Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

A Request for Assistance

Photo of the Taylor family provided by the Taylors at the request of Tru

Good morning folks. If you’re a regular reader here, you know about the nice things my friends Tru, Brenken and KellyO (among others) are doing for the Taylor family.

The short version, without giving too much away because the day is still a surprise to the children, is that the family of James Taylor Jr., a medivac nurse who died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash earlier this month, will have a very special day at Fenway, just as he had always dreamed. His wife and three young boys will get to do what he wanted to do for them and then some, thanks to the generosity of so many. After posting two messages about it on this site, I received many queries on whether there was something you all could do to help.

And there is.

After talking with Tru last night, he’s made me aware that the travel costs for the family are the one issue we really haven’t discussed. For the boys, their mother and grandfather, the costs are pretty high. So we’ve decided to take you up on your offer of help and set up a fund to offset the costs of traveling here for their special day.

Because PayPal can be a pain when it comes to setting up charitable accounts, you all will have to take me at my word that the money you send will go directly to the Taylor family. Just as the case was when I sold the “K Cancer” shirts in honor of Jon Lester, and I was true to my word then as I am now.

We aren’t asking for a lot. As they say, every bit helps. And the Taylor family hasn’t asked us to do this, Tru and I took it upon ourselves to ask for your assistance. I’ll be at the game they’re attending (with a group of friends, including Tru and KellyO, who had tickets long before this all came about) and will make sure the family gets a bank check for the full amount folks have donated.

So if you’re so moved and are able to afford it, please consider donating to the “Taylor Fund”. If you have a PayPal account, you can go directly to their site, log in and select “send money” and fill out the form provided with my PayPal email address which is ebay at cyndonnelly dot com (just not written out that way. Trying to avoid spam to that account!). You can choose the “services/other” selection and either leave a message for the Taylors (which I’ll print out and bring to them) or just a message for me letting me know the money is for the Taylors.

Please keep in mind, the last day I’ll be able to accept donations is Monday, August 25th.

Again, just as with the “K Cancer” drive, your email addresses will remain confidential (and I’ll never send you spam! Just a ‘thank you’!) so there are no worries. Thanks, in advance, folks for what I know will be your kind generosity.

To read my previous posts about the Taylors click here and here.

July 31, 2008 Posted by | Kindness | , | 8 Comments

Whither Kyle Snyder?

Dude, seriously, come out of hiding and give me something baseball-related to smile about.  Because, right now, it’s downright depressing ’round these parts.

PVs to Kyle and his groin (that sounded much better in my head than it looks in type)…and here’s hoping someone sends me good news to post about him so I can get out of this funk.

 Kyle Snyder arrives in Japan (thanks to Rob Bradford)
Photo of Kyle arriving in Japan is totally lifted from Rob Bradford

July 30, 2008 Posted by | Kyle Snyder | | 1 Comment

Oh Manny, put a sock in it

“The Red Sox don’t deserve a player like me,” Ramirez said. “During my years here I’ve seen how they [the Red Sox] have mistreated other great players when they didn’t want them to try to turn the fans against them.The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy,” Ramirez added. “I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don’t deserve me. I’m not talking about money. Mental peace has no price and I don’t have peace here.”

Nomar and Pedro are folk heroes ’round these parts, Manny.   Regardless of what you think the front office tried to do.

I’m not a fan of booing or of trash talking, but it has gotten to the point where I’ve finally had enough.  I’ll always have a special spot in my heart for Manny.  For what he did for this team since he’s been here.  But I was always one who defended “Manny being Manny” and the things he’s had to say this week have just made me want to not even focus on the team because I’m tired of hearing it all.  STFU and play, or go play somewhere else.

July 30, 2008 Posted by | Manny Ramirez | | 5 Comments

You don’t have to be famous to acquire a stalker

It’s been a while since I’ve had a stalker. Not since my MLBlogs days has there been a so-called, “Yankees Fan” who is so obsessed with me that he spends all his time on my blog leaving nasty comments and reading everything I write.

I’m flattered. 🙂

(Although I sense this “fan” might be the same psycho from the MLBlogs era.)

Oh well. If I’m more interesting than his supposed team, I guess that’s something. I should make t-shirts. I’m sure he’d buy one.

July 30, 2008 Posted by | this guy's an idiot | | 5 Comments

How’s your head?

So Daniel Cabrera hits ARod last night and everyone except Joe Girardi and the ump who threw Cabrera out of the game thinks he didn’t mean to.

Fast forward to today and during the O’s/Yanks game, Michael Kay has this to say about Joe Girardi and his whining:

“If you’re going to defend Joba, you really shouldn’t say anything about Cabrera”

Kay wasn’t at all happy that Girardi was bitching about Cabrera when Chamberlain has been throwing at Kevin Youkilis’ head.

A few innings later in the same game…it’s 9-2 Yankees and Edwar Ramirez takes the mound in the 7th inning and his first pitch almost hits Kevin Millar (Yankee killer) in the head. Ramirez is immediately tossed from the game and all of the announcers on YES agree that last night Cabrera didn’t mean to hit ARod but that Ramirez was certainly “sending a message” by throwing at Millar’s head.

There are not enough adjectives to describe what an ultimate, fucking asshole I think Joe Girardi is. And, I sense, Michael Kay not-so secretly might agree with me.

Yankees baseball: If you best us, we’ll hit you in the head!

Edited to add this link form “Sportscrack”

Man, why can’t the Red Sox get a greasy, cheating asshole like this guy?

July 30, 2008 Posted by | MFY | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Quotes from around the league

Just stuff that has struck me interesting (so far!).

“I definitely don’t want to be a backup, but there’s nothing I can say about it. I did what I could do while I was in there; now they’ve made a decision to go the other way.” Jarrod Saltalamacchia, after being told that Gerald Laird would, as he came off the DL, be the full-time catcher for the Texas Rangers. He then went on to say he’d be “fine” with the move.

“I’d rather Bronson Arroyo be here next year than me. He’s been one of our shining stars here lately”. Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini, debunking the Arroyo trade rumors.

“I didn’t like it. I’m not going to get into that. I’ll just say I didn’t like it.” Yankees manager Joe Girardi on Daniel Cabrera hitting ARod last night. Boo-fucking-hoo, Joe. Kevin Youkilis and his head that you keep allowing Joba Chamberlain to throw at say “hello“.

“Can’t say I feel sorry for him” Clay Buchholz remarking on John Lackey‘s failed no-hit bid.

Bronson might have given up a grand slam and taken his first loss in a while, but he tried to help out as best he could with an rbi double. So there’s that.

Still trying to find updates on Kyle Snyder. Try to block me, New England sports media, but I can’t be contained! 🙂

July 30, 2008 Posted by | Miscellaneous | , , , | Leave a comment


Much to my surprise, at the end of the 8th inning last night I found myself wanting one of two things:

1)  I wanted the Red Sox to mount a 7-run rally and come from behind to win or, short of that,

2)  I wanted John Lackey to get his no-hitter.

Sadly, I got neither.

July 30, 2008 Posted by | Games | , | 4 Comments

Live Update from Fenway

Sitting in the grandstand behind the Sox dugout and thinking that, so far, the best part of this game is that I can practically feel the bandwagon getting lighter..I’m surrounded by people who booed Manny for striking out… who have been steadily booing Clay until he strikes someone out (and then they cheer him)…who SCREAM for EVERY ball hit – even when it’s obvious it’s an out and who keep calling Alex Cora “Lugo”. 

July 29, 2008 Posted by | Assholiness, Augh!!! | 10 Comments

More about Manny

Note from Cyn: Longtime readers and friends of the RSC know “Tru” very well! He’s graciously offered to occasionally contribute to the blog in times when the spirit moves him. Below is his latest offering. Where I’ve been avoiding the subject of Manny, Tru tackles it head on!

Photo by Kelly O’Connor
Photo of Youk and Manny taken by Kelly O’Connor on July 12, 2008

Thinking through the recent turn of events, including comments from everybody that thinks they have the inside track on what is really going on between the Boston Red Sox management and Manny Ramirez, I’m struck with the idea that the feelings of the fan base is one of shock, disgust, surprise and fear; assigning these emotions to all parties.

It’s a wonder that we need to assign blame, as if by doing so helps cope with what we think it is we want. We have to choose, opting for one side or the other. And even in this, it’s not so clear cut. Sure, we could say that we’re for Manny; we want him to stay. The other side is who exactly? Would that be the other team players? Is the other side the Red Sox management? It’s a mess in so many ways, trying to discern who gets blame and who gets praise.

But if people look deeper into this, setting aside the press mongering, what we really have is two parties that have to shoulder the blame for where they find themselves.

Continue reading

July 29, 2008 Posted by | Tales from Tru, The Manny Saga | , | 9 Comments

Tuesday Tidbits

I get mixed emotions after a night like last. On the one hand, everyone (Rays, Sox, Yanks) lost, so the Sox didn’t lose any ground. On the other hand, everyone ELSE lost, so the Sox didn’t GAIN any ground. Which slightly annoys me. Oh well. Today’s another day…and a game that I’ll be at! Feels like forever since I’ve been to Fenway. Tonight’s as good a night as any to go. Here’s hoping Clay doesn’t disappoint.

After rumors being rampant that he was on his way out, now the word is that the Reds have taken Bronson Arroyo off the trading block (mostly because of his salary – it seems that’s scaring off potential trade partners). That kind of bums me out. The idea of Bronson on the Yankees was high comedy to me. (Embedded Red Sox player!)

Still no word on Kyle Snyder’s progress. I hope wherever he is he’s getting drunk and having a hell of a time. 🙂

Weirdest piece of spam I’ve received in a while had a subject line of “Jeff Pearlman added you as a friend on Facebook”. Especially given it went to an address I don’t use for Facebook (although it is the address I used when we had our email interactions). Hmmm.

Shout out to my guy Kevin Millar for, yet again, being a Yankee killer.  Good times, good times.

Short work day and long night for me.  Not complaining at all, it’ll be good to cut loose tonight.  Hopefully, the Sox will cooperate and kick some Angel ass for us!

July 29, 2008 Posted by | Miscellaneous | , , , , , | 2 Comments