Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Bits and Pieces

It was a busy weekend and I, obviously, didn’t spend much time writing…and, unfortunately, I’m going to be a little lazy today as well and just throw out some random bits:

*  Jason Varitek declined arbitration.   So this means other teams get to toss their offers at him.  I worry for Tek.  I worry that there isn’t anything out there better than what the Sox will offer him – and that he’s going to be made to look the fool thanks to his agent.  I hope I’m wrong.  And I still want him back in Boston – even if it’s only for another year.

*  Alex Rodriguez has decided to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.   Slappy was born in New York City and played for team USA in the first WBC.  I think it’s a little slimy to switch sides this time.  He truly seems to be someone desperate for acceptance.  He creeps me out more and more each day.

*  Also possibly playing for a country he isn’t from is Lenny Dinardo.  Rumor has it that he’s been asked to play for the Italian team – again.  Lenny pitched for them last time around.  I really don’t get representing a country you aren’t from, regardless of your heritage.

*Rob Bradford had a cool piece of trivia:  Joe Thurston is CC Sabathia’s first cousin.  In this same piece, he mentions that Ken Rosenthal (a writer I will never link to from here) says his best bet is that the Sox are going to get Mark Teixeira and Derek Lowe.  I know you’d be crazy to not want Teixeira – but I fear adding him means subtracting Mike Lowell.  And Derek Lowe?  As long as he can not get drunk the nights before he pitches, I suppose the team could do worse.  Still, I’m not jumping up and down about this.  Then again, it’s Ken Rosenthal.  He’s lost a lot of credibility in my eyes – so I’m not buying into any of it just yet.

*  Today is Mike Mussina’s 40th birthday.  As you all probably know, Moose has announced his retirement.  There goes another MLB player who is older than me.

I leave you with this photo – taken in November.  There are two reasons it makes me smile.  See if you can find them.

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December 8, 2008 - Posted by | Randomness | , , , , , , , , ,

11 Comments »

  1. Mens knees are funny, and who are those people??:)

    Comment by Noni | December 8, 2008 | Reply

  2. That would give it away. 🙂

    I’ll tell you this. The man in the green, short-sleeved shirt and long pants (as opposed to the one in shorts) is Carlton Fisk (and he isn’t what made me smile!).

    Comment by Cyn | December 8, 2008 | Reply

  3. So is that Bronson behind the guy in the black shirt and Kyle behind Carlton? I know those two would make you smile.

    Comment by Cruiser | December 8, 2008 | Reply

  4. I think Cruiser has bingo!
    I was going to guess the same thing.
    Carlton Fisk would make me smile.

    Comment by Brenken | December 8, 2008 | Reply

  5. Kyle I picked out immediately. Bronson took me a little longer. 🙂

    Comment by Cyn | December 8, 2008 | Reply

  6. Same with me, Cyn. Bronson looks little back there.
    The guy standing next to Bronson is even taller than he is. The beard on Kyle makes him stand out.

    Comment by Brenken | December 8, 2008 | Reply

  7. Kyle jumped right out at me! Bronson a little harder to spot…But C’mon Cyn….like we couldn’t guess at least one of them was in the picture!

    db

    Comment by Dori | December 8, 2008 | Reply

  8. //He creeps me out more and more each day.//

    Word.

    And I thought Pudge was Kelsey Grammar in the picture.

    Comment by Ted | December 8, 2008 | Reply

  9. Are you sure these aren’t all the guys who claim to be the father of Bronson AND Kyle?
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    Cyn, I’m just kiddin…just kiddin.

    Comment by Don In VA | December 8, 2008 | Reply

  10. funny…reading your question I knew who to look for.

    Comment by Tex19 | December 9, 2008 | Reply

  11. I still believe Tek will stay.
    He declined arbitration before as well….

    Comment by Rebecca | December 9, 2008 | Reply


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