The Doug Mirabelli Era looks to be over in Boston.
Wakefield endorsed [Kevin] Cash last season when Cash caught him and at that point it gave the Red Sox the thought that Cash could be a cheaper way to address the backup catcher role. [Dustin] Brown has caught minor league knuckleballer Charlie Zink.
I was surprised the Sox didn’t make this move last season. Cash is younger and cheaper than Mirabelli, can handle the knuckleball, and hits about the same.
Still, Mirabelli was a key role player in the 2004 championship, and walks away with two rings. He loved Boston so much, he agitated for a trade back after a couple weeks in San Diego. I know he’s received mixed reviews from those he worked with, but it’s another piece of that magical season we won’t see anymore. That’s always a little sad.
On a completely unrelated note, the Terry Francona-Dustin Pedroia repartee has produced some of the funniest comedy I’ve seen in a baseball clubhouse:
Francona said he conferred with Dustin Pedroia’s wife Kelly before inserting him into the lineup. "Since I knew she wears the pants in that family, I asked ‘Do I have your permission to put him in a game?’ (She said) ‘Yeah, I have to get him out of here.’"