Wide World of Blogs Returns!

Contain your excitement everybody. The series has returned for an encore performance. Although nothing is happening in the baseball world, people are still blogging away. Let’s see what they’re saying:

  • There’s a review of Joel Sherman’s book, Birth of a Dynasty: Behind the Pinstripes with the 1996 Yankees (2006), up at Bronx Banter. Check it out. The book seems like a must-read for Yanks fans. There is an ongoing debate I have with myself about which of those dynasty-years teams was my favorite. I flip between the ’96 team and the ridiculously dominant ’98 one.
  • Curt Schilling in pinstripes? Peter Abraham at Lohud doubts the Yanks, from management to players, would want him: "I’m not sure Brian Cashman, who is trying to make the team younger,
    would consider Schilling in the first place. He is also easily the most
    detested opposing player in the clubhouse. Eyes roll like lemons on a
    slot machine whenever Schilling’s name comes up."
  • Gerry Callahan thinks J.D. Drew’s incapacity to feel human emotions will benefit him in Boston: "Edgar Renteria cared.
    Matt Young cared. Mike Greenwell cared so much he broke down and cried
    in front of his locker after hearing boos at Fenway Park one afternoon.
    Some guys care too much, which will never be the rap on David Jonathan
    Drew, who just signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Sox."

  • There are a few things at the always excellent The House That Dewey Built. First, they have started to post their team previews for 2007. They have a pessimistic view of the A’s chances in 2007, and a very optimistic take on the Phillies. Second, they recently had a whole series on best Sox players by position. The pitcher list was topped by (who else?) Joel Pineiro and Julian Tavarez Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens. Who was #1 and who placed second? After much deliberation the victory goes to longevity over peak. Clemens wins by a nose. My take is that you give Pedro the #1 spot. There has never been a better pitcher that I’ve watched than Pedro. I also think that because he was such an integral part of an era that culminated in the Sox’s first ever world series victory (that sounds about right. Maybe some of my facts are wrong), he gets the nod over Roger.
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  • I read that Callahan piece and meant to post about it. Reading the articles written in the Globe and Herald, it seems one press conference was enough for Drew to suddenly win everyone over — including Shaughnessy. Except for Callahan. His column is quite acerbic. And, from what I can tell by reading the other stories, he pulls one of Drew’s quotes out and mis-contextualizes it. It’s interesting that not caring about the boo-birds in Callahan’s world is a sign of apathy, as opposed to, say, a sign of well-grounded rationalism.

    Paul SF February 22, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • Paul–

    walein February 22, 2007, 1:46 pm
  • Yeah, Callahan’s piece is unnecessarily and unduly mean…but he’s more or less written what I’ve thought since the anti-Drew vitriol first began. Even if the worst, harshest, most terrible criticisms of Drew were true – that he’s lazy and really doesn’t care about the game – why would a player like that crack under Boston pressure? The critiques usually went, “He’s a lazy f*ck and doesn’t care about the game or what anyone thinks, and he won’t be able to handle the scrutiny. Also he eats babies.” If he doesn’t care, he doesn’t feel pressure…if he doesn’t feel the pressure, how can he crack?
    The end of the article bothers me more than anything; the cherrypicked stats Callahan chooses to show of Drew if he were playing half his games in Dodger stadium. Nevermind that the RBI total should jump past 100 hitting in Boston’s 5-hole, Callahan conveniently forgets to mention the .397 OBP and .891 OPS James predicted; that’s what Boston’s actually paying for. But the main point of the article, though it would have impressed me more had it come in November, seems sound. Besides ragging on his inability to stay healthy, most of what Drew’s critics have said just doesn’t make any sense; his biggest flaws as a person should be strengths in the media fishbowl that is Boston. (Assuming he actually has those flaws and is not, as Paul said, simply a rational person)

    desturbd1 February 22, 2007, 1:55 pm
  • I was impressed with Drew’s first press conference. He does come off as being very professional and well grounded, as Paul said. As I was listening to him, I couldn’t help but think, “this is one of the most hated men in baseball?!”
    We’ll see how he does on the field, but first impressions are so far, so good.

    mouse - SF February 22, 2007, 2:03 pm
  • Thanks for mentioning the stats, d1. That bothered me too, but I was oing off memory, and the thing that made me raise an eyebrow was quoting Drew saying he thinks “it’s the little things” that he does well and how he makes sure he’s “fundamentally sound.” Callahan tied it to injuries, making it sound like Drew was apathetic about his problems, but the Globe in its story ties it to a question about his reputation as a loafer, which makes a lot more sense.

    Paul SF February 22, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • *ahem* Going off memory.

    Paul SF February 22, 2007, 2:12 pm
  • Don’t forget Pete Abraham, who just posted an excellent summary of live batting practice. Phil Hughes just keeps getting more and more rave reviews.

    Andrew February 22, 2007, 2:53 pm
  • Rave reviews from a Yankee writer! Really? That is odd.

    Brad February 22, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • “rave reviews”……ph might be the best bullpen session pitcher of our time. he’s already the best stretcher in the history of the yankees. the man can get scarey loose. rave on.

    sf rod February 22, 2007, 3:05 pm
  • In other news, my mother loves me.

    Brad February 22, 2007, 3:08 pm
  • I sense fear in sf-rod’s and Brad’s posts. What’s up with the need to overcompensate in the critical direction?

    Nick-YF February 22, 2007, 3:08 pm
  • Fear. ha! I don’t have to face him! I just thought it was funny. Why no mention of his ability to only get half of them over? I’m telling you, I think the kid is a sure fire ace who if healthy is a shoe in for the Hall of Fame. I’m serious. He’s nasty. In fact, he should make the team right out of ST. He should be the opening day starter if they’re smart.

    Brad February 22, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • and it’s hard to “fear” the arrival of a kid who’s never faced a ML batter in his life. Just like I’m sure it’s hard for other fans to “fear” Matsuzaka for the same reason.
    Time will tell.

    Brad February 22, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • “He should be the opening day starter if they’re smart.”
    playing the reverse psychology game are you? Sly like a fox you are, Brad. But I see your evil plan.

    Nick-YF February 22, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • no fear here. just wondering if anyone has ever gotten a bad review during a bullpen session? some of those non existent batters are even better than real AA hitters.

    sf rod February 22, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • “He threw a great bullpen session” is soon going to be up there with “he showed up in the best shape of his career” and “he added 11 pounds of muscle in the offseason” as one of the more cliched pieces of information that come out of ST, what with Daisuke and Hughes getting the treatment.
    Nothing against Hughes or Daisuke, of course. I am sure they looked great.

    SF February 22, 2007, 3:17 pm
  • 11 pounds? Try 18, buddy!

    Brad February 22, 2007, 3:19 pm
  • I think us Yanks fans have to take it as a Haley’s Comet-like moment that Pavano’s bullpen session did not result in him crashing his car into the backstop. In this case, “Pavano pitched a bullpen session” actually is not ST cliche material. It’s fascinating.

    Nick-YF February 22, 2007, 3:21 pm
  • ha, Nick. There’s nothing reverse about it, I really think they should let the kid show it off. I mean, who leaves a porche in the garage on a sunny Sunday? Get out, show it off. He’s easily the most talented human being on earth, so let him pitch!
    I kid of course, guys. I know the kid is good, and if he’s as good as everyone says he is, why not let him go? He’s making Matsui look terrible at the plate, right? What else is there?

    Brad February 22, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • No mention of A-Rod’s meaningless homerun, once again?

    Brad February 22, 2007, 3:24 pm
  • When A-Rod hit the HR off Pettitte today, I mean.

    Brad February 22, 2007, 3:25 pm
  • Completely irrelevant…but I’m really glad to see Boston letting Matsuzaka keep up the routine he was used to in Japan. I was worried they’d hold him to the same sort of baby-step regimen most ML pitchers employ, and that it might not be a good idea for someone used to a more intense throwing program.
    And yes, this was the most interesting thing to come out of the news in a couple weeks. Besides that Papelbon-Edes fiasco, which was just funny. March needs to hurry its ass up…

    desturbd1 February 22, 2007, 3:27 pm
  • March needs to hurry its ass up…
    amen, brother.

    Brad February 22, 2007, 3:45 pm
  • 6 freaking days until we get to see the Red Sox play another MLB team, in baseball. Now, we night not see MLB players for very long, or see very many of them at all, but it’s still baseball.
    So, who’s this Phil Hughes guy you’re all talking about?

    LocklandSF February 22, 2007, 4:22 pm
  • Baseball Prospectus has Hughes listed as the #1 pitching prospect and #2 overall behind KC’s Alex Gordon.
    If Hughes is pitching well in AAA, I would much rather see him as the guy added to the rotation in June, if needed, rather than Roger Clemens.

    Whatever February 22, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • I meant rave reviews from players, which mean a lot more than whatever just some guy says.

    Andrew February 22, 2007, 10:45 pm
  • it’s only natural that the most hyped guys are going to draw attention for the littlest things…did you know that dm ties his left shoe lace first, then his right?…know what that means?…i don’t either because i made it up, but you get the point…that, and controversy [real or imagined] are all the goons have to write about, and controversy [like sheffield not going to any more jama parties at torre’s house] makes better tabloid headlines…
    …i share your impatience brad…let’s get the season going so we can get some real meat on the bones of these discussions…

    dc February 23, 2007, 8:39 am

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