On Casey, Clay and Colon

A lot of good reads out there this week:

  • They wouldn’t let Tony Massarotti catch a knuckleball, but he got to play "umpire" while Kevin Cash did. Must be great being a beat writer.
  • Maureen Mullen sits down with the always-surprising Manny Ramirez. Hopefully, the "idiot savant" meme can die the death it richly deserves.
  • Nick Cafardo spoke to scouts watching Bartolo Colon yesterday — they say he hit, 94, sat at 92-93, and the prevailing consensus was: "Wish we’d signed him."
  • Also in the Globe, Gordon Edes has a nice profile on the guy who, until yesterday, was the only real addition of any kind to the Sox club house — Sean Casey.
  • And, finally, this gem from the Herald on Clay Buchholz’s new girlfriend. I’d say it puts Jeter to shame, but no one wants their dad talking about their sex life.
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  • Yeah, weird issue there with the Dad.
    But, kudos to Clay on that. Holy cow.
    I’m much happier about Bartolo today than I was a week ago.

    Brad.. March 14, 2008, 10:30 am
  • How is a life any better at that age for a single guy?
    He’s the next big thing in a huge media market, he’s as talented as they come on the bump, he makes awesome money in comparison to most other young twenty somethings, he plays baseball for the Red Sox, and as if that wasn’t enough, his girlfriend is making out with other Penthouse pets on the regular. Must be hard to leave the house in the morning if you’re Clay.

    Brad.. March 14, 2008, 10:35 am
  • Holy crap, we just lost Miriabelli. Looks like the Cash/Kottaras era is about to start.

    Atheose March 14, 2008, 11:01 am
  • Also of note: Moose pitched 5 perfect innings yesterday. Not a happy sight for this SF.

    Atheose March 14, 2008, 11:07 am
  • Not for nothing, but Jeter’s too classy for Penthouse Pets. ;)

    A YF March 14, 2008, 11:50 am
  • if that wasn’t enough, his girlfriend is making out with other Penthouse pets on the regular. Must be hard to leave the house in the morning if you’re Clay.
    Makes me wonder if having a girlfriend like that could cause more harm than good. How do you concentrate on locating your fastball after something like that?

    Paul SF March 14, 2008, 11:51 am
  • You know, I was going to ask if you guys would be worried about Clay upon hearing that. At this stage of his career, baseball really should come first. I know I would be too psyched to hear Joba or Hughes is dating a Penthouse Pet especially not one where her interests are: “being naked and spanking”.
    Though this is pretty awesome: And during a visit to the Stern show earlier this week, Erica stripped down with fellow Penthouse Pet Bree Olson and made out on the Stern sofa.

    A YF March 14, 2008, 11:56 am
  • Should be: wouldn’t be too psyched

    A YF March 14, 2008, 11:56 am
  • As long as it’s not Alyssa Milano (aka “pitcher kryptonite”) I think Clay will be ok.

    SF March 14, 2008, 12:20 pm
  • Yeah, let’s hope we don’t have a Tony Romo case on our hands…
    Also, it makes me wonder what crowds he’s running in if within eight months after becoming a semi-household name among baseball fans (not even among sports fans yet, I would guess), he’s dating Penthouse Pets. Something tells me these crowds are probably not alcohol- or drug-free, and he’s not exactly a 35-year-old guy who knows not to get involved with the high life and feels like settling down.

    Paul SF March 14, 2008, 12:21 pm
  • Tony Romo didn’t fail because of Jessica Simpson. He failed because he’s just not a great quarterback and got beaten by a really good (championship!) team. Did Brady fail because of Gisele? What an insult to the Giants, and also to the players and their girlfriends too.
    I find this silly, antiquated, and frankly a tad misogynistic, the idea that a girlfriend might be the downfall of a player instead of blaming the real reasons: the 4.4 40, 250 pound linebackers bearing down on someone at full speed with tight coverage on the corners or the all-star hitters standing at home plate.

    SF March 14, 2008, 12:27 pm
  • if being “put to shame” involves dating the women that Jeter has dated over the years, sign me up!

    sam-YF March 14, 2008, 12:37 pm
  • Well, that was pretty obviously a joke. I would hope you know me better than to think I take that stuff seriously. Living in Texas, I found the hypervetilating about Romo and Jessica Simpson hilarious.
    Nevertheless, my concern about what kind of crowds Buchholz hangs around with stands. It’s a judgment made with no knowledge whatsoever about his lifestyle or really hers (other than what she chooses to, um, reveal publicly) — they might both like nothing better than cuddling by the fire drinking hot chocolate on cold nights — but it does raise a flag when a kid that young with that little celebrity (relativelty speaking) suddenly starts picking up Penthouse Pets.

    Paul SF March 14, 2008, 12:40 pm
  • Off topic (sort of) but funny story… We are at the NFL Experience in Scottsdale and they have these autograph tents set up. We can’t see who is inside and there are no signs telling you such. So we get on line, trying to guess who is inside. Carson Palmer? Adrian Peterson? Well we wait about 20 minutes and finally some guy comes out all fired up…Inside was Alyssa Milano. She was the guest of honor signing autographs. Needless to say the line emptied out pretty quickly!
    Also I agree with SF, Tony Romo lost to a far superior team. It was the Giants skill, not Jessica at all. :)

    John - YF March 14, 2008, 12:41 pm
  • Hypothetical: If you guys were millionaire baseball players, would you want to go out with (more than just have a few nights of fun with) a Penthouse Pet? That would have to be rugged in the clubhouse with all the other players checking out your naked girlfriend? Not to mention Penthouse is more dirty than Playboy…that would just be strange I would think?

    krueg March 14, 2008, 12:45 pm
  • Well, that was pretty obviously a joke. I would hope you know me better than to think I take that stuff seriously
    Of course, I was making a general comment. It was instigated by yours, but I wasn’t directing any charge of misogyny at you, Paul.

    SF March 14, 2008, 12:49 pm
  • Knowing what we know now OR are we Clay’s age? At Clay’s age I would have said go get it, Penthouse or Playboy. I would not care about the ribbing! LOL. At 32 and after being married 4 years, I realize that all women are exactly the same except for the wrappers they come in. So which ever one spends the least money and complains the least is who I would go with.

    John - YF March 14, 2008, 12:49 pm
  • I realize that all women are exactly the same except for the wrappers they come in. So which ever one spends the least money and complains the least is who I would go with.
    Uh, what?
    (also, this is the most I have posted in weeks. I am still not ready for baseball season. But being home in bed with a vicious back spasm as opposed to buried in work has made me pay attention, for the moment)

    SF March 14, 2008, 12:53 pm
  • SF, you can say that you have something in common with Josh Beckett!
    Besides the 98-mph fastball, pinpoint control, of course.
    One word in response to Krueg’s question: Disease.

    Paul SF March 14, 2008, 12:57 pm
  • SF, you can say that you have something in common with Josh Beckett!
    Also the soul patch and the 86 IQ.

    SF March 14, 2008, 1:01 pm
  • I am kidding SF. I was getting at being shallow when you are younger, but as you age and mature you realize women are more then their “Wrappers”. The money and complaint comment was not serious…I am not a pig like that.

    John - YF March 14, 2008, 1:06 pm
  • I once saw a bumper sticker on a truck while on the Jersey Turnpike.
    It read “No matter how pretty, someone gets tired of her sh*t”.
    I say live it up, Clay. For what you’re looking for in life right now, it’s probably not going to get a whole lot better. Unless of course, you’re looking for love, and if that’s the case, someone really needs to have a heart to heart with you.

    Brad.. March 14, 2008, 1:10 pm
  • Got it, John. Like I said above, I am struggling with an 86 IQ at the moment, the back pain has really done it to me

    SF March 14, 2008, 1:11 pm
  • Sorry to hear that SF. I too have been hit pretty hard with some back issues. I have been at the chiropractor 3 times a week for the past 2 weeks. Getting old stinks. Get better soon Bud.

    John - YF March 14, 2008, 1:14 pm
  • It’s weird, I have no history of back issues (this has happened to me once in my life, about 14 months ago, but not since) but this came out of nowhere this morning while I was doing some dishes. Ended up on the kitchen floor immobile. I had even done 100 situps earlier in the morning.

    SF March 14, 2008, 1:21 pm
  • Come on guys, are you saying a Penthouse pet isn’t capable of love and a real relationship? That’s just shallow.
    I’m sure she’s a wonderful young lady with solid values, a great personality, makes her own clothes, makes out with chicks, spreads the pink and exposes the balloon knot for millions of readers, just like all other good god fearing young ladies.

    LocklandSF March 14, 2008, 1:25 pm
  • they announced suspensions for the brawl earlier this week vs the rays. Once again the yankees get harsher suspensions. For some reason Melky gets an extra game than Gomes who ran in from the OF. I didnt even realize Melky was involved…

    sam-YF March 14, 2008, 2:18 pm
  • “Once again the yankees get harsher suspensions”
    Um, the Yankees got harsher suspensions justifiably. This might not be the best case to start complaining about the Yankees being persecuted. Duncan started the whole shebang, Gomes offended to a lesser degree and was punished, and Melky Cabrera apparently sucker-punched someone on videotape.
    Why choose this incident to play the whole “Yankees always get the short end of the stick from MLB” card?

    SF March 14, 2008, 2:27 pm
  • As Andrew rightly points out, Gomes cleared the benches. He left his position and tackled another player.
    Exactly why the players should be left to police these things themselves. They did a fine job for what, eighty years?

    A YF March 14, 2008, 2:46 pm
  • I’d like to point out that Gardner has a real shot at making the team:
    .383/.500/.588 in 18 AB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 SB, 0 CS
    Compare with Ensberg:
    .300/.391/.500 in 20 AB, 4 2B
    I don’t think he will, but he’s got shot if he keeps this up.

    A YF March 14, 2008, 2:52 pm
  • i know a few of us listen to the stern show pretty religiously, and clay’s gal has been on a few times of late. erica single handedly broke up artie langes (worlds “largest” yf) long time on/and off again relationship with dana. she promised artie an hj after his appearance on letterman. a call was accidently placed to arties girlfriend letting her know what hotel artie and erica were staying at. the story didn’t have a “happy ending”.

    sf rod March 14, 2008, 3:51 pm
  • i dunno sf, my girlfriend was my downfall, so maybe there’s something to it ;)
    oh, and gomes got one less game because his sucker-tackle missed the target…

    dc March 14, 2008, 8:38 pm
  • A YF: I am as stoked as anyone that Gardner is hitting really well. It looks like he took his AZ Fall League performance right with him. But he won’t be on the team come opening day. If he has such potential, why would the Yankees leave him to rot on the bench? He needs every day at bats to develop. Ensberg is a perfect lefty-smashing bench player for the Yankees, with OODLES of upside. I’d rather have Ensberg on the bench, with Gardner as position player insurance in AAA, than roll the dice with Gardner and let Ensberg go.

    AndrewYF March 15, 2008, 1:47 am
  • This is somewhat offtopic but can’t find anywhere else to post it… DAISUKE IS A DADDY! He’ll be pitching in Japan for sure now.

    Atheose March 15, 2008, 12:02 pm
  • not the “lefty-masher” line again. someone should let brendan harris know he’s a “lefty-masher”.
    joba and ipk are having a rough go of it today. combined line; 6 inn. / 7 hits / 5 runs/ 5 walks / 3 hr’s

    sf rod March 15, 2008, 2:41 pm
  • 7 run uprising in the 4th for the sox. capped by a three run shot by varitek. lugo’s back and contributing while drew continues to heat up.

    sf rod March 15, 2008, 3:19 pm
  • and hansen had his first un-atrocious outing……ever.

    sf rod March 15, 2008, 4:58 pm
  • Um, even his horrific year last year, which led to him getting released, Ensberg had a line of .257/.345/.486 against lefties. This fits with his historical success against left-handed pitching. If you don’t think the Yankees have trouble against left-handed pitching and need all the help they can get, you’re simply ignoring facts. He is a perfect compliment to Giambi, who should never again have to start against a left-handed pitcher.
    The other candidates for the bench are either useless (Lane, Woodward, Ransom, Castro), or can be sent to AAA and kept (Duncan, Gardner). If Ensberg is not on the team by May 1st, he will be snatched up. If Ensberg were hitting .200 on the spring and showing zero on-base skill or power, I’d agree that he should be cut. But he isn’t, and has a great chance to be a very useful asset to the Yankees, who have needed actual hitters on their bench since god knows how long.
    Sorry, kicking Ensberg off the team in favor of any of the other candidates makes absolutely zero sense. I don’t know how many times I have to prove it.

    AndrewYF March 15, 2008, 6:33 pm
  • Andrew you are preaching to the choir. I agree with you 110%. I only hope Girardi realizes how valuable he could be to this team.

    John - YF March 16, 2008, 11:01 am
  • I’m unfamiliar with Gardner; what position does he play? DH/1B? How old is he? Sorry for the ignorance, I usually only pay attention to Sox prospects (with the exception of Joba, IPK, Hughes, and AJax)

    Atheose March 16, 2008, 11:12 am
  • Gardner’s a CF-er who is the same age as Ellsbury.

    AndrewYF March 16, 2008, 11:39 am
  • We’re just going to have to disagree. Gardner is a truly disruptive force. Ensberg does nothing more than Duncan cause he ain’t playing 3B on this team (even as Betemit can play there too). Duncan can at least play the corner OF spots. So basically you want to carry another, and only, 1B just because he hits RH? Besides, who says he won’t take a minor league deal?
    Here are the Spring stats so far:
    Gardner: 23 AB, .435/.519/.609, 2 2B, 1 3B, 6 SB, 0 CS
    Ensberg: 29 AB, .310/.375/.483, 5 2B

    A YF March 16, 2008, 10:42 pm
  • And for all his supposed power, especially in contrast to Gardner, Ensberg has yet to hit one dinger this Spring? What’s up with that?

    A YF March 16, 2008, 10:45 pm
  • Who says he won’t take a minor league deal? Who says he will? If the decision were TRULY between letting Ensberg go, and letting Gardner go, then I would most certainly agree with you that Gardner should be kept. Unfortunately for your point, Gardner hasn’t even broken into the 40-man roster, and has 3 years (assuming he breaks into the majors this year) left where he can be shuttled back and forth to Scranton.
    If Ensberg is not on the major league roster come May 1st, he will have to be let go. Quite simply, and this is a very big point, more major-league players at the Yankees disposal is better than less. That’s all it really boils down to, and I’m pretty certain Cashman understands this. Add to the fact that the Yankees were very interested in Ensberg last year, but were hamstrung by the fact that Joe Torre was manager and would absolutely refuse to play him, and I really don’t see Ensberg not making the team. ALSO add to it the fact that for Gardner to continue development, he needs to play every single day instead of sporadically off the bench, and the decision really was pretty clear and obvious from the beginning.
    Look, it’s great that Gardner is continuing to rake the ball and get on base. I am certain Cashman is ecstatic. But, the only way Ensberg was not going to make the team is if he showed nothing in ST. But he has showed an ability to get on base and hit, and to show that his shoulder is healthy. He’s making the team, or at least, he should. Gardner can be kept as well and can be summoned instantly should one of the Yankees’ many outfielders go down with an injury, or if the Yankees feel the need to make a change. It all works out for the best.

    AndrewYF March 17, 2008, 1:13 am
  • Oh, I didn’t say Ensberg won’t make the team. I’m just saying he shouldn’t make the team – not over Gardner. And my reason is simple: He offers nothing more than Duncan – not position, not hitting, not nothing.
    I’d support Ensberg making the team over Duncan. The latter still has options. Send him down, and give Gardner the roster spot. But I can’t see how any one could be for carrying Duncan AND Ensberg. They’re not going to play at the same time so there’s no reason to carry both when their skill set is almost identical (Duncan plays more positions).
    Gardner gives skills that could help the team multiple times a week and in specific situations that are easily predicted. Frankly I’m not too concerned about him continuing his development. He is what he is at this point and that’s very useful to the team right now. He even says in a mlb.com article that he’s showing this Spring what he can do in very limited playing time and coming in late to games.

    A YF March 17, 2008, 6:40 am
  • Abraham has a note on the upcoming schedule for the Sox:
    March 19: vs. Toronto at Fort Myers
    March 20: Travel to Japan
    March 21: In Japan
    March 22: vs. Hanshin Tigers in Japan
    March 23: vs. Yomiuri Giants in Japan
    March 24: Workout in Japan
    March 25: vs. Oakland in Japan to start regular season
    March 26: vs. Oakland in Japan (regular season)
    March 27: Travel to United States
    March 28: vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium (exhibition)
    March 29: vs. Dodgers at L.A. Coliseum (exhibition)
    March 30: vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium (exhibition)
    March 31: Workout in Oakland
    April 1: At Oakland (regular season)
    April 2: At Oakland (regular season)
    April 3: Off day
    April 4: At Toronto (regular season)
    April 5: At Toronto (regular season)
    April 6: At Toronto (regular season)
    Pretty crazy. Three solid weeks on the road and over thirty hours on a plane next week. But they did agree to the Japan trip.

    A YF March 17, 2008, 11:02 am
  • way to start lining up excuses for them ‘a yf’…whose side are you on anyway? :)
    they may not need them anyway if they start out like they did last year, and the yanks flop coming out of the gate again…

    dc March 17, 2008, 11:13 am
  • dc – from your keyboard to God’s eyes…. Are we going to get a gamer going for today?

    rootbeerfloat March 17, 2008, 11:46 am
  • I hope clay starts to think he’s some sort of ladies man… that would be funny. He’s one skinny, weird-looking kid.
    Also, these distractions are never good for young prospects. I’m all for this hook-up.

    tells YF March 17, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • No gamer for the Sox/Yanks action today?
    This makes me sad.

    LocklandSF March 17, 2008, 3:12 pm
  • I put one up for you, Lockland. It’s just been hard to get into the spring training games this season. No new players, no real position battles. Pretty boring all the way around…

    Paul SF March 17, 2008, 3:31 pm

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