4.30.02: Another Pappas smear?
Greg Montalbano, testicular cancer
survivor and Red Sox AA pitcher of the year, may be facing another battle with
our Mom-and-Pop Doc soon. The Trenton Times offers this diagnosis yesterday:
"Another turf battle over the medical treatment of
Boston Red Sox players, one of the many hot-button topics during the Dan
Duquette/John Harrington era, could be underway involving Thunder left-hander
Greg Montalbano... the 24-year-old has a cranky shoulder and has not faced
live hitting all spring. After sitting idle in Fort Myers (Fla.) for several
weeks, Montalbano finally received the go-ahead from team physician Dr.
William Morgan to get an MRI during the final week of spring training and the
scan reportedly showed no visible damage.
Not convinced the pain he was experiencing was a
simple case of tendinitis, Montalbano sought a second opinion from renowned
arm surgeon Dr. William Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Andrews, according to
sources, saw enough on the pitcher's film to warrant exploratory surgery. Only
Montalbano would prefer that Andrews perform it. The Red Sox's medical team of
Morgan and medical director Dr. Arthur Pappas would rather Montalbano have the
procedure done in-house."
Here we go again. Is Marty Barrett's lawyer free?
"Yankees Suck" out of luck in Seattle. Our very
distant cousins and their thoughtful shirts were banned from Safeco during the
Yankees series last weekend.
"We may lead the league in ejections from the ballpark, but not because fans
are misbehaving more here but because we don't tolerate much," said team
spokeswoman Rebecca Hale. "This is about appropriate behavior. We have a code
of conduct, a policy for language on clothing and banners and signs. Our
feeling was this was not promoting what we want." Hee, hee. Hale also offers
this pearl of wisdom, "if you don't pay attention to the small things, you
lose control of the neighborhood and it becomes run down and crime infested,"
she said. Now what ballpark neighborhood do
I know that sells "YS" t-shirts is run down and crime infested? Give me a
In the meantime, did you know that the last time
the Red Sox won a World Series in nineteen something-or-other, a pitcher threw
a no-hitter for the Red Sox with the initials "D.L.?" Yes, Dutch Leonard threw
a no-no against the Tigers in Michigan, where Derek Lowe is from.
Unfortunately Dutch left the team in June to enlist and never pitched in the
Series that year.
Look for our No-no-Lowette to start Game 2 (don't
know against who).
4.28: Derek and the domino effect, part III. I usually have straight Domino sugar in my morning
post-no-hitter hangover coffee, but today it's all Sweet'N Lowe.
The Rays really went down like dominos yesterday.
Bang, Bang, Bang in the sixth. Lowe Down Dirty Dog almost made it look easy,
too easy. Outside of nice catches by Trot and Rickey (yes Rickey, 7-0 when
you're in the lineup), there were no Lansingesque grabs necessary for
yesterday's Lowe Show.
Forget Shea-mania (for today anyway), it's time
become a Lowe Life. I ask again, who starts before Derek Lowe in the All-Star
Game Joe Torre? Mike Mussina? No. Freddy Garcia? Nope.
Derek spoke on the field after the game yesterday
in 'luckiest-man-on-the-face-of-the-earth' fashion and apologized for his
performance last year and said that he deserved the treatment he received. No-no, I think you're the one who deserves an apology D-Lowe.
Derek took it like a man last year. Awful
performance after horrendous outing, he was on with Dennis & Callahan every
Wednesday morning to face the music in between the death threats he was
receiving in the mail (speaking of the Morning Breath of Death, another D&C
icon bit the dust on Thursday when Lisa Left-Eye Lopes died in a car crash in
Honduras). So we'll pardon the interruption in Derek's hall-of-fame career
last year and look forward to Lowe's home improvement.
Lilly wilts: New York's Ted Lilly took a no-hitter
into the 8th last night against Freddy Garcia but lost it and the game 1-0 to
Seattle, the only team in Major League Baseball with a better record than the
Olde Town Team. The Red Sox are playing at a .714 clip today. Babe Ruth hit
714 career home runs. Curse over, case closed.
Where's Heathcliff Slocumb this morning?
4.26: Good Friday. Boston is back on top
this morning. Sox are primed to rip off ten in a row before heading out to
battle Scott Hatteberg's A's. And the B's and C's are getting straight A's
Let's make Wonderland Grand Central Station if these are
going to be the results. Yes I would have bitched if they had pulled a no-hit
Pedro with a pitch count. Martinez looks 80% of the way back, and the other
20% may just be his head.
Leave Trot in against the lefties. He can hit them. He
works hard at it in the off season. He will hit southpaws hard eventually. And
I agree with those who say he needs to move back up to number two in the
order. I'm convinced that the inexplicable drop to number seven led to Nixon
starting out playing like number two.
The Stop the Clark sit watch is on. It's not been a matter
of "finding holes eventually" as Tony hopes this morning. There are no holes
to find when a swing is that long, slow, and unbalanced. Calling Doctor Evans.
Calling Doctor Easler. Calling Dr. Stanley. Calling Dr. Winfield. Dr. Bonds,
Calling Dr. Spock. Somebody help Tony get back on track.
Maybe it's the hair? Tony's trying to get a hairdresser in
Boston... switching between corn rows and the short fro, etc. It's all very
similar to Manny's slump last year after his mid-season new doo and earrings.
Lay off the accessorizing until November guys. Time to play a little Dirt Dog
4.25: Stiff competition. Before we
start adding up the wins against the "lesser opponents" why don't we wait
until the Sox go out and win the games first. Four out of the six losses have
come to Kansas City and Baltimore, two of the better known "have-nots."
So what gives?
Looks like the same old, age old problem. They somehow
allow themselves to get beat by bad teams and mediocre pitching. It seems to
happen every year, whether it's Texas or the old Minnesota, or KC or
Baltimore, the Sox have a history of not getting up for the bottom feeders.
The Oakland A's remain their own worst enemy. They just let Giambi
beat them in the bottom of the seventh.
Is it time for Tony to take a seat on the bench? The calls for Daubach/ Offerman at 1B/DH are reaching a
Trot will be fine. Trot will be fine. Trot will be fine.
But sweep dreams in Baltimore are quickly
turning to a nightmare.
NESN has just launched another award-winning commercial entitled "WE LOVE
MANNY," complete with little girls chanting the line in unison as well as your
average Boston Joe predicting "45 homeIS, 150AhhhBIs," Packaging the players
through advertising. I love it. And let the new Manny Love-In begin!
4.24: Son of a gun. We need to get some relief from the
99-degree heat (100 on the stadium gun but that was just kids having fun).
Seriously, that guy can twirl. Why can't we get
players like that?!?
But seriously, Julio was like a young Uggie Urbina
out there, we've got the 92mph banged up 'doesn't speak to the fans' version
of Jorge Julio.
Oogie is going to kill us, I can see it. Late
October, late innings, cold nights, Cameron up... BANG...
Gotta get a closer. Trade for Jorge Julio!! Why
not? Baltimore isn't going anywhere, needs to rebuild. Obviously having a
young closer is part of the rebuilding process but the O's are thinnest at
starting pitching. Let them pick from:
- Juan Pena (gulp! but hell yes, for Jorge Julio)
- Sunny Kim (this hurts too) and/or...
- Juan Diaz (hurts, but not as much)
- Dernell Stenson (hardly a flesh wound)
- Calvin Pickering (big Cal heads home to become the next... Sam Horn)
- and/or Urbina (Sox eat the salary?), Daubach, Seung Song, Blanco, Evans,
whatever it takes.
But seriously, there's a workable package worth it
if you can lock up Jorge Julio for the next 10 years. File under: Impossible
Dream, part II.
4.23: Numbers game. When is the official "best start?" No
timeframe seems to change more than the "best start" measurement. Is it after
10 games? 25? 17? It changes all the time. Pick one number of games for
"start" status and stick to it. There should be a law. The number should be
Best "man" won. Offerman stays, Coleman flames
out. And it appears the Steve Lomasney catching savior promise we've been
hearing about for what seems like 10 years is finally over. His vision may
never be back to 20/20. In hindsight, was he another overrated local prospect?
Should Merloni just keep his mouth shut? Saying
the organization has made a "mockery" and "joke" of his career is a stretch.
Every time he has been sent down to date, it's been the right call. But
hopefully Lou will get the last laugh.
4.22: Winnerville! It feels like 1986 all over again. Will we
be watching basketball and hockey around here well into the summer months?
Will the Red Sox be going for the 4th Boston area Championship in a row? Why
not? Let the good times roll.
Lost among the long balls yesterday: Daubach's
defense, Sunny Kim's presence, Nixon's all-around play, and Grady's game plan.
More on Merloni: Sean McAdam indicated on WEEI
that his in-house source (read: Mike Port) told him Merloni was "safe" earlier
in the week. Did the situation change? Or did Henry get cold feet about
lighting the cash on fire? Either way, keeping four-position Offerman around
for now remains the right call.
Hey remember Jeffery Flanagan, the dimwitted
columnist who wrote that misguided missive about our new centerfielder (Top
of the Mornin') and the most excellent
follow-up by Ryan Crowley? Hey Flanzie, how are you feeling about Johnny
Damon right about now? Any more 'Boo Johnny Damon Night' cleverness coming up?
And don't forget to send Jeffrey a little wake up
The Urbina adventures continue. This will surely
be our Achilles heel unless it is addressed. But the Sox may be 24-5 by the
time they leave for Oakland in May. Why worry? What could go wrong?
We're in Winnerville now!
4.20: The Merloni move. Losing Lou for now was a no-brainer. With
Clark still a question mark, they may be looking for a guy like Offerman in a
few weeks anyway. Until we know that Tony is no phony, Jose gets to stay. As
Peter Gammons stated "the first six weeks are a shell game," the real roster
shakeout happens after that. And as Gordon Edes always likes to say "these
things have a way of taking care of themselves," i.e., injuries, options, and
Larry Pinocchino? Sandbagged? Did Lucky lead us
awry? He clearly gave the indication that this new regime was ready, willing,
and able to kiss Jose's $8.5M goodbye. And he cautioned not to look too
closely at Offerman's recent contributions with the glove and the bat the
previous two games saying on D&C: "there's a tendency (in baseball) to over
generalize from recent data" and that "we'll try to avoid that problem here."
So what went down?
Larry wanted Jose gone, Henry OK'd cutting the
money loose... BUT, Larry let his baseball guys make the decision. Theo
Epstein and Mike Port realized that Jose was simply more valuable to the team
right now than Lou Merloni. We need a backup at 1B, we have good backups for
2B. Lou had an easy option for now, clearing the major league waivers. And
Jose is an experienced big league bat off the bench.
But the Lou shuttle has made its last run. He
can't come up and go back anymore. So the ultimate decision will be made
later. Offerman survives... for now. And Larry set us up to show that even if
he has a strong opinion on a player decision, he will let his "baseball
people" make the call, as advertised.
Pedro had the whole old package last night but
just as many were quick to sink him after the opener, I would caution against
assuming he's back forever. Getting through June has always been the key for
the latter-day Pedro. Time will tell if he's really back.
4.18 Off day? Is this the day the Offerman decision gets
made? It's down to Lou or Jose, and D-day is Saturday.
Deja vu all over again? Sox started out strong
last April. Took batting practice in SkyDome then too, but quickly fell apart.
Not this time around. The difference? Nomar, Damon, and Sanchez.
Some say there are two sides to every story. In
the Michael Coleman late-arrival flap, it seems there are five sides to every
story. But Prime Time hit a 420-foot ninth inning game tying bomb yesterday,
that's the only important story.
If all we have to worry about is Tony and Oogie,
everything's gonna be all right.
Wells spoken: Sox select to keep quiet on
the Boomer's blabbering. Wells shuts up as soon as he heads to the DL. Note to
the David: you are chasing "that" team, get used to it.
The Pedro watch is back on. His Friday night start
may be his most revealing yet. Same for Juan Pena on Saturday.
4.17: The Hillenbrandwagon. Is there room enough for everyone? Suddenly Shea is the talk of the Olde Town, the natural like Tom Brady, he's Shea of
Grady. Leading the league in RBI as I type, he's the Sheahound, he's better
than the hype.
Manny answers: Ramirez suddenly looks more comfortable
at the plate and the RBI and results are coming. You've got to cut him some slack for
being pitched around, he's the Walkin' Manny but is quickly becoming the Hit
I hope Goliath David Wells never wins another game
in the major leagues. "The dog that is most scared barks the loudest" Mr.
www.TheSheaHeyKid.com will soon point to a page here. I can't get enough
of the guy. Oh and I grabbed
www.aWholeLottaLittle.com for fun as well.
Little housecleaning: No we haven't sent out a
Dirt Mail, may be once a month (just finished taxes tonight!). Hats will be
coming back, keep your shirt on :-). New shirts hopefully ready by the Oakland
series on May 14th. NewRedSox.com is just the tail wagging the Dirt Dogs on
Will Nixon be the one today (Trot may have turned
the corner, went the other way with the outside pitch instead of trying to
turn on it)?
4.16: Lucky day. Lucky dog. Lucky to live in Boston on Patriots Day.
Lucky to have already run two Boston Marathons so not to feel guilty about
passing on this one. Lucky the weather was in mid-summer form. Lucky to get a
free parking space for the fifth game in a row. Lucky to run into Larry Lucchino outside the park. Lucky to have the new Derek Lowe. Lucky to get out
of the game with the win.
Manny questions: Ramirez is comfortable in the new
clubhouse but he's looking more and more uncomfortable at the plate. Is it the
outfield, left-field, right-field, field of dreams? Is he ever going to break
out? Would they ever talk trade?
Who would start over Lowe and Hillenbrand in the
Turn back the Clark! Ever since Gerry Callahan
jumped on the Tony Train it has been derailed. Like the 'Lowe Down' report
last year, and the Chad Eaton deal the year before, an endorsement by the WEEI
morning team is the kiss of death. There's no such thing as a curse, but there
is the D&C Jinx.
Will Nixon be the one today (hoping Trot is one
for the road)?
4.15: Is Grady making the grade? Grady Williams... Jimy Little... Gradywocky...
Littleisms... they're out there. And some think Grady is out of his mind.
First the Yankees Sit Down and now he's got us crying all the way to the
Banks. Would the score have been 2-2 if Wake was still on the hill? Does a
spot starter knuckleballer need to be on the dreaded pitch count? Should Jason
have been behind the plate for the floaters and in the left-handed batter's
box? Fair questions.
In the spirit of Patriots Day and the Battle of
Lexington, Rivera's Revenge takes place today. "He's too good" to do something
like that? He too good to have HeadHeat get that close by mistake. Make no
mistake about it.
One more time Grady. Today's game is a Must Win.
Play it like the Super Bowl. Play the Big Lineup. Play
to win, not to lose. Let the starter go.
Will Nixon be the one today (I'm leaving this up
here until Trot gets hot)?
4.13: Sheame on me. Not that I wasn't a big Hillenbrand fan
before, but I was one of the first one on the "Baerga Bandwagon" to replace
Shea at third. My bad. Hill has carried the team on his shoulders so far.
Speaking of shoulders, jury still out on Pedro's.
He pitched just OK, but still maintains he feels better. I'm still waiting for
But has anyone noticed that Carlos has been king
of the clubhouse as well as the dugout darling? Captain Carlos? Not exactly,
but Baerga has been better than advertised.
The "AR-i-ZON-a...AR-i-ZON-a" chant didn't exactly
replace "Yankees you-now-what," but it did spook the New Yorkers when they saw
it on the sign. It gets to them. And it's perfect for when Mariano Rivera
There were 50% more Yankee fans in the park
yesterday than there were on Friday night (many make the drive up on Saturday
mornings). Overall, The fans have been pretty tame (not exactly the old days
when certain people I know were tossing golf balls at Mickey Rivers after he
sucker-punched Bill Lee... but I digress). The intensity gets turned up a notch today.
Is NESN's Tom Caron the next Jim Gray? His work in
and outside of the parks has been fresh and entertaining. Tom's recent
fan-in-the-stands segments with George Will and David Cone, in the bleachers
no-less, have been particularly noteworthy.
Will Nixon be the one today?
4.12: New York, new chants. "Serenity now!... Serenity now!.." I'm
walking around like Frank Costanza after losing two out of three to the
friggin' Royals... serenity now!
And I can hear Jim Mora again "PLAYOFFS?!...
PLAYOFFS?!..." can they even win another game with Heathcliff Slo... um Ugueth
Urbina locking up the games? And I won't say anything more about Manny's
disinterest in playing defense.
The gloves come off tonight. The World Series
Loser Yankees are in town. Yes (YES, what a mess), it's too early, but I'll
never forget the noise at Fenway when Ramirez drove that grounder past Rivera
last April. The season began that night. Let's hope for some repeat fireworks
this time around.
I think it's Doug Mirabelli's turn to bat second
tonight, followed by Dwight Evans tomorrow. Hey Grady Little, no time like the
present to institute the Big Lineup, while you're still "test driving."
(see Second Page)
If you simply have to
take notice of the Yankees with every waking breath, how about yelling
something new, original, and meaningful? I respectfully submit: "AR-i-ZON-a... AR-i-ZON-a..."
4.11: Meet the New Red Sox. Same as the old Red Sox?
So much for all the whining about the creampuff
schedule. It was a royal smack of reality last night. Was it 2001 night at
Fenway and I didn't get the email?
Royals running around the bases at will (I'm still
counting the thefts). Lineup shut down by another no-name pitcher. Garciaparra
and the rest of the big guns firing blanks. Erratic outfield play from
you-know-who. Gaping holes in the middle relief ranks. It was deja-vu all over
The good news: Lowe worked his way out of his
jams. Wish we could say the same for give-it-up Guapo.
Nomar will sit during one of the Yankee games. Hey
Grady, last night would have been as good a night as any to rest the golden
boy. Yankee games are bigger as you well know (having flashbacks to Jimy
pulling Pedro after six last May abruptly ending season).
Meet the New Red Sox, part two. The Boston Dirt
Dogs baseball website will also be known as NewRedSox.com. Same old
stuff with a brand new name. And we've got new 2002 t-shirts and other goodies
on the way. Stay tuned.
4.10: Sheaky at third?
It's a reach to find something for Red Sox
Nation to whine about these days, so here's a stretch:
People are still not over the Hillenbrand when it
comes to Shea's coverage at third (but like his bat, he'll just keep getting
Hey Johnny, it's a pitching wedge from left field
to third base at Fenway. What are you thinking?
I still can't catch up to that hour lost over the
weekend. And the Red Sox still can't catch the Yankees.
I'm not crazy about the Wakefield/Mussina match-up
Grady's little lineup shuffling: Trot needs to get
more at-bats. Eighth spot is not cutting it for Dirt Dog Nation.
What's wrong with Tony? Clark didn't get on base
last night. Is the battle back on with Daubach?
Why does Grady keep batting Sanchez second? Good
bat handler baloney or is he onto something?
Should Oliver be taking on Clemens Friday night?
Where's Juan Pena?
If I see another "Year to be Here" commercial and
hear that canned voiceover talk about "the oldest team in town is suddenly
new" the foot is going through the television.
There, I feel better already.
4.9: Reichert a Royal pain.
Dan Reichert starts for Kansas City tonight. Dan
who? Just the Dan that has won four out of his last five outings against the
Red Sox. And KC has given Boston a royal beating the past couple of years. The
Sox have to kick some Kansas City you-know-what to stick around this time.
What happens if Wakefield has a big outing
tonight? Back to the bullpen (after his match-up with Mussina on Sunday).
Coleman is coming back. Scenarios: Merloni gets
sent down. Offerman gets released, or packaged with Urbina and/or Daubach.
Anyone else nervous about Darren Oliver making his
first start against 6-1 New York on Friday? It should give a cup of coffee the
shakes. Add Darren to the trade mix above if there are any takers. Speaking of
nervous, would you want UUU on the mound with three outs to go for the World
Series win? Yikes.
First things first: Northeastern's Carlos Pena has
four home runs so far for Oakland (why can't we draft players like that?).
Giambi has been horrible. Mo Vaughn has a fractured finger. And Tony Clark
takes a back seat to no one so far.
Look for Pedro to come up big again against the
Yankees Saturday. And look for a Kenyan to win the marathon (I'm not running
4.7: Manny's not right in left.
He can now officially join the club. Yaz was overrated outside of Fenway, Greenwell was god-awful, O'Lousy wasn't
exactly a finalist for a gold glove. And Manny every-play-is-an-adventure
Ramirez can proudly accept the torch as Boston's latest "adequate" outfielder
Will a full-time-DH Ramirez hit better? If his
slugging percentage with the Sox as outfielder vs. Hitter is any indication, it
looks like Manny is our new Bob Watson.
But is $160 million too much to swallow for the
second coming of Orlando Cepada? Only John Henry's wallet can tell.
Suddenly Coleman is back on the front burner, but
has he earned the right to play everyday? Prime time is the team's only true
left fielder and could step in as early as next Tuesday. Rickey can't play
every day. Daubach and Offerman are converted first baseman. Lou? Could Lou
play left? Merloni could... in Pawtucket.
And who's the new odd man out in the Baerga,
Merloni, Offerman, Daubach mix? Again, somebody's gotta go.
Pena pitched 6-strong innings of one-run ball last
night at McCoy. Pedro brings his A-game today.
4.6: Derek and the domino effect, part II. No more Lowe blows from the peanut gallery,
we have found our number two starter (my personal pick for number two back in
early March). Derek knocked 'em down one after the other tonight. There is
life after Pedro. And I'm calling for Pedro to come up BIG on Sunday. Looking
for the shutout from him as well.
Derek Lowe will make the All-Star team for the
Boston Red Sox. Write it down, and I'll eat crow if it doesn't happen.
Minimum 16 wins out of Derek. He actually pitched
a better game than Nomo did in his no hitter. Effective and efficient with the
And talk about tough. He went back out there with
the same type of blister that Clemens walked off the mound with in Game 6.
The Shea Hey Kid. Goat, hero, goat. Blew the
perfect game. Saved it with the double play. Blew the no hitter with the wrong
decision. Maybe. Such is baseball. No need to knock Shea today.
And with the range plays from Garciaparra and
Sanchez, and the 6' 7" stretches from Tony, the infield D was as solid as it's
been since early '99.
Forgotten Frank goes today.
4.5: Shut the Buck up. Don't believe the hype about Buck's blowup at
Pedro "Stray Dog" Martinez. This is nothing more than his trying to jazz it up
for J.P. Ricchardi, his new boss. Martinez, the barking one, is constantly
rumored to be the first manager fired. So with all the off-days and rain,
Pedro's passing gave him an excuse to make some noise. Yawn.
Worst to first? Sox are in dead last in the AL
East. Whodda thunk it. Okay, it's only one game for them but I'm trying to get
into mid-season miserable form early. Maybe they can still salvage the
Too-Much-Pitching: my annual dilemma daydream was
cut short before game one. It lasted about two days, shortest on record.
Juan Pena twirls in Pawtucket tomorrow night. It's
more than just another stAAArt as he should be heading to Boston within 39
4.4: April showers may bring great seats. 72 degrees and sunny at 4:30 yesterday
afternoon. Wasn't planning on going to Fenway but it was just too nice out not
to. What seemed like 10 minutes later, I was back home cold, wet, and
miserable. But in the middle...
- Free street parking around BU with half-hour left
in the meter: $0
- Free ticket from fan who can't stand the rain: $0
- Cross from the bleachers into the main area: $0
- Avoid the urge to eat a Cool Dog,
five-dollar-sausages and drink lightweight beers: $0
- Watch Jason go deep from John Henry's new $200
seat on the third base side: Priceless
4.3: And now, the rest of the
It's always this way with the Opener. It gets
sliced and diced to death. That's partially why it means so much more than the
other 161 games. Plus it's nice to start off on the right foot. Good karma.
The ballyard was a Who's Who of Who Cares
of the high rollers, can't say the crowd was filled with Boston's finest
Opening Day is the crazy cousin of New Year's Eve in Boston. It's amateur hour.
Said hello to Charles the Dentist (starring in
Public Affairs to Remember), and the nouveau
Jury still out on "Little Ball" (apologies to Jon
at Your Turn) but I never like playing for one run. And pulling Guapo for
Urbina reminded me of the days when Jimy would needlessly pull Lowe for
Gordon. Headwind problems? Eleven-minute-delay excuses? Is this Gradywocky?
It's almost a must-win for Hermanson tonight. Will
the Bulldog have a long leash?
Lost in the loss: Tony Clark's protection.
Varitek's comeback. El Guapo's performance. Offerman's home run.
4.1: Head and shoulders. He says he feels fine but I'm not feeling
that great about Pedro starting today. He talks about taking his time, saving his career (for
what? This is it Pedro. This is your career, right here, right now, time's a wastin' on this end) and how everything is in God's hands. I miss the swagger,
the intimidation, the strut, the stare.
What happened to the days when the game was in
Pedro's hands? If he's hurt then shut it down and get the operation. If not,
then let's crank it up and see what he can do. He says baseball is still fun
for him but he forces the smile then keeps talking about baseball being his
Does the problem lie more in his head or his
shoulder? More and more people are saying that it's not a matter of if Pedro
will shut it down, but when. Do they have enough pitching to go on without
him? Juan Pena your bus to Boston is leaving May 15th.
The Red Sox had a team dinner in Houston and
everyone showed up, much like Carl Everett's breakup dinners in Tampa. Then
the Red Sox plane was struck by lightning.
3.31: Easter leftovers. Bad sign - looks like rain right up until
game time tomorrow. Not good news for the two guys who walk around with those
The new NESN - First of all can we lose "It's the
Year to be Here?" It's queer. Tuned in to watch the new "Extra Innings" post
game show yesterday featuring Jim Corsi. Hey Jim, wake up! It's Red Sox
baseball, show a little passion. It's great that you pitched in the major
leagues and all but step it up or step aside. When asked earlier in the week
on WEEI what he thought of Mo Vaughn's comments on Troy Percival, Corsi
replied "I didn't hear anything about it." Jim, why don't you bookmark this
page and get up to speed buddy?
NESN also planned to kick off the call-in portion
of the show except they couldn't hear any of the callers. Hello?
What in the world is Rickey looking for if it's
not the money? Playing time? A fresh deck of cards before each game? More
mirrors? Who knows.
Happy Easter. Baseball tonight.
2001 Barks and Bites