Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

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Stephen

Stephen I’m sure I mentioned before that I’m from a large family – 50 first cousins on my father’s side – and I love it.  But with all of the good you get from being part of such a clan, there is a bit of bad to go along with it.  In my 37 years, I’ve buried a lot of people I love…too many…and in a few days we’ll bury one more. 

My cousin Stephen died this morning.  He had just turned 41 this month.  We don’t have all the details, but it was sudden and quite unexpected.  I only mention it here since so many of you have been gracious enough to email me in the past when I’ve taken some time off from writing to make sure all was well…and there might be a break in the action here for a few days.  (Although, writing is one of my cathartic exercises, so there very well might not be a break in the action here…who knows?)

I’m sad and it’s tough dealing with the loss of someone you love, as, unfortunately, most of us know. Stephen had a hard life and I know how hard he tried to keep things on track.  Sometimes it just isn’t enough.  I hope he’s at peace, finally.  And I hope he knows how much I love him.

January 31, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 8 Comments

Girly Mode “On”

I’m so tired of fighting with non- Red Sox fans…and I just spent a bit of time writing a piece for another website about players no longer on the team and that made me a little sad…so I need to snap myself out of this funk by focussing on an often-neglected part of baseball.  The attractiveness of the players.Theobronsonlenny182006

For all the "it’s nice to read a woman who knows what she’s talking about writing about basball" emails I get (which I appreciate greatly!), I get many "hey, where did you get that picture of <insert name of player here>?" emails as well.

Let’s face it.  As I’ve written here before, straight women and g*y men get to appreciate baseball on a couple of different levels.  We can talk baseball intelligently and appreciate it for the great game it is…but then we get an added benefit:  the hot guys. 

1110293114_2940 So tonight, I’m writing about the hot guys.  Why not?  I tire of pretending that good looking guys ISN’T one of the reasons I enjoy baseball.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of.  I embrace my womanhood…and celebrate my love for men in other ways…so why not here?

Back in 2003, a thread was started on the Red Sox Fan Forum at redsox.com, called "Ladies, In Honor of the Toronto Waitress", but my friend Pam.  (She wasn’t my friend at the time…I didn’t even know her, but because of that thread, we became good friends online and then – and still – in ‘real’ life.)

The basic purpose of the thread was that the men on the forum always started threads about how hot the waitress in Toronto was any time the Red Sox played there…so for equal time, Pam started a thread where she asked all the ladies on the forum to make a top ten list of who they thought were the hottest guys in baseball.

That thread has long since been deleted, and I don’t remember my original list (although I do remember that Derek Lowe, Luis Matos and Javy Lopez were on it!) but the memories of it are good.  It might have been superficial and silly to some, but it went from being a thread discussing the hotness of the players, to a place where many women (and some men) bonded.  So in honor of the friends I’ve made and in response to the many emails I’ve received lately asking me the very same question…tonight I give you my top ten list*…updated since my tastes and the players have changed since 2003 (and subject to change at my will)!

Feel free to comment with your own lists, ladies (and men too!), and thanks for indulging me in a little silliness tonight!

In alphabetical order:

Bronson Arroyo:Bahscm7_1 I know, y’all would have never guessed, huh?  Bronson won me over in 2004 by triggering "the fight" and continued to win me over with the cornrows, then the Littlemannyatjillians172006cd…he’s just…oh he’s just a very attractive man.  He oozes sexuality!

Manny Delcarmen:  Little Manny.  Okay, so I’m old enough to be his mother…well not really…he’s adorable.  Just freaking adorable.

Lennyd_1 Lenny Dinardo:  My word.  Lenny is just a beautiful man.  Not much more you can say than that!

Giambi1_1Jason Giambi:  Much to the chagrin of many of my friends.  There’s always just been something about him.  He did lose a little something for me when he joined the Yankees and had his soul taken away via a haircut and shave…but he’s still Jason…I miss the old one, but I still dig the new one!

Craighansen182006 Craig Hansen:  I had a chance to see Hansen in person twice and that is part of why I find him so attractive.  He’s a sweet guy, a great pitcher and a cutie.  Women of Red Sox Nation, meet the future!

2qtwbhn8Gabe Kapler:  I never went in for all those muscles…but after meeting him in person and finding him to be warm and soft-spoken and just SO nice…he forever makes the list!

Matos4_1 Luis Matos:  He’s just so adorable, I can’t stand it.

Kevinbdsspfeb200401_1 Kevin Millar:  Those eyes, that smile.  Those lips and teeth.  I shook his hand once and it was the warmest, softest handDavidortiz2004b I’ve ever touched.  Love him.

David Ortiz:  Big Papi’s attractiveness is vastly under-rated.  He has the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen on a man…and he makes me just want to give him a giant bear hug…or, rather, he makes me want to GET a giant bear hug from him!

Roberts Dave Roberts:  His sparkling eyes and adorable smile made me fall for him moments after he joined the team.  Of course, "the steal" guaranteed him a place in my heart forever.  Dave is soft-spoken and unassuming and he’s another on the list of people I’d just like to give a hug to!

Mike Timlin:  Probably number one on this list.  He’s just such a man.  Pretty much standing for so many things I don’t.  (He’s a devout Evangelical Christian, I’m a moderately lapsed Catholic.  He’s a Mkejuly52005c hunter…while I’m not a vegetarian, I certainly don’t spend my days dreaming about killing Bambi’s father with a bow.   I went out of my way to go to the Red Sox game where the Fab Five from "Qu*er Eye" threw out the first pitch…he went out of his way to not appear on "Qu*er Eye".  And let’s not even talk about our political differences.)  But no matter.  There is something inherently manly about him.  And I just can’t get him out of my head.  He is THE man on the Red Sox roster for me.  And he can pitch too! (Edited to add that Mike is a genuinely nice guy with deep beliefs that I respect very much.  I just love the entire package!)

*Okay so it was more than ten…I could do this all night!

(The first picture of Bronson and Lenny and the solo pictures of Bronson, Little Manny, Craig, Kevin and Mike are mine – the rest I ‘borrowed’ from the internet!)

January 30, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 9 Comments

Girly Mode “On”

I’m so tired of fighting with non- Red Sox fans…and I just spent a bit of time writing a piece for another website about players no longer on the team and that made me a little sad…so I need to snap myself out of this funk by focussing on an often-neglected part of baseball.  The attractiveness of the players.Theobronsonlenny182006

For all the "it’s nice to read a woman who knows what she’s talking about writing about basball" emails I get (which I appreciate greatly!), I get many "hey, where did you get that picture of <insert name of player here>?" emails as well.

Let’s face it.  As I’ve written here before, straight women and g*y men get to appreciate baseball on a couple of different levels.  We can talk baseball intelligently and appreciate it for the great game it is…but then we get an added benefit:  the hot guys. 

1110293114_2940 So tonight, I’m writing about the hot guys.  Why not?  I tire of pretending that good looking guys ISN’T one of the reasons I enjoy baseball.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of.  I embrace my womanhood…and celebrate my love for men in other ways…so why not here?

Back in 2003, a thread was started on the Red Sox Fan Forum at redsox.com, called "Ladies, In Honor of the Toronto Waitress", but my friend Pam.  (She wasn’t my friend at the time…I didn’t even know her, but because of that thread, we became good friends online and then – and still – in ‘real’ life.)

The basic purpose of the thread was that the men on the forum always started threads about how hot the waitress in Toronto was any time the Red Sox played there…so for equal time, Pam started a thread where she asked all the ladies on the forum to make a top ten list of who they thought were the hottest guys in baseball.

That thread has long since been deleted, and I don’t remember my original list (although I do remember that Derek Lowe, Luis Matos and Javy Lopez were on it!) but the memories of it are good.  It might have been superficial and silly to some, but it went from being a thread discussing the hotness of the players, to a place where many women (and some men) bonded.  So in honor of the friends I’ve made and in response to the many emails I’ve received lately asking me the very same question…tonight I give you my top ten list*…updated since my tastes and the players have changed since 2003 (and subject to change at my will)!

Feel free to comment with your own lists, ladies (and men too!), and thanks for indulging me in a little silliness tonight!

In alphabetical order:

Bronson Arroyo:Bahscm7_1 I know, y’all would have never guessed, huh?  Bronson won me over in 2004 by triggering "the fight" and continued to win me over with the cornrows, then the Littlemannyatjillians172006cd…he’s just…oh he’s just a very attractive man.  He oozes sexuality!

Manny Delcarmen:  Little Manny.  Okay, so I’m old enough to be his mother…well not really…he’s adorable.  Just freaking adorable.

Lennyd_1 Lenny Dinardo:  My word.  Lenny is just a beautiful man.  Not much more you can say than that!

Giambi1_1Jason Giambi:  Much to the chagrin of many of my friends.  There’s always just been something about him.  He did lose a little something for me when he joined the Yankees and had his soul taken away via a haircut and shave…but he’s still Jason…I miss the old one, but I still dig the new one!

Craighansen182006 Craig Hansen:  I had a chance to see Hansen in person twice and that is part of why I find him so attractive.  He’s a sweet guy, a great pitcher and a cutie.  Women of Red Sox Nation, meet the future!

2qtwbhn8Gabe Kapler:  I never went in for all those muscles…but after meeting him in person and finding him to be warm and soft-spoken and just SO nice…he forever makes the list!

Matos4_1 Luis Matos:  He’s just so adorable, I can’t stand it.

Kevinbdsspfeb200401_1 Kevin Millar:  Those eyes, that smile.  Those lips and teeth.  I shook his hand once and it was the warmest, softest handDavidortiz2004b I’ve ever touched.  Love him.

David Ortiz:  Big Papi’s attractiveness is vastly under-rated.  He has the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen on a man…and he makes me just want to give him a giant bear hug…or, rather, he makes me want to GET a giant bear hug from him!

Roberts Dave Roberts:  His sparkling eyes and adorable smile made me fall for him moments after he joined the team.  Of course, "the steal" guaranteed him a place in my heart forever.  Dave is soft-spoken and unassuming and he’s another on the list of people I’d just like to give a hug to!

Mike Timlin:  Probably number one on this list.  He’s just such a man.  Pretty much standing for so many things I don’t.  (He’s a devout Evangelical Christian, I’m a moderately lapsed Catholic.  He’s a Mkejuly52005c hunter…while I’m not a vegetarian, I certainly don’t spend my days dreaming about killing Bambi’s father with a bow.   I went out of my way to go to the Red Sox game where the Fab Five from "Qu*er Eye" threw out the first pitch…he went out of his way to not appear on "Qu*er Eye".  And let’s not even talk about our political differences.)  But no matter.  There is something inherently manly about him.  And I just can’t get him out of my head.  He is THE man on the Red Sox roster for me.  And he can pitch too! (Edited to add that Mike is a genuinely nice guy with deep beliefs that I respect very much.  I just love the entire package!)

*Okay so it was more than ten…I could do this all night!

(The first picture of Bronson and Lenny and the solo pictures of Bronson, Little Manny, Craig, Kevin and Mike are mine – the rest I ‘borrowed’ from the internet!)

January 30, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 5 Comments

Hit and Run

Just a few things to mention since I’m a little busy.  More tonight!

  • Mike Piazza has a job!  And the Red Sox Chick is very happy!
  • Manny Delcarmen is still with the Red Sox!  And he and the Red Sox Chick are very happy! (Free registration needed to read story but here’s are two great quotes from it: 

    "I looked up to Mike Timlin when I was up there," said Delcarmen. "His routine was the same every day, and just the way he prepares himself, Bronarrthat’s the routine I want, and I’m trying to follow his."  and

    Another reason Delcarmen is ecstatic about staying in Boston is because of his new charity. Manny Strikes at School kicks off today with a bowling event to help raise money for the schools in Boston. A graduate of West Roxbury High School, he’s hoping to have another event at Jillian’s behind Fenway Park during the season.

    "The Red Sox are sponsoring it," he said without a twitch. "That’s a lot better than Cleveland sponsoring it.")  Yay, Little Manny!

  • Two words:  Coco Crisp!

Enjoy, by request, the (practically) weekly shot of Bronson Arroyo:   

January 30, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 9 Comments

Hit and Run

Just a few things to mention since I’m a little busy.  More tonight!

  • Mike Piazza has a job!  And the Red Sox Chick is very happy!
  • Manny Delcarmen is still with the Red Sox!  And he and the Red Sox Chick are very happy! (Free registration needed to read story but here’s are two great quotes from it: 

    "I looked up to Mike Timlin when I was up there," said Delcarmen. "His routine was the same every day, and just the way he prepares himself, Bronarrthat’s the routine I want, and I’m trying to follow his."  and

    Another reason Delcarmen is ecstatic about staying in Boston is because of his new charity. Manny Strikes at School kicks off today with a bowling event to help raise money for the schools in Boston. A graduate of West Roxbury High School, he’s hoping to have another event at Jillian’s behind Fenway Park during the season.

    "The Red Sox are sponsoring it," he said without a twitch. "That’s a lot better than Cleveland sponsoring it.")  Yay, Little Manny!

  • Two words:  Coco Crisp!

Enjoy, by request, the (practically) weekly shot of Bronson Arroyo:   

January 30, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 5 Comments

Welcome to Boston, Covelli

Charles Anyone remember Carvelli on "Welcome Back, Kotter"?  He always had his little sidekick Murray with him who would repeat everything he said.  His character has been running through my mind ever since I found out Coco Crisp’s real name.

I love it.  Covelli.  481indians It’ll sound great chanting it from the bleachers.

According to reports:  Crisp, 29-year-old righthander David Riske, and 27-year-old switch-hitting catcher Josh Bard are coming to Boston. The Sox’ top Riske prospect, 22-year-old Andy Marte, is headed to Cleveland, along with Mota, 25-year-old catcher Kelly Shoppach, cash considerations, and a playerJoshbard  to be named or further cash considerations.

This is definitely something I can live with.  It would have been nice to not lose Marte, but we never really ‘had’ him anyway, so good luck to him in Cleveland.  I was never big on the Shoppach bandwagon, so I’m not lamenting his loss.  And Mota, well we didn’t really ever want him to begin with, he just tagged along with Beckett.

Littlemannyatjillians172006bThe cash doesn’t bother me either.  It’s the "player to be  named later" that gets me worried.  Normally, they throw any old player in there, but I don’t think Cleveland will go for that.  I’m hoping they just settle for having some more money thrown at them instead of a PTBNL, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Good for Theo for pulling this off without dealing Manny Delcarmen.   He’s local, quite sweet and has loads of potential.  Not someone I was very happy about the team ditching.

So, as long as old Bud agrees to it, all is well in the Nation tonight.

January 28, 2006 Posted by | Players | 12 Comments

Welcome to Boston, Covelli

Charles Anyone remember Carvelli on "Welcome Back, Kotter"?  He always had his little sidekick Murray with him who would repeat everything he said.  His character has been running through my mind ever since I found out Coco Crisp’s real name.

I love it.  Covelli.  481indians It’ll sound great chanting it from the bleachers.

According to reports:  Crisp, 29-year-old righthander David Riske, and 27-year-old switch-hitting catcher Josh Bard are coming to Boston. The Sox’ top Riske prospect, 22-year-old Andy Marte, is headed to Cleveland, along with Mota, 25-year-old catcher Kelly Shoppach, cash considerations, and a playerJoshbard  to be named or further cash considerations.

This is definitely something I can live with.  It would have been nice to not lose Marte, but we never really ‘had’ him anyway, so good luck to him in Cleveland.  I was never big on the Shoppach bandwagon, so I’m not lamenting his loss.  And Mota, well we didn’t really ever want him to begin with, he just tagged along with Beckett.

Littlemannyatjillians172006bThe cash doesn’t bother me either.  It’s the "player to be  named later" that gets me worried.  Normally, they throw any old player in there, but I don’t think Cleveland will go for that.  I’m hoping they just settle for having some more money thrown at them instead of a PTBNL, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Good for Theo for pulling this off without dealing Manny Delcarmen.   He’s local, quite sweet and has loads of potential.  Not someone I was very happy about the team ditching.

So, as long as old Bud agrees to it, all is well in the Nation tonight.

January 28, 2006 Posted by | Players | 5 Comments

Ah, well.

Dalesbronsonstares1It’s been, personally, just a really long week.  And the weekend is just going to be a bit sad for me.  Add to that, no news on the trade front, and I’m not really up for blogging right now.  So I leave you with this…because the last couple of times I did this, I got an excellent response from the ladies in my email box!

And I need something to brighten me up right now!

Good morning, Bronson!  (And thanks for the picture, Dale!)   

January 27, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 12 Comments

Ah, well.

Dalesbronsonstares1It’s been, personally, just a really long week.  And the weekend is just going to be a bit sad for me.  Add to that, no news on the trade front, and I’m not really up for blogging right now.  So I leave you with this…because the last couple of times I did this, I got an excellent response from the ladies in my email box!

And I need something to brighten me up right now!

Good morning, Bronson!  (And thanks for the picture, Dale!)   

January 27, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 16 Comments

Is he HIGH?

Well, thanks to Peter,  🙂  my radio silence – or media boycott – only lasted 7 hours.

Although, to be fair, this story comes out of Cleveland not Boston.

Apparently, Mr. Shapiro will find it in his heart to keep Mota as part of the trade deal, as long as the Red Sox give up the rest of the team to acquire Coco Crisp.

Okay, that’s a BIT of an exaggeration.  But I have been maintaining that if these trade talk stories were even close to being on the right track, it sounded like Shapiro and the Indians were exaggerating themselves.  Making Mota’s medical "issues" to be something they weren’t because they wanted more from the Red Sox.

So let’s see what they want now:

Coco Crisp, David Riske, and Josh Bard for Andy Marte, Guillermo Mota, Kelly Shoppach, and Manny Delcarmen.

Come on, Mark, why stop there?  Why not ask for Craig Hansen and Jon Lester while you’re at it? 

I mean what the heck is he thinking?  I can’t honestly believe Theo would let the Indians **** the Red Sox this way…man, I certainly hope not.

I know one thing, I’d be a lot more worried about this if Theo WASN’T at the helm again.  Maybe he’ll make, what I think is, the wrong decision…but even when he does that (oh, July of 2004 is coming to mind) I still have faith that 1) he knows what he’s doing and 2) he only has the best interests of the team in mind.

I won’t be happy, but I’ll have faith that he knows something that I don’t.

January 26, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 26 Comments