Thursday, October 23, 2008

World Series Game One Result...Five Boston Red Sox Off Season Questions

Philadelphia won game one of the 2008 World Series with a tense, terse 3-2 pitching-heavy victory in St. Petersburg, Florida Wednesday night. The Phillies' Cole Hamels outpitched Scott Kazmir, who pitched well himself, to earn the victory. Game two will be Thursday night at 8:35pm EDT on FOX and FOXHD. It's a must game for the Mohawk-laden Rays. Enjoy!

The Boston Globe's Tony Massarotti had a great piece in this morning's paper detailing the five most important questions Boston has to answer in the off season. I linked the article, which allows you, the fan, to vote on each query. Simply click on this title's post. You might be surprised by a couple of the leading voting answers, but you read this blog, among others, so I don't think so. Let me zap through the five questions and after you have a chance to vote, I'll follow it up with my exhaustively researched (yeah, right) opinions on each one. Hey, the only research I do when I give my opinion on anything Red Sox is listen to that little voice in my left ear that rings loud and clear and tells me what to write and how to write it. That little voice might have driven lesser people bonkers, but I kind of like it! I guess I'm a little bonkers to begin with. Here we go, and I paraphrase. Thank you Boston Globe and Tony Massarotti...

1) What do the Sox do with Ellsbury and/or Coco? Should Jacoby continue to lead off, or should it be Crisp, who was white hot in the postseason...should they trade Crisp while his value is so high?

2) The shortstop question. Will it be Lugo or Lowrie in '09? Should they jettison Lugo?

3) What do the Sox do with Justin Masterson...'pen or rotation?

4) Do they resign Jason Varitek? Do they let him leave, something he does not want to do, or do they get someone who can help him with the load?

5) Does Boston need another power hitter? If so, should they go after free agent Mark Teixeira, the potent first baseman from the Angels who will be a free agent this winter? If the answer was yes, who do they part with...Ortiz (no), Youk (NO, NO) or Mike Lowell (the best of the three--age etc.) ?

That's it! Just click on the title and vote for yourself. It only takes five minutes, and it's fun. And then leave your comments right here, if you can. I appreciate those of you who still stop in almost if not every makes this all worthwhile. I'll look for those comments and you'll be able to read my opinions on each question first thing in the morning. I haven't heard anything about Tito Francona's back because the Sox have not released anything to the public. When I hear it, you read it. Right here. As always, BE WELL.


At 10/23/2008 11:16 AM, Blogger Rooster said...

1) Easy, by default you keep them both, bring them both back for Spring Training, and let them compete for the starting job. However, you know that you can stand to lose one of them, so as you try to build up other areas, you can include them in trade discussions. If there is no trade, you keep both. if there is a trade, who goes will be dictated in part by the other party in the trade.

2) Again, Lowrie is young and talented and can also play 3rd. Keep him for sure and let him compete for a job in Spring Training. Lugo? Hmm. Not sure how much time is left on the contract. If they can find a way to move him, you could include him in a trade, otherwise, he comes back too and is your default starter.

3) Excellent question. As Justin what he prefers. If he wants to start, let him compete for a spot in spring training. If he makes it, there you go. If not, convince him you need him in the pen.

4) They should re-sign 'Tek, but not foolishly. Work out a solid contract and present it. If Boras wants to break the bank, you may need to turn away. But, first, try to get it done. Either way, explore getting a solid catcher for the future.

5) They should ALWAYS be looking to improve. If there is an available power hitter, try to get him, obviously. Now if it is Teixeira, who plays first, that's interesting with Youk already there. I say, get him first, and figure it out in Spring Training. Youk could play 3rd, Lowell may not recover well? If there is a jam, explore a trade, probably for Lowell who is older and has fewer years left.

At 10/23/2008 11:36 AM, Blogger egsliveson said...

I just hope that all the moves that Boston makes this off season fail. Plus I hope that the players they keep become even more ineffective. Don't worry about anything though, the Red Sox won't make it to the World Series next year either.

At 10/23/2008 12:03 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Rooster, thank you...I'll have my opinions tomorrow early morning.

EGS, why the venom...I don't understand? By the way....who's been in the World Series and won more than Boston this CENTURY.
Please, be nice or don't comment, or stop by.

Thank you. Are you having a bad day???

At 10/23/2008 4:51 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

EGS is just a constipated MFY fan who's the one worried about anything.

I pretty much agree with Rooster on all but 2). If you want a shortstop that can hit about .260 with 100 rbi, it ain't Lugo. Do with him whatever you can; Jed has proven he can play in the bigs.

At 10/24/2008 5:18 AM, Blogger Peter N said...


At 10/24/2008 6:23 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And you, BFW, for letting me know a little about you-know-who.


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