Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

I'm just going to ramble for a few minutes

Work is absolutely insane and I’m just worn out.  But the news about Jim Rice, the John Smoltz and Rocco Baldelli signings, and an opportunity to meet Bronson again have kept me happy throughout the insanity.

Sadly, it all hasn’t helped my brain much so I’m still struggling to be coherent.  🙂  Given that my EEI gig probably begins some time late Wednesday or Thursday this week, the timing couldn’t be worse – BUT I’m out of work from Thursday through Monday, so that should give me plenty of time to get focused and start pumping out the entries again.

In the meantime, I’m taking the easy way out.

*  It was pointed out to me in comments on the previous post that I didn’t make any mention of Rickey Henderson making the  Hall of Fame.  I like Rickey and I’m happy he was elected into the Hall.  But the story there would have been if he WASNT picked to make the Hall this year.  My focus was on the man who deserved to be elected in many years ago but had to wait until his last year of eligibility before he got bumped over to the Veterans Committee.  I make no apologies for that.

*  Raise your hand if back in 2001 you thought in 2009 Derek Lowe would get a four year, $60 million contract.  If your hand is up, you’re a liar.

Rob Bradford is reporting that Alex Cora has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the New York Mets.  Cora is one of those “average” players that I have a strong affection for.  It saddens me that he won’t be with the Red Sox, but I’m happy that the New York team he landed with doesn’t play in the Bronx.

*  Seriously.  How is it January and I haven’t heard ANYTHING about Kyle Snyder’s status?  There’s no one out there who can hook me up with some information?  Goal for 2009:  Score an interview with Kyle.  Hey, it could happen!

Greg Montalbano was at the Lowell Spinners Alumni dinner last night.  It was inspiring to see him there, looking so well and speaking so fondly of his time playing baseball.  We need more Greg Montalbano stories.  We need to hear more about the unsung heroes in baseball and not just the superstars.

*  Unrelated to baseball:  Watching Bill Hicks tonight and then catching about 5 minutes of Dane Cook made me miss Bill Hicks (and good comedy in general) immensely.  Really, people, stop lining Cook’s pockets.

*  Kelly O’Connor took some fabulous photos at the Boston Baseball Writer’s dinner AND the New Stars for Young Stars event.  Go see her amazing photos here.

Finally, by popular demand:  (This is from last year, not this year’s show, but it serves its purpose!)

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January 14, 2009 - Posted by | 2009 | , , , , , ,

9 Comments »

  1. You’ve got a bad link to Kelly’s pics. (I found them at her MLBlogs page, though–awesome as yoozh.)

    Comment by jere | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the heads-up Jere. 🙂

    Comment by Cyn | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. Oh, I’m disappointed about Cora as well…

    Comment by Rebecca | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. The Braves are out of their minds. Derek Lowe for that amout of money should be a guarantee to the promised land, and right now, even with him, they’re not even a playoff team. He should fit in well, though. He and Chipper will have a lot to talk about, no doubt.

    Comment by Lisa K. | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thanks for the link! ^_^

    That’s a huge contract for the Braves to hand over when it seemed Lowe hadn’t been in their plans for very long.

    //We need more Greg Montalbano stories. We need to hear more about the unsung heroes in baseball and not just the superstars.//

    I couldn’t agree more!

    Comment by KellyO | January 14, 2009 | Reply

  6. The Braves panicked. Pure and simple. The genius that kept them winning division after division, John Schuerholz, isn’t GM any more.

    They took a HUGE negative hit from fans here over losing Smoltzie. After seeing Maddux go to the Cubs and Glavine walk to a division rival, I think Smoltz was the last straw. Folks are canceling season tickets – which would be no big deal in Boston, but Atlanta has a hard enough time selling out “The Ted”

    Glavine is injured, Hudson is out at least the beginning of the season, and Mike Hampton, who was paid something like 22 million per start is gone to Houston.

    The Braves also feel like they got screwed on the Fucal deal. (To me with what I heard reported, it did sound like they got screwed, at least a little).

    Lowe at 4/60 is a panic move, and might have been more to keep the Mets from getting him.

    Comment by Brain | January 15, 2009 | Reply

  7. Brian, I almost emailed you the other night to ask you what you thought of this! Thanks for your take.

    I like Lowe. I certainly don’t like him 4/60, though.

    Comment by Cyn | January 15, 2009 | Reply

  8. I feel the same way. I like the Braves to do well, because
    a) This is Atlanta, and most of the times the teams here suck and
    b) A Braves / Sox World Series means cheap tickets for me

    And tying up 60 million dollars of Liberty Media (The owners) money, when they’ve shown that they are nothing but cheap gives me the willies.

    Comment by Brain | January 15, 2009 | Reply

  9. Brain’s monster sure has a small head and a big mouth area. Im just sayin 😉

    Comment by Tex19 | January 15, 2009 | Reply


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