Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

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Of God and Rangers

Last night’s game was the first in this series that I was able to watch in its entirety.  Which, ultimately, was a good thing since the last three innings (including extras) were fun and exciting even if the majority of the game was extremely painful in it’s defensive ineptitude.   The fan bases for both teams got more than their money’s worth at the end, though, which is how this game will be remembered.  We got some fun (if not good) baseball and if you are one of the many who visits Twitter during game time you know it turned into a giant sports bar as it often does the days of big games.  So last night was a good night for baseball fans.

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October 28, 2011 Posted by | 2011 | , , , , | 2 Comments


Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/ and used with permission.

Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/ and used with permission.

Seattle Mariner Felix Hernandez almost threw a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers last night.

With one out in the sixth inning, Julio Borbon attempted to bunt his way on, but Hernandez fielded the ball and threw the runner out at first.

“He should know he shouldn’t do that, not in a no-hitter,” Hernandez said. “That shows disrespect.”

What timing.  Yesterday I wrote about actual cheating and how it’s not only allowed but encouraged by some in MLB, and today I get to write about something that ISN’T cheating but bothers many of those in baseball.

As I wrote yesterday, I get that the job of the batter is to get on base any way he can.  Why I don’t get, in this case, is the idea that a batter, playing for the team that is currently losing/being no-hit, should have “respect” for what is going on and NOT try to get a hit.

Were I on the opposing team, the team getting no-hit, I’d be singing “You have a no-hitter going!” from the dugout.  (Not cheating but, admittedly, showing poor sportsmanship, I admit.)

How in the world can you consider TRYING TO GET A HIT being disrespectful?

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September 18, 2010 Posted by | 2010 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My God Rant

You know he does.

You know he does.

I don’t consider myself overly religious.  I’m more spiritual than specifically religious but I do believe in God and Jesus Christ.  I’m Catholic by birth and still believe in and follow many tenets of that religion.  I share this here so folks know where I coming from when I write the rant I’m about to write.

The religious beliefs of famous people, including athletes, was never something I paid much attention to.  I’m not one of those people who wants to know every intimate detail about the personal lives of the folks I choose to follow whether as actors or writers or athletes.  Entertain me and I’m happy.  Which is one of the reasons, as much as I love technology and the Internet especially, all of this access we now have has always been a little disturbing to me.  I don’t want to know who Tiger Woods is banging or which football players bring guns to every party they attend.  Sadly, that ship has sailed and I practically have no choice.  If I spend time online, I’m going to eventually come across information I could have done without.  It seems to me that there was a time when religious beliefs were held closely to each individual and not something that was put out there for the public to dissect.  Those times, if they ever really did exist, are gone.  People seem to be more willing and happy to share their beliefs with the world which automatically sets them up for criticism.

For years the famous have thanked God, most notably in award ceremony speeches.  But it wasn’t until 2003 that I actually paid close attention to a player thanking God so specifically as I did Bill Mueller.  After one particularly good game, Mueller told an ESPN  reporter that before he would answer any questions he wanted to “thank the Lord for blessing me with the gifts he did that helped me help the team tonight”.  I use quotation marks but that isn’t a direct quote – just as close as my memory will let me get.

I was blown away by his forthrightness, knowing full well the shitstorm that was going to crop up on the Red Sox message board I frequented at the time.  I wasn’t wrong.  A debate began over at the Red Sox fan forum about whether he should have said what he said.  The people complaining about him trotted out the oft-used “we don’t need baseball players preaching to us” argument while folks on the other side of the argument felt it was his right to say whatever he wanted in the moment and thanking God wasn’t the same as preaching to people.  That same season, well in that POST season, Trot Nixon got a pinch hit, extra innings, 2-run home run against the Oakland A’s during the ALDS that kept the Sox alive and led them back to Oakland where they eventually won the series.  In his post-game comments, he said that Jesus was holding the bat for him when he swung (Trot was banged up which was one reason didn’t start the game – the other being left-hander Ted Lilly was the starting pitcher).  You can imagine the online controversy THAT caused.  In the post-season of 2004, in the presser after his amazing Game 6 “Bloody Sock” start, Curt Schilling announced to the world that he was a Christian.  Each of these moments were followed by passionate arguments for and against the players having the “right” to do this.  All of that was followed up in 2005 with an interesting article written by Bob Hohler detailing the Evangelical Christians in the clubhouse with this supportive quote by Gabe Kapler:

”Everyone is very respectful of one another and what they choose to believe in,” said Gabe Kapler, who is Jewish. ”The guys in this clubhouse live in harmony when it comes to that kind of stuff.”

So the bottom line of the Hohler piece seemed to me to be that there were an awful lot of Evangelical Christians on the team but, unlike the reputation of that group, they weren’t making the non-Evangelicals feel left out or intimidated. Works for me.

Anyone who visited Fenway Park during the Nomar Garciaparra era knew that he took a knee and said a prayer (or two) during warmups before each game.  Pedro Martinez built a Catholic church in  his hometown back in the Dominican Republic.  There were (are) little signs of religion everywhere in baseball (cameras are always picking up fans in the stands with their hands clasped together in prayer, hoping for a ‘miracle’ for their team) and I have not once felt like baseball or specific baseball players were trying to convert me.

The overt tips of the hat to their God are much more obvious in baseball now than possibly any other time.  Many pitchers take a moment before they take the mound to do what looks like praying (in many cases we don’t really know  – maybe they’re just meditating?) and many batters cross themselves while at bat or give a point up to heaven once they take a base.  And with the more obvious shout outs to religion come the more heavy handed criticisms of it.  My favorite (and I say that with great sarcasm) is the argument that even if there is a God (which most people who use this argument believe there isn’t…which is fine, to each their own), he doesn’t care which team wins a game.  I happen to agree with this argument fully.  I don’t believe for a minute that my God is up there laying bets on his favorite teams.  But my issue here isn’t about the existence (or not) of God it’s about the idea that people claim that players believe God wants “their” team to win.

In all the outward gushings of the believers, I’ve never heard one or read one quote that said “God wanted our team to win today!”.  Those quotes could be out there but I’ve not been made aware of them.  Here’s a short primer for the unaware:  People who believe in God, regardless of which God it is and how they celebrate this, believe God has an interest in them.  The bottom line for praying is that if you ask God for help, you might get it.  It’s really just as simple as that.

Bill Mueller believes that God gave him a talent that made it possible for him to sustain a career in professional baseball.  Trot Nixon believes that Jesus was with him in what he (Nixon) considered a time of struggle.  Curt Schilling believes that in a moment where the hopes and dreams of millions of people were square on his shoulders and he was in a weakened physical state, God helped him through.  I have no idea if any of them are right.  My struggles with my faith are many and too private to fully share here but I don’t see any reason to take issue with those who publicly articulate that they believe a higher power is helping them out.

I would take tremendous issue with, say, Jon Lester going on NESN and telling people the only path to a fulfilling life is through Jesus Christ.  The flip side of that is that I’d be offended if Jacoby Ellsbury told Heidi Watney that God was dead and all who believed were fools.  We don’t watch baseball to be preached to, from either side.  But if Jonathan Papelbon went on NESN and said that he felt like God blessed him for whatever reasons, where is the harm there?  To me, that is the equal of what the players do when they thank God or Jesus or the saints or their dead mothers.  They aren’t telling us we need to be next to them believing what they do, they’re just comfortable enough with who they are to share that with us.  Why is this a problem for people?  Why use the dismissive “God doesn’t care” argument just because you don’t care?  The “God doesn’t care” line reeks of willful ignorance.  I honestly can’t think of anyone who has ever argued that their God genuinely wants one team to win over another.

It isn’t my business if people want to thank God or the Goddess or the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  I happen to think there’s enough room for all of us.

July 1, 2010 Posted by | 2010 | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

He kept buttin' that dam

Boston Globe photo by Barry Chin and used without permission

Boston Globe photo by Barry Chin and used without permission

Ugly night in Boston sports all around.  I don’t even want to think about it.  The rain is coming down now washing away the disappointment of Friday night, ready to serve us up a brand new day.

Without wondering what the hell is going on with Beckett (I just can’t wrap my mind around it right now), I looked up some numbers.

This morning, the Yankees are in second place in the division, 1.5 games out of first place behind Tampa Bay with a record of 20-8.  The Red Sox are in second to last place in the division, 7.5 games out of first just ahead of Baltimore with a 15-15 record.  The Sox and Yanks have met 4 times and the Sox only won one of those games.

On May 8, 2009, the Red Sox were in first place in the division with a record of 19-11.  The Yankees were in third place in the division, 4.5 games out of first with a 14-15 record.  The Sox and Yanks had met 5 times and the Sox won all five games.

I am in no way comparing the individuals on each of these teams.  My point is this:  A record of 15-15  doesn’t indicate that the Red Sox won’t be successful this year.  Anything can and does happen in baseball and as agonizingly painful as it was to watch Beckett meltdown last night and as awful as it was to have the Sox lose so badly after coming off a four game sweep, it isn’t the end of the world, people.  If this team has done anything this year they’ve been consistently inconsistent.  We’re going to have to deal with it.

Since I’d rather remember the past this morning, I was thinking about a rainy Saturday back on July 24, 2004.  Going into the game on Friday the 23rd, the Sox were 8.5 games out of first place behind the Yankees.  That Friday night game was going to be a classic until Curt Schilling had his own meltdown and gave up seven earned runs in just over 5 innings.  The Sox came back to tie the game, only to lose it in the ninth when Keith Foulke gave up a single to Alex Rodriguez that scored Gary Sheffield.  Many Yankees fans refer to this game as the game where Curt Schilling cried – He didn’t.  He buried his face in a towel out of frustration but in 2004 we let the Yankees fans grasp on to whatever they can.  The two pitchers we picked up in the off-season to add the extra oomph the team needed to get past the Yankees had both imploded against them.  The Sox went into Saturday, July 24, 2004, 9.5 games behind the Yankees.

Given that 2004 was before the Red Sox had their fancy new drainage system installed, with all the rain happening Saturday morning, even though it wasn’t expected to rain during the game, no one thought there would be a game that day.  Quite disappointing for many reasons but mostly because 1) it was going to be on Fox and more people would be able to see it and 2) who wants to sit around and NOT have a game after such a soul-crushing loss?  The story we heard later that afternoon was that the game was being called and when they found out about it, the Sox, lead by Jason Varitek, mounted a protest and told everyone who would listen that there WOULD be a game that day.  Curt Schilling told it to Alex Speier this way:

We wanted to play, the front office did not. They were very concerned about the ‘gate’ and we were dead set on playing. I remember a “[Expletive] that, we want to play” response when they came and told us they wanted to bang the game.

The game did not get ‘banged’. (I also remember a story about the Yankees already being on the team bus in their civies when they got the call to get their butts back to the clubhouse. I still don’t know if it’s true, but I like it so I repeat it often.)  Bronson Arroyo makes the history-altering move of hitting ARod (keep in mind, this is before he became “Slappy”)  and all hell breaks lose.  For my birthday in 2004 (which is in December) my sister gave me what I call the “smoosh” photo – Tek asking ARod how his glove smells – and it is, to this day, one of my most prized possessions.  Long story short, the Sox give the Yankees their own soul-crushing loss when they go into the bottom of the 9th with the Yanks up 10-8 and end up losing with Mariano Rivera on the mound.  A double to begin the inning is followed by a fly ball, a single (which scored a run) and then the historic Bill Mueller two-run homer to end the game.

After that game, we thought the Sox were indestructible.  They came back to win the game on Sunday as well and the Sox owned the Yankees for the weekend.  More good things were to come (although it took some time for the Sox to really bounce back) and October 27th made all of the pain of that Friday night game (and the games prior to that which put the Sox in the 8.5 games behind hole they were in) totally worth it.

My point is, people, who knows what this year’s team is capable of?  I’m not ready to give into the idea that the Sox won’t be sniffing the post-season this year just because of a disappointingly slow start (and a frustrating inability for them to string together many wins – see, I do get how lousy this all has been – I’m just not giving up on this team).  Again, sure it sucks.  But I’m willing to accept the suck given the possibility of how great it could eventually be.

Great could begin today.  Of course the guys have to fight their way through CC Sabathia but with Clay Buchholz on the mound I dig our chances.  Adding to my “this feels like July 2004” mojo?  The game today is on Fox.  How sweet would it be for McCarver and Buck to have to eat all their negative words (and you KNOW there will be negative words) when the Sox embarrass the Yankees?

May 8, 2010 Posted by | 2010 | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Don&#39t think that it will be the way it was before

Sports Illustrated photos of McGwire in his rookie year and his final year.  Posted on Twitter today by @si_vault.

Sports Illustrated photos of McGwire in his rookie year and his final year. Posted on Twitter today by @si_vault (and used without permission).

“Baseball is really different now — it’s been cleaned up,” McGwire said. “The commissioner and the players’ association implemented testing and they cracked down, and I’m glad they did.”

Translation:  “I’m glad they did because this way no one will ever know the kind of pure bliss I had from breaking the Roger Maris’ home run record when everyone thought I was the cat’s ass.”

Until they test for HGH, until blood gets drawn to determine whether there are players using illegal, performance-enhancing drugs or supplements, well then there’s no way you can tell me that baseball has “been cleaned up”. Maybe there are less steroids (or at least less steroids that could be detected) than there were in 1998, but there’s too much other stuff players could be doing to call the game “clean”.

I wanted to greet the news of Mark McGwire admitting to steroid use with a huge yawn but I’ll admit to being a bit annoyed with it.  When he had something to lose, or so he thought, in that Congressional hearing, he just kept falling back on not being there to “talk about the past”.  When he could have actually tried to help MLB with this issue, he decided to keep his yap shut.  Now that he saw he got less than 25% of the Hall of Fame vote this year, now that he has another job in MLB, he wants to make nice with the world so people don’t throw things at him when he visits opposing teams and the writers might actually consider voting for him, he admits to what we all knew he did.  What’s the thought process there?  “Well they forgive Alex Rodriguez and they don’t even like him!  It’s Mark McGwire’s time to be forgiven – they want to love me again!”

I haven’t loved you for a long time, Mark.  And your wildly belated admission to something everyone already knew about you doesn’t endear you to me any more.

According to an MLB Network tweet, Bob Costas will be interviewing McGwire tonight at 7 ET.  I’m torn between wanting to watch it in hopes that maybe I’ll actually find some emotion for him that isn’t indifference or annoyance and just ignoring it because running to MLBN the day you make the announcement feels too planned to me.  How convenient for him that he can just jump on tv and start the “Forgive Me” tour.

I don’t want him to ask my forgiveness because I don’t think it’s up to me to offer forgiveness.  I can not like him and not get past what he’s admitted to doing without anyone else being bothered.  I’m sure he isn’t worried about some Red Sox fan in Boston thinking he’s an arrogant jerk.  Then again, I also don’t think breaking the rules, benefiting greatly from doing so, lying about it for years and then crawling back just so you can continue to benefit from breaking the rules (because 1998 was the bread and butter of his career) is any reason for anyone to welcome him back with open arms.

How welcoming would baseball fans, the media and ESPECIALLY MLB be if Mr. Barry Bonds had made this announcement today?

Had to make a last minute edit and add Curt Schilling’s comments about this:

Other than admitting it five years ago, he did it perfectly.”

See, to me, the whole not admitting it five years ago thing is kind of a big deal.  He had a chance to come clean and help deal with this in MLB and hid like a frightened child.  He gets no kudos from me for speaking up now.

January 11, 2010 Posted by | 2010 | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Down by the banks of the River Charles

Photo I took of Gabe Kapler at the 2008 "New Stars" event

Photo I took of Gabe Kapler at the 2008 "New Stars" event

Today is a funky, unique day in Boston.  This morning, the Jimmy Fund is hosting their annual “New Stars for Young Stars” event at Jillian’s.  Players who are scheduled to be appearing include Trot Nixon and Curt Schilling (not exactly NEW stars – but I’ll admit I’m absolutely giddy at the idea of meeting Trot Nixon and I enjoy the fact that they always throw in one or two players who AREN’T “new stars”) and for those of us wanting to meet a local, Manny Delcarmen.  (I think it’s in his contract that he has to appear at any local event the Red Sox are involved in.  He’s a wonderful representative for the team and always seems to be doing something for charity during the most of the off-season.)

This year’s list of “New Stars” is a pretty good mix:

# Luis Exposito — Red Sox top catching prospect
# Jeremy Hermida — Red Sox outfielder
# Casey Kelly — 2009 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the year
# Ryan Kalish — 2009 Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year
# Josh Reddick — Red Sox outfielder
# Ryan Westmoreland — #2 ranked prospect

It’s always fun to watch the young ones interact with the public – for most of them it seems to come quite naturally (I credit the team’s Player Development program for a lot of that) and I love that they get this first hand look at how passionate Sox fans are all the way in January.

After the Jimmy Fund event, there is a Sports Roundtable at Fenway Park that has become an annual part of the Hot Stove, Cool Music concert series.  Moderated by Peter Gammons, this year the guests will be Theo Epstein, Terry Francona, Omar Minaya, Carlos Pena, and Bronson Arroyo.  Attending this will accomplish two things for me:  I’ve never been to one of these roundtables and am really looking forward to it (being held in Fenway makes it all the more appealing!) and I’ll get my Bronson fix for the year, even if he isn’t singing.

Tonight, the Hot Stove, Cool Music concert will be taking place at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street.  This will be the second year that I’ve missed it…which means I’ll miss Bronson Arroyo’s only concert appearance in the area this year.  A bit of a bummer for me but I have friends who will be going and I know they’ll have a great time.

The entire day is pretty much dedicated to the fans having contact with players and folks from the team in a fun and casual setting – and all the money that goes to it goes to charity – so it’s hard to find fault with such great events.  (And yet I do…the high prices for a lot of the events, the seemingly same list of musical acts year after year for the concert…these things I can complain about but I save it for another time!)

This day is the first day in a domino-like list of days that remind me baseball is coming back.  Today gets followed by a visit to Pawtucket for their annual Hot Stove party, followed by Truck Day, followed by Pitchers and Catchers reporting…it’s all going to come at us pretty fast.

January 9, 2010 Posted by | 2010 | , , , , , | 2 Comments

It just needed to be set free

Kyle in a Spinners uniform - the best of baseball tonight.  Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/ and used with permission.

Kyle in a Spinners uniform - the best of baseball for me tonight. Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/ and used with permission.

I’m not going to write about the game because I’m genuinely annoyed that Josh Beckett and the Red Sox keep bullshitting us with the “nothing’s wrong” crap.  I don’t care if he struck out 9 batters, he gave up 7 hits and 5 runs (4 earned), including 2 home runs, in 6 innings.  He hasn’t had a win since August 12th and in the games since that one has given up 12…12 home runs (including tonight’s game) and 24 earned runs in those 4 games.  In the win on the 12th, he gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits including, you guessed it,2 home runs.  If there isn’t something physically wrong here what is it?  You aren’t just “off” for a handful of games.  Luckily, in the 4 games Beckett has pitched since August 12th, the Sox actually ended up winning 2 of them.  But how long is Beckett’s luck going to hold out?

I’ve had a sad and trying day, personally, today, so forgive my surly attitude.  Losses don’t usually annoy me this much but when they come with our “Ace” on the mound it starts to be a chore to brush them all off.   I shouldn’t place the responsibility of helping me forget my troubles on the baseball team but jeez when they kick you in the teeth with a loss they really do it right, huh?

Tomorrow is yet another day.   Clay Buchholz takes the mound and with a little luck all will be well again by 11pm.

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September 2, 2009 Posted by | 2009 | , , , | 9 Comments

Knock me down, its all in vain

Barry Chin’s ( version of one of my favorite photos.

I’m not big on remembering dates so it took checking out Curt Schilling’s blog today to be reminded that today is a special anniversary in Red Sox Nation. Five years ago today was “The Fight” game. Curt’s recollection of the actual fight is amusing:

That was the minute we realized Sturtze was a 6-foot-8 inch puss. The sucker BS and all that, no place for it. We were all wishing some how, some way, Trot would have had a cleaner, clearer shot. That would have been worthy of some sort of cage fighting highlight. We also went nuts when we saw Jonesy (first-base coach Lynn Jones, who tried to pull David Ortiz out of the scrum with Sturtze) grabbing our players. You never grab your own guys in a brawl.

We all wanted Trot to knock out Sturtze too, Curt.

I was supposed to go to Pawtucket with friends that Saturday and backed out at the last minute. Between the weather and my annual summer cold I was determined to stay home and curl up with the Sox/Yanks game. The misery from the previous game was still strong. As fans we really wanted this Saturday game and the weather had us worried it wasn’t happening. Reportedly, the Yankees were dressed and heading for the buses when the word came down that the game was on. Bronson Arroyo v Tanyon Sturtze wasn’t exactly a marquee matchup but we were certainly excited at the prospect of the game just getting started.

Many folks point to the game as the turning point of the season, forgetting that the month of July was pretty meh for the Sox and culminated in trading Nomar. The fight (and ensuing win of that game and following it up on Sunday with a series win) didn’t trigger a winning streak nor a surge in the standings. but it reminded fans that the Yankees were beatable. The horror of game 7 in the 2003 ALCS wasn’t totally erased but the weekend of July 24th in 2004 certainly took the sting away if only for a while.

By October of 2004 when the Red Sox were behind in the ALCS 0-3 they knew they could come back because they weren’t ‘afraid’ of the Yankees (nor, and probably most importantly, were they afraid of Mariano Rivera). It was tough for the fans to watch but July 24th had set up history to be made and it was.

I have two photos in my cubical at work. One is of the ring ceremony in 2005. A panoramic view of Fenway showing all the Red Sox players lined up (with all the Yankees players standing at the top of the stairs of the dugout). The other is the iconic photo of Jason Varitek shoving his glove into Alex Rodriguez’ face. Even if tangentially I connected the two incidents – and I’m not the only one, obviously.

So maybe the ghosts of 2004 will bring us some good fortune tonight? The team needs a kick in the pants and if the only way to get it is spiritually, why not?

In more roster-move news, the Sox have placed Mark Kotsay on waivers today. The way this works is if no team claims Kotsay within 48 hours the Sox either outright release him or send him to Pawtucket. I’m not as pleased as some of you expect I’d be. I never like seeing a player released so that aspect of it is a bit of a bummer. But I will admit that I won’t miss his presence on the team and am looking to see if Adam LaRoche keeps up his second half success now that he’s here.

Brad Penny has suddenly become the stopper. Tonight should be interesting.

July 24, 2009 Posted by | 2009 | , , | Leave a comment

Now I see what I am is holding me down

Jacoby, doing what he does! Photo taken by Kelly O’Connor/ and used with permission.

I missed most of last night’s game as well. I’m happy for Jacoby’s hitting streak being in tact but not so happy to have another road loss. I hate dwelling on the past but realize that sometimes it’s necessary.

So, in an effort to put the last couple of games, into perspective, here’s what went on with the Red Sox a year ago today:

The Red Sox were in Seattle and lost to the Mariners 1-0. Tim Wakefield pitched all 8 innings, striking out 8 and giving up only 1 run on 5 hits. The Mariners used 3 pitchers (Erik Bedard got the win and J.J. Putz the save) to 2-hit the Sox (Those hits coming from the bats of Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell). The Red Sox were a game and a half out of first base behind the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees were six games behind Tampa Bay and in last place.

The Sox had also lost to the Mariners in the previous game. THAT was the game where Matsuzaka had to come out because of back pain (which quickly turned to “shoulder fatigue”) and Manny hit his 499th home run.

My point in dredging this up now? You’re always going to go through periods of suck with the team you love. Sometimes it’s amplified by their being on the road and sometimes, even though there were good games between the bad, you feel like the team is never going to get out of whatever funk they’re in. Thus far, in the month of May, the Red Sox are 13-12. Just over .500. Sure this isn’t fantastic. Especially when you look and see the Yankees have gone 15-10 in May (and I know many if not most of you are looking at the Yankees as well). But it’s May, folks. We have 4 entire months of regular season baseball left. If we’re going to get worked up over a series or two that doesn’t go our way, it’s going to be a long, hot, miserable summer.

This should perk you up: Curt Schilling has a live chat going on at noon today. He’s using the “Cover it Live” software that’s become so popular. Here’s hoping he also using the moderator function and doesn’t approve every insulting message he gets. Power is fun, Curt, use it well!

Oh and then there’s that baseball game on at 1:10pm. I have to imagine Josh Beckett is not amused by two straight losses. Put a stop to it, JPB.

May 28, 2009 Posted by | 2009 | , , | Leave a comment

I hear a rockin' beat and I go

Good luck, Kyle! Photo taken by Doug Benc/Getty Images

Today is supposed to be one of my free days during the week. I don’t go in the office, I spend the better part of the day figuring out what I’m going to write about and then just throw something random up here some time in the afternoon. When my schedule initially changed, I had lofty ideas about writing 2 or 3 posts a day on the days I’m not in the office. Not quite working out the way I expected.

But as it often does, real life gets in the way and I am headed into the office today. Which means you get some random snippets because I didn’t plan my time better for research.

* It’s been tough finding information on Kyle Snyder since he was reassigned. I have a Google search on his name and keep getting articles about high school basketball players and war resisters. (“Kyle Snyder” never struck me as a common name. Boy, was I wrong. Apparently, Kyle Snyder is the new John Smith. But I digress.) This morning the overflowing mailbox with messages about Kyle Snyders I don’t know paid off. Kyle pitched yesterday, throwing three scoreless innings (looks like he was the game’s starting pitcher). Impressive, Kyle. Nice to see! According to Ben Wagner over at The Dish, “Game reports are called in as a courtesy to the Bisons Media/PR department. No official box score and/or game report is available for any minor league spring games.” It’s good to know. And Mr. Wagner is probably going to turn into a good source of information on how Kyle is doing in Buffalo. This is his warning.

* Yankees kicked some butt yesterday, huh? No matter. While Manny Delcarmen getting slapped around concerns me slightly (how close to the beginning of real baseball do we stop saying “It’s only spring training”? Meh, I won’t worry just yet.), I was more focused on Tim Wakefield and George Kottaras – and am happy with those results, so the end score won’t linger for me.

* Keith Olbermann is now blogging over at MLBLogs. His first post is much like one would expect from him. What’s interesting is the comments. Much like here over on Curt Schilling’s blog, many decided to go over and trash the man just for his beliefs instead of for what is written in his blog. Jerks are on both sides. I give people like Curt and Keith credit for not using the delete button more liberally with their commenters. I don’t know how much of that I could put up with on my blog. (And, much like Curt, regardless of what you think of his politics, the guy knows his baseball. It could be an interesting read over there.) On a side note about Curt, in a much appreciated move, he left a very nice comment on this blog on the previous entry and, in the process, he made my mother cry (how many bloggers have a mom who comments on their blog? And who also has her own blog? My mother’s cuteness kills me. {waves}). Very cool, Curt. Thank you.

Red Sox/Reds today at 1:05pm. Another game you won’t be able to find on your tv (or your for that matter). Less than two weeks until Opening Day, folks. We can make it.

March 25, 2009 Posted by | 2009 | , , | Leave a comment