I know that the nature of blogging (and microblogging on Twitter) is to judge. Everyone loves to have their opinion heard…and I’m not different. Sure I can say I don’t judge, but I do. We all do in one way or another, right?
So here I am, ready to judge (or, really, I suppose I’m judging the judgers). Everyone else has written about it so I figured because I’ve written a lot about him in the past, I should mention this ongoing Jerry Remy drama. The Providence Journal printed today what I believe to be the best editorial I’ve read on the RemDawg’s situation with the payoff being in the final paragraph:
I wake up this morning to an email alerting me to Mike Giardi’s piece at Comcast Sports New England about how what Jon Lester told, seemingly, every reporter in New England yesterday was only “part of the story”.
Now, in case I didn’t make this clear in my previous post about him, I think Lester is a spoiled, arrogant ass. But what is becoming more disturbing for me is the increasingly common use of the anonymous source for just about every article that gets written about the Red Sox these days.
I’ll make this brief and to the point: If people want to keep writing these stories geared to upset the fans and shake up the Red Sox, the need to start demanding that their sources go on the record. As much as Lester annoyed me yesterday, at least he put his name to what he said. Not only do I have no respect for people whispering gossip in the media’s ear but insisting on anonymity, but the media reporting all this information without any credible name on record as a source is getting out of control.
I’m sure some will think I’m just a conspiracy theorist nut with this next sentence but I’ll say it anyway: I’m not entirely convinced everything we’ve heard has come solely from people who work for the Red Sox. I would not be surprised to find out some of the “sources” feeding these articles are the Boston sports writers themselves. They’ve been waiting four years to be able to start trash talking this team in print and now they have their chance. I find very little comfort in a writer covering the Red Sox telling us their sources are “impeachable” yet refusing to name said sources. They haven’t done anything over the last, oh fifty years maybe, to give me any indication I should trust them and I’m getting very tired of reading “Anonymous sources said…” in every piece that’s being written right now.
Since I’m ranting, let me just add Jerry Remy to my list of people surround the Red Sox who are pissing me off. Nothing like taking advantage of the fans any way you can, Jerry. I received an email today from a PR representative wanting me to share the news that Remy’s Bar and Grill is having a bitchfest on Wednesday. They literally sent out a press release to let people know there is an “Open Mic Rant” from 5-7pm….and don’t forget they’re selling $5 burgers too! Apparently they are doing everything they can to ensure I never step foot in there again. They’re calling it “Occupy Fenway” which would be cute and maybe even clever if it wasn’t so stupid and annoying.
So they got their wish, anyway. I mentioned it on the blog.
I’m at the point where I hate pretty much everyone but the fans right now (because, honestly, for fans who get so maligned, I think most of the Red Sox fans thus far have handled all of this the best out of anyone dealing with it).
I have to keep reminding myself that it’s all about winning the series and one loss doesn’t decide anything right now. But, admittedly, it’s sometimes tough.
Two home runs for Mike Cameron made me happy. I like seeing him do well coming off the bench. I still cringe when I see Bobby Jenks coming out of the bullpen. That will go away eventually, right?
Much like our beloved Jerry Remy, I’m still feeling a bit out of sorts (RemDawg will be missing yet another game tonight for those not following him on Twitter or Facebook) and the posting will be sporadic, probably, for a few more days. I hate not posting SOMETHING every day…it makes me feel like there’s a hole in the day. (As an aside, I really DO miss Remy doing the color. I enjoyed Don Orsillo calling the game by himself but I much prefer RemDawg in the booth.)
I hope folks are getting to enjoy their Saturday!
Ever since the Tampa Bay Rays took two games in a rain-postponed shortened series sweep at Fenway, the Red Sox have won a series 23-1 against the Toronto Blue Jays (how did I miss a whole game? Thanks, Ruben!), split a two-game series against the Oakland A’s, and swept a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They have won eight out of their last ten games and are one win away from being a .500 club. The Red Sox are now in third place in the AL East, 3.5 games out of first place with 141 games left to play.
Ask fans of the Seattle Mariners if they’d like to be in our shoes right now.
I’m enjoying the team having a day off and no one worrying about the path the team is on. It’s refreshing if not a little bit foreign this year.
Jerry Remy tweeted this and posted it on his Facebook page today (and it’s his, he signs his tweets when he writes them himself):
Be honest-did you ever think that the #RedSox would be flirting with a .500 record so shortly after that horrific start?-I didn’t.
Are my glasses so rose-colored that I find it close to unbelievable that, of all people, Jerry Remy didn’t believe the Red Sox were under-performing that first week and would snap out of it? It really didn’t occur to me that the slow start was anything more than an anomaly and not indicative of what the season would bring.
The Red Sox are on some kind of roll right now and I’m not going to waste any time questioning it. I just choose to sit back and enjoy it.
I haven’t really gotten into all the pre-season goings on just yet. I listened to the first two games MLB audio let me this week, but my heart wasn’t in it.
Today, though…today not only do we get Red Sox baseball but we get TELEVISED Red Sox baseball with Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo calling the game! And, as a bonus, it’s Red Sox baseball against the New York Yankees. Buy me a hot dog and let’s call it summer!
There is a feeling that I can’t explain when it comes to baseball starting up again. Although I’m always paying attention to baseball (and keeping up the blog by writing about it) even in the off-season, my level of enthusiasm definitely wanes. As excited as I get about Truck Day and pitchers and catchers reporting, that feeling goes away for me. It isn’t until I hear Remy and Donnie O and see the Red Sox actually playing ball, that I get that charge…that feeling of having a clean slate and a world of opportunities for the team ahead of me. Tonight, when Remy says “Buenas noches, amigos”, I’ll be ready.
Baseball is finally back on my television…Clay Buchholz is pitching against the Yankees at 7:05 tonight on NESN. I can’t wait!
Got to watch the Sox/Rays game Monday night at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill. I’ll be honest, I went in expecting to be disappointed and I was only disappointed in that I wasn’t disappointed at all.
Okay, that’s not entirely true. Let’s get the one major disappointment out of the way: the ladies’ room and its lack of televisions.
Now maybe for some this wouldn’t be a big deal. I don’t usually walk into every public ladies’ room expecting there to be televisions but the Cask ‘n’ Flagon has me spoiled. So when a new sports bar opens I have to figure (or hope) there will be a tv in the bathroom. At Remy’s there isn’t. Wouldn’t be a big deal at all except that the waitress told me not only is there a television in the men’s room…there are three. She went on to tell us that the men’s room is actually smaller than the ladies’ room (she also informed us that we weren’t the only people to question the lack of televisions in the ladies’ room). So it’s smaller but it has three televisions (and, really, who spends more time in the bathroom, men or women? Thank you). My one regret for the night is that I didn’t sneak into the men’s room just to see. I’m kicking myself for not doing it (hey there were only about 20 people in there all night so I could have done it without getting caught!).
So for their treating men like sports fans and women like people who are just there to be with their men…Remy’s gets a failing grade. Get with the program, Rem Dawg and start acting like the women fans count. It’s not too late to slap a television in there.
I wrote almost an entire entry about how sick and tired I am of trolls coming here just to get personal digs in that have nothing to do with baseball or anything I write about and then I thought “Why? Why bother validating anything those schmucks write?”. So, instead, I’ll write about how damn happy I am that JD Drew went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI and two home runs on Thursday night. Does that show the “Nancy Drew” asses that he has “heart” or “passion” or whatever the hell it is they’re looking for him to have? Probably not. But I enjoy JD giving a giant middle finger to all the jerks who want to point to him as the reason this team struggles.
Sweeping the Blue Jays wasn’t totally unexpected (although many had written off the Buchholz/Halladay game, I’m sure) but it was exactly what they needed to do. Just keep winning games and everything else will fall into place.
So Friday begins the Yanks series. I’m not overjoyed with the pitching match-ups but, then again, I’m a big believer in “anything can happen” so I’m not worrying about any of the games this weekend. (Also a tip of the hat and thanks to Jon Lester for going 8 innings, thus saving the bullpen for the Yankees.) Brad Penny might be the first on the mound but the main focus for me during the first game is the return of Jerry Remy. I know a lot of people are fans of Dennis Eckersley (and in the context of baseball, I am as well) but he got to the point where if I heard him say “cheese” or “salad” one more time I was going to poke out my eardrums with an ice pick. So I’m pleased to be getting the Rem Dawg back. And it’ll be sweet to be live blogging not only the game but Jerry’s return. It’s just a good thing you all won’t be able to see how dusty it gets at my place when the game starts. Welcome back, Jerry!
Based on some comments I received this week, I think there are a few things I need to make clear about posting comments just so there are no surprises for first-time commenters. Now is as good a time as any to cover them.
|LaRussa’s mug shot from March 2007
I love Twitter and I can’t stand Tony LaRussa so there are some aspects of this story that make me laugh.
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is suing the social-networking site Twitter, claiming an unauthorized page that used his name to make light of drunken driving and two Cardinals pitchers who died damaged his reputation and caused emotional distress.
Now I’m on the fence about making light of tragedy. On a personal level, I’m a huge fan of dark humor. I’ve never been to a funeral where we didn’t find something to laugh about (and, unfortunately, I’ve been to an awful lot of funerals). But I also feel like you need to keep a certain level of respect for the people left behind after a tragedy. So I understand that it could hurt someone to see jokes about someone they love who has died.
But I have a few issues with LaRussa “suing” over this. First off, it’s satire. Even if it’s bad, it seems to me that this would fall under that. Even if it isn’t covered under satire it’s still just humor, no? I never saw the original tweets of this fake LaRussa but based on what has been posted it seems to me that it was completely obvious that it wasn’t really LaRussa writing the updates. (The fake Michael Kay tweets usually are good for a laugh or two but even before he put up the disclaimer that the page was fake, you had to be a bit slow to not realize that already.)
There were three profiles I followed when I started on Twitter that turned out to be fake. Keith Olbermann’s, Stephen Colbert’s and Tina Fey’s (that tells you a lot about me, I know. Probably more than I should make public here!). Olbermann has absolutely no love for Twitter because of the fake profile but Colbert just created his OWN profile (instead of complaining about the fake ones) and Tina Fey has commented that, although it isn’t her, she thinks the person writing the fake profile is funny. (Although it should be noted that the person writing those tweets now calls the page NOT Tina Fey.)
I don’t think anyone should be allowed to dupe people into believing that person is someone else. So I understand LaRussa wanting Twitter to take down the fraudulent account. But suing seems ridiculous, petty, expensive and a tremendous waste of time and resources. According to the story I linked, there was a “warning” on the Twitter profile page that read “Bio Parodies are fun for everyone.” So if I understand the story, LaRussa is suing for being parodied because making jokes (and I’m not arguing whether the jokes were funny or not) about the tragedies that the Cardinals have dealt with and about LaRussa’s lack of good judgment when it comes to drinking and driving, hurt poor Tony’s feelings. So sad. Someone needs to call the wahmbulance.
What happened to Darryl Kile was tragic. What happened to Josh Hancock was tragic and, sadly, caused by Josh’s drunkenness. No less sad, especially for his family and friends, but I wonder if LaRussa is a little more sensitive to it because of his own alcohol issues? Maybe Tony has a bit of guilt because, unlike Hancock, he was fortunate enough to only have to endure public humiliation instead of a funeral? I mean what is possessing him to SUE over this? Whatever the case is, joking about the dead can certainly be considered bad taste but I’m not sure it’s worthy of a courty case. If I’m sitting on the jury that catches this case (although I’m going to guess that this case never sees the inside of a courtroom) I’d be PISSED that they brought me in for something so frivilous. Make them take down the page (which already has been done), get a thicker skin and get over it, Tony. (The faux Twitter profile, not the tragedies.)
Since I’m ranting, I wanted to point you all here. According to comments he made on the Dale and Holley show, Dennis Eckersley didn’t know he “couldn’t talk no-no”. Raise you hand if you believe him. Please, God, send us back Jerry Remy soon. Eck is fun but I really, really miss the Rem Dawg.
(Interesting, to me anyway, note: I’m watching Randy Johnson’s perfect game on MLBN. Mark Grace says “Randy’s been perfect through four.” And in the fifth inning he is making remarks about this possibly being a ‘special game’. He also said “I won’t say anything else” and then added “Yes, I will. I’ll have to.” So, regardless of my feelings about this issue, I’m interested to see how others look at it. Grace was right. It IS tough not to mention that the pitcher is perfect through so many innings. Does that fall under the tradition of not talking about it? The world might never know.)
Okay…I caved. (Actually my evening plans were changed suddenly.) We’re live blogging tonight! (My only concern being how Comcast has been acting up today and I worry that might cause delays in the live blog. Oh well…walk on the wild side, Cyn.)
While I’m here I need to give a couple of shout-outs: One to Rafe Anderson for letting us know that Remy’s back doing “Dial the Dawg“. Back in the days when I had a land line, I actually had Remy’s voice as the outgoing message on the voice mail. As I said to Rafe, sometimes geek isn’t a strong enough word to describe me.
Another goes to Dan Lamothe over at Red Sox Monster for quickly finding video of the Red Sox newest fan:
So be with me tonight at 7pm for the live blog. With Beckett on the mound, anything could happen!