2005, 6:41 pm
  • Seems like SF and his peers are taking a fairly condescending attitude here toward the man who brought them a trophy barely 6 months ago. Such short memories in RSN. FOR SHAME!!!

    YF May 25, 2005, 8:29 pm
  • ONE piece of criticism in almost 45 games? Hardly condescending. You’ve questioned Torre at a much higher multiplier, and with far greater indignation and arrogance.

    SF May 25, 2005, 9:05 pm
  • Plus, Terry’s a cretin.

    SF May 25, 2005, 9:11 pm
  • Stop sending letters, start sending pitchers.

    YF May 25, 2005, 11:11 pm
  • Unlike when he shot off his mouth about how bad Youk is (.500 this year, no errors, and 9 of 12 with with runners in scoring pos), or how bad Wade Miller and Clement were going to be – Bob is right on this one. Embree’s velocity is down, and not down by one or two MPH, but more like four or five. I’m not sure if it’s overuse or something is wrong, but watching Alan pitch to righties is like watching Felix Heredia pitch to anyone. Right now, I’m not ready to send pitchers, but the team is def not playing up to par, and a ton of it has to do with timely hitting. Both Millar and Renteria have been a liability at the plate the past month, and even though Edgar seems to be coming around in the last ten days or so, the solution to the first base problem keeps getting sent back to Pawtucket. He’s got a great glove, a great bat, and a really great eye. In my opinion, which doesn’t count for much, competition breeds better results all around, and I don’t know how much longer I can keep my mouth shut about Millar grounding out to the third baseman four times a game. At least when he does it this weekend, there is a good chance one or two of them will be booted for base hits. Youk has played a wonderful first base this year when given the chance, and is much more reliable lately, so why not push the issue? If the Yankee killer (which statistically Millar most def is) does not hit stride this weekend in the Bronx, I think it’s the right thing to do. Torre had to audacity to send Womack to RF and play Cano; Terry has to be able to push the same button when needed.

    Brad-SF May 26, 2005, 2:24 am
  • I meant to say LF, my mistake.

    Brad-SF May 26, 2005, 2:26 am
  • when is francona going to give youk a shot at playing everyday? he is currently playing bellhorn (.237) and payton (.208) and sitting nixon and youklis. I thought that trot was going to play everyday. we suck.

    cory May 26, 2005, 8:32 pm
  • Whoa, settle down there Cory. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, we’re just playing bad. Everyone on and around this site knows that either team could easily win 2/3 this weekend – it just so happens that the Red Sox are currently playing like the early May Yankees – no worries, not yet. But, that being said – I have officially abandoned Kevin Millar. Anyone who does not have the wherewithall to at least be close to the bag in a 8-1 ballgame loses it for me. If you are going to make terrible mistakes like that, your bat better be making up the slack, and currently, you are not. If I ever see Jay Payton hitting for Trot Nixon again – like Beth, I’m going to throw up in my mouth. I want to see Millar sit for awhile, Youk at first, and if needed hit Millar for Trot against lefties, which personally I think is overrated anyhow. Another couple balls right by Millar tonight, and still nobody is on board with me here? Don’t get me wrong, if the only option is Olerud, I’d rather have Millar – but it’s not the only option. Francona may think he has a pass this year – but I believe Theo has other plans. In a contract year for him, the last thing Theo is going to let this team do is play .500 ball for another two months. Personally, I give him the pass for awhile since he did bring me one of the best weeks of my life, but RSN and Theo will not allow it to go on for too long. PLAY YOUKILIS!!! And, Cory, who the hell knows what to do about Bellhorn – I guess just hope that he does not swing at anything, and hope for the best.

    Brad-SF May 26, 2005, 11:12 pm

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