Saturday, February 27
Thursday, February 25
It's an amazingly drawn out process that involves the veterans (see JD Drew) requiring rest and watching nameless rookies or minor leaguers (see #96 in your Red Sox manual) on the diamond.
They are the boys of summer after all.
ITM Note: Typed this on the bberry on the T while experiencing "switch problems"...followed two stops later by "disabled trains".... for the second day in a row. The Bostonian anger grows.
Monday, February 22
A young, hyped outfielder with blazing fast speed....moving to a traditionally power hitting corner outfield spot.....putting on muscle and looking to drop more bombs....where have we heard this before? That's right, Major League Two and the one and only Willie Mays Hays.
In all seriousness I know Jacoby is far too smart to go to that extreme, but I hope he doesn't take the saying "chicks dig the longball" too seriously. I keep knocking on wood that he doesn't adjust his swing at all. With any luck, he'll use some of the energy hes saves in his legs by playing the short left field to steal more bases.Maybe even stealing home right in Andy Pettite's mug again.
ITM note - anything and everything can be tied back to either Major League Two, Tommy Boy or Spaceballs. Just ask T Murph.
Sunday, February 21
“I don’t even buy into that stuff,” Pedroia said. “We have great pitching, we have great defense and we have good offensive players. I don’t even know what run prevention is. I’m kind of a baseball players. I don’t know how to read very good. I don’t know how to write very good. We just go play. We’ll be fine."
“I’m excited, I think everyone is. I think we’ve got a lot of good players. Obviously, we’ve got a great pitching staff. We just have to find a way to go out there and score runs for them and I think we’re going to be fine.”
Wednesday, February 17
1-We've been pretty lazy in updating the site
2-We swore off going to Spring Training this year. From the leftover feeling of disgust as a result of October 2009, to the general disapproval of this off season's moves, we weren't going. No way. Not this year. Not after what the Red Sox have done to us.
Well you now know this, we're complete suckers.
A week ago I got an email from Joe Murph saying "come on man, I needs this" (in regards to going to Ft Myers). We talked it over, I was an amazingly easy sell....and when Boston got another 6 inches of snow last night, we pulled the trigger and bought the tickets.
Tuesday, February 16
If I were to share our exact gchat convo on the topic we'd both be fired, but we struggled over the topic for some time. Ultimately, we landed on the opinion that most believe our bench of Tek, Lowrie, Hall, Hermida, and for now, Mike Lowell, is a good one. But think about it, save for maybe Hermy, do you want any of those guys seeing considerable time? Do you want to call Hall, Tek or Lowrie's name when it's close and late and you need a PH?
We also decided Bill Hall is this 2000's version of Brady Anderson, one extreme outlier of a year (2006) mixed into a career of mediocrity. Questionable at best, and let's be honest, if he wasn't in Boston, you wouldn't even know he was still alive.
An assumed bench without Mikey Lowell doesn't leave you with many options, no real pop, speed, or specialities.....and when JD wakes up after a restless night of sleep requiring 4 games off, Hermida will get the call in right, rendering the bench essentially useless.
Maybe that's when Josh Reddick gets the call.
Sure, bench players are benched for a reason, but I have a hard time remembering the last time I felt good about our close and late options. No disrespect Rocco, te vojo bene.
ITM would have had this attempt at BBA publicity shut down in two days.....
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Sunday, February 14
1-Red Sox: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Clay Buchholz, No. 6 Tim Wakefield. On paper, a strong group -- if Beckett has a season worthy of a contract drive, if Lackey succeeds in making the transition to the American League East, if Matsuzaka can finally get on the same page as the Red Sox staff and if Buchholz continues to improve.
4-Angels: Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir, Joe Saunders, Ervin Santana, Joel Pineiro. Lackey is gone, but if Santana is healthy, this could be an excellent group.
Friday, February 12
Every morning I was greeted with a smile and a handshake. This young man gets it. But how good is he? I spent the first few days watching him hit in the cage. He looks like he has a good approach at the plate, staying inside the baseball, driving the ball up the middle and the other way. His stroke was short and compact and his hands looked quick. If I had to compare him to someone, I think that Orlando Cabrera would be a good comparison — a player without much power but a good major league hitter.
I had to wait a few days to see him take ground balls, which was killing me because that’s what I was really looking forward to. Let’s just say that it was worth the wait. There’s a certain level of cockiness and confidence that all great infielders possess in order to play the position at such a high level. At the young age of 20, Iglesias already has that trait. There was never a doubt with any ground ball hit his way. Like every great shortstop, it seemed like the ball never hit his mitt. It was catch and release. Smooth. He turned double plays flawlessly. He charged the ball. He ranged to his left and his right."
As much fun as he was having taking ground balls, I must say, it was even more fun to watch. The Red Sox have found their shortstop of the future, and after watching Jose Iglesias take ground balls for a week, I would say that it’s in very good hands."
Monday, February 8
He's absolutely insane....and far too small to be an all star at any level, let alone make millions of dollars in the big leagues........but he pulls it off. He's also incredibly gifted, somehow humble, and hilarious at the same time. Check out an off season workout video of Dusty courtsey of WEEI.com...
The best part has to be when he screams "look at the show" while benching 60 pound dumbells.
Good to know Dusty is working hard and is ready for Spring Training which starts in 9 days.....with the Superbowl over, it's officially baseball season (not that it ever wasn't).
For the complete story, including Dusty's oddly rational use of the phrase "let's go merck", check it out here.