Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Keep Manny?

Well, everyone from boston.com to espn.com to mlb.com is talking about it, so why not me?

There is a website out there called "keepmanny.com"…I don’t get this.  Mind you, I understand that people want Manny to remain a Red Sox player – but people need to remember that the man is under contract.  The Boston Red Sox aren’t trying to get rid of him – they’re honoring his wishes because HE WANTS TO LEAVE. 

Manny has gotten on my last nerve.  Rumors run from his hating the attention of the fans, to his wanting to leave Boston because of a jilted, stalking lover.  I don’t care why he wants to leave…but I DO believe he wants to leave.

Shouldn’t the name of the website be "staymanny.com"?  Once again people choose to make the FO look like the bad guys.  We all know they aren’t perfect, but what the heck?  "keepmanny"?, what IS that? 

MANNY DOESN’T WANT TO STAY

How difficult is this to get?

Do I want him gone?  Heck no.  But I want the Red Sox to do SOMETHING before this gets out of hand.  If this goes on up to Spring Training and Manny decides to pull a hissy fit and not show – NO ONE is going to want him.

So if they can trade him…let’s get it done so we can move on past the drama that is Manny Ramirez.

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November 30, 2005 Posted by | Players | 4 Comments

Jim Rice

JimcoWell, Jim Ed is on the ballot yet again – as it should be.  Although I have no high hopes he’ll make it in.  I understand he’s a question mark for people who actually know about the game, but he put up great numbers over a good amount of time.  Unfortunately, Jim never played the game with the sports writers during his career and they’re getting their payback every year his name is on the ballot.  (Although, to be fair, a  lot of new blood is running through the voters for the HoF and Rice has received a LOT more support from the writers than in past years.)

Here’s a guy who dominated the league in hitting when he played.  In 15 years, he was as all star 8 times, he was the American League MVP in ’78 (and in the top ten in MVP voting 6 times) and he earned two silver sluggers.   Three years he led the league in homeruns…two years he led the league in rbi…but everyone has read these stats over and over.

Let’s talk comparisons.  Tony Perez is in the HoF.  Tony Perez who, in 23 years in the league hit 379 homeruns and 1652 rbi.  Rice played 8 years less than Perez and hit 382 homeruns and 1451 rbi.  Jim Ed’s slugging percentage was much Bwricebetter than Perez’s (.502 compared to .462).  Orlando Cepada is another HoF who Rice looks better than…yet Jim Ed is still waiting for the call.

What gives? (To be fair, the Veterans Committee voted Cepada in…seemingly the only way Rice is getting in as well.)

Rice deserves the Hall of Fame as much as (and actually more than) these two and others already there.  This isn’t to take away from Perez, Cepeda or anyone else…but fair is fair.  If there is no bias against Rice, why isn’t he in there when these fellas are?

November 30, 2005 Posted by | Hall of Fame | 1 Comment

A quickie…

Mark from mlb.com asked me how I thought they could get more people to blog…I had some ideas, but honestly I don’t think blogging is something you can force on people.  Most people in the blogging communities like to "watch" a lot more than they like to engage.  So if you aren’t blogging on mlblogs, please consider doing so.  It’s fun and the community is growing and it’s going to be a great season so let’s enjoy it together!

This message is brought to you by the chick who should be sleeping but has been hit with a bit of insomnia.  🙂


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November 27, 2005 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 7 Comments

Hot Stove is cooking, baby!

First off, thanks to evilsnare and lefty and everyone else who offered their condolences, I really appreciate it.  Last week was pretty lousy but leave it to the Red Sox to try and brighten my days!

The trade.  Made even juicier late last night with the addition of Guillermo Mota.  There’s too many factors to consider here…so I’ll break down MY feelings about the trade by player.

Sox first.

Hanley Ramirez:  Hanleyramirez The golden boy around these parts.  In 2004 the baseball world was wondering why he hadn’t been called up (many rumors pointed at his maturity level as opposed to his playing skills as the reason)…in 2005, with the addition of Edgar Renteria…many were wondering why Theo wasn’t using him as trade bait.  I had the chance to see Hanley play in person twice in 2005, once at Spring Training and once during the season in Portland.  The kid obviously has "skills" in the field.  But both times I saw him, he barely got the bat off his shoulder, and when he did, he did nothing with the contact.  Not one hit in both my sightings.  Now in the big picture this means absolutely nothing…but from a personal view, I was never all that attached to him as anything other than good trade bait.  So for ME, this was a no-brainer.  We want the hottest pitcher available on the market?  We give up the kid so many others think is the next "it" boy.  I don’t see it happening for Hanley, but good luck to him.  He’s a good kid (he’s AMAZING with the fans, especially the kids…I hope he doesn’t lose that) and I wish him well.

Anibal Sanchez:  Another "not ready for prime time player" if you ask me.  But I’ve never seen him pitch in person.  Color me happy that Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon and ESPECIALLY Craig Hansen are still on the team.  If Sanchez had to be sacrificed, so be it.

Jesus Delgado and Harvey Garcia:  Good luck in Florida boys.  Where I sense you’ll be as well-known as you were in Boston.

On to Florida.

Mike Lowell:  Being a player’s fan…I like Lowell.  He plays hard, is great with the fans and his teammates all seem to just love him.  Mikelowell Problem for me is, we already have this guy on our team in the name of Kevin Millar (and Kevin is MUCH less expensive).  Okay, to be fair, Lowell is FAR superior to Millar in the field.  But he isn’t an upgrade from Mueller.  (Yes, I know Bill Mueller didn’t get a gold glove last year and Lowell did…but many, including me, think Mueller played Gold Glove calibre ball in 2005 – alas, so did Eric Chavez…)  On the plus side, I think playing in Fenway will definitely help boost  his dismal batting average from 2005.  Although, if I’m being honest, I’m hoping the Sox find a way to flip him in a trade (Sorry, Mike, if they keep you I’ll definitely be rooting for you!).

Guillermo Mota:  This name kept ringing in my ears.  Like I had been talking about him a while ago to friends and couldn’t remember why.  Then I received an email this morning reminding me.  Piazza_fight This is the former Dodgers pitcher who ran into his dugout after hitting Mike Piazza (twice in two seasons) and being chased there by Piazza and Jeromy Burnitz.  (Piazza then stalked Mota after the game, even going so far as to burst into the Dodgers clubhouse screaming, "Where’s Mota?")  At the time, I remember thinking that Mike Piazza was a psycho and Mota was a bit of a wuss.  Now I’m glad to have another pitcher in the ‘pen (and Mota is miles better than any guy the Sox have in the bullpen right now whose last name isn’t Timlin) but the idea of having someone on the team who can’t stand his ground during a fight…man, that just has "plays of the week" written all over it.  Mets come to Fenway this year….a Mota/Piazza rematch would be sweet!  Red Sox fans are already making space on their hard drives for all the pictures they’ll be downloading from that brawl.

Plus that whole, "we just picked up two better than average pitchers for some prospects" angle…that’s nice too.

Josh Beckett:  Am I worried about his shoulder?  Slightly.  But not enough to quash the trade.  Am I worried about his blisters?  Nah.  Derek Lowe helped bring us to the World Series with a very similar malady.  Here’s a guy who dates a "famous hot chick"…so he already knows how to deal with the press and with attention being dumped on him from all sides.  He’s the hot new thing in Boston, which will take the pressure off of Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke (their both being the hot new things in 2004 and having to live up to the hype and their history in 2005)…he’s from Texas, apparently we Red Sox fans love those boys…oh yeah, and 25, one heck of a pitcher generally and pretty much had the Yankees number…so I’m a happy gal.Beckett_josh8

One more thing about Beckett…the Sox better let him wear number 21.  There is NO reason he shouldn’t be given that number.  It’s his, he’s going to be a big part of this team…let him wear it.

My man Thome got traded to Chicago while I was "away".  Good for him, good for Philly and bad for Chicago.  (I love Thome, he’s my favorite active, non-Red Sox player, but he’s had his day.  And for Chicago to give up Aaron Rowand for him – well someone there was sniffing glue the day that call came in from Philadelphia.)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Mine was nice, but I’m much more of a Christmas person (my apologies to those who that might offend…I’m Catholic, I celebrate "Christmas" not the "holidays") so now we’re getting into my favorite season (second only to baseball), the Christmas season!

I’m not sure how much better the hot stove can get for the Red Sox…but I can’t wait to find out!

November 25, 2005 Posted by | Hot Stove | 8 Comments

More on the AL MVP

Courtesy of Tony Masserotti:

"According to STATS, Inc., Ortiz led all of major league baseball with 33 RBI in clutch situations during the 2005 campaign; Rodriguez was tied for 66th. Somehow, while amassing 130 RBI during the regular season, Rodriguez managed just 12 of them when the game was on the line."

I’m sorry.  That alone speaks for itself.Ortizring

Mas goes on to say that the main reason Ortiz didn’t win is because he’s a DH…which, given the way he helped the team this year, shouldn’t matter at all.

But it did.  And it’s over.

And once again, Papi still has that World Series ring.  I’m sure he slept fine last night.

I wonder how ARod slept:  "I would certainly trade his World Series championship for this MVP trophy."

But this gem is the best: ”We can win three World Series, and with me, it’s never going to be over," he said. ”My benchmark is so high no matter what I do it isn’t going to be enough. I understand that. Maybe when I retire all the [criticism] will end."

Get back to me when you’ve even won ONE World Series, Alex.

November 15, 2005 Posted by | Players | 26 Comments

Congratulations to Slappy…

…on winning the AL MVP award.   Thus proving that you can be a perennial choker in the playoffs and still impress the sports writers enough during the regular season to get them to choose you when you aren’t even the most valuable player on your team. Mariano Rivera says ‘hi’ Slappy.Arod_slap_3

(Edited to add a quote from a comment I left on Kellia’s blog because, as did Kellia, I think it explains my position on this perfectly:  "[Ortiz] has been absolutely irreplaceable to us. Take him out of the equation and the Sox are a different team. Not so with ARod. He’s a great player on ANY team, but he never seems to be the difference maker.")

No biggie.  Everyone knew the MVP would go to ARod.  I still like the way things add up:04alcsgame4ortizdavidceleb_2

Papi:  1 ALCS MVP award, 1 World Series ring, 0 League MVP awards

Slappy:  0 ALCS MVP awards, 0 World Series rings, 2 League MVP awards.

Congratulations Alex.  You must be very proud.

November 14, 2005 Posted by | Players | 17 Comments

Mark Bellhorn revisited

I am a member of an online message board community where Kevin Youkilis Youk sometimes posts.  He seems nice enough, if just a tiny bit immature.  Usually he just posts updates on what he’s doing…benign things like that.  (I’ve belonged to a few message boards where someone famous would post….it’s cool at first and then it becomes tough because I am, by nature, a brutally honest person and it’s tough to be brutally honest when the person you’re talking about is reading what you write.)

This week, someone created a thread wondering what Youk was doing during the off-season and he responded to it.  After giving us the lowdown (he’s in Arizona, isn’t focussing too much on  "working out" just yet, and is spending a lot of time golfing – most recently with Mark Bellhorn), he felt the need to add that it was a shame that Mark Bellhorn got "booed out of town".Bellhorn

So, me being me, I had to respond.  I pointed out that the low batting average (didn’t even mention the high strikeout ratio) before his thumb injury coupled with the even LOWER batting average during his rehab in Pawtucket, might have been a bigger cause for his leaving Boston than a group of rowdy fans booing him.

Suffice it to say, Kevin and I have gone back and forth a couple of times on this subject now.  Kevin feels that the booing hurt Bellhorn so deeply that he COULDN’T perform and that’s why he left.  I feel that, while I hate the booing and I’m sure it hurt Bellhorn, being put in the position to fail every night by his manager (Tito couldn’t give the kid a couple or three days off to regroup and to let the fans settle down?) added to his downward spiraling batting average which eventually led him to Pawtucket and being designated for assignment. Not the boos.

I always liked Bellhorn and would actually get into verbal altercations this season at Fenway with idiots who were booing him.  But I refuse to believe that the booing is what led him to New York.  Aside from the 2004 post season (in which Bellhorn was amazing for us) the guy produced very little.  Heck, the fans wanted Pokey at second, not Bellhorn, BECAUSE Pokey produced in the field and behind the plate…Bellhorn, not so much.

So it isn’t like Bellhorn went from being this amazing player to being booed by the hometown fans. 

He went from being a mediocre player (how many fans were longing for Todd Walker still after the first two months of the 2004 season?) to being a player with key hits (homeruns!) in the post season, to being a LESS than mediocre player in the 2005 season.

Bellhorn is one of Youkilis’ best friends, though, so I do understand his wanting to defend him.  Youk also argued that the number 9 guy doesn’t have to bat .300 or hit 40 homeruns to be effective. 

True.  But batting in the low .200s, and coming up in key situations and almost constantly whiffing, doesn’t inspire confidence.  You don’t need 9 all-stars in your lineup, but it helps if the entire lineup at least has a sense of how to make contact with the ball.

I hate sounding like I’m bashing Bellhorn.  I’m not.  From what I’ve been told, he’s a great guy…and I think he just had a bad year and I hope he gets picked up for 2006 and gets a chance to prove he can be effective in surroundings that aren’t as intense as Boston or New York.  Based on what I’ve seen, I’m not convinced that’s going to happen.Youkbell_1

Bottom line for me about the booing…I hate it and don’t see why fans would boo their own.  But there is no way I believe it is what ran Bellhorn out of town.

The Sox designated him for assignment.  He could have taken the assignment, been brought back up to the bigs for the month of September and proven himself.  Instead, he refused, signed with the Yankees and pretty much showed the boo-birds what we would have been in store for if he had come back to the team.

Even though I think those fans who booed are jerks, it isn’t their fault that Bellhorn didn’t perform well.

November 13, 2005 Posted by | Players | 3 Comments

Springing for a Cure

My very good friends Dale, Susan and Tom, are the organizers of a charity event in Ft. Myers, Florida.  They call is Springing for a Cure and the proceeds of their event go to Curt’s Pitch for ALS

I told Dale that I’d be happy to throw a mention in my blog…and what better time than during a lull in the hotstove action?

Regardless of how you feel about Curt Schilling, it’s important to know that he’s a generous person who gives a lot of his time and money to ALS charities.  This year is the third Springing for a Cure dinner – and Curt and his wife Shonda have shown up at the first two.  They were relatively small gatherings (especially the first year) but he still took the time to be there.

Tickets are now available from the website for the third annual Springing for a Cure reception on March 11, 2006.  I was there last year and it was a great time.

If you can’t make the reception in Ft. Myers, another way you can help out is by purchasing holiday cards made exclusively for Springing for a Cure.

The cards are original and fun and they were they talk of Red Sox Nation last year.

So go vist the SFAC website and hopefully you’ll be able to join us in March or at least purchase some cool holiday cards! 

November 9, 2005 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Another visit to the Hall of Fame

So I took another road trip Friday night to Cooperstown.  My friends Pam and Kelly went down with me and we stayed overnight and went back to the Hall of Fame for the third time this year (fourth time since the Red Sox won the World Series that I’ve gone down….Kelly and I went down last year this exact time and saw the Red Sox World Series exhibit on its first weekend up and now we got to see it on its last weekend there as well!).  Sistahsnov52005

We actually didn’t expect to see the Red Sox exhibit again.  This was the exact weekend we went down last November and the Red Sox were there, so we really expected the White Sox to be there this year.  Believe it or not, we were a little disappointed.  Mind you, we were thrilled to get one last look at all the Red Sox memorabilia, but fair is fair…the Whie Sox won and they should be represented there.  The only place it was evident that the White Sox were the World Champions, was in the souvenir store.

Kelly had decided that her mission for the weekend was to find a White Sox fan and shake his/her hand.  She got to do that.  This blurry picture is of the first two she met.  Kellywithwhitesoxfans They thought she was a little odd, but seemed to get a kick out of it.  We ended up meeting about a half dozen White Sox fans…Kelly was very pleased that she was able to accomplish her mission…but there was one guy we met wearing a White Sox hat who made us laugh.  See, on the trip down we were discussing the World Series and for some unknown reason not one us could remember who played right field for the White Sox.  (How embarrassed are we that it’s Jermaine Dye…the freaking MVP of the World Series?  For whatever reason, the three of us erased him from our brain.)  Even more embarrassing is that we asked this one particular guy wearing a White Sox hat, and his response was "I have no idea".

He had NO idea who played right field for the Chicago White Sox.  He was  humiliated (WE were humiliated that WE didn’t know, so I can’t imagine how HE must have felt).

See THAT is the stereotype of a White Sox fan.   We were really amazed.

The other disappointing thing is that for the half dozen White Sox fans we saw, I’ll bet there were fifty Red Sox fans (I also saw a Reds fan and a Phillies fan).

White Sox fans, you need to represent.  They told us that on Monday they are dismantling the Red Sox exhibit and the White Sox exhibit is going up (not sure if that means the White Sox are going up on Monday or just AFTER Monday).  I know it’s easier for Red Sox fans to make the trip, but I keep getting told about how there are many White Sox fans all over.  Well you all need to get your butts there and represent your team.

We had a wonderful time overall…it was nice to see the hall again and they had a couple of great exhibits that weren’t there in May…so it was a great time, yet again.  We went to a great used book/baseball memorabilia store (got a complete Blue Jays team set from 1991 and a first edition of "The Dreyfus Affair", one of my favorite baseball-themed novels).Ringonnove52005

It was nice to be away from the frenzy in Boston (we’re on day 7 of Theo Epstein mourning – and as much as I miss him, we toasted him and drank a bottle of Champagne in his honor in Cooperstown, but now we need to MOVE ON), but I don’t want to miss this week.  We  now have a General Manager by Committee going to the GM Meetings this week and Lucchino is promising good things.  We’ll see, Lucky, we’ll see.

Coperstown is a beautiful place…I love being there and as we were driving home we were already talking about when we’d make another trip down.

November 6, 2005 Posted by | Rants | 6 Comments

Another visit to the Hall of Fame

So I took another road trip Friday night to Cooperstown.  My friends Pam and Kelly went down with me and we stayed overnight and went back to the Hall of Fame for the third time this year (fourth time since the Red Sox won the World Series that I’ve gone down….Kelly and I went down last year this exact time and saw the Red Sox World Series exhibit on its first weekend up and now we got to see it on its last weekend there as well!).  Sistahsnov52005

We actually didn’t expect to see the Red Sox exhibit again.  This was the exact weekend we went down last November and the Red Sox were there, so we really expected the White Sox to be there this year.  Believe it or not, we were a little disappointed.  Mind you, we were thrilled to get one last look at all the Red Sox memorabilia, but fair is fair…the Whie Sox won and they should be represented there.  The only place it was evident that the White Sox were the World Champions, was in the souvenir store.

Kelly had decided that her mission for the weekend was to find a White Sox fan and shake his/her hand.  She got to do that.  This blurry picture is of the first two she met.  Kellywithwhitesoxfans They thought she was a little odd, but seemed to get a kick out of it.  We ended up meeting about a half dozen White Sox fans…Kelly was very pleased that she was able to accomplish her mission…but there was one guy we met wearing a White Sox hat who made us laugh.  See, on the trip down we were discussing the World Series and for some unknown reason not one us could remember who played right field for the White Sox.  (How embarrassed are we that it’s Jermaine Dye…the freaking MVP of the World Series?  For whatever reason, the three of us erased him from our brain.)  Even more embarrassing is that we asked this one particular guy wearing a White Sox hat, and his response was "I have no idea".

He had NO idea who played right field for the Chicago White Sox.  He was  humiliated (WE were humiliated that WE didn’t know, so I can’t imagine how HE must have felt).

See THAT is the stereotype of a White Sox fan.   We were really amazed.

The other disappointing thing is that for the half dozen White Sox fans we saw, I’ll bet there were fifty Red Sox fans (I also saw a Reds fan and a Phillies fan).

White Sox fans, you need to represent.  They told us that on Monday they are dismantling the Red Sox exhibit and the White Sox exhibit is going up (not sure if that means the White Sox are going up on Monday or just AFTER Monday).  I know it’s easier for Red Sox fans to make the trip, but I keep getting told about how there are many White Sox fans all over.  Well you all need to get your butts there and represent your team.

We had a wonderful time overall…it was nice to see the hall again and they had a couple of great exhibits that weren’t there in May…so it was a great time, yet again.  We went to a great used book/baseball memorabilia store (got a complete Blue Jays team set from 1991 and a first edition of "The Dreyfus Affair", one of my favorite baseball-themed novels).Ringonnove52005

It was nice to be away from the frenzy in Boston (we’re on day 7 of Theo Epstein mourning – and as much as I miss him, we toasted him and drank a bottle of Champagne in his honor in Cooperstown, but now we need to MOVE ON), but I don’t want to miss this week.  We  now have a General Manager by Committee going to the GM Meetings this week and Lucchino is promising good things.  We’ll see, Lucky, we’ll see.

Coperstown is a beautiful place…I love being there and as we were driving home we were already talking about when we’d make another trip down.

November 6, 2005 Posted by | Rants | 7 Comments