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 TavarezPedro 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.