Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

You’re right, Johnny…

This team isn’t any fun at allNot at all:

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February 28, 2006 Posted by | Photos | 2 Comments

You’re right, Johnny…

This team isn’t any fun at allNot at all:

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February 28, 2006 Posted by | Photos | Leave a comment

Memories…

EmbreeyanksWhen I first started this blog, the point, for me, was to be able to basically write out whatever thoughts came to me…usually while watching a game.  It never occurred to me that I was going to have to find a way to fill space during the off-season.  Live and learn. 

Well, desperate for some live freaking baseball, I watched game 6 of the 2004 ALCS yet again last night and currently am watching game 7.  Good times, good times.

As I watch, I was going over some of my original posts here and I have to tell you all – I crack myself up.  I truly do.  And I’m really excited about getting back to being able to write things like "…diverting my attention from the Red Sox briefly.  In this case, from the suckitude that is Bronson Arroyo.  Poor kid.  He just stunk up the place.  No two ways about it." instead of having to post about things related to baseball in general, but not the game itself really.  I much prefer my rambling posts where I basically talk to myself than posts where I’m concerned about every word I type.  I’m hoping to get back to my 2005 shape soon!

So in honor of the free-thinking posts that will and have already populated this space…I give you the following:

Arod_slap_4  Game 6.  2004 ALCS.  ARod slaps the ball out of Bronson’s glove and all heck breaks loose in Yankee Stadium.  After order is resolved, Al Leiter, guest commentator with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, has them show the replay for the zillionth time and notes that Joe West, the first base umpire, called ARod "safe" even though he  never touched the base.  This seems to annoy Al Leiter.  (Regardless of the fact that he now wears pinstripes, I DO consider Leiter to be one of the good guys…always have).  Tim McCarver is annoyed to…but not at Joe West or ARod, at Al Leiter.  He says "But he went back and touched first base before he went to second".

How exactly does that excuse West’s poor umpiring skills Timmy?

Man it’s sixteen months later and I still want to smack McCarver.

Anklecurt_1 Also, I’m looking at Curt Schilling pitch and I’m thinking, "I don’t even like going to work when I have a headache…".  Curt might irk the heck out of me 80% of the time…but the man came up big when he had to…how many other players are in that club?  Willis Reed comes immediately to mind.  (Hey, I’m an old school basketball fan!)

Game 7 is fun thus far.  Johnny Damon got himself thrown out at home…making Big Papi’s homerun just after that only worth 2 runs instead of 3.  No worries.  He’ll make up for it with two homeruns, including a grand slam, for a total of six runs.  (without which, the Sox would have still won the game, it’s worth noting).

Lowe8 Derek Lowe is pitching….I didn’t get to see much of him last season in L.A….I wonder how many times he made the Derek Lowe face.  Man…just watching him…I don’t exactly miss him being on the team…well, yeah, I do a little, who am I kidding?  I remember being so proud of his being the winning pitcher for the ALDS, ALCS and World Series games…I hope he has better luck this year than he did last.

Timesj2_1It’s only the first inning and Tim McCarver is making my ears bleed…oh the things I put myself through for the Red Sox and baseball.

Oh yes…and one of the favorite aspects of Game 7…the Yankees trot out Bucky Dent to throw out the first pitch.  How’d that work out for them?

"This is a tough game to manage if you’re Joe Torre or Terry Francona…"

Thanks for those words of wisdom, McCarver.  I guess it’s an easier game for Mel Stottlemyre or Brad Mills to manage?

I wonder if the Red Sox sent Kevin Brown a World Series ring?

Independent Spirit and Academy Awards this weekend and then BASEBALL, baby!

Yeesh, I can’t wait.

February 28, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 4 Comments

Memories…

EmbreeyanksWhen I first started this blog, the point, for me, was to be able to basically write out whatever thoughts came to me…usually while watching a game.  It never occurred to me that I was going to have to find a way to fill space during the off-season.  Live and learn. 

Well, desperate for some live freaking baseball, I watched game 6 of the 2004 ALCS yet again last night and currently am watching game 7.  Good times, good times.

As I watch, I was going over some of my original posts here and I have to tell you all – I crack myself up.  I truly do.  And I’m really excited about getting back to being able to write things like "…diverting my attention from the Red Sox briefly.  In this case, from the suckitude that is Bronson Arroyo.  Poor kid.  He just stunk up the place.  No two ways about it." instead of having to post about things related to baseball in general, but not the game itself really.  I much prefer my rambling posts where I basically talk to myself than posts where I’m concerned about every word I type.  I’m hoping to get back to my 2005 shape soon!

So in honor of the free-thinking posts that will and have already populated this space…I give you the following:

Arod_slap_4  Game 6.  2004 ALCS.  ARod slaps the ball out of Bronson’s glove and all heck breaks loose in Yankee Stadium.  After order is resolved, Al Leiter, guest commentator with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, has them show the replay for the zillionth time and notes that Joe West, the first base umpire, called ARod "safe" even though he  never touched the base.  This seems to annoy Al Leiter.  (Regardless of the fact that he now wears pinstripes, I DO consider Leiter to be one of the good guys…always have).  Tim McCarver is annoyed to…but not at Joe West or ARod, at Al Leiter.  He says "But he went back and touched first base before he went to second".

How exactly does that excuse West’s poor umpiring skills Timmy?

Man it’s sixteen months later and I still want to smack McCarver.

Anklecurt_1 Also, I’m looking at Curt Schilling pitch and I’m thinking, "I don’t even like going to work when I have a headache…".  Curt might irk the heck out of me 80% of the time…but the man came up big when he had to…how many other players are in that club?  Willis Reed comes immediately to mind.  (Hey, I’m an old school basketball fan!)

Game 7 is fun thus far.  Johnny Damon got himself thrown out at home…making Big Papi’s homerun just after that only worth 2 runs instead of 3.  No worries.  He’ll make up for it with two homeruns, including a grand slam, for a total of six runs.  (without which, the Sox would have still won the game, it’s worth noting).

Lowe8 Derek Lowe is pitching….I didn’t get to see much of him last season in L.A….I wonder how many times he made the Derek Lowe face.  Man…just watching him…I don’t exactly miss him being on the team…well, yeah, I do a little, who am I kidding?  I remember being so proud of his being the winning pitcher for the ALDS, ALCS and World Series games…I hope he has better luck this year than he did last.

Timesj2_1It’s only the first inning and Tim McCarver is making my ears bleed…oh the things I put myself through for the Red Sox and baseball.

Oh yes…and one of the favorite aspects of Game 7…the Yankees trot out Bucky Dent to throw out the first pitch.  How’d that work out for them?

"This is a tough game to manage if you’re Joe Torre or Terry Francona…"

Thanks for those words of wisdom, McCarver.  I guess it’s an easier game for Mel Stottlemyre or Brad Mills to manage?

I wonder if the Red Sox sent Kevin Brown a World Series ring?

Independent Spirit and Academy Awards this weekend and then BASEBALL, baby!

Yeesh, I can’t wait.

February 28, 2006 Posted by | Rants | 6 Comments

Mad loves John

Johnny1 I’ve mentioned Madison before, she’s my 4 year-old goddaughter who loves the Red Sox and adored (okay, adoreS) Johnny Damon.

My sister sent me this yesterday.  It’s an exchange she had with "Mad" yesterday morning:

Mad: I want to wear my Johnny Damon shirt today
My sister: Johnny Damon is a jerk!
Mad: No-your favorite Red Sox is a jerk!
My sister: My favorite is Big Papi-he’s not a jerk
Mad:Yes he is
My sister:No he’s not

And it ended with my niece good-naturedly theorizing that maybe my sister was a jerk.  Now, mind you, this was all said with smiles (and my sister explained that you don’t call your mother a jerk), but it  brings up an interesting point for me.  Umair (evilsnare to some of you) mentioned that he ‘roots for the laundry’ in one of my comment sections.  And so do I.  My first love will always be the team.  But, admittedly, I fall for a lot of the players as well. 

I guess I’m just pleased that my niece can still Lenny1support the Red Sox (she still thinks the "Ankees stink!" and "Red Sox – number one!"), but still stay loyal to a player too.  Even if he didn’t stay loyal to her.  (As my friend Lisa said, "she’s too young to be as bitter and vindictive as the rest of us".)

Who knows how long it will last – she’s only four – but for now it makes me happy that she has such strong feelings about this that she doesn’t let me, her  mother or her grandparents cloud her opinion.

So for Mad, a Johnny shot today (in her favorite incarnation of him, taken by me at Bronson’s cd release party last July) and for the rest of us…a Lenny shot (taken by me at the same party).

February 28, 2006 Posted by | Players | 17 Comments

Crossing my fingers

M7khvoam Thanks to Kellia and Jaydawg for alerting me to this news!

I’m not a big fan of getting my hopes up…but in this case I am.  If Pedro Astacio passes his physical, the chances of Bronson getting traded lessen greatly.

Plus, according to the article, Nationals manager Jim Bowden claims the team wasn’t discussing a trade deal with the Red Sox.

“There is no truth that we are in trade discussions with Boston concerning Alfonso Soriano, Nick Johnson or Ryan Church,” Bowden said.

Now, I’ll believe this in April when Bronson is still with the Sox and Soriano, Johnson and Church are still in Washington.  Until then, I’ll still be biting my fingernails.

Okay…I’m a LITTLE optimistic. 

February 27, 2006 Posted by | Players | 2 Comments

“C” is for “Chemistry

Bronsonandcookiest In my last entry, I quoted a Gordon Edes blurb, describing Bronson Arroyo singing "C is for Cookie" for a local Red Sox show here in Boston.  Well, Dover over at SG pointed me in the direction of the video for it (thanks, Dover!) which you can find here.  Mad props to Dan Rea for being a good, fun guy and getting the team to do this.  It was a lot of fun to watch!  It’s great to see the team (old guys and new) clicking this early.  Hopefully it’s a sign of better things to come!

I love these guys all over again.

Oh yeah…and:

DON’T TRADE BRONSON

February 27, 2006 Posted by | My Team(s) | 1 Comment

“C” is for “Chemistry

Bronsonandcookiest In my last entry, I quoted a Gordon Edes blurb, describing Bronson Arroyo singing "C is for Cookie" for a local Red Sox show here in Boston.  Well, Dover over at SG pointed me in the direction of the video for it (thanks, Dover!) which you can find here.  Mad props to Dan Rea for being a good, fun guy and getting the team to do this.  It was a lot of fun to watch!  It’s great to see the team (old guys and new) clicking this early.  Hopefully it’s a sign of better things to come!

I love these guys all over again.

Oh yeah…and:

DON’T TRADE BRONSON

February 27, 2006 Posted by | My Team(s) | 8 Comments

And even MORE Bronson

Bronsonsits Rumors abound today.  I’ve heard from more than one person about the Arroyo or Clement to the Nationals for either Alfonso Soriano or Nick Johnson and Ryan Church.

Matt Clement did a lot for this team last year…and I don’t see why we need Soriano or Johnson (heck, even Church…)…but if a trade HAS to be made, here’s hoping it’s Clement not Arroyo.

For various reason, most  not having to do with my thinking Arroyo is a tall glass of sexy, I prefer him over Clement.  The main one being his versatility.  He’s effective out of the pen or in the rotation and is happy to be in either position.  I think he’s a better pitcher under pressure…and, yeah, he was one of "the" 25…so I don’t want to see him gone any time soon.  (Plus that whole, taking a lesser deal thing…)

Here’s a blurb from Gordon Edes…I usually dvr the show he is talking about, hopefully I did last night.  This sounds like it was a great piece of television:

T1_arroyoIt was a classic spring-training moment: Bronson Arroyo, in T-shirt and uniform pants, propped up against a palm tree in the parking lot with guitar in hand, singing "C is for Cookie," the Sesame Street song, for a little mini-feature that will appear tonight on Red Sox This Week (10 o’clock, Channel 38, then after sports final on Channel 4).

Arroyo couldn’t have been a better sport about the whole thing. He spent time with the TV technical folks, listening to the original version by Cookie Monster, and fiddled around until he found the right key. Then he was the one who suggested that they shoot the scene with him sitting against the palm tree, and sang the song as if he was recording it for his CD. If there is anyone who has figured out how to enjoy being a Sox player and continue to be as natural as they come, it’s Bronson. It’s no accident he signed an extension for less than market value. The guy just isn’t hung up on some of the same things other guys are.

That last line says it all.  Man, I hope these rumors are just that…rumors.  Hot Stove is over; I’m not supposed to have to worry about this stuff!

February 27, 2006 Posted by | Players | Leave a comment

And even MORE Bronson

Bronsonsits Rumors abound today.  I’ve heard from more than one person about the Arroyo or Clement to the Nationals for either Alfonso Soriano or Nick Johnson and Ryan Church.

Matt Clement did a lot for this team last year…and I don’t see why we need Soriano or Johnson (heck, even Church…)…but if a trade HAS to be made, here’s hoping it’s Clement not Arroyo.

For various reason, most  not having to do with my thinking Arroyo is a tall glass of sexy, I prefer him over Clement.  The main one being his versatility.  He’s effective out of the pen or in the rotation and is happy to be in either position.  I think he’s a better pitcher under pressure…and, yeah, he was one of "the" 25…so I don’t want to see him gone any time soon.  (Plus that whole, taking a lesser deal thing…)

Here’s a blurb from Gordon Edes…I usually dvr the show he is talking about, hopefully I did last night.  This sounds like it was a great piece of television:

T1_arroyoIt was a classic spring-training moment: Bronson Arroyo, in T-shirt and uniform pants, propped up against a palm tree in the parking lot with guitar in hand, singing "C is for Cookie," the Sesame Street song, for a little mini-feature that will appear tonight on Red Sox This Week (10 o’clock, Channel 38, then after sports final on Channel 4).

Arroyo couldn’t have been a better sport about the whole thing. He spent time with the TV technical folks, listening to the original version by Cookie Monster, and fiddled around until he found the right key. Then he was the one who suggested that they shoot the scene with him sitting against the palm tree, and sang the song as if he was recording it for his CD. If there is anyone who has figured out how to enjoy being a Sox player and continue to be as natural as they come, it’s Bronson. It’s no accident he signed an extension for less than market value. The guy just isn’t hung up on some of the same things other guys are.

That last line says it all.  Man, I hope these rumors are just that…rumors.  Hot Stove is over; I’m not supposed to have to worry about this stuff!

February 27, 2006 Posted by | Players | 1 Comment