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A thought process with words, all about the Boston Red Sox and life itself. Unceasingly amazing, every day, every hour, every minute. It's about all of us, together as one, forever. IMAGINE.
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Anna Benson, right now, as I write this, is on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius. When asked about the trade that sent her husband from the Mets to the O's, here is how she responded. She said the O's were short of pitchers, and the Mets were short of balls. At this point, Howard and Robin tried to stop her and tell her she wasn't making sense. She was on medication for a cold, and it sounded like it was the codeine talking. But she stubbornly went on with her "story." So the Mets, she said, traded Kris to the Orioles, because the Orioles needed pitching. And the Mets got a bag of balls. She finished the story by saying the Mets still don't have any balls. It was at this point that Howard said that she is no comedian and went on to other more important things. But she wasn't finished. In the end, even she agreed the Mets thought her to be a distraction that they did not need. As soon as the talk went back to her looks instead of her lack of brains, she was much more at home.
Well, it seems so far that we're two for two when it comes to a starting pitcher drawing a crowd, and smiles on those faces in the crowd. Josh Beckett, our number three starter, (with Wakes in between, to change the mood and the delivery speed of pitches) also had the people roaring for more. Or, as the Herald put it this morning...... FORT MYERS -- "Like Curt Schilling one day earlier, Josh Beckett wowed observers during his first session throwing batting practice yesterday.
This, from Fox Sports, gave me a big smile this morning. Let's see if that smile rubs off on you. I like stuff like that. And for brevity's sake, I only ran the Red Sox and Yankees summaries in the article. Here you go..... Red Sox are favorites in AL East
We lost two great actors yesterday. Don Knotts, best known as Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show, who went on to star in Disney films, the movie Pleasantville, which I cannot recommend more highly for a rental, and recent voiceovers for major animated features. And don't forget his Mr. Furley on the beloved vehicle for John Ritter, Three's Company.
I'd like to comment, briefly, on each of these five points from an on-line article by CBS Sports. My comments start and end with three stars (***). Enjoy, my buddies.
The guy we love to hate, and believe me using the words love and Sheffield in the same sentence was, until a moment ago, beyond me, spoke out yesterday. And you know what. He proved way beyond a reasonable doubt that he is the clear and consise definition of an IDIOT. Here is part of what he had to say. Pardon me for laughing uncontrollably while you read this..... "Sheffield called "certain members" of the media "idiots," but he also took shots at the Yankees.
And this from the Herald made me smile. With glee. And anticipation. And downright confidence in the capabilities and future of the 2006 Boston Red Sox. I leave you with this blurb, and hope everyone has a GREAT weekend, though I will be back with more words my style.
Dave Wallace's importance to the club might not seem critical, but do not minimize the loss. No way. From the Globe," Without him, the Sox are faced with a difficult task. The staff is a blend of pitchers who have worked with Wallace (Schilling, Tim Wakefield, Matt Clement, Bronson Arroyo, Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Timlin, Keith Foulke) and pitchers new to the organization (Josh Beckett, Julián Tavárez, Rudy Seánez, David Riske).
Just made official, by Sox offiicials. Manny will be in Spring training camp without the move to play in the WBC. And yes, it does have something to do with his APPROVED late arrival. And when I say late, I really don't think of it as late, just a few hours tardy. And the club was eager for him to avoid playing in the WBC, so a happy compromise was quickly attained between the two parties. I can live with it.....can you??? I thought so.
From New Jersey's The Daily Record...........
From the Herald, Big Papi speaks his mind on Manny -- "David Ortiz has not spoken with Manny Ramirez since it was announced the Red Sox left fielder would report to camp a week behind the rest of the position players, but he’s confident his teammate will show up.
What's the matter? Too busy with your explosive baseball career to show up at Red Sox Spring training?? I know it must be tough with all the movie roles and personal appearances being offered you. Listen, you idiot. Stay in your own personal spotlight and OUT of a Red Sox uniform. We have enough infielders, and great ones at that, even on the bench, without your late-assed presence being needed. Nice to know you, putz!
You know who, from the Globe....."Manny rules. So the Red Sox once again are forced to play by Manny Rules."
From the Weymouth (MA.) News..."The two biggest question marks stand at the front of the rotation and the back end of the bullpen. In 2004, Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke showed us first hand how important it is to have an ace and a dominant closer for a postseason run. In 2005, Schilling and Foulke showed us what happens when you have neither. Last season, Schilling suffered from a bum ankle and Foulke was hampered by both of his knees, not to mention his mental mindset. If both pitchers are able to rebound and pitch like they did in 2004, these Sox will be tough to beat."
This is just a little something I wanted to say to Orlando Cabrera, he of 2004 heroics that will forever be in our hearts. From the Herald today...“They’ve been trying to get rid of him for the last three years,” Cabrera said. “I don’t see no reason why he would be happy. If that was me and they were treating me like that, I wouldn’t be happy.”
FORT MYERS, Fla. --" Superstar slugger Manny Ramirez will not be with the Red Sox when they have their first full-squad workout on Thursday. But by rules of Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement, Ramirez won't be late by the letter of the law when he does arrive.
The Yankee team doctors, who thought the problem had been erased, have confirmed the worst. Alex Rodriguez, better known as AROD, third baseman and AL MVP last year, has had a relapse and is still suffering from FIMD. That is, foot in mouth disease. Blood tests have confimed that FIMD levels are off the scale. More to come as the situation warrants. Doctors fear this might be a lifetime malady. This has been a PeterOnAll flash, copyright 2006.
David Wells' behavior so far down in Florida raises questions. He isn't working out with the team. He threw catch apart from his teamates on a far removed part of the field. What's up with that? Out of camp by noon for lunch and beers? Or does his surgically repaired knee really need this coddling? I suspect he still is seething at not being traded. I hope he knows that the Sox have done their all to trade him without having to GIVE him away. I hope he toes the line and gets his act together, for his 15 wins last season could be matched this season if he has no further trouble from his knee. I always thought he wouldn't try to pull something like this. Please Boomer, get your act together and get in shape for the season. You'll be playing somewhere. And an out of shape David Wells is good to no one. And is he really going to walk away from all that cash? Mystifying. Hey David. Let us know what's going on and stop being an a-hole.
Today, Tuesday February 21st, 2006. Exactly 4 weeks until the start of Spring. Feel better? I know I do.
Number 24. Just the mention of those two digits sends shivers of memories not imagined down my spine. Dwight Evans. Dewey, or as it sounded when 35,000 chanted it, "Dew-ey Dew-ey Dew-ey." Right field at Fenway, hell, right field if it was on Mars, was owned by him. But first I must give my honorable mention player. none other that Carl Yastrezemski. Yaz. Number 8 at the plate. Just as Dewey owned right field, Yaz owned the wall and the small patch of grass in front of it known as left field. He could take a carrom off the wall and before the runner lifted his head rounding first base was ready to gun him out by 8 steps. Wall ball line singles were the norm, for if the ball had any mustard on it and the batter decided to take an elongated stroll past the first base bag, he was out, dead cold, dead meat, frozen fish. Then, eyes to the ground, he would have to take that miles long walk across the diamond to the visiter's dugout. Yaz played that wall like Springsteen plays the guitar, like Billy Joel plays the piano. Like God created us in his image. There was no other.
Today, just this moment, the news was released, Curt Gowdy, Amerca's beloved voice of sports of all kind, has passed. Of Leukemia. Too close. My sister passed from the same Hell. He was OUR voice decades ago...the sixties...the Red Sox. But he was so much more than that. He will never be replaced. We will miss you. Each and every one of us. Your play by play was magic. Your voice spoke for all of us. My goodness. We miss you. Goodbye, with tears.
From SI....."David Ortiz arrived at camp Sunday wearing a black T-shirt that read "Manny being Manny'' but unsure of the whereabouts of his peculiar partner in the middle of the Red Sox lineup.
Curt Schilling has spoken of his desire to see Jonathon Papelbon in the rotation. Here's what he said...."Schilling raved about the team's improved defense in the infield, joked about being ranked fourth on GQ's list of most hated athletes (''I actually talked to my wife about that because I thought maybe she had some input in the article") and was open about his desire to see rookie Jonathan Papelbon in the rotation.
This from the Globe today, Saturday. I like this brand of enthusiasm, this lack of whining, this group of guys who are commited to making the summer of 2006 one to remember. After all, as Billy Joel said in an 80s song..." These are the times to remember, though they will not last forever. These are the times to hold on to, but we can't although we want to." So sadly true. Live every day, my friends. And visit here often......from the Globe - " Today is reporting day for pitchers and catchers, but the list of players already in camp is lengthy: Schilling, Mike Timlin, Josh Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon, Coco Crisp, Trot Nixon, Kevin Youkilis, Graffanino, Tim Wakefield, David Riske, Craig Hansen, Lenny DiNardo, Josh Bard, Willie Harris, Ken Huckaby, David Murphy, Cla Meredith,"....... and Johhny Pesky. Sadly the only Johnny left.
Oh well. A man in the know speaks his mind. And then that man, manager of the World Champion Chicago White Sox, takes a step back and publicly apologises. But I know his inner feelings haven't changed about DORA a whit. But to remain "politically correct", he did say this, as reprinted from New York's The Daily News. Here it is......
Memory recovery mission accomplished. What I mean is that, after fooling around with the gibberish ( Reb's term, aptly put) inside the template box, I had a morning epiphany. Now I know that morning epiphinies are just as good as evening epiphinies. The links to my favorite Sox blogs that were missing, and also one Yankee blog (boo hiss) are up!! I did it. What might be easy for some and had never been for me is now doable. Thank you very much.
Well, the Boss, and in my world there is only ONE BOSS, and that is Bruce Springsteen in all his 33 year glory, has spoken. The newspaper called it "THE BOSSES' FIRST BLAST." I call it "WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH." You withered idiot. It seems Georgie doesn't want any of his players to leave Spring training to play in the World Baseball Classic. Awwww. Hey Steinbrenner, and I call you by your last name only because that's what you do as a way of disrespect when you are peeved at someone. The only thing I wish for you, oh ancient blubber boy, is good health, because I cannot with my make-up wish ANYONE short of Hitler bad health. And we know what happened to him. Too quick a death, if you ask me. Wow, from Steinbrenner to Hitler. Does that tell you something?
Carl Pavano's ailing back is secretly a Red Sox fan. The back's agent, Danny Disk, disclosed the details in an unannounced press conference held in the small town of Cartilidge New York. This is good news for all Red Sox fans, as the possibility of more New York Yankee body parts joining the millions of Sox fans across the nation becomes more and more probable.
This is part of a lengthy article on the Red Sox's chances this year. "In a best-case scenario for the Sox, Crisp takes to his new position in center field (he was moved to left last year by the Indians), the rebuilt infield fields better and hits as well as the one of a year ago, Manny is still Manny, Ortiz continues swinging one of the best clutch bats in the game and catcher Jason Varitek remains arguably the best combination of catcher/hitter in the American League.
From the New York post, Ozzie speaks out on DORA.......
Tony Massarotti of the Herald poses a question that every Red Sox fan can answer. He writes this. " Theo Epstein is back, but the uncertainty has not died as much as it has gone dormant. Officially, at least, Epstein was gone for much of this offseason. In his absence, the Red Sox were torn down and rebuilt, undergoing changes as significant as those to their 94-year-old ballpark.
That's what it would be if the Red Sox traded Trot Noxon. His 2005 numbers....275 average, 13 home runs, and 67 RBIs -- were far below the career numbers he posted in 2003: .306, 28, and 87. But he is the heart of this team, or one of them. For people that have never had a back injury involving a disk hitting the nerve that runs down the backside to the foot, and I have, as a 20 year old, it is as debilitating a type of pain that exists to man. Well maybe a tooth extraction or a root canal without novocaine is up there too, but I would not know. Give me that shot of novocaine, Dr. Dentist, please. Maybe a little gas, to go! A portable container, maybe? Just kidding.
Well, the cars are unburied and moved to higher ground. It's one thing I do for my neighbors, who are in the mid-eighties and able to get around just fine. But with the drifts burying their cars this morning, I knew they couldn't do it. And boy, it being ZERO degrees out, after their 2 cars were done I needed badly to get inside for a cup of hot cocoa, my Mom's recipe, and a half of a wheat bagel, light on the cream cheese. Yoy know that feeling you get after you do something nice for someone, sort of an internal smile with a feeling of warmth, with your mind telling you in that little voice it has (mine has a little voice, yours might be bigger) "Peter, good job." I hope there's someone there to help me when I need to unbury my car when, in the distant future, I'm not able to. Sort of like Paul was singing in his song. "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64." Well, there's a few years left till that happens. Anyone interested apply in the comments section. See ya.
""Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel." – Last words of George Appel, executed in electric chair in New York, 1928."
What a great movie! Except the movie is being playing as I look out the windows. It is still snowing sooo hard, and my last (for good) measurement, validated by the local TV/radio meteoroligists, is 26 inches. Much more to come.
We have been, since about 5 AM, in a narrow band of super heavy snowfall. This band has paralleled Route 84 from Hartford southwest to near Monroe into Danbury. What was at around 6 AM 3 or 4 inches of snowfall has turned into a monster 12 to 14 inches, and that's in a 3 or 3 1/2 hour span. And with another 10 or 12 inches to go. Maybe more. My goodness. Visibility right now as I type this maybe is 30 feet! 10 yards! And I am not exagerating. My neighbor's houses have disappeared into a solid white sheet of nothingness. I feel like a catapiller wrapped in his or her cocoon, safe and warm (not) inside a cloudlike white puff pastry. It's almost like being smack dab in the middle of an unsliced loaf of white bread, safe and comfortable with plenty to eat but nearly blind. Blind but happy. Oh yes. More to come. In the time it took to type this, keep my eye on the radar, and correct the spelling errors, some of which will remain, the snow depth is up to 17 inches. Holy crap, as Frank Barone would say.
From today's Herald, this short blurb...."The Red Sox continue to decline comment on any and all matters regarding Roger Clemens, and the chance of the seven-time Cy Young Award winner returning to Boston still appear remote."
It looks like Southern New England, which is comprised of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Mass., are in for a big blow. And I mean a quick dose of the white stuff. Wait, I have to be even more clear, or there will be trouble. I talkin' 'bout SNOW. But this storm, which will move QUICKLY up the coast, will dump a quick 10 or 12 inches of the white stuff between 6pm Saturday to about 9am Sunday. Now, if it slows down, or stalls, throw all that out the window. Don't worry, I have safety nets surrounding the house. But it should be a fleet-footed storm that's in a hurry to go somewhere, and most of its pretty damage will be done when the sun is below the horizon. But the timing is so great because most people do not have to be out, so the snow plow drivers will have all the room they need.
All things must pass, as George Harrison said, and finally my saga with a speeding ticket has ended. Read parts 1 and 2, dated Dec. 12 and Dec.19 first, if you wish. In a nutshell, I got a speeding ticket for going 54 in a 40 zone. My bad. I paid the ticket, pleading guilty and sending in a check. Roughly a week later I received a letter from the Superior Court State of Connecticut ordering me to report to the courthouse on Jan. 9th. Why, they did not say. WHAT THE FUCK? When I called the clerk's office to find out, she said there was another charge that had to be resolved in court. For a simple speeding ticket?
Our very own shortstop Alex Gonzalez has been tearing up the Caribbean Baseball Series, with his bat AND with his glove. Read on, from the AP..........." Late rally boosts Venezuela to Caribbean Series title."
Where will Roger Clemens pitch this coming baseball season? Let's hear from the man himself, in an article I came across in Newsday today.
"The Red Sox avoided arbitration with Josh Beckett, 25, who officially signed a one-year deal, reportedly worth $4.325 million. Beckett (15-8, 3.38 ERA) had agreed to the contract Saturday."
This, from the Detroit News, and interesting to Red Sox fans, just in case you missed it, my readers galore (ha ha, but I love you all.)......."Tom Gage's Top 5 ... What wasn't news..."
From The Post Gazette, of Pittsburgh, PA., momentary football capital of the world......"Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer off Jorge Sosa in the top of the ninth inning, lifting Venezuela to an 11-9 victory against the visiting Dominican Republic late Saturday night in the Caribbean Series."
That's what I thought of the game. It would have been great to have last year's Pats there to wipe the field with both Pittsburgh and Seattle at the same time, using the best players from both teams. But the game accomplished something that nothing else can. THE FOOTBALL SEASON IS OVER. Long live baseball. Hope your weekend was great! Back later.
There! In print so I cannot take it back. My prediction for the upcoming (2 hours and 12 minutes) game today in Motor (not Motah) City. I could be wrong and have the score reversed, however. If I did, it should read Seattle 27 Steelers 17. There, all bases covered!
Sound needed for this short clip. Enjoy the pigskin game, everyone. But I'm ready for baseball, and we must get by the Super Bowl to set the stage. http://film.netop.com/selfdefence.mov
Well, the Sox have agreed to terms with pitcher Josh Beckett, and at a little over $4 million, it makes sense. Barring injury, and that is a real concern with his hopefully sound shoulder, he should have a good season as part of a two-headed pair of aces, and that's counting on Schill's recovery to where he was in 2004.
Larry Lucchino was in New Haven yesterday, and the first question asked of him was, "What the heck happened with Theo. He said these things happen all the time in baseball. Uh, hello Larry, Theo's bizarre departure and re-arrival is not "one of those things" that happen all the time. And when asked about the most pressing issue for the club right now, he said, without hesitation, Manny Ramirez. "We're not going to give Manny away for a box of doughnuts and a bag of baseballs." GOOD. Larry, if you had any balls, maybe the off-season would have been easier to take than it was. I suggest you keep a hold of your balls, because sooner or later, they'll come in handy. And you can quote me.
Here it is, stolen from today's Globe, that esteemed(?) publication.....
****This was in this morning's Hartford Courant. Read on, and I'll have a comment when you finish****...From the AP..."The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday the Red Sox made another strong push to trade outfielder Manny Ramirez to the Angels this past week, but the Angels balked at the Sox's asking price.
You don't read much here about the Boston Celtics because I don't follow them with the fervor I did in the magical '80s, when every game was an event unto itself. DJ and Danny Ainge were the guards. Kevin McHale and Larry Bird were the forwards, and the Chief, Robert Parish, was the center. Now that is a starting line-up!
Another good friend of Manny Ramirez, Enrique Wilson, will be in Spring Training camp. So maybe Manny will feel more comfortable being in his Sox uniform, colors we want him to be proud of, in the on deck circle while Big Papi takes his cuts. Enrique will have to perform miracles to make the club, as Alex Cora and Tony Graffanino are our back-ups in the infield. But he will be there through mid-March, at least. Anything for Manny, I guess. Let's just hope there are no more looping strolls to first base on ground balls. Perish the thought. The bathroom behind the Green Monster is clean and ready for you Manny, with a new Japanese toilet with a massaging heated seat and a timer to alert you to get back to the outfield.
I do not read this publication, but I found this list to be enertaining and somewhat surprising. Here we go.....
***I had to print this, because praise from a New York based paper about our team, the Red Sox, is rare. And the writer makes some good points, so many that I printed the article here, in its entirety.**** Red Sox In Excellent Shape Despite Front-Office Turmoil