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Merry Christmas/Happy Chanukah

Regardless of your religious or political beliefs…just wanted to take a moment tonight to wish everyone well. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah.  Peace on Earth and all that too!

Take care everyone and thanks for all the support!

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December 25, 2005 Posted by | Rants | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas/Happy Chanukah

Regardless of your religious or political beliefs…just wanted to take a moment tonight to wish everyone well. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah.  Peace on Earth and all that too!

Take care everyone and thanks for all the support!

December 25, 2005 Posted by | Rants | 2 Comments

Some GOOD cheer on Christmas Eve

This piece was printed yesterday…but I thought it fitting to write about it on Christmas Eve.  I’m sure I’ll  have many more opportunities to slam Johnny Damon, but right now I wanted people to know about a real man.  A good-hearted person who not only goes out of his way to do good for others, but who, when he had an opportunity to test the market and maybe make some big -time money and dictate a contract, decided to stay loyal to his team and his fans and stayed put.  I give you Tim Wakefield.  Timhscm (Incidentally, this picture is one I took of him back in July 2005 at the Hot Stove Cool Music Concert at Fenway Park – where he showed up to auction off some of his stuff for charity).

The Globe piece:  Others who have worn the Red Sox uniform over the last couple of years might have been in New York talking to doctors, hair stylists, and people in pinstripes, but stalwart Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield used yesterday afternoon to visit two local hospitals for children. First, Wakefield and his wife, Stacy, made a surprise visit to the Franciscan Hospital for Children, where they brought an oversize red stocking full of Red Sox hats, autographed photos, $100 gift cards from Toys ”R" Us, and a check for $15,100. Later, the Wakefields gave a check for the same amount to the Jimmy Fund Clinic. And that number’s not a coincidence. Last April, the knuckleballer pledged that he would make a donation to both medical facilities, which specialize in treating children, for every strikeout of the 2005 season. (Wakefield struck out 151 batters.) At the Jimmy Fund Clinic, the Wakefields brought hats for the kids fighting cancer, gift certificates to Toys ”R" Us, and lots of cheer. At one point, Wakefield got on a cellphone to chat with a young patient’s sister. ”Yes, this is me," Wakefield assured the disbelieving person on the other end of the line.

And about his contract, also from the Globe: 

"Wake deserves all the credit in the world for having priorities and acting in line with those priorities," said general manager Theo Epstein. "He could have pushed this to free agency and gotten other teams involved and maxed out dollars."

But Wakefield, who turns 39 Aug. 2 and is making $4.67 million this season, didn’t do that. By signing for a base of $4 million, he took less than he probably could have gotten from another team after this season.

Wakefield’s agent, Barry Meister, told the knuckleballer during this past offseason that, given age and productivity, he might command $6 million from some club at the end of the season.

"He said, `Is that club the Red Sox?’ " Meister said. "I said, `No, might not be.’ He said, `If you said the Red Sox, that’s one thing.’

"He waved me off and said, `Money is important, but it’s kind of down the list for me. My desire is to be in Boston and be a Red Sox. That’s just who I am now.’ "

Tim and Stacy are special people and they deserve a lot more publicity than the likes of Johnny and Michelle.  Whenever a Red Sox fan hears, "…but Johnny was the face of the Red Sox", they should respond with, "but Tim Wakefield is the heart".  That’s a lot more important.  We might miss Johnny’s bat, but we’re a better team just because someone like Tim Wakefield plays for us.

Thanks so much to the Wakefields for remembering what it’s all about. 

Merry Christmas, everyone!

December 24, 2005 Posted by | Players | 1 Comment

Some GOOD cheer on Christmas Eve

This piece was printed yesterday…but I thought it fitting to write about it on Christmas Eve.  I’m sure I’ll  have many more opportunities to slam Johnny Damon, but right now I wanted people to know about a real man.  A good-hearted person who not only goes out of his way to do good for others, but who, when he had an opportunity to test the market and maybe make some big -time money and dictate a contract, decided to stay loyal to his team and his fans and stayed put.  I give you Tim Wakefield.  Timhscm (Incidentally, this picture is one I took of him back in July 2005 at the Hot Stove Cool Music Concert at Fenway Park – where he showed up to auction off some of his stuff for charity).

The Globe piece:  Others who have worn the Red Sox uniform over the last couple of years might have been in New York talking to doctors, hair stylists, and people in pinstripes, but stalwart Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield used yesterday afternoon to visit two local hospitals for children. First, Wakefield and his wife, Stacy, made a surprise visit to the Franciscan Hospital for Children, where they brought an oversize red stocking full of Red Sox hats, autographed photos, $100 gift cards from Toys ”R" Us, and a check for $15,100. Later, the Wakefields gave a check for the same amount to the Jimmy Fund Clinic. And that number’s not a coincidence. Last April, the knuckleballer pledged that he would make a donation to both medical facilities, which specialize in treating children, for every strikeout of the 2005 season. (Wakefield struck out 151 batters.) At the Jimmy Fund Clinic, the Wakefields brought hats for the kids fighting cancer, gift certificates to Toys ”R" Us, and lots of cheer. At one point, Wakefield got on a cellphone to chat with a young patient’s sister. ”Yes, this is me," Wakefield assured the disbelieving person on the other end of the line.

And about his contract, also from the Globe: 

"Wake deserves all the credit in the world for having priorities and acting in line with those priorities," said general manager Theo Epstein. "He could have pushed this to free agency and gotten other teams involved and maxed out dollars."

But Wakefield, who turns 39 Aug. 2 and is making $4.67 million this season, didn’t do that. By signing for a base of $4 million, he took less than he probably could have gotten from another team after this season.

Wakefield’s agent, Barry Meister, told the knuckleballer during this past offseason that, given age and productivity, he might command $6 million from some club at the end of the season.

"He said, `Is that club the Red Sox?’ " Meister said. "I said, `No, might not be.’ He said, `If you said the Red Sox, that’s one thing.’

"He waved me off and said, `Money is important, but it’s kind of down the list for me. My desire is to be in Boston and be a Red Sox. That’s just who I am now.’ "

Tim and Stacy are special people and they deserve a lot more publicity than the likes of Johnny and Michelle.  Whenever a Red Sox fan hears, "…but Johnny was the face of the Red Sox", they should respond with, "but Tim Wakefield is the heart".  That’s a lot more important.  We might miss Johnny’s bat, but we’re a better team just because someone like Tim Wakefield plays for us.

Thanks so much to the Wakefields for remembering what it’s all about. 

Merry Christmas, everyone!

December 24, 2005 Posted by | Players | 2 Comments

From the mouths of babes

I have a four year old niece, Madison.  She’s a huge Red Sox fan just like her godmother.  When she started REALLY paying attention to the Sox in 2003, she would list her favorite players as "Pedro, Nomar, Manny, Papi, Dougie…".  In 2004 that changed.  Her favorite players were "Johnny Damon and Manny".

Yesterday, when I got home she greeted me at the door:

"Did you hear about Johnny? (I sadly nod) He BROKE my heart!!!!!!!!!! (little hands clasped to her chest)"

She then proceeded to tell everyone who called the house the same thing…adding to one of my cousins, "I’m really upset. So is Auntie."

She DID tell me that she still loves him…but she WON’T root for him as long as he’s on the "Ankees". (We can’t figure out why she won’t say "Yankees" it’s always "Ankees" and she can pronounce her Ys)

She kept saying to me during dinner, "I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it.".

I still can’t believe it either.  Once again greed wins over everything else.

The number of Red Sox fans who are genuinely hurt by this is staggering.

So if you’re a fan of another team and you’re taking joy in our pain, well that says a lot about you.  Think about the most visible and popular player on your team going to your team’s rival…and multiply that by a million.

Had Johnny gone anywhere else this wouldn’t be close to the big deal that it is.

But he didn’t.  He went to New York.  The only upside is I no longer have to watch his fake-breasted, no-talent wife on NESN.  Thank God for small favors.

Ah yes…good luck New York.  You thought Anna Benson cornered the market on talentless wives of baseball players getting more publicity and press than their husbands didn’t you?  You haven’t met Michelle and the twins yet.

Rumors around Boston are that Mrs. Damon is a major reason for Johnny’s betrayal of Red Sox Nation.  Funny, somehow I don’t see YES making her the public figure NESN did. 

Man, I’m still mad.  Didn’t think I would be, but I am. 

Well, Johnny ruined a lot of Christmases this year.  I can only hope that his noodle arm and noodle head get the treatment they deserve in the Bronx.

December 22, 2005 Posted by | Players | 11 Comments

From the mouths of babes

I have a four year old niece, Madison.  She’s a huge Red Sox fan just like her godmother.  When she started REALLY paying attention to the Sox in 2003, she would list her favorite players as "Pedro, Nomar, Manny, Papi, Dougie…".  In 2004 that changed.  Her favorite players were "Johnny Damon and Manny".

Yesterday, when I got home she greeted me at the door:

"Did you hear about Johnny? (I sadly nod) He BROKE my heart!!!!!!!!!! (little hands clasped to her chest)"

She then proceeded to tell everyone who called the house the same thing…adding to one of my cousins, "I’m really upset. So is Auntie."

She DID tell me that she still loves him…but she WON’T root for him as long as he’s on the "Ankees". (We can’t figure out why she won’t say "Yankees" it’s always "Ankees" and she can pronounce her Ys)

She kept saying to me during dinner, "I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it.".

I still can’t believe it either.  Once again greed wins over everything else.

The number of Red Sox fans who are genuinely hurt by this is staggering.

So if you’re a fan of another team and you’re taking joy in our pain, well that says a lot about you.  Think about the most visible and popular player on your team going to your team’s rival…and multiply that by a million.

Had Johnny gone anywhere else this wouldn’t be close to the big deal that it is.

But he didn’t.  He went to New York.  The only upside is I no longer have to watch his fake-breasted, no-talent wife on NESN.  Thank God for small favors.

Ah yes…good luck New York.  You thought Anna Benson cornered the market on talentless wives of baseball players getting more publicity and press than their husbands didn’t you?  You haven’t met Michelle and the twins yet.

Rumors around Boston are that Mrs. Damon is a major reason for Johnny’s betrayal of Red Sox Nation.  Funny, somehow I don’t see YES making her the public figure NESN did. 

Man, I’m still mad.  Didn’t think I would be, but I am. 

Well, Johnny ruined a lot of Christmases this year.  I can only hope that his noodle arm and noodle head get the treatment they deserve in the Bronx.

December 22, 2005 Posted by | Players | 12 Comments

More on Johnny

Or should that be "mo ron" Johnny?

My apologies to everyone who reads this blog and is thinking "MORE complaining about Johnny Damon?".  But yes.  Much more.

I was never a big fan of his.  Didn’t DISlike him.  Was sick when he smashed heads with Damien Jackson in Oakland back in 2003.  Was thrilled when he came back for the ALCS.  Was irritated by his whole "idiots" mantra in 2004, but happy he was part of the World Series team.  Was totally disgusted with his book in the off-season last year.  Showing that the idiot persona wasn’t an act and that he had the moral fiber of a sewer rat.  I was convinced he would tank in the 2005 season because he would be so obsessed with his newfound fame.  He didn’t.

He came through for us big and he pulled me in.  He became my goddaughter’s favorite player and one of mine as well.  Even seeing him drunk in person at Bronson Arroyo’s cd party the night before a Yankees game didn’t upset me.

But this does.  I guess if you can betray the mother of your children, betraying the fans who adored you is a quick step to the left. 

He’s a great lead-off hitter.  No argument there.  But that is pretty much it.  Everything else is either bad or annoying and yet the Red Sox fans embraced him.  I have a feeling the same won’t happen in New York. 

Special thanks to the New York fans who commented here and emailed me…none of whom wrote things like "in your face".  Awfully nice of you to acknowledge that while this is good for your team, it’s lousy for the Red Sox fans.

Not the team.  I mean it’s a little lousy for the team…but I’m not worried in that regard.  They’ll find a centerfielder who can actually throw the ball to the infield.  That isn’t my problem.  My problem is I was naive enough to believe Johnny when he said he cared about the fans and about playing in Boston.  As his ex-wife found out, he’s nothing but a liar.  Unlike Embree, Bellhorn and Myers before him, I don’t really wish Johnny luck in New York.  I wish him a bad season and unrelenting abuse from the media and fans.

December 21, 2005 Posted by | Players | 15 Comments

More on Johnny

Or should that be "mo ron" Johnny?

My apologies to everyone who reads this blog and is thinking "MORE complaining about Johnny Damon?".  But yes.  Much more.

I was never a big fan of his.  Didn’t DISlike him.  Was sick when he smashed heads with Damien Jackson in Oakland back in 2003.  Was thrilled when he came back for the ALCS.  Was irritated by his whole "idiots" mantra in 2004, but happy he was part of the World Series team.  Was totally disgusted with his book in the off-season last year.  Showing that the idiot persona wasn’t an act and that he had the moral fiber of a sewer rat.  I was convinced he would tank in the 2005 season because he would be so obsessed with his newfound fame.  He didn’t.

He came through for us big and he pulled me in.  He became my goddaughter’s favorite player and one of mine as well.  Even seeing him drunk in person at Bronson Arroyo’s cd party the night before a Yankees game didn’t upset me.

But this does.  I guess if you can betray the mother of your children, betraying the fans who adored you is a quick step to the left. 

He’s a great lead-off hitter.  No argument there.  But that is pretty much it.  Everything else is either bad or annoying and yet the Red Sox fans embraced him.  I have a feeling the same won’t happen in New York. 

Special thanks to the New York fans who commented here and emailed me…none of whom wrote things like "in your face".  Awfully nice of you to acknowledge that while this is good for your team, it’s lousy for the Red Sox fans.

Not the team.  I mean it’s a little lousy for the team…but I’m not worried in that regard.  They’ll find a centerfielder who can actually throw the ball to the infield.  That isn’t my problem.  My problem is I was naive enough to believe Johnny when he said he cared about the fans and about playing in Boston.  As his ex-wife found out, he’s nothing but a liar.  Unlike Embree, Bellhorn and Myers before him, I don’t really wish Johnny luck in New York.  I wish him a bad season and unrelenting abuse from the media and fans.

December 21, 2005 Posted by | Players | 7 Comments

Johnny Damon…

…is dead to me if this is true:

BREAKING SPORTS NEWS: The Boston Globe’s Gordon Edes is reporting that centerfielder Johnny Damon has agreed to a 4-year contract with the Yankees. The agreement is contingent on Damon passing a physical.  –Developing

Four years?  The Red Sox offered him four years.  If this is true, it just proves he never wanted to re-sign with the Red Sox. 

My four year old niece is going to be heartbroken…she adores him and told me she’d still be his fan as long as he didn’t go to the Yankees.  Oh well.

No news I can find except for the excerpt…well, it’ll be a good Christmas for Yankees fans if this is true.

Modified to add I heard the rest…4 years, 51 million…Johnny can go jump in a lake.

(edited that last line because of the vulgarity.  Somehow, this morning I’m not as angry as I was last night.  Just terribly disappointed.  Although, I don’t know why.  IF Johnny can’t stay true to his wife and family, why should he be true to his fans?)

December 20, 2005 Posted by | Players | 10 Comments

Johnny Damon…

…is dead to me if this is true:

BREAKING SPORTS NEWS: The Boston Globe’s Gordon Edes is reporting that centerfielder Johnny Damon has agreed to a 4-year contract with the Yankees. The agreement is contingent on Damon passing a physical.  –Developing

Four years?  The Red Sox offered him four years.  If this is true, it just proves he never wanted to re-sign with the Red Sox. 

My four year old niece is going to be heartbroken…she adores him and told me she’d still be his fan as long as he didn’t go to the Yankees.  Oh well.

No news I can find except for the excerpt…well, it’ll be a good Christmas for Yankees fans if this is true.

Modified to add I heard the rest…4 years, 51 million…Johnny can go jump in a lake.

(edited that last line because of the vulgarity.  Somehow, this morning I’m not as angry as I was last night.  Just terribly disappointed.  Although, I don’t know why.  IF Johnny can’t stay true to his wife and family, why should he be true to his fans?)

December 20, 2005 Posted by | Players | 10 Comments