Why Curt Schilling should be a Red Sox next year

November 2, 2007

As many are aware, Curt Schilling has filed for free agency. He writes about it and updates us on it on his blog at 38pitches. I’ve been thinking about this a little bit, and a lot of folks are unsure whether or not he’ll be coming back. I don’t understand why this isn’t a No-Brainer.

He has said he wants to come back, he is looking for a 1 year deal for $13 millions. What is the problem with this???? This is NOTHING compared to what Boston was willing to pay Roger Clemens for 3 months!!!! For $13 million you get a proven leader with a GREAT postseason resume, and you get him for the whole year!!! There is no doubt he is a better leader and morale boost in the clubhouse than Roger Clemens!!!

Sure, his stuff may not be as good as it used to be, but ask Cleveland and Colorado if it makes a difference that he doesn’t throw 96 mph anymore. He has so much to teach the next batch of young pitching talent the Red Sox have, plus, the guy is a fierce competitor. NOBODY will forget the bloody sock.

I do not see any reason why Boston should balk at his request for a 1 year deal at $13 million when they were considering paying Roger Clemens in the ballpark of $20 million for 3 months of the season.


Sox are in!!!

October 22, 2007

What a weekend!!! It was great to see the sox finish their comeback against the Indians this weekend. The score certainly won’t reflect it, but last night’s 11-2 win was a hard fought victory.

Some observations:

I was glad to see Ellsbury in the lineup and I initially thought he’d come in for J.D. Drew so we can keep Coco Crisp’ glove in center. I’m glad Terry Francona made the decision and not me. It was great to see J.D. come through. I’m sure he was relieved to finally have the fans on his side.


It was awesome Dice-K had another chance to redeem himself and I thought he did great. I hope he takes confidence from this start and carries it over to his probable game 3 start vs. Colorado this weekend.


Great coming out party for Dustin Pedroia!! Before the game, Kevin Millar threw out the first pitch and read Boston’s lineup and noted that he is “lending” his number to Dustin. Nice of Dustin to “Cowboy UP!!!’ with 5 RBI’s!!!


I also want to recognize the level of professionalism on this team. I know it was probably tuff for Coco to sit the last 2 games out. I know he tries very hard at the plate but has struggled a lot lately. It was great to see him come on in the 9th as a Defensive replacement. There is no way Ellsbury makes the catch that Coco made to end the game. Way to go Coco


Well, good luck guys, can’t wait to take on the Rockies and bring home the trophy!!


…In full swoon

June 15, 2007

I haven’t posted in a while (not that anyone reads this) but I figured it was time to write some more. Well, June is here and the Red Sox are in full swoon. The Yanks are on fire and are closing the gap. What was once a 14.5 game lead over the bombers is now cut in half, but it feels like they are tied. I know there is still a lot of baseball left, but it’s tuff seeing the sox lose night after night in games that aren’t even close, meanwhile, the yanks are winning with ease.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint, but it would be nice if we could keep this lead for the summer and put the yanks away every time we face them. Is that too much to ask!! 🙂


Sox looking good!!!

April 20, 2007

So far this season has not disappointed me. The pitching staff, in my humble opinion, has done an outstanding job. Julian Tavarez has done a good job in the 5th starter spot. He’s not getting the wins, but he is getting to the 6th inning which I think is great.

Dice-K is doing just fine, don’t let his 1-2 record fool you. He is pitching well and getting deep into games. He has made a mistake here and there, but who doesn’t? He’d be 3-0 or 2-1 if he had a little more run support. He had the unofortunate outing against a Phenomenal Felix Hernandez, who went deep into a no-no until J.D. Drew spoiled it for him.

Tim Wakefield is getting good run support so far, and as expected, his first times out against opponents he has baffled them.

I think the biggest surprise for me thus far is the performance of Josh Beckett. A few more good outings like he has had so far this year, and we can see why we traded for this guy.

Jonathon Papelbon picked up right where he left off last year. Dominating. In 5 innings he has given up 1 hit, 2 BB and has 11 K’s. His ERA is 0.00. So far the decision to keep him in the bullpen and have Julian Tavarez as the 5th starter is looking like a slam dunk.

Up next is the Yankees, and in their usual fashion, they have a lot of guys out hurt and playing some young pitchers, but of course, in true Yankee fashion, they are winning and keeping pace with the rest of the AL East. I hate to say it, but A-Rod has been lights out. If he keeps his performance going like he is, he WILL be MVP. He has really gotten some clutch hits, as opposed to the last couple years where he was not a clutch guy at all. He’d get big hits when the game was out of hand, but when on the line he didn’t come through. Until this year.

It’s only April and there’s a LOT of baseball left, but I think this series against the Yanks will be a preview of the Playoffs.


Another Sox Season Underway

April 2, 2007

I must admit I am very optimistic about this year’s Sox season. I’m excited about Curt Schilling’s outlook on himself and how he feels, and I’m anxious to see what Dice-k can do to Major League hitters over the whole season. I’m not a huge Tavarez fan, but he has proven himself very capable of performing in that 5th starter spot. I would cringe whenever he came in during the middle of a game. He was the master of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, but in a starting role, he has been great.

I do have just a couple concerns, however, and hopefully they can work themselves out. Jason Varitek has been an integral part of the team, but his inability to hit in spring training and with his dismal offensive production last year scares me. But, he has gotten healthy and feels better and if he can keep his health and play in 140 games or so, I think he’ll be fine. Everyone is slow to go in the spring, so I’ll afford him a little leeway. 🙂

My other concern isnt’ really a concern but a curiosity. I’m interested to see how they handle Wily Mo Pena. The guy is a great power hitter but unfortunately they don’t have a spot for him to play in the field, so it will be interesting to see how they give the guy a consistent amount of AB’s. He’s probably the best Non-Starting batter in both leagues right now so I hope they can get him in there.

The Key to beating the Yankees

Other than those 2 concerns I am very pleased with the teams’ makeup. I would have loved to have Todd Helton in a sox uniform, but we’ll be fine without him. I would have hated to see Lowell go anyway, so I’m glad he’ll be around.

That’s it for now, so keep an eye out here for me and keep an eye on the sox!! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Curt Schilling’s Blog. He usually does recaps of his performance as well as Q&A to fans’ questions.

 


New Blog

March 23, 2007

I’ve decided to move my blog over here. If for any reason, mainly to have something to write about!!! Actually, I noticed that Curt Schilling has a blog here, so I wanted to be in the same domain as him, lol. Anyway, I’ve imported all my previous posts with comments here if you wish to catch up on my previous rumblings….ENJOY!!!


W00T

September 29, 2006

Hello all, just thought I’d do a quick post for the sake of posting!! Fall is here, which means that winter is closer (grumble, grumble). Today is my daughter’s 1st birthday, and I already wish she wasn’t growing up. My son has been an absolute awesome big brother, I am so proud of him!!! He is 4 and I wish he could stay that way forever!!! He is so innocent!!! He honestly believed that when Emily turned 1, she would be walking and talking. Before bed last nite he was excited cuz he thought the transformation occured instantly at the onset of her birthday!!! This took a little explaining….

Well, enjoy the weekend, I’ll try and post again soon (soon in geologic time…)