On the Way to a Big Fat Bonus

Earlier criticism aside, it looks like David Wells is starting to earn his 200K bonus per start (going up to 300K at start #20).  There’s been much consternation about the upside (and downside) of Not-Brian’s intelligently low-risk signing but it’s looking better every day, even with last night’s struggles.  8 walks in his 12 starts, 4 wins in his last 5 starts, Wells has added inning-eating to his highly caloric diet. 

Keep it up, Boomer, and save your best for the coming dog days.  Carbo-load all you want, as far as I am concerned.

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  • That’s nice, but for how long will the 42-year-old hold up. Will Carroll, doyen of baseball health injuries, was actually optimisitc at the beginning of the year. We wonder.

    YF June 21, 2005, 5:58 pm
  • As a long-time David Wells critic, I’m still having a problem with the whole thing. I agree he has been pretty disgusting this year, and hopefully will continue to do so, but I still have a problem wrapping my mind around it. I certainly love all that he has done this year in Boston, and he certainly does deserve the extra Benjamins. Let’s just hope we continue to get the good David Wells (the one that goes eight strong, with a 80% strike to ball ratio, and a batter-hating mix of pitches), and not the one that implodes the first time someone reaches third on him. That being said, Let’s go Boomer! I can learn to love.

    Brad-SF June 21, 2005, 6:00 pm
  • I still haven’t gotten over game 5 of the 2003 WS when he left after 1 inning, leaving the game in the hands of Jose Contreras. Let’s hope that on one fine summer day in August down the stretch with the BoSux fighting for a playoff spot, after a 1-2-3 first inning, the fans at Fenway see John Halama warming in their bullpen. Boomer in the clubhouse trying hard to earn that paycheck, but his back not supporting the cause. His season – over. Boomer was fine in a Yankees uniform, until that game 5, and now with Boston stitched across his uniform, I have absolutely no reason to root for him.

    Al.Bundy June 21, 2005, 7:06 pm
  • Boomer’s like the Godfather: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
    He is guaranteed to crash and burn before the end of the year, probably when you need him the most. I’ll put money on it.

    john yf June 21, 2005, 11:39 pm
  • as opposed to Randy, who’s already crashed and burned for you guys?
    (at a much higher price i might add)

    T-SF June 22, 2005, 10:09 am
  • Sox Schadenfreude: Two wrongs make a right; it doesn’t matter if the Sox suck if I can convince myself the Yankees suck more.
    I don’t know how Johnson will do. I do know Boomer will crash and burn, and I will put money on it.
    This is not an anti-Sox comment: it’s an anti-Boomer comment. He’s an out-of-shape jerkoff who’s wasting a great arm.
    If the Rocket (another jerkoff) had Boomer’s arm, he would pitch until 50.

    john yf June 22, 2005, 12:39 pm
  • See thats the problem with BoSux fans, it’s impossible to have an argument without bashing a Yankee player, or the Yankee payroll, or the Boss, or the Yankee payroll. The question here is whether Boomer and his back can hold up for the rest of the season. You wrote this post and that began the debate – about Boomer. Who said anything about any Yankee player? Your inability to defend Boomer and instead conveniently bashing a Yankee player is hardly surprising and something I have come to expect from the Boston fans.

    Al.Bundy June 22, 2005, 12:43 pm
  • Actually, Al, I wrote the post, and I wasn’t making any comment about the Yankees. In fact, if you click through the links you’ll see nothing less than a positivist’s critique of one Mr. Wells’ drinking and eating habits. Believe me, I’m not exactly brimming with overconfidence about Wells’ abilities to stay healthy, but whatever’s started to work now seems to be worth continuing.
    As for Rocket having Boomer’s arm? I think the Rocket is doing just fine with his own, and 50 continues to look like a distinct possibility, were he at all interested.

    SF June 22, 2005, 1:27 pm
  • Fair enough SF. I was just commenting in general as I’ve seen enough of the Yankees suck more argument from Boston fans. I understand why you hate our team, and you understand why I hate your team. That is what makes it more interesting.

    Al.Bundy June 22, 2005, 1:42 pm

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