Monday, December 11, 2006

Boston. We Have A Problem...

And no, this is not Apollo 13, and the city is Boston, not Houston. But indeed, we HAVE A PROBLEM, and not the immediate right now yesterday not tomorrow problem we are facing with Scott Boras(s). I dealt with that in my last post, right below this one. But, in a nutshell, as written by the Globe's DS, and as his MO, this ONE paragraph has already drawn the ire, AND applause, of RSNers everywhere. Here it is......the subject, the glaring weakness of our club....tada!

"Meanwhile, what about the bullpen? Other than signing Japanese lefty Hideki Okajima, the Red Sox have not addressed this crucial area. Mike Timlin is 105 years old, Manny Delcarmen has yet to establish that he's more than a Triple A pitcher, and Craig Hansen was brought to the bigs too early. For all of the dollars spent and deals done, the Sox at this hour are a team with no closer.
Don't be surprised if Papelbon is back in that role when the Sox break camp. He was dominant through last August, and if the Sox don't find a reliable fireman, they'd be better off putting Papelbon back in the bullpen and spending their Eric Gagne mad money finding a fifth starter."

Peter here, and yeah, those words are sharp as razors, cutting right to an essential problem that has not been resolved. Anything could happen, especially if the Sox are hell-bent on developing a closer from within. I hope that does not happen. Paps and his shoulder are suited to being a starter. Why? I'll tell you, or try to. What has to help him is being able to have an each game timetable and a personal menu that will let him go seven or eight innings and not have to "throw the lights out" of the ball each and every pitch. Something that last year he was very good (read that as the BEST) at doing. So after the next three days of the DMat/Boras(s) soap opera, this hits us right in the face. Point blank, right between the eyes, as Bruce wrote and sang in the 1980 masterpiece POINT BLANK. I had to get in a Bruce mention....
Thanks for the multiple Monday visits. I'm loving it!


At 12/11/2006 12:37 PM, Blogger Christine E. said...

Yes, this is tiresome..but we only have 3 more days to deal with it, then Matsuzaka will return to Japan and then we'll get to hear about how it didn't get done...(sigh)

Happy Belated Birthday, BTW, hope you enjoyed your day.

At 12/11/2006 2:41 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

I think that no one reliable and close to either sources are providing us with information so it's all mere speculation. I'm still thinking he's coming. Call it my gut instinct, but I think the drama and the buildup is part of the mystique. ;)

Happy Belated!

At 12/11/2006 4:45 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I like your gut instinct. And thank you Christine!

At 12/11/2006 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

F*** Bor***!

My latest art work says so!

At 12/12/2006 6:41 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I'm with you Michael.


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