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Monday, November 29, 2004

Interesting article on what some GMs and managers think about Pedro's value. Check it out.

Friday, November 26, 2004

The Breakfast of Champions. Posted by Hello

Wow. Could this "Hot Stove" thing be any more of a bust so far? It's like showing up to a party at the exact time written on the invitation and then having to sit around in an uncomfortable silence while waiting for all the cool kids to show up. I mean, for God's sake, the Herald or the Globe or I forget who is publishing stories on how Theo hasn't returned Cabby's agent's phone calls. It's like, get some news or shut the fuck up.

Hmmm. Maybe I should follow my own advice.

Instead, I'm going to make a list of all the things I've imagined doing to Pedro Martinez lately, since he has decided to make a run at the Guiness Book record for World's Biggest Douchebag.

1. I would like to open the door to his house at like 8:30 in the morning when he's walking around in his fuzzy pink houseslippers with the latest edition of Redbook en Espanol tucked under his arm and just let like two thousand Chihuahuas who have just been gassed with aerosol methamphetamines stream in. Literally two thousand.

2. I would like to blare heavy metal at his house 24 hours a day like they did to Manuel Noriega in the 80's. Or was it Fidel Castro? I'm getting my Central American criminals confused.

3. I'd like to find him all curled up in bed all cute and snuggly and cherubic, and then I'd like to rip the covers off and fucking throw cold grease all over him, his princess canopy bed, and his My Little Pony sheets.

4. I'd like to hire Don Zimmer to deliver him a Strip-O-Gram.

5. I'd like to sit locked in a small closet with him and just blow cigarette smoke in his face in a very calm and deliberate manner. Even though I don't smoke.

I wouldn't actually do any of this stuff, in case any of you are thinking that I'm some sort of crazed stalker. But I think I have a right as a Red Sox fan and as a Pedro Martinez fan to be more than miffed about his recent douchery, and making light of it is better than laying in bed watering my pillowcase with tears. Plus everything is boring right now and I have nothing better to write about.

Here are three good cds that I've been listening to lately:

1. Spiritualized "Laser Guided Melodies:" It's the musical equivalent of eating 10mg of your favorite prescription painkiller, drinking four beers and then laying down in a nice hot bath.

2. The Brian Jonestown Massacre "Tepid Peppermint Wonderland:" One of the worst album titles I have EVER heard, but cool music none the less. Sort of like a hipster take on old psychadelic Rolling Stones, as the name would suggest.

3. Tego Calderon "El Abayarde:" Dude. I fucking LOVE Tego, which is kind of silly since he raps in Spanish and I can only understand like every fourth word, but I can't stop listening to it. I can't. I want to get his latest album "Enemy de los Guasibiri" for Christmas, but my mom will shit if I have her go look for some obscure shit like that so I'm going to have to find a copy for myself on the internet. it March yet?

p.s. when i say "my mom will shit" i really just mean that i don't want to give her a huge pain in the ass by saying, "Hey mom, will you get me this cd by this obscure Puerto Rican gangsta rapper that I've never been able to find in any store in Ohio anywhere for Christmas?" I had to clarify this point because my mom reads this blog every now and then and I don't want to offend her. I love you, mama! :)

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Doc Scott pointed out that Dominique is a minor league free agent. My bad. Anyway, as far as catching is concerned, there isn't much out there. That is why Veritek can ask for an I-Rod type contract.

Now my take on first basemen: Kevin Millar. Doug Mandabunchofletters is better defensively, had a down year at the plate (maybe recovering from wrist surgery), and is under contract. He will probably be traded. Millar is huge for team chemistry. Not to mention, Theo broke unwritten rules by claiming him off waivers when he was supposed to go to Japan. Millar may be streaky, but he had a great second half last year. Granted, defensively, he is at the bottom of the AL, but you have to hide a defensive liability somewhere when David Ortiz is on your team.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Hello. My name is Pawly. I’m a friend of Sarah’s and she invited me to do a guest post on her blog. You’re going to have to bear with me, I am not as witty as her and I will probably not be very regular, unless someone buys me some Metamucil.

Here are my predictions about who will be on the Sox next year and why (if needed):

Catchers: Doug Mirabelli and Kelly Shoppach. I am a huge ‘Tek fan. I thing he brings a lot of great things to the table: leadership, toughness, handles a pitching staff well. I am not a fan of a 36 year old catcher getting $11 million a year with a no trade clause. Nothing for nothing, Mirabelli handles the pitching staff just as well as Veritek. His offensive numbers are on the upswing. (From 2002 – 2004, AVG .225 – .281, OBP .307 - .331, SLG .411 - .525, OPS .723 - .893). He made $825,000 last year and will want a raise, but I think a 2 year $2.5 million deal is worth it. He knows what it takes to play and win in Boston, plus he uses the Monster well. Look at it this way. For the money you would save on paying ‘Tek next year and signing Mirabelli, you could also sign Carl Pavano and Mike Myers. What’s worth more?

As far as Shoppach, this is do or die time for him. He has spent a full year in both Portland and Pawtucket. If he is going to make the big leagues, this is when he has to do it. It is not necessarily a bad idea to develop a player at the big league level. They can learn to adjust to big league pitching and the coaches at the top level are better. If he doesn’t work out, the Sox can always make a trade or try Andy Dominique, who also is a catcher.

That is all I have to say today. Maybe in the next day or so I will take on 1st basemen.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

According to the Boston Herald, the Sox have made an offer of four years, $34-40 million to Jason Varitek. This news comes right after the Brewers offered Damian Miller, who the Sox were looking at as a potential Tek replacement, a three-year deal that the Sox are not going to try to best. The deal still does not include a no-trade clause, so I guess we'll see how serious Tek is about working things out with Boston. You know what I was thinking the other day? I know that they don't want to give anyone a no-trade clause in part because it will automatically trigger a no-trade clause in Manny's contract...but after 2005 Manny will be 10/5 anyway, and will basically have a no-trade clause. Oh well, whatever.

Gabe Krapler has agreed to a one year, $2 million deal with an extra $1 million in signing bonuses to go play in Japan. Isn't that sort of like committing professional suicide? Personally I'm not exactly heartbroken over this news. Gabe Kapler was one of the only two players on the team that I didn't really like...the other being Derek "Gidget" Lowe.

And Pedro has gone completely fucking insane if he thinks he's getting a 4-year, $60 million dollar deal from ANYBODY.

Monday, November 22, 2004

For the benefit of all three of my readers, I would like to introduce my friend Paulie, who will be contributing to this blog. I met Paul when he did his externship at the restaurant where I work, and we got on like a house on fire. Paul left Cincinnati last February to return home to his native Massachusetts, and since then we've kept in close contact via numerous late-night phone calls, not to mention the occassional visit. Paulie is one of the smartest people I know, especially about baseball, which is why I asked him to be a team mate on this blog. Because I have a tendancy to stray off topic and start making posts about giving Manny Ramírez mango juice spongebaths, I figured it would be nice to have help from someone who can make real insights about the game. Hence, Paul.
I have several embarrassing/incriminating stories about Paul that I may chose to divulge while Paul works on real posts about pertinent Sox information. Until then - or until the "Hot" Stove situation goes anywhere - I'm out.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Pedro and his mujer share their love of big, clunky sunglasses together while pondering new and inventive ways for Pedro to be an ingrate little bitch. Posted by Hello

This shit is getting ridiculous.

Apparently the Sox have given in and upped their offer to Pedro - either monetary adjustments or they have added on a guaranteed third year. Meanwhile there are rumours going around that the Yankees have upped their offer as well (they made an inital offer? When did this happen?) to four guaranteed years. I mean, that contract is so ludicrous (yet so typically Yankees) that I almost wouldn't mind if it went down since it would probably end poorly for New York. But, like I said, that is all just conjecture. Supposedly these negotiations are supposed to be taking place in private. The Sox officials have expressed irritation over the information leaks, which leads me to speculate that it might be Pedro himself, via his agent, that is putting the word out in another pathetic attempt to drive up his price.

Theo should not be giving in to Pedro's little mind-fuck games. If Pedro really wants to go to the Yankees, then let him. There is a little phrase we coined at work for people that deliberately make bad decisions for themselves because they secretly want to be miserable and/or controversial: it's called making an "Achey Breaky Bad Mistakey." Pedro going to the Yankees would certainly qualify as an Achey Breaky Irreperably Damaging Mistakey, but if that's what he wants then so be it. I'm tired of hearing about the shit. Way to twist the knife in my fucking back, asshole.

Oh, and Manny's wife is prettier. So there.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Ever been jealous of dirt? Posted by Hello

Because today is my birthday (I'm 27, ugh,) I'm going to make a Top Ten list of Manny Ramírez fantasies I have had in 2004.

10. Turning a plastic kiddy pool into the world's largest creme brulee (vanilla, of course,) and wrestling Manny in it while he is clad in only the smallest and tightest of blue thongs with a strategically placed Boston "B." I would, of course, lose this match, and then promptly challenge Manny to a best-of-three series.
9. Administering a cool mango juice sponge bath to Manny after said wrestling match. (I have this thing with mangoes, I don't know what it is, but for me, this is the best of both worlds.)
8. Sharing a blunt with Manny while sitting on his leather couch watching, say, The Matrix on his impossibly huge plasma screen television while we keep track of the Sunday football games on the picture-in-picture, eat Trix right out of the box and wash it down with 40s of St. Ides.
7. Actually getting a response from that fan letter I sent him last year. Thanks for nothing, Manny.
6. Watching Manny ride a mechanical bull.
5. Listening to Manny do a guest color commentary during one of his hamstring-induced stints on the bench.
4. Getting to ride around in Manny's car - I bet it's tricked out as fuuuuuuuck. Again, this involves the use of illegal drugs. With the windows rolled up. (In Ohio we call that a "clambake.")
3. Dressing Manny up in cute pajamas with footys on them and tucking him into a bed shaped like a Corvette.
2. I can't tell you what this one is.
1. Watching Manny get presented with the World Series MVP trophy.

Hey, one out of ten ain't bad! Dreams really DO come true!

I was going to put something of real substance on the end of this entry, but fuck that. Bye.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

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Should I stay or should I go now? Posted by Hello
If I go there will be trouble....
But if I stay it will be double
So darlin' you've got to let me know....
Should I cool it or should I blow?

There is pretty much only one truth that I can cull out of this whole mess - particularly the mess involving our very own Pedro J. Martínez - the Sox aren't going to play games with these people. (Unless it's EA Sports' MVP Baseball 2005, whose cover-boy will be none other than our very own Manuel A. Ramírez, but that's a different story.) Plans are in place. Value has been set. There isn't going to be any backing down. And perhaps we should be preparing ourselves for the inevitable: a brand new Boston Red Sox in 2005.

Varitek is still trying to work something out with the Sox, although unless he drops his insistence on a no-trade clause his effort can't be called serious. There is no way in hell Theo gives a 33-year old catcher a no-trade clause on top of a 5-year deal, no matter how durable said catcher has been. Who does Boras think we are, the Mets? There are already alternate plans being made, one of which involves the signing of Damian Miller of the A's, who ended the 2004 season at .272, 9 HRs and 58 RBIs. The Sox have also made it possible for Kellie Shoppach to play for the Escogido Leones in the Dominican League, getting him ready for a chance to try-out for a spot on the team in spring training. (By the way, Escogido sucks. Bad.) Shoppach is probably still at least a year away from being able to handle big-league pitching, and Damian Miller is, well, old, but could fit in nicely for a year or two while Shoppach catches up...particularly if Theo is able to land one of the Oakland A's pitching trifecta. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

The situation with Pedro is, predictably, a lot more complicated. However repugnant I find the idea of Pedro flirting with the Yankees (and I find it very, very repugnant,) you have to give the guy this: he is one crafty, manipulative little mothafucka, and if I may quote Hannibal Lecter: "Aaaah, Clarice...It would really be something to know you in real life." So Pedro made the appointment with Steinbrenner, not the other way around. Which makes all the rumours of Pedro's lack of contract offers ring true. One minute Pedro is saying that he promises never to go to the Yankees right after he wins the World Series, which is vaguely like telling some chick that you love her after a particularly good lay, even though you've only been dating for two weeks. The next minute he goes and tells George Steinbrenner how much he would love to be a Yankee, which is vaguely like getting really bitter at the same girl for not calling you for a week and thusly hitting on her best friend or sister. What Pedro wants is for the Sox to sweeten the pot for him, or, more specifically, a guaranteed third year. And it wouldn't surprise me to see the Sox give into this request, although Pedro will have to make some concessions of his own, probably monetary...although a clause stipulating a ban on midgets might be in order as well. (Speaking of which, I had a nightmare about Pedro and Nelson the other night which was really fucked up and will be reserved for another post when I really have absolutely nothing to talk about.)

In any case, Pedro got together with Theo, John Henry and Larry Lucchino yesterday in a previously scheduled meeting. Word is that ownership is trying to get a feel for how serious Pedro is about remaining with the team before Theo returns home to have a meeting with Carl Pavano. The Sox are also keeping an eye on Brad Radke as well as feeling around for the possibility of trading for Barry Zito or Tim Hudson. (Think Damian Millar catching. Now it all makes sense.) Plans are in place. However smart Pedro and his agents think they are, they aren't going to catch Theo and Co. off guard.

The maddening thing about the whole Pedro-to-the-Yanks idea is that no one in their right mind (excluded from this category obviously is George Steinbrenner) wants this deal to go down. No one in the Yankees front office is interested in Pedro. No one on the team likes the man, no matter what Dumbo the Chinless Wonder has to say. Pedro doesn't really want to leave. The Sox don't want him to leave. But what if it really happened? What if Theo calls Pedro's bluff....What a fucked up scenario that is.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

So Pedro met with Steinbrenner.

It makes me want to puke into my own Nikes. Just the fucking thought...the mere idea of Pedro in pinstripes makes me feel physically bad. No shit.

But let's get this straight, Pedro. It's not because I still think that you're the team ace. If the Sox land Pavano or Hudson and resign you, effectively you would be a No. 3 starter. Schilling is the ace now, and we know it, and everyone else knows it. Ya, we can argue this point, but let's face it - let's be honest with each other here, papi - you ain't what you used to be. Which isn't to say that you're not still good, that you don't still have those moments where the hairs raise up on my arms and the back of my neck tingles because I know that when I just saw you throw that last pitch, I was watching true, real, badass mastery...but it's just not the same anymore. I mean, the D-Rays beat you...what next, the Mariners?? There are better pitchers than you in the world, but this isn't business - it's personal.

No single person on the team has caused me as much pathos as you this year, Pedro. The first game of the season, when you hit David Segui and then proceeded to go after the next guy's knees and I was out-of-breath stunned because it seemed like you had lost control - something I've never seen before. That game out in Anaheim when Vladdy owned your ass. That gem you pitched against the Twins. The opposing pitcher was Johann Santana. He had twelve strikeouts, you had was like some torch was being passed. Fast forward to Game 2 of the ALCS...Tek kept coming out to the mound, talking to you...I wonder what he was saying. Nothing looked like it was coming easily, but you worked your ass off. You left your heart out there. Pitch by pitch, out by out, a Heruclean struggle, and usually you make everything look so easy, like the game is just a little errand you have to run before you get on to the rest of your day.

I felt like I was watching you lose it all......Only to turn around and watch you win it all.

Schilling might be the "ace" now. Whatever. For me, it's always going to be you, Pedro. You're the heart of this team. Schilling is just a hired gun. Sure, he's a great pitcher, but I'm never going to root for him like I do for you. I'll never have his baseball card hung up on my station. I'll never fantasize about seeing his number hanging over right field. Even if you have trouble ekeing out a win against pretty much any team in the AL East these days. Even if you ended up essentially a third starter. Even if your ERA is 5.90 next year. I don't care. You are ours and we are yours. You need to retire with us. Even if your fucking arm falls off and the Sox are paying you $14 million dollars a year to work the cash register at the souvenier shop.

Please don't go. I'm not asking. I'm begging. Please.

edit: Yet...I understand it. Pedro's agent contacted Steinbrenner and set up the meeting...does this mean that Pedro actually wants to be a Yankee? Probably not...more likely scenario: no one is expressing much interest in him after the deal the Sox offered and Pedro and his agent are merely trying to drum up business. Dude, just take the fucking offer already. You and your duct-tape-and-bubble-gum arm are not going to get a guaranteed three or four year deal at $14 million per, aight? Jeez.....Don't you fucking do this to me, Pedro!

Monday, November 15, 2004

1. Read this cool article and spend a couple minutes genuflecting on how much you love Big DaDa.

2. Sveum will be back in 2005. Rojas se va. Adios.

3. I just bought a N64 for $17.00 and I am shamelessly, shamelessly addicted to Mario64 and Mario Kart 64.

4. My station partner and I have decided to start jogging together, and my lungs feel like they have been scoured clean with a Brillo pad...but that's a good thing, right? And my legs feel like wet noodles. But it gives me a reason to wake up before eleven in the afternoon.

5. The Pats positively whooped the Bills' ASS yesterday.

6. I have decided to become a Celtics fan to while away the cold, empty hours that exist between the Super Bowl and when the equipment truck leaves for Fort Meyers. As Kevin told me: "Well, Bella, (my nickname at work,) at least no one can say you're jumping on the bandwagon, cause they're fucking hideous." Although the way Kevin says it, it comes out like this: "They're faw-kin hiiiiiiiiiiideous." I hate basketball with what is close to a burning passion, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Friday, November 12, 2004

I was just looking through a photo gallery of World Series, Game 4, and I was like actually happened. I mean, it really happened. Wow. *shivers*

Anyhow, back to business. Troy Glaus is being talked about as a potential offensive replacement in the event that the Sox lose Varitek. Bill Mueller would then either be moved to second base or (sorry, Beth!) traded away. Glaus spent much of last year on the DL with a fucked up shoulder, but has been given a clean bill of health by doctors. Glaus hits .366 at Fenway and would probably hit behind Ortiz in the lineup. It's sort of seeming less and less likely that the Sox are going to be able to resign Tek, so this is an interesting alternative.

Carl Pavano implied that he would very interested in the Sox should they be able to retain Pedro along with Curt Schilling due to the fact that he is looking for pitching mentors. There hasn't been much word from Pedro or his agent, but rumor is that the market for him isn't as big as it was thought to be. Pedro...buddy...take the $13 million. For real. Also discussed (briefly) in that article is the possibility of the Sox offering Cabrera a one-year arbitration deal. Which might actually not be that bad of an idea for him since the market is flooded with shortstops this year. He may be able to get a bigger contract next year when shortstops are in shorter supply.

And what the fuck is this crap? Jorge, back the fuck up. Go get some Silly Putty and Krazy Glue and construct yourself a fucking chin.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

No news on the free agent front, but the Sox did claim LHP Billy Traber off of waivers from the Cleveland Indians. In 2002 Traber was 17-5 with a 2.94 ERA over 26 starts and one bullpen appearance. In late 2003 he underwent Tommy John surgery and spent all of 2004 rehabbing his arm. If Traber can get back to being %100 percent healthy he may be able to contribute in 2005, although personally I expect him to spend a fair amount of time in Pawtucket. Traber is a great pick-up by Theo and will fit in nicely with the veritable shit ton of solid-to-good left-handed pitching that Theo has stocked up on in the minors. (If you haven't lately, you should check out the rosters sometime, it really is amazing.) I want to stand up and say it loud: I heart Theo Epstein.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Just read this. And it sucked. But.

Even if Tek leaves, even if Pedro leaves, even if Little Buddy leaves, especially if Derek Lowe leaves, I will still love the Red Sox. None of those players are absolutely essential to the Red Sox being competitive and/or entertaining, and if any or all of them leave they won't take my loyalty with them. It makes me feel bad emotionally that the players would want to leave the team since I watched them all these years and watched them finally win the World Series, but I know that is how the world works. It's just business. Obviously the players don't love the team like we the fans do, and I think it's always been that way. So if Tek wants 5 years at $50 million dollars and a no-trade clause, then fine. Do I wish that he would just stay where he is most loved and most appreciated? Ya. But I also wish that I could really stick my head under the surface of the ocean and find Bikini Bottom and eat a Krabby Patty with Spongebob and Patrick, but that doesn't mean that it's going to happen.

Dude, the Sox won the World Series. And nothing is going to bring me down after that. I've got good memories to last a lifetime, even if memories are the only place where I can go and watch my favorite players still dirty up a Sox uniform.

Oh, and check out this cool article about Cabrera and Renteria.

The first winter GM meetings got underway yesterday in Florida. Sox are expected to be going after Carl Pavano and possibly Brad Radke, with Jon Lieber also mentioned in that mix. Barry Zito is another name that has come up for a possible trade to the Red Sox, but I want nothing to do with that little fruitcake. I can't stand that guy and I think he's WAY overrated. And I hate the way he has "Mr. Lucky" written on his glove. Basically, Barry Zito::baseball as Peyton Manning::football, okay?

Elsewhere, either Doug Mientkiewicz or Kevin Millar stand to be tradebait, and I'm going to say that it will be Eyechart who leaves. Millar isn't my favorite player or anything, but I think he's more valuable to the team because a) he can actually wield a bat with some proficiency, b) while he's no Gold Glove first baseman, he's no slouch on defense either, and c) he's a great clubhouse presence and seems to do a wonderful job babysitting Manny.

The Sox are reported to be going hard after Cabby, too, which is surprising. I just assumed Little Buddy would be wanting a long-term deal for mucho dinero, and since the Sox have Hanley Ramírez waiting in the wings I didn't figure they would want to make a long term committment. I would be overjoyed if Little Buddy came back for 2005 since he gives me all sorts of warm fuzzies when he throws his elbows around popping up on second base to break up a double play. Damn, I love that guy.

So Silverman's all like "Damn, we gotta sign Pedro!" and I'm like, "No shit, Sherlock!"

And Manny had to pull out of the Japanese All Star game with sore hammys. Have a nice winter, big guy - can't wait to see your hairdo next February. As for David - keep doin how we do.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Okay. This is how I feel about the whole "are they gonna sign Pedro" issue.

1. Pedro is my hero and is a god among men. I have the ridiculous and insane desire to offer up to him all that I hold dear and valuable, like my violin, my cat, my playstation, my baggie of Fenway dirt, even though he probably wears silk boxer shorts that cost more than I make in an entire month.

2. 3.90. That was Pedro's ERA last season. He also finished with a 16-9 record, including the four consecutive starts that he lost in September. Four. In a row. When we most need him to be getting wins.

3. Pedro pitched 27 innings in the post season and allowed 12 earned runs. Derek Lowe pitched in only 19 innings in the post season, but also only gave up 4 earned runs. We're talking about Derek Fucking Lowe here.

4. I don't think it's out of line to conclude, from looking at numbers 2 and 3, and from knowing the fact that Pedro pitched more innings (217) than he has in any year since 2000, that Pedro got tired. And when Pedro gets tired, he gets ineffective. In my opinion, 3.90 ERA and a record of 16-9 would be pretty good if Pedro were number three in the rotation. But he's not, nor would he ever for a second entertain an offer for number three-type money.

5. So after a season with a 3.90 ERA - which still is by no means horrendous -(although up from 2.22 in 2003,) and a 16-9 record, the Sox offered Pedro a contract package that parallels the one that Curt Schilling got last year. More or less the same amount of money, the same amount of years, and the same amount to be earned in bonuses (only minus the World Series clause since the MLB banned that.) Which turns out to be roughly 13 million a year for 2 years with an option for a third year. $13 million dollars a year is, in my mind, sentimental on the part of the Red Sox, given the fact that Pedro seems to be losing some of his effectiveness. I think it's a very reasonable offer and a good sign as to how serious the Sox are about trying to retain Pedro. Unfortunately, I think that offer can and will be one-upped by other teams, like the Yankees for example, but I also think that perhaps the Sox would be willing to go a bit higher as well, seeing as it is bad business to come right out with your best offer.

6. If I'm really honest with myself and remove all personal feelings about watching Pedro pitch in a Sox uniform for the rest of his career and all the gushy heartstrings that are pulled by imagining his number hanging over the right field seats, at the very end, after Jackie Robinson's, and I try to imagine what might be the best thing for Pedro to do as a player, this thought occurs to me: If it is true that Pedro is losing some major zip on his fastball (and it appears that way,) and will have to continue his career with a sort of Greg Maddux, 87 mph fast ball, finesse-pitcher style, staying in the AL East might not be the best thing for him. It seems like just about every team in the AL East hammered him at one or more points in the year. Even the fucking D-Rays, and that stabs my heart to think about. I mean, maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea for the guy to switch back to the National League where hitters are not so familiar with him. In the AL East people have been seeing his good stuff for years, and now his bad stuff (or mediocre stuff, I should say) isn't fooling anyone. This is just a theory.

7. Holy fucking shit, David Ortiz hit a 514-foot home run. I'm so proud that he's a Red Sox!

Ya, so that's how I feel about Pedro. But above all, I have a lot of faith in Theo to have a great backup plan if Pedro doesn't decide to stick around. Even if I do cry.

The rumor here in Cincinnati and now apparently in Boston is that the Red Sox are looking at Barry Larkin as a replacement for Orlando Cabrera at shortstop. Plus side: Barry Larkin will be cheaper than Little Buddy, Barry Larkin can still hit reasonably well (I saw him hit a pinch-hit grand slam this year against the Cardinals,) and he was extremely popular and revered in the clubhouse by his team mates. The guy learned Spanish so that he could make friends with all the Latin players. He's a really neat guy. However....he's also 40 years old, injury prone, and has had a few run-ins with management over the years (although that might change with a new team, since he has played with the Reds FOREVER and has a lot of baggage here.) Personally, I like Barry Larkin, but I think his years as a starter are probably over. As a bench player he would be awesome.

And that's all I have to say today. I'm getting right back into bed because I don't have to work today and I can.

Saturday, November 06, 2004, is it hot in here or is it just me? This picture is like the male equivalent of showing cleavage, and I like it. A lot.  Posted by Hello

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Quick entry today, cause I gotta run off to work. But:
1) Felicidades a Manny y Big DaDa for winning Silver Slugger awards this year. They are both currently in Japan playing an All Star exhibition series. Ortiz has said that he probably will not be playing in the Dominican winter league this year because he needs to rest his shoulder - I'm assuming this is the shoulder that he kind of fucked up doing that god-awful and ill-advised slide into homeplate late in the season. (ahemDaleSveum)

2) The Sox have reportedly set up a meeting with Orlando Cabrera's agent. I'd love to have Little Buddy on the team for another couple years, but I think he's going to want top dollar. As David Banner said: "Get your muthafuckin' money."

3) Only a day after filing for free agency, Pedro Martínez and agent have been getting "substantial interest" from several teams, none of which were named. According to Listín Diario, Pedro is looking for a contract somewhere along the lines of $39 million over three years, which honestly - all sentimentality aside (and believe me, I have a lot when it comes to Pedro) - that is too fucking much. We got all banged up last night and were watching a tape of a 2003 game we have which Pedro started, and he wasn't even the same Pedro back then, but he looked better than he did at just about any point this year. If I'm honest with myself and don't let the fact that Pedro is like my hero get in the way, $13 million is too much for a six-inning pitcher who just isn't as effective in the AL East as he used to be.

4) Should things not work out with Pedro, and everyone is already assuming that they won't work out (or even attempt to BE worked out) with Derek Lowe, there is talk going around that the Sox are interested in Brad Radke and Carl Pavano as replacements. The Sox paid Pedro and DLowe $23 million last year and believe they can get Radke and Pavano for cheaper. Not a bad Plan B, if you ask me.

And on that note, I have to go.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

So Pedro finally got around to filing for free agency like I knew he would. Which is fine, like I said: I expected it. What never ceases to amaze me about the goings during the hot stove is how men who are already multi-multi millionaires will quibble over an extra million or two, even when the team making the contract offer is one they have been playing for forever and whose fans they profess to love. "My heart is in Boston," Pedro said. "If I don't end up coming back, it's probably because [management] didn't try hard enough." Or maybe because Pedro didn't try hard enough. I'm optimistic about the Sox working things out with Pedro and Varitek. And if they chose not to work them out with them, then I feel confident that Theo has an excellent plan B that will make him look like a fucking genius sometime around next May. But it always makes me feel sick in the pit of my stomach to think of Pedro leaving, and I hate when he starts in on his "I love Boston but it just looks like they don't want me around" bullshit. Just shut up and negotiate, willya?

Speaking of bullshit, it's nice to know that the American people are stupid enough to re-elect an evil, idiotic, spoiled-brat war-profiteer who is probably going to eventually get us involved in world war three, ban abortion, and ban stem cell research. And eleven states voted to ban gay marriage. It's like I'm watching the country move backwards right before my eyes. So let me excercise my First Amendment rights by saying:

Fuck George Bush. He's an evil son of a bitch who stole the last election and then conned people into electing him for a second term. He's probably celebrating his reelection by doing bumps of coke off of stripper's tits and driving drunk. I am severely, severely disappointed in my country today for being a bunch of dumb, blind sheep who vote according to moral and religious beliefs, not according to what is good for our nation. That's all.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

So the Hot Stove begins. Several members of the World Champion Red Sox have already filed for free agency: Orlando Cabrera, Jason Varitek, Derek Lowe, Doug Mirabelli, Dave McCarty, Pokey Reese, Scott Williamson, Gabe Kapler, Pedro Astacio, Ramiro Mendoza, Mike Myers, Terry Adams and Curtis Leskanic, whose 2005 option was declined by the Sox. In fact, the only player not to have declared free agency yet is Pedro, and I would say that event is only a matter of time. Oh, and Ricky Gutierrez, but who really cares.
According to the Boston Herald, Pedro has been offered $25 million over two years, which is honestly more money than I expected Theo to offer him, but I know that Pedro is going to balk at the contract length. I don't think there would be anything wrong with at least a team option for a third year thrown on there or something, I mean Pedro might not be the Pedro of '99 but he is still at the very least a demi-god. The guy has said repeatedly that he knows he doesn't have many years left in him, and neither does he want to be playing baseball into his forties, so it probably won't take that many more years for him to retire... and don't we all want to see that happen in a Sox uni instead of, gasp, one with more stripes than just the red piping down the leg? The thought of Pedro in another uniform literally makes me sick to my stomach. That said, it is my personal opinion that if he doesn't stay with the Red Sox (please stay, Petey, please stay,) that he will be going to the National League, but that's just me.
Cabrera is another guy that I would like to remain with the team, but it's very likely that he will be too expensive to retain. Which sucks, but the length of contract that the Sox might be offering probably won't be to his liking anyway - with shortstops Hanley Ramírez and Dustin Pedroia nearly ready for the bigs the Sox just need someone to fill the hole for a year or two...I'm thinking Pokey Reese, although everyone seems to think he's going back to the Reds to replace Barry Larkin. (I have opinions about the Reds letting Barry Larkin go, but those type of things are better discussed on Scott's blog.)
And how about this bullshit? Varitek to the Yankees, who will trade Posada for Randy Johnson? What the fuck? No comment. Absolutely no comment. I mean, it's bad enough that the Yanks are expected to agressively chase Pedro, but Tek? And they're going to sell off one of their few (and I mean very few) remaining home-grown players to get him? What, is New York going to become South Boston or something? Damn that's fucked up. I've heard of bandwagon fans, but never bandwagon management.
Derek Lowe can go play for the Tigers or the Rockies or wherever he ends up. I could get sentimental and remember all the great starts that he made in the post-season, and they were great, but then I have to also remember all the fucking implosions that guy had on the mound during the regular season and how frustrating it was to watch in that vein I say "bye, bye Derek." So help me god if they go through this entire negotiating thing and the only free agent that gets signed is Derek Fucking Lowe then I'm going to have a 16-hour standoff with police from my fire escape.
Anyhow, that's all I have time for this morning. I have to go excercise my rights as an American citizen and vote down at the public library, in addition to several other errands I have to run before work. So adios, y hablamos mas tarde.