Thu. - Sat.. Jan. 29-31
Will Yankees Go After
"The Yankees, finding themselves without
a third baseman, somehow jigger their finances, make up some package
that is frankly beyond my imagination and trade for A-Rod, who would
be more than thrilled to rip the "C" off his mental uniform and
switch to third base next to his old pal Derek Jeter."
- NY Times, George Vecsey
"I should note that Cashman and A-Rod
were sitting next to each other. And, A-Rod talked about how much he
loved New York City. I honestly think that Boston, as a state would
commit suicide if he came to the Bronx." -
Stuck in the Middle (You Lose)
(lyrics to Stuck in the Middle with You)
Well I don't know why they named
him that night
You get the feeling that something ain't right
He's so scared and looking stiff in his chair
And he's still wondering how he'll get outta there
Clown to the left of him, Joker on his right
There he is
Stuck back in Texas (boo hoo)
Yes A-Rod's stuck back in Texas
And he's wondering what it is he should do
It's so hard to keep that smile on his face
Losing games, the Rangers stay in last place
Clown to the left of him
Joker to his right
There he is
Stuck back in Texas (you lose)
Well you started off with millions
And you're proud that you're a self made man
And your filthy owner calling
Slap you on the back and say
Please (be my Captain)!
Tried to make some sense of it all
But I can see it makes no sense at all
Does a Captain have one foot out the door?
PR stunt, can't be anything more
Yes he's stuck in last place with
Stuck back in Texas (he'll hear boos)
Buried like Cap'n Kangaroo
"I guess I'm probably kinda sorta pretty
sure it might work
out for the best sometimes." - Rangers "Captain"
Captain Rallies the Troops in
"Guys, this game we have against
Boston tonight is pretty important for us, so I just wanted to
say before we take the field that I think that if we go out
and give it our best, maybe we might not embarrass ourselves.
Though I'm not promising anything and to be perfectly honest,
I'd feel a whole lot more confident if I was playing for them
instead of you. Now, let's go get them! Just don't get hurt.''
- Caple Calls Captain A-Fraud
Dewey Defeats Truman
Yep, They're Selling It Online.
Patriots Victory Guaranteed.
(Yes we know you can dig around for the
Patriots DVD box too, yeesh, no fun)
Wed. Jan. 28
Jim O'Brien, the longest tenured coach
in the NBA's Eastern Conference, has resigned his post with the
Boston Celtics due to 'philosophical differences' with director of
basketball operations Danny Ainge.
Let's Talk Baseball,
I think it's gone too far in some instances. The main problem
I have is that hard core fans, IMO, are using this kind of
stuff as their sole analysis of players, period. For the true
hard core fan that really may be the only way to do it I
guess. Problem for me is I see the real life application of
these opinions formed by the stats. I eat, sleep live and
breathe with those guys you love to hate, and hate to love. I
see what happens when a stadium full of people boos the hell
out of one of my teammates. Whether it was warranted or not,
you go home at night, miserable with your player, mad at
whatever he did, and I go to the clubhouse, and see the real
effects of your actions and reactions to my teammates, and to
me. I'm not whining, not in the least, it's all part of
playing a professional sport, and for the most part we all
understand that. That doesn't change the impact, the effect,
that fans create. RSN is a nation of people that for the most
part that determines their opinions on new guys based on their
OPS and WHIP, which is understood given the passion and
history here. I can't, and don't, and when the media creates
or stirs that opinion in a way I know to be untrue, I am more
than bothered. Stats have their applications in the game, no
one knows that more than me, but a media guy who's writing
career is pretty much founded on these new stats and has a
legion of followers, a guy like Neyer on ESPN, I tend to have
more dislikes, than likes of.
I'm not saying he's wrong, or right, just that he talks about
the numbers as they pertain to future performance almost as if
it's an absolute. Oh I know he always inserts the italicized
"maybe" and "potentially", but the tone of his writing
suggests his belief lies more in what he is writing to be
fact, than just trend and probability. I've seen him say
things in the past about players, and be so far wrong it's
ludicrous, but you do enough projecting, of enough people, and
at some point you'll be right, or near right.
That's a hard one for me to answer, since value to me is way
beyond the numbers in a lot of instances. Back in the late
1990s before I left Philly, one of my closest friends on the
team was Kevin Jordan. I played with Kevin for about 5 years,
and to this day we are still very good friends. His 2000
season was a forgettable one. His main role was our 1st guy
off the bench to PH, and utility guy every now and then. I
watched him from '96-'99 turn himself into a very very good
pinch hitter. Probably one of the better 2k hitters I have
ever seen. He's the guy you got 0-2 on in 2 pitches, then 13
pitches later watched him push a single to right. He got that
way by studying his craft, working his ass off. I saw it
firsthand, and loved every minute of it. Now fast forward to
2000, and he's struggling, big time. His PH appearances are
starting to have much longer downtime in between than normal,
and even when he centers a ball, it's an out. But, the entire
time this is happening, I am watching him on the bench, in the
clubhouse, working EVERY single day by talking to the young
players, teaching them the routine for being good at his job.
At the time it was him saying "do as I say, not as I do", and
he was respected enough that the younger guys saw that his
approach, regardless of the outcome at the present time, was A
HOW TO in being a young ML player. He taught a lot of the
younger players, Lieberthal, Abreu, Burrell and others what it
REALLY meant to be prepared. If he wasn't in the game he'd
head up to the video room in the 4-5th innings, watching their
bullpen righty and lefty, depending on score, and then he'd
warm up, stretch, hit off the tee, get himself ready.
When his turn came, when he was up there, he had done all he
could to be prepared, and as far as teammates go, that's all I
could or would ever ask. There are guys in the major leagues
now that owe Kevin a HUGE thanks, because they are better
major league players because of him. There were games that he
won for us that year without every being in the lineup,
because one of the young guys had tried his approach, was
ready for his AB's in a way he might not have been, and he
produced. I know it to be true, because I watched it happen.
That's value, above and beyond any numbers or stats out there.
I am sure there are a lot of people rolling their eyes, the
put up or shut up crowd usually does, but that's what happens
in our clubhouses and on our fields. That's real life. Kevin
went into 2001 and struggled again, and now he's playing AAA
ball and working on trying to get back. I talk to him every
few weeks and always love the hell out of our conversations,
because he got it, and I got to see him use it.
So yes, stats have a place, but they don't come close to
painting the whole picture of any one player IMO. When
someone, and there were a lot of someone's in Philly at that
time, wrote something that was derogatory about KJ, you know
the kinda thing like "Jordan could be released, he's just
taking up a spot on the bench and roster right now" I got
bothered, and still do, because neither success nor failure
can be summed up that easily. ...Read
more on SoSH
Belichick's No Microphony
But Let's Get this Show on the Road Already.
Tues. Jan 27
Martinez Muscles Up
Positive Reports on Pedro's Shoulder from Miami.
Retirement. Right from the
Schilling on the Spot in Boston
"The Red Sox haven't won a World
Series since 1918. Now they've brought in a 37-year-old ace, a
former Red Sox farmhand, to beat the Yankees and bring a world
championship to Boston.
He'll have a lot of help and a good
team behind him, but being trusted more than anyone to break an
86-year curse brings a lot of pressure." -
ESPN Magazine 1.23
"Sure over the course of a season
there are certain players that have more of an impact than others,
but when the recipe is finally put together, it's the sum of all
the parts that makes the meal, not any one individual thing. Leave
just one out, and it changes dramatically, same thing here."
- Curt Schilling on SoSH
Thurs. Jan. 21 - Mon. Jan
*Nine Out of Ten Dentists Agree
The A-Rod Deal Bears Its Teeth One More Time Before
(*The tenth dentist has
been identified as Dr. Charles Steinberg, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston)
strength of the wolf lies in its pack."
- Bill Belichick
"Get Rid of Steroids Now!"
President says using steroids sends the wrong message
that a "shortcut to accomplishment is more important than
character," urges teams and players to get them out of
(The President is not expected to intervene in
the A-Rod trade talks at this time.)
Sox Fan Wants Her A-Rod Jersey
1.21.04: "Back to the whole
jersey thing. I was one of the unfortunates who actually
purchased one yesterday. I got a conformation number and my
credit card had a pending charge to Digital River-MLB for
I just got off the phone with
MLB.COM about this. At first the guy played dumb like he had
no idea what I was talking about. Then he said "it was a
product marketing mistake" and "they could not get the jerseys
from the vendor" he also said no one hacked into their site
and that my credit card would not be charged.
I want to know what product
marketing mistake is and I WANT MY JERSEY."
- remcat, redsoxnation.net
MLB.com removes Red Sox A-Rod Replica Home Jerseys from ShopMLB.com
at 11:11am, 1.20.04. Thank God for screen grabs:
Or Get the Boston Red Sox Alex Rodriguez Red Retro Cooperstown
Only $200 Large
(MLB.com dropped Cooperstown and Warm-up jersey pages too, 1.20.04)
LOSES ITS SHIRT ON
A-ROD SOX JERSEY STORY,
MLB ADVANCED MEDIA CAUGHT WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN.
Let's Talk Baseball,
On Pitch Counts and
One of the old saws is that in the "old days' guys could throw
165 pitches a start or whatever because they didn't have to
throw each pitch with the intensity that is necessary today.
Which is true, since you could give up a 400 foot fly ball and
have it be an out. You didn't have to be as sharp on EVERY
single pitch. The game of pitching has changed DRAMATICALLY in
the past 30-40 years. Moreso than any other aspect of the
game. Factor in the following, and you can see.
First off the strike zone. It used to be right below the
letters, to the lower knee, shin area. Today it is pretty much
top of the knee to high thigh up and down. Now we have a much
smaller area to pitch to, which means a lot less area for a
hitter to have to cover. Compound that with harder baseballs,
MUCH smaller parks, overall lack of pitching depth, talent,
MUCH bigger, stronger, faster hitters, and you get the
offensive explosion we are witnessing over the last decade.
Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton and Jim Palmer told me that when
they pitched, you could actually "mush" the seams and leather
of a baseball, meaning you could actually create wrinkles in
the ball by pinching the leather. Pick up a ML baseball today,
they are pool balls, not swimming pool either, but billiard
There is much less margin for error in the game today as a
pitcher, that means to be good you have to be REAL REAL good,
and that's every pitch. I can remember talking to some HOF
pitchers, including Robin Roberts, and on more than one
occasion they told me that in some parks you'd just make sure
to throw FB middle out, because if you didn't pull the ball in
the air, it was an out. Heck Richie Ashburn told me that they
used to park the batting cage in one stadium out in deep
center field, ON THE FIELD, during the game, since it was so
far away it was never really in play. Now I don't know about
you, but I have yet to see a park with those dimensions
So, does dialing down a fastball -- throwing it 91 instead of
94 -- help maintain your freshness?
More generally, there is clearly some corollary between a
heavy workload and a pitcher breaking down, but the specifics
of what that corollary is are as vague as can be. Some
commentators, without any firm basis, have said that the way
to get the most innings out of pitcher is to keep innings per
start down, but go back to a 4-man rotation. The idea being
that it is the 130 plus pitch count starts that wear a pitcher
down, but outings with less than 100 pitches would permit a
guy to thrive on a 4 man rotation. Do you have any sense of
what an optimal workload would be and how it should be
apportioned, or is the status quo the result of tried and
Here is how I have come to view pitching fatigue, injuries and
all the things that come with them.
Example: If I throw 135 pitches in a 9-2 game, a game my team
leads early and big in, I am gonna feel stiff the next day,
bit sore maybe, but not nearly as sore and stiff as throwing
95 pitches over 7 innings in a 1-1 game. The game, score and
pitch counts all factor in, and by pitch counts I mean if I
have to throw 30 pitches in the 3rd inning with runners in
scoring position all inning long, in a scoreless or close
game, that's gonna take a TON out of me for later. I always
call these kinda situations reaching into the tank. I feel
like I can muster up two of these a game if I have too.
Situations that in my mind the outcome of the game is riding
on. I try and make sure the 2nd time I have to do this is
after the 7th. ...Read
more on SoSH
Wed. Jan. 20
NO HOAX FOLKS
LOSES ITS SHIRT ON
A-ROD SOX JERSEY STORY, MLB ADVANCED MEDIA CAUGHT WITH
THEIR PANTS DOWN.
1.20.04 Dan Patrick on SportsCenter:
"There's certainly movement on the A-Rod to Boston deal online.
A person with access to create a page on MLB.com posted a link to
the websites online shop that offers fans an opportunity to purchase
an Alex Rodriguez replica Boston Red Sox jersey for a mere $99.95.
The page eventually appeared on a Red Sox fan site (hello). A source
close to the situation said the link was up for minutes and the same
person who posted it apparently took it down."
"An authorized person
conducted an unauthorized hoax"
- Jim Gallagher, spokesman for MLB Advanced Media
"Dirt on the Shirt. A-Rod Jersey a
ESPN.com news services - Tuesday,
January 20, 2004 (our comments in parenthesis). A person who
has access to create pages on MLB.com posted a link to the Web
site's online shop that offered fans an opportunity to purchase an
Alex Rodriguez replica Boston Red Sox jersey for $99.95. (Nope.
No link, the pages were embedded into the ShopMLB.com database. That
was one sample product and size. There were three A-Rod Red Sox
jersey styles that went live on ShopMLB.com on January 16th -- Sox
fans discovered pages last night when the images went up here. The
jerseys were loaded into MLB.com's searchable database as attested
to by many fans on the redsox.com forum,
redsoxnation.net, SoSH, and other discussion boards last night.
The red Cooperstown jerseys were going for $200.00 each and some
people were actually able to backorder it, as they were already out
of stock. See warm up shirt above.)
An image of the page appeared on Red Sox
fan site www.bostondirtdogs.com. (Correct, and I should have
grabbed the other two products -- Cooperstown and warm up jerseys --
as well had I known about this sketchy spin). The file
containing the A-Rod jersey image was uploaded to bostondirtdogs.com
on Friday and was accompanied by the text "Boston Red Sox Alex
Rodriguez Replica Home Jersey." (Nope. The images and screen grab
were saved last night when Red Sox Nation online discovered the
gaffe of releasing these shirts to the live shop database early
instead of leaving the pages in the testing area.) "Be one of
the first to own a jersey customized with the name and number of the
newest Red Sox, Alex Rodriguez! $99.95." (Again, that was just
one size, one style -- there were three.)
A source close to the situation said the
link was up for several minutes and the same individual who posted
it apparently removed it from MLB.com. ("Several minutes" my
donkey. A simple peruse
here, January 19, 4:13pm, and
here "three different ones?" will prove otherwise. This gaffe
was just discovered last night. Pages on MLB.com were live since January 16th.
"Minutes" to pull it down maybe after Dr. Steinberg called and said MLB Advanced Media has to take the fall for this one -- the Sox took
the heat for bannergate just two weeks ago right?)
"An authorized person conducted an
unauthorized hoax," Jim Gallagher, spokesman for MLB Advanced Media,
which runs MLB.com and 30 team Web sites, told ESPN.com. "We take
this situation very seriously and we are currently investigating."
(Yeah right, an authorized person made three different sample A-Rod shirts,
built the pages with sizes
and pricing variables, put them into the database, and launched them
all live... for a joke. Are you related to Gene Mota Jim? We've got
guys that bought the shirts Jim. You took credit cards on those
shirts, bottom line.)
MLB.com Advanced Media editor-in-chief
Dinn Mann was not available for comment. (Smart move Dinn)
-- Darren Rovell, ESPN.com (Quit your
day job buddy but run a correction first.)
VOTE ON A-ROD TRADE TALKS
"Of course it can get done... done in
private without a whole lot of media scrutiny... privacy will rule
the day if this trade ever has a chance." - Jeff Moorad
"You're (ESPN) jumping the gun." - Scott
ESPN on AROD
1.20.04 Dan Patrick, ESPN
SportsCenter: "Earlier today a major league baseball
official confirmed to me that trade talks between the Boston
Red Sox and Texas Rangers centering around Alex Rodriguez are
still being explored. The source was quick to point out that
no deal is imminent, and given the much publicized talks of
last month, both sides have gone about their business in a
covert manner. Money has been the major stumbling block in the
A-Rod deal getting done."
Bruce Levine, ESPN radio 1000:
"If you talk to the people involved right now they'll tell you
the story is totally incorrect and that there's no meeting but
Texas people did verify that Texas people will be in New York
(NY baseball writers dinner/MVP presentation)... but if a deal
like this is going to get done, certainly the media is not
going to be reporting on it. This was a good source, two good
sources that I had on this, and they said, you know, you're
going to have to sit on this thing because, Dan, no one is
going to talk about this until it gets done. None of the teams
can absorb the type of publicity involved here if the thing
doesn't get done this time."
Rangers-Red Sox Offer Strong
Denials This Time Around
Negotiations to Stay Out of the Media for Round
"This deal is dead. Honestly.
There is no chance of this happening. Don't read anything into
some of those people being in New York." - Rangers
"The reports are completely
baseless. There are no plans for us to meet with anybody. We
just learned about it. I was surprised by it, John Henry was
surprised by it, Larry Lucchino was surprised by it, Tom
Werner was surprised by it. It's unfortunate that someone can
apparently fabricate a story and then Nomar Garciaparra and
Manny Ramirez have to read about their futures again in the
press. It's completely baseless, it's not true. The healthiest
thing is just to move on. This story has been behind us for
several weeks now." - Theo Epstein, General Manager, Boston
Red Sox, 1.20.04... but is it deja vu all over again?...
"It's baseless" - Theo Epstein, General Manager,
Boston Red Sox, 11.12.03
THE WHOPPER OF
A DEAL IS ALIVE
(Elvis says "Hey Baby" from
AND IT IS ON
NOW CLOSE IT
Teams Learn from Past Mistakes
and Deny Reports
Talks to Resume this Weekend
1:20:04, 1:17pm: ESPN
radio's Bruce Levine on Dan Patrick's radio show is now saying
that talks on the Manny-for-A-Rod trade heated up this past
week and John Henry and Tom Hicks either met last weekend or
will meet this coming weekend. Patrick says A-Rod was bending
Bud Selig's ear about the trade at Sammy Sosa's birthday party
in the Dominican a while back and is pressing hard for the
deal. According to Levine, who says the deal will happen
according to his sources, all parties still want the deal to
go through, and Selig's comment was to "get the deal done then
call me only after everyone has approved the trade." Patrick
says the deal will get done most likely by "this weekend."
Alex has not spoken to manager Buck Showalter since the trade
talks stalled in December.
(Hey, it beats Terry Shumpert talk)
TROT GETS ONE YEAR DEAL, KIM SIGNS FOR TWO
Tues. Jan. 20 -
A-Rod Red Sox Home Jerseys On Sale
(MLB files uploaded Jan. 16, 2004;
MLB dropped page, 1.20.04)
"Boston Red Sox Alex Rodriguez Replica Home Jersey. Be one of
the first to own a jersey customized with the name and number of the
newest Red Sox, Alex Rodriguez! $99.95"
ESPN Radio's Bruce Levine, who broke Pettitte to Astros, Roger too,
reports of "secret talks" scheduled this week between the Red Sox
Does MLB Know Something
We Don't Know?
It's Good to Be ALIVE!
Sun. Jan 18, Mon. Jan 19.
PATS OUTGUN COLTS
WITH XXXVIII SPECIAL
You Can't Break the Law in Foxboro
AFC Champions 24 Colts 14
(Carolina, You Have A Problem)
That's Manning Being
Foxboro is Not Peyton's Place
Four Interceptions = Fourteen in a Row for Patriots.
Colts Go Pony Up!
Pats Fans are Houston Rockets
Gillette's Go Pats
It's Patriots Day
Sat. Jan 17
Gillette's Go Manny!
Afraid of Fan Blitz While Nomar Calls an Audible for Pats Game and
Goes Back to Phoenix.
"They boo because they want to cheer
you." - Mike Timlin
Eskimo Up! Get on the Plane to
And Get Some Bonus Miles with the Fans.
"I think Manny will be met with a mix of
jeers, boos, and half-hearted cheers. But the place will positively
erupt if either he or Nomar hits a dinger, much more so, I predict,
than if, for example, Kevin Millar or Bill Mueller homered.
Manny isn't unequivocally a villain in
the the eyes of Red Sox Nation. But he's a mix of great
characteristics and confounding and aggravating characteristics. On
rare occasions, the aggravations rise to be real problems (like when
he wheeled out of the batters box or refused to pinch hit), but
those are rare. Most times, the guy performs like a monster and has
fun with this teammates. His bosses hate him, but I'm not his boss
and I could care less if he or anyone make their jobs more difficult
if Manny produces.
In the race thread, someone
described Boston as a liberal city. I disagree. There is a small
academic community that grabs headlines and attention, but Boston is
very much a blue collar, working class city, much like Chicago. And
I think that the people of Boston like their heroes in their own
image - flawed in some way, with contradictions, and rough edges. I
think that was part of Bird's appeal. I also think that's why Tom
Brady is really, really, really well-liked, but not beloved
or adored. Quite frankly, I think white-bread A-Rod (he may be "a
person of color" but A-Rod is pure Wonderbread) would get the same
- dag2000, redsoxnation.net
What's the Mato
Manny's Agent Spins
Guilt Trip on Gordon Edes.
And Trips Up.
Return address correct
Agent insists Ramirez not unhappy in Boston
By Gordon Edes, Boston Globe Staff, 1/17/2004
"Ramirez bought a plane ticket and
planned to fly up from South Florida to attend tomorrow's AFC
Championship game with Mato, but as of yesterday, Mato said,
Ramirez had a change of heart and is probably going to stay
(Then why even tell us the
story? To make us feel guilty? You've got to be kidding
Gene. This strategy won't work in Boston buddy.)
"He's afraid that if he goes to
the game and they show him on the scoreboard, everybody will
start booing him," Mato said."
(Boo hoo. Fans may boo to
acknowledge that they know he asked to be traded and wants
to play for the Yankees. And as D-Lowe said "they cheer when
you win, they boo when you lose." Get over it.)
"And that would be unfortunate,
the agent said, because despite whatever people may believe at
this stage, Ramirez is glad to be coming back to the Red Sox
(Only because he was deathly
afraid of trying to fill A-Rod's shoes in Texas. We know
he's a Yankee at heart, but we'll cheer him anyway. We're
stuck with each other, he wears our laundry, what's the
"As evidence, Mato cites the date,
Dec. 6, when he and Ramirez placed a phone call to Red Sox
owner John W. Henry, in the midst of the trade talks that
would have sent Ramirez to the Texas Rangers for shortstop
Alex Rodriguez. "He called John Henry and told him he didn't
want to be traded," Mato said."
(See above. We have enough
evidence to convict Mato right now.)
"John's been great with Manny.
Manny likes him a lot. Manny doesn't blame John for anything."
(Why should he blame John.
Tried to trade him. Tried to give him away. Unfortunately he
could not "accommodate Manny's requests." But he tried.)
"Yes, Alex Rodriguez is a great
player, but he's already proved he can't do it alone. Why
break up the great chemistry that team had?
(Huh? He proved that even
with a great hitter you need pitching. The Sox have it. And
a lineup to support him. Losing Manny wouldn't affect the
chemistry Gene. But you know that.)
"Manny seems to be real excited
about this year. He started working out about three days after
the Red Sox lost to the Yankees, and he's probably in better
shape right now than he was at any time last year."
(We assumed at twenty million
dollars per season he would always be excited to play for
the Boston Red Sox. And why can't we hear it from him
directly Baghdad Bob?)
"Get ready. Get ready for this
year. He is going in angry."
(Yeah, angry that his trade
requests leaked out last season, angry that the Yankees
wouldn't pick up his contract, angry at Millar's comments...
what's he got to be angry about? He's our Manny!)
"Mato said Ramirez would not
consent to an interview at this time, though he urged the
player to do so just the day before. "If he says something,"
Mato said, "he feels it will be taken out of context. People
misinterpret him, so he says let people think whatever they
(Godalmighty. Does Mato think
we're stupid up here? If Manny speaks, and he does speak
perfect English Gene, he can't be misinterpreted. Ask Curt
"Nobody's heard Manny's story,"
Mato said. "They just say Manny wanted to leave, but that
wasn't the case. There were times he did want to leave. That
is true. But one thing that also is true is that when the
A-Rod rumors first started, he called John Henry to let him
know he wanted to stay in Boston."
(Ohmygod. It is Baghdad Bob!
I thought he was captured?)
"He doesn't deny complaining
several times throughout the year. There were certain issues.
He doesn't deny saying he wanted to be traded at some points.
But it had nothing to do with the fans. He loves Boston. But
he's an emotional guy. Things developed, and he wanted to get
(Oy vey! What "things
developed" Manny? Your trade requests? Chat with Joe Morgan?
Skipping the Yankee series?)
Mato acknowledges that Ramirez's
emotions were running high when the Sox hosted the Yankees
over the weekend of Aug. 29-31, especially after media reports
that a supposedly ailing Ramirez had gone out to eat with
Yankees infielder Enrique Wilson, a longtime friend.
(sigh... his emotions are
supposed to be running high because they were playing the
Yankees and he's our cleanup hitter. He should have been in
the lineup, or at least on the bench. Period. He should not
be worrying about gossip.)
"Though the players did see each
other that Saturday evening, Mato insists the two did not have
dinner. "People say Manny didn't want to beat the Yankees,"
Mato said. "Nobody wants to beat the Yankees more than Manny."
(and if you can't beat 'em...
join 'em... or try to right Baghdad Bob?)
"Manny lives at the Ritz-Carlton.
Enrique went to see him. He came downstairs to see Enrique
because he doesn't want anyone in his home. He saw Enrique
about a half-hour. They never had dinner. I wasn't there, but
according to Manny, he started feeling sick when he was with
Enrique. He went back to his room that night feeling real bad
and when he woke up the next day, he felt terrible."
(Except that he went with
Wilson back to the other hotel:
"Wilson, who went 3
for 4 to help lead the rout, visited the Sox superstar at
the Ritz-Carlton/Boston Common, on Avery Street, where
Ramirez lives during the season.
"He told me that he
was sick," Wilson said. "He didn't want to play [Saturday]
because he didn't feel so good."
The Sox official said
Ramirez accompanied Wilson back to his hotel, the
Ritz-Carlton/Boston on Arlington Street.
- Ramirez actions raise a red fag, Boston Globe, 9.2.03
Left there an maybe went
home. Then blew off the doctor's appointment Sunday.
Wouldn't sit on the bench to intimidate Torre as his
teammates had wanted at a minimum. Oh, but he did eventually
call Ino Guerrero. How thoughtful.)
"They [the Red Sox] knew Manny
wasn't going [to the park on Sunday] -- I spoke to them," said
Mato, adding that he couldn't recall which Sox official he
spoke with. "I told them he was sick. They wanted him there
regardless. They disagreed on whether he wanted to be there or
not. One of the things I told Manny is they wanted him to be
(Sorry Gene you lied. And if
you lie once... well... Boston Globe, September 2, 2003:
"While manager Grady Little waited to write his lineup,
hoping Ramirez would be well enough to play, team officials
tried to reach their prized cleanup hitter, to no avail...
While the Sox continued their attempts to reach Ramirez, the
slugger phoned Ino Guerrero, his close friend and staff
member, near the end of batting practice and said he did not
plan to report to the park." You didn't speak to anyone
Gene. "Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up
here." - Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson), As Good as it Gets,
"Still, when the season ended,
Ramirez was placed on waivers, but no team claimed him for the
$20,000 waiver price. Mato said Ramirez became upset that the
process became public and that the Red Sox did not offer any
public explanation (Sox officials said baseball rules
prevented them from commenting on the waiver process)."
(The explanation was that
they were "honoring Manny's request" according to John Henry
who might have a tad more credibility than Mato right about
now wouldn't you say?)
But whatever distress Ramirez felt
at the time, Mato insists, is no longer an issue. "What
bothered Manny most was what [Kevin] Millar said," Mato said,
referring to interviews in which Millar came out in favor of
the Rodriguez trade. "But Kevin has reached out to Manny and
they've worked it out. Kevin was put in a bad situation. Kevin
didn't mean any harm by it, but what's done is done, and
they've already worked it out."
(Millar's fault again (sigh).
Hey, Kevin was told it was a done deal too. 100% done before
Orza torpedoed it)
"There is no animosity, Mato
(Nor should there be, not our
fault no one picked up the contract.
It is what it is.)
Gene, Gene the Lying Machine
Mato Could Be More Disingenuous
if That's Even Possible (Dump Him Manny)
"He told one group of
reporters that his grandmother was ''kind of sick,'' another
group that his grandmother had died, even going so far as
spelling his grandmother's name for one reporter and giving
her age to another. He said he felt obligated to come because
he was the only Sox representative."
"But his agent, Jeff
Moorad, and Moorad's associate, Gene Mato, had said nothing
about Ramirez's grandmother Monday, when they offered the
explanation that Ramirez had skipped the flight the Sox had
arranged for him on Sunday night and flew out on a private
plane on Monday in order to tend to some personal business
that involved a stopover in New York. Yesterday, Ramirez
didn't arrive at the ballpark until almost 2:30 p.m. and said
that he had flown to Miami, contradicting his agents."
- Ramirez Mystery, Boston Globe, July 2001
"His agent, Gene Mato,
said that the rising star, facing astronomical prices in
Boston, won't be looking for a penthouse apartment or even a
house, just "something simple, in a quiet area."
- AP 12.18.00
Meanwhile, Manny's Penthouse
Was Quietly for Sale
"TAKING A SWING AT THE MARKET? And
speaking of baseball players, slugger Manny Ramirez's
penthouse condo in the Ritz Towers has been the subject of
more trade speculation than he has. The condo, when we checked
this week, was not on the market, although it had been
briefly, in a very quiet way."
Boston Globe 12.28.03
Williamson Signs One Year Deal. Trot Close to Three Year
Terry Shumpert alive and signs a non-guaranteed contract with
A-Rod Deal Could Be Given Last Rites Soon.
Millar Gets Back on Campaign
10. Did Grady stick with Pedro too long?
"No. I stand behind Grady Little and his
decision for this reason: Pedro Martinez is our ace. We live with
Pedro; we lose with Pedro. I would never have taken him out -- Pedro
did everything he could. We lost the game. That's the bad part; but
with Pedro out there, we absolutely had the chance to have it."
But earlier, Millar confessed: "To tell
you the truth, I'm not real smart."
10 Burning Questions for Kevin Millar, ESPN.com Page 2
Fri. Jan. 16
THEY'LL WIN, CHILL
Pats Kick Colts Ass on Sunday
Ghost is Back in the Machine
Grady lands job as Cubs' reporter.
Big Dan on Campus
Duke Waves Goodbye to MLB
EgoManiac Names New Berkshire Collegiate Team After Himself. Was
this John Flynn's idea?
John Henry considers changing
Boston Red Sox to "The Boston Henrys"
"I have a friend who
plays in that league. He says he'll quit if
he has to play for Duquette."
- The Ghost of Todd Jones, redsoxnation.net
"The Dukes plan to spend more days in first
place than any other team
in the New England Collegiate Baseball League."
- Dan "Twilight Zone" Duquette, President, Berkshire Dukes
Seriously, take a spin out to Hinsdale
this summer, say hi to The Duke,
watch some baseball in the Berkshires... good times.
Done Deal on M-Rod?
"We'll have guys there to watch him but that's all I'll say.'' -
File under: close, but no Cuban cigar yet.
(It's about 2% done for those keeping score at
Let's Talk Baseball,
Pressure is self imposed. Regardless of what anyone in the
world expects of me, no one expects more of me than myself.
That's my pressure. What you call pressure I call adrenalin.
Pressure is what I think people feel we are under to win the
big one, to come through in the clutch. I have always felt I
had the ability to funnel outside forces, home/road crowd
noise, big game, big AB, crucial situation etc., into a
positive adrenalin rush for me. I use it, I think I perform
better with it. I also think as a pitcher that being able to
recognize when the situation has intensified, for both hitter
and pitcher, and perform accordingly, stay within yourself, is
a huge key to success.
I have watched and studied Greg Maddux for years. He is so far
ahead of the field when it comes to the mental aspects of
pitching that its scary. I watched a game about 10 years ago,
Maddux was pitching in SF, bases loaded, Dave Martinez
hitting. 2-2 count. Maddux throws ball three, way way outside,
a fastball, then goes 3-2 and throws a picture perfect change
up, not even close to the zone. Martinez swings, inning over.
It stuck with me so much that the next year when I saw him I
asked him about it. He remembered it, he told me on 2-2, the
crowd was pumped in SF, he had great command of his changeup,
he knew that 3-2 Martinez would sit FB and would be swinging
and that the crowd would be even louder, the situation even
more tense on the hitter as well as the runners would be
going, always a nice distraction, something he wasn't sure of
2-2, so he intentionally threw ball 3 to ramp up the
situation, lure Martinez into a false sense of security, then
pulled the string on him. When the situation intensifies, and
the game is on the line, the only players that distance
themselves from others and achieve are the ones that don't get
"caught up" in that pressure in the wrong way, they actually
hold back. Everyone else is pressing, except the guys that
know their adrenalin is way kicked in, and their ability plus
the extra adrenalin will do the work for them.
I've always thought that once I started doing all the work to
prepare for games, the only thing that would be different from
game 1 of spring training to game 7 of the world series was
the 27 outs I needed to get, all the other stuff would always
be present, but narrowing my focus would allow me to not have
time to get caught up in it. I am an adrenalin junkie, I want
the ball in the biggest games because that's when you prove
the most, when more is at stake. People afraid of those
situations look at it from the other side, there's more to
lose than there is to gain...
Lastly, once you learn to deal with pressure, does it matter
how much pressure there is (i.e. the World Series different
from LCS, etc.), or is it that once you learn to tune it out,
it doesn't matter if its game #142, 9th inning two on, vs.
Game #6 of the World Series with 10,000,000 watching.
I can tell you this, the pressure in the division series and
NLCS was ten times more than world series pressure. If you get
to the world series you've done something, you've won the
league, if not you've done nothing IMO.I was ten times more
nervous in games 1 and 5 of the NLDS and game 3 of the NLCS
than I was for games 1 and 4 of the world series in 2001. Now
game 7 was a little different animal, lots of subplots to that
one on a personal level, but that night I worked with my
sports psychologist and slept better than I ever had.
Also, what aspect of the performance did "pressure" impact? Is
it the mental part - not thinking clearly and calling the
wrong pitch, fielding a bunt and throwing it to the wrong base
(or offline) during the 9th inning of game 7 etc, or the
physical part - gripping the ball more tightly and not hitting
the spot or not getting a sharp break on the ball?
Like everything else that is player dependent. Honestly before
games, any game I am starting, you couldn't pull a pin out of
my butt with a tractor, I'm that nervous, fear of failure can
be a tremendous motivator. It can also be a paralyzer to the
player that fears failure too much. You have to have
perspective, in a game where failing 7 out of 10 times every
day for 20 years can get you to the hall of fame, failure
takes on a different meaning. I have always stayed away from
that word too, failure, I believe you can only truly fail at
something if you quit, everything else is just roadblocks that
you've been given the tools to navigate if you can find it in
yourself to push. - Curt
Schilling - 1.14
Read the Q&A on SoSH
Wed/Thu. Jan. 14-15
Fan Fesses Up
New Yorker Knows Our Passion
BK to Stay
Kim Byung-hyun to Sign on for 2 More Years, $10
But Arroyo has shot at
No BK Deal Yet
Nixon, Williamson, and Kim file for arbitration.
Kevin Millar explains
why Grady left Pedro
in at the Boston Baseball Writers' Dinner.
Cheatin' and Lyin' in
Pettitte and Clemens
Tues. Jan. 13
Talk Baseball, Real Baseball
"I love Bill James' stuff, a lot of it, I use it a lot in
fantasy baseball, because IMO that's where it has its best
application, but on the mound, in the game, things are
dramatically different because you cannot put a number or % to
the human brain, or psyche, and humans react differently to
different atmospheres, pressure, environments, it's what makes
sports the coolest thing on earth." - 1.14.04
Forget the mind-numbing
number crunching, Schilling wants to talk "real baseball."
Mentors? Few, but I have gotten advice from literally everyone
I've gone to. I think, I think
, one of my strong suits is an intense willingness to learn
things, always. I realized very early in my career that I
wasn't going to be doing things in the big leagues that no one
had ever seen, so I looked at the guys that were the best
(early 90's, Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, Clemens) and tried to
figure out what made each one so good. Not the overall general
stuff, but looking into the numbers. My thought then was that
if I could get my control as good as Maddux, with 5-8 more
mph, I might have something good to work with. That's been my
goal now for years. But as far as influence, what I do on the
field, how I prepare, how I conduct myself, how I work, is all
a result of talking and watching the following people Jim
Palmer, Sandy Koufax, Johnny Podres, Terry Mulholland, Bob
Feller, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux,
John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Tom Glavine, Randy Johnson, Brian
Anderson, Don Drysdale, Jim Fregosi, and tons more. Next to my
dad, Johnny P was by far and away my largest influence, and
the guy that helped me turn the corner, without him I don't
think any of this would have happened to me.
I can remember when we first got cable TV in Arizona, we
started getting WGN, which was great because we were dyed in
the wool Pirate fans, so we got to see them alot. I'm like 10
years old and we're watching baseball pretty much everyday and
there's my dad talking about first pitch strikes, lead off
walks, getting ahead of hitters. I'm sitting there thinking,
WHAT? Damn, turn the channel, isn't Godzilla vs Rodan on now?
Funny how life works. I've learned as much, if not more, from
my dad from the day he died, through today, than I did while
he was alive. When he was around it was "blah blah blah" to
me, like every other kid, tune them out, now, as a dad myself,
I hear his stinking advice every day of the year and the damn
guy was 100% correct.
I can't really answer the game thing regarding Jason yet, but
based on what I have heard there will be a lot of interaction
between he and I. There are 5 people that I speak with on the
day I pitch, My trainer, manager, pitching coach, defensive
coach and my catcher. On my day, IMO, it's my world,
conversing with anyone else is wasting breath and time on
things that will have no positive impact on me getting anyone
out that night.
I ask, no I think the word demand fits, a lot of my catchers.
It's the reason I prefer to work with one guy, every game.
It's never been a thing where I liked one guy more than the
next, I want my catchers to be able to throw sure, but more
than anything I want to know he's as locked into getting every
hitter out and making every single pitch, for 9 innings,
regardless of his AB's. That's not as easy as it sounds to
find. I have always asked my catchers during games, if they
have a feel for something, or see something, to shake me off.
For that to happen, I shake a catcher off, he taps his chest
and puts the same sign down, telling me that it's his call,
and he wants the pitch he put down. In that situation he's
telling me he has seen something and the pitch he wants is the
pitch to throw. Hasn't happened for me in about 5 years.
Catchers are afraid to do this because with that decision
comes responsibility, I am hoping Tek is ok with this and I
think from what I hear he will be. I want my catchers to be
psyched when we throw a shutout, that matters to me. I want
them to WANT to know before the games what we are going to do
for that 9 innings.
As far as the baseball prospectus reference, well I am not
sure what to tell you. I am a stat guy, there are certain
stats that I absolutely pay attention to before I pitch a
game, stats I write down that affect my pitch selection, but
to think that anyone can tell you what's gonna happen based on
certain formulas is, IMO, crap. I think they do a fantastic
job of telling you who was worth what last year, who did what,
who was more important, but to even think anyone can assure
you they know what a player is going to do this year is not
true, can't happen. Check back to the 2001 pre-season
predictions, how many of the baseball gurus picked us to win
it all, how many people picked RJ and I to do what we did?
Gonzo? There are enough players out there that if you predict
for all of them, your accidentally gonna be right sometimes,
but I have always been on the other side of that kind of
argument. I think some of that is taking offense when someone
who has a Harvard degree comes out and says so and so was crap
last year, regardless of his stats. Fact of the matter is that
so and so is still 1000x better than anyone at this game than
that guy has ever known. I get offended by that stuff, right
or wrong it bugs me. I love Bill James' stuff, a lot of it, I
use it a lot in fantasy baseball, because IMO that's where it
has its best application, but on the mound, in the game,
things are dramatically different because you cannot put a
number or % to the human brain, or psyche, and humans react
differently to different atmospheres, pressure, environments,
it's what makes sports the coolest thing on earth. Great
example, Kurt Reuter, he does ZERO, nothing, has stuff I'd die
to NOT have, honestly couldn't break glass with a rock, but
you know what? He wins, a lot, and in the major leagues, when
all the stats are thrown out there, and all the "experts" are
done with their predictions, the games have to be played, and
nothing, absolutely nothing, matters more than winning that
game, that day." - Curt
Schilling talking baseball, 1.14.04
Read the Q&A on SoSH
Mon. Jan 12
You had to figure 8 would be hanging from the
Thanks for the memories Tough Guy.
Houston Rocket Re-launch
Will he be back in Boston in October?
Gammo Stole the Show,
But He Don't Know
"Son of Sam." Trauser Better than Ezra.
No Hot Trade Rumors in
Mueller on Millar:
"We're gonna put duct tape over his mouth when he gets to
Indy comes to WINdy city after
Pats boot Titans out of playoffs.
Talk Baseball, Real Baseball
"What I have never been able to tolerate is mental mistakes,
guys forgetting how many outs there are, a catcher throwing
the ball back to me after strike three with no one on, or
someone running off the field, or starting to, with two outs.
That's stupid, and those mistakes are disrespectful to
teammates, and that's unacceptable." - 1.13.04
Forget the mind-numbing
number crunching, Schilling wants to talk "real baseball."
"I have a pre-game meeting the day
I pitch, with the pitching coach, my catcher and the defensive
coach. In that meeting I tell the defensive coach where I want
the defenders to be playing for each hitter, in the past that
is then put on a defensive chart that is in the dugout for the
players and coaches to see. Also during the game I will turn
off the mound and reposition defenders based on certain
situations and counts. I watch enough video to know or feel
where a hitter will hit my pitches, and feel I have the
command to make those pitches again, so I defend accordingly.
Amazingly some of the best hitters in the game are the easiest
to defend. Tony Gwynn, finally got smart and gave up trying to
strike him out, knew he'd hit the ball hard to the left side
if I kept my fastball away, so I just had a simple entry in my
defensive notes on him, pitch away, play away. Would move the
SS in the hole, 2B almost in an anti-Ted Williams shift, and
move the CF into the LF gap, start throwing him FB away and
hope someone caught it. Only trouble was with a runner on
first he'd go out and try to hook the ball in the hole, and
was one of the few guys that could do it, which then afforded
me the rare opportunity to go inner half and possibly make him
hit it on a part of the bat other than the barrel, which
happened about as often as you see Haley's comet.
...As a pitcher, would you prefer to
have a defensive whiz who can save you runs but is a hole in
the lineup or a poor fielder who can give you some run
support. Since the first day of my career, with Bob Melvin
catching me, I have never cared what a catcher hits, as long
as he makes me think that his calling of a game is as
important to him as pitching it is to me.
I'd love to have the Gold Glove batting champ behind me, but
those guys are the rarity. The only thing I ask is that you
put as much effort into the game I pitch as I do. Errors
happen, an error is a chance for me to pick up that teammate
by not allowing that runner to score, no problem. What I have
never been able to tolerate is mental mistakes, guys
forgetting how many outs there are, a catcher throwing the
ball back to me after strike three with no one on, or someone
running off the field, or starting to, with two outs. That's
stupid, and those mistakes are disrespectful to teammates, and
that's unacceptable." - Curt
Schilling talking baseball, 1.13.04
Read the Q&A on SoSH
Fri. Jan. 9
Radio Daze: Theo Cooked on
Trade Talk, While Gammons Stirs the Pot
Sumo Slugger to Sit out 2004 season.
Eyes big, huge return in 2005.
"It's not about the honeys Dale."
Do You Want Fries with That?
seeing Elvis at Burger King."
Epstein on A-Rod talk 1.8.04
(Oh, and happy birthday
Elvis... wherever you are.)
A-Rod has been working
all week on the trade, again.
- Peter Gammons on WAAF
Big O: Is this whole deal with
A-Rod dead, can it be revived, should we even speculate, talk
about it, waste our time?
Gammons: "I wouldn't talk about it
because I think it will drive people either insane or
ad-nauseam or take away from the Patriots, which I don't think
anyone wants to have happen BUT, A-Rod still wants it to
happen and he's trying to come up with some ways to see if he
can rekindle it, I doubt it will happen, but if he can be
successful in getting John Henry and Tom Hicks, Gene Orza and
Alex into a suite for a day, maybe it could happen.
I think that could happen too (end
of 2004 season), just because from Texas' standpoint, the
difference between A-Rod's and Manny's salaries gets wider at
the end of next season. I'm sure the Rangers would like to
I think it could still happen. He
does like it here. Most everyone wants it to happen, how it
happens is the problem they have. They haven't been able to
find the tracks to get the train on, maybe they can get it
back. I do think that the Nomar/Ordonez thing is still there,
so they could probably still do that."
Big O: If the Red Sox don't sign
Nomar, and I'm not sure since they seem to be far apart that
they will going into the last year of the contract, people
keep talking about Nomar's feelings. I'm not concerned that
he's not going to go out and have a terrific season. He's a
professional that knows what he's got to do, especially in the
last year of his contract. But doesn't it become such a
distraction by us, by the media people, it's constantly going
to be asked of him everywhere.
We had this stupid thing in the
last few days, which was really dumb, the masthead of the
website was changed by Major League Baseball and Nomar's
picture, who was on it two days ago, was not omitted along
with Manny's and now (PG: as was Ordonez in Chicago) and
everybody put two-and-two together and suddenly everybody's
talking about... the thing is Nomar's in Austin Texas right
now apparently, he's not dealing it, but imagine if we're
dealing with little idiotic stuff like that on a day-to-day
basis, that this is not gonna get to a guy who hates for us to
speculate about anything anyway?
PG: What I think will happen is
that Manny will just shut things out even more, and Nomar will
shut things off even more... I have never been to a Red Sox
game in which Nomar Garciaparra didn't play as hard as he
could and I think he will play that way. I don't know though
whether the sensitivity issue will effect him or whether he'll
just completely put on the blinders and go out and have a
great year and say 'see I told you you should have paid me $16
or $17 million' and then ride off into the sunset. I can't
really judge which way it's gonna go, my guess is it's more
towards the latter because I think, he's actually now in Tempe
at that performance institute with Mia working out. His regime
for six weeks is just incredible."
- Peter Gammons, WEEI, The Big
Peter Gammons was also on WAAF
107.3 FM (plugging the Hot Stove music event) this morning and
informed the Hillman Morning Show that A-Rod has been working
all week on the trade, again. Greg Hill asked if that was a
new break in the current information, he confirmed it was. He
said Alex was not talking to the Sox, because he isn't allowed
to, but confirmed that A-Rod was working on getting the deal
back to the table and trying to get everyone to consider it
Is Gammo Sick or What?
Terse Theo Speaks out on A-Rod
Deal While Gammons is Talking it Up
across the dial on the AM side, Gammo's fellow guitarist
chimes in) “It’s perverse, it's sick (that some are still
obsessed about the A-Rod trade), it's like seeing Elvis at
Burger King… it’s our fault in a way for letting it get so
public when there are lives on the line… no one is to blame…
the money involved didn’t help, although we were close… when
it gets so public, so intense, it hurts people, but that is
overblown (with Nomar), it will be a small issue in spring
training but it will pass, Nomar will play hard. ...Nomar is a
top fielder and actually had one of his better years fielding
last year, we have the tools to measure that now."
negotiating with Nomar: "It’s tough to put yourself in
their shoes when you’re looking at the market, it makes it
hard to get together, it remains to be seen (if we can get
closer). Let me clarify about saying ‘sick’, if I were a fan,
10-12 years removed, I would probably be thinking about the
trade. Let’s just say it would be healthy for us to move on.
...And it’s not just the draft picks you get when you let
someone go. You get the skills and impact of keeping them
another year rather than trade them and hope you controlled
talent. You free up that player slot for $10-$12-$15 million
and you can be creative with that slot, get three guys at $5
million, take on a contract to get a young superstar...
Organically, players will leave and you get not just the draft
picks, but the use of those resources.
expect that we’ll score as many runs but not all players had
career years, if you look at Kevin Millar’s career, he
agent period in November is when most players resign with
their teams. I don’t mind getting close to the free agent
period. You don’t automatically trade your free agents the
year before to get value for them. There is tremendous value
for having that player play for your team for that year while
in his prime, you can cheat yourself of that if you trade just
to get someone now. Of the seven players we have coming up,
someone’s not going to be here.
greatly in the off-season with the acquisitions of Schilling
and Foulke, filling two needs. We’ll have a talented 5th
starter, Timlin, Embree, and Williamson will set up Foulke,
Arroyo will be a great swingman and 6th starter,
Pokey Reese helps us with our right-side defense, ...he works
hard on his hitting. Trot is a great candidate for
arbitration… Reserve the Hot Stove, Cool Music CD at
www.fenwayrecordings.com … Go Pats!” – Theo on with
WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan 1.8.04
* Then Theo softened his
Red Sox Admit They "Approved"
(wink) Dumping Nomar and Manny from
Masthead and Were Forced to
Them Back After Fan Pressure.
"Conspiracy buffs were undoubtedly let
down early last night with the return of Nomar Garciaparra and Manny
Ramirez to the masthead of the redsox.com Web site. As part of an
mlb.com-prompted overhaul, the site was revamped Tuesday, with the
images of Garciaparra and Ramirez being replaced by Curt Schilling
and David Ortiz (and Tim Wakefield). The Red Sox were deluged
with inquiries as to whether the overhaul was a message about future
happenings. It wasn't, although the club acknowledged that it had
approved the Ramirez- and Garciaparra-less look when it was shown to
them by mlb.com." -
1.8 Herald, Silverman notebook
And if you believe for a second that
the flunkies at MLB Advanced Media in New York tell the Boston Red
Sox which players to feature on their masthead, well, we've got some
CMGI stock we'd like to sell you. ("Charles Steinberg on line one
Mr. Rasky"). We were born at night... but it wasn't last night.
"It's not very bright
on the Red Sox part to approve it, then change it back again
after what's been going on with these guys... are you
- Bob Neumeier, WEEI,
Dale & Neumy 1.8.04
Thu. Jan 8
Lobel Coins the
Battle-cry as Patriots Fans Leave for Foxboro.
caller stole it from him or here, Borges got from same.)
Oops! They Changed
Red Sox Respond to Getting
Caught Dumping Superstars Online. Dr. Steinberg's Webmasters
Scramble to Change RedSox.com Top Banner After Late Night Move Gets
Exposed Here. Manny and Nomar Hastily Added Back In, but Wakefield
Gets Whacked in New Version.
The edited background and border didn't
even line up.
"The Off/site of the Boston Red Sox" (now fixed)
The Revised Fab
Five of RedSox.com
Pedro, Nomar, Ortiz,
Tangled Web May Mean Trades Not Dead
RedSox.com drops Manny and
Nomar from homepage masthead (below). Veteran superstars replaced
Wakefield, Big O, and The Big Schill (above).
File under: Things that make you go hmmm.
Going, Going, Gone:
(And that's Yawkey Way's decision, not
MLB Advanced Media in NYC)
Don't expect to see Nomar and Manny on
the new pocket schedule either.
Debuts on NESN: Tewksbury's sportcoat was the big story.
"Nothing says they can't revisit this (A-Rod) before spring
training." - Gordon Edes, NESN Inside Out
On December 23rd, the Red Sox wanted all their Aramark
commissions paid up front. They wanted a chunk of cash, and they
wanted it "post-haste." There is speculation within Aramark
headquarters that the Red Sox wanted that money for something
Boston.com on Bannergate
Throwing Some Wood on the Hot Stove
"Have you heard
the latest buzz about the seemingly dead Manny-for-A-Rod,
Nomar-for-Ordonez blockbuster deal? According to several fan message
boards, including sonsofsamhorn.com and bostondirtdogs.com, the
official team sites of the Red Sox, Rangers, and White Sox all
changed their flags at the top of their sites within an hour of each
other at about 2 a.m. today, removing images of the aforementioned
players. Spooky! Conspiracy! What do you think is going on???"
Off the record as usual, this post
if for the fans
here only and BDD site please.
Questec doesn't call balls and
strikes, period. If it did, I would love it, it doesn't, I
hate it. I know what it does to the umpires, excuses or not,
they hate it. If it causes umpires to change their game,
become uncomfortable about calling balls and strikes they then
become inconsistent, which is all true. I don't care what the
"global numbers" say, I know the strike zone, I know this is
not a good thing. We've been let into umpires rooms to get a
first hand look at it, and how it's used, and it really is
amusing, in a bad way, at how bad the whole setup really is.
See Questec calls balls and
strikes approximately 4 feet or so from where the umpire is
standing, farther in Joe Brinkman's case, and umpires are now
being asked to project in space, their strike zone. Umps are
taught to call balls and strikes at or near the catcher, right
or wrong that's how they are taught, they are now being asked
to completely change the method in which they view the strike
I don't want balls called strikes,
well yes I do but I certainly don't prepare a game plan with
that in mind. I, and every player, hitter or pitcher, want
consistency. Questec has eliminated consistency. I study
umpires, I get to know their zones, I get a feel for which
corners they are stronger on, their human, they are going to f
it up, that much I know, and like most other mature rational
guys up here I deal with it.
Home plate is 17 inches wide,
Questec has a 2 inch "buffer" zone in which either call (ball
or strike) is correct, they can't make a mistake in that 2
inch buffer. However, the safe route, and they have said this
repeatedly, is to call that 2 inch zone a ball, in doing so
you eliminate the ability to be called "wrong" by never
calling strikes that are a half inch out of that buffer. What
has happened is that the 17-19 inch plate of human
interpretation has now become 15 inches wide max, and that
ain't cutting it in this game today.
You know how they measure a hitters K zone? First AB they take
a still photo, regardless of hitters stance, even if you
square to bunt, and that's your zone for the game. I would
call me a liar if I hadn't actually seen this shown to me by
Listen, hitting the Questec camera
was stupid, immature and dumb as hell, certainly not the way
to make a point. But as I told Mr. Alderson when we met, this
thing has a direct impact on the outcome of major league
games, and IMO not in a good way. Last year in Milwaukee Jim
Joyce was umping at 3rd, I told him to tell the Rookie at 1B
who was umping behind the plate for me the next day that I'd
have Gracie stand in front of the cameras, he told me not to
worry, Questec had not paid the Milwaukee operators in months
so they stopped showing up and using it. How does that factor
into the "global numbers" MLB is pushing on fans to show this
thing does in fact work?
I profess to know a lot about a
lot, I also know I am wrong about a lot I think I am right
about, but I do know pitching, I do know the strike zone and I
do know when things are different, and things are VASTLY
different in Questec parks than in parks that don't have
And btw, my sig refers to bad
umpires being like good ones, that's not a misprint. -
Schilling on SoSH
(Sig) I'd rather have bamboo
shoots jammed into my eye socket, than pitch a game in a
quest-tec infested park. It sucks, it doesn't work and it
makes bad umpires the same as good ones. More
Questec talk on SoSH
Wed. Jan 7
Pats Seeing Red
Over Sox Talk
"Word around the (Patriots) locker room
is that some in the organization are a bit put out by the fact that
the baseball team managed to grab the spotlight, the headlines and
the hearts and minds of the fans - even after the season was over
and they AGAIN finished out of the money.
"They walk around like they own the
town,'' groused one ex-player. "What have they ever won anyway?''
It's all so sibling-rivalry, isn't it?
We hear the pigskin poohbahs were
particularly miffed at the way the non-Alex Rodriguez trade managed
to steal the Pats' thunder as the team rolled over all comers during
their 12-game win streak.
"And they didn't even have the deal
done,'' moaned one incredulous exec. ``All that ink and they didn't
get it done!''
The Pats were particularly peeved by
Nomar Garciaparra's famous phone call to WEEI on Dec. 9 - the one
during which he reiterated his desire to stay in Boston and his
dismay at the A-Rod dealings.
Now it's nothing personal with Nomar,
mind you, it's just that he called into the station on "Patriots
Monday'' - the mop-up after the Pats had just clinched the division
title with a 12-0 win over Miami at a raucous Gillette Stadium Snow
"Richard Seymour and Deion Branch were
in the studio, and they made them sit there and cool their heels
until Nomar finished,'' said Someone Who Knows.
We can only hope the A-Rod deal doesn't
crop up again during the Super Bowl."
- 1.7 Boston Herald - Inside Track
Sox Brass will continue to apply
the pressure on Saturday night when several Red Sox players are
expected to hand out 2004 Red Sox pocket schedules at bars around
Fenway during the Patriots playoff game.
Tue. Jan 6
Off the Wagon,
Vinny Losing Battle With Alcohol
Baker Suspended for
Three Games. Celtics May Have Contract Out.
Kid's in the
"It's overwhelming, I'm just
that's all I can say... I'm like a little kid."
Writers Give Us
Stud Starter to Rubber-Armed Reliever,
Dennis Dossier Gets Him into the Hall on First Ballot.
Congratulations to our favorite NESN studio analyst.
Natural Born Liars
Corrupt Gambler Admits
to Some Betting. Lies About Clubhouse Activity.
Baseball expected to buckle and
let Cincy dirtbag back onto baseball field and Hall-of-Fame
ballot. Apparently integrity is no longer important as
lying-for-14-years phony didn't understand the betting rule
posted on every door in a major league clubhouse.
"He bet on baseball, end of
story." - Bob Gibson
Duke Peddling Camp
"Can you say, "pathetic?" Our
spies, who obviously just awoke from an eggnog-induced
stupor, report that Duquette stood in front of a SUV
decorated with Sox stuff, handing out flyers for his Dan
Duquette Sports Academy in the Berkshires. "It was quite a
Someone Who Was There.
Mon. Jan 5
The Zany One is Gone
"I dunno. I never
smoked any Astroturf."
"I have no trouble
with the twelve inches between my elbow and my palm. It's the seven
inches between my ears that's bent."
"Kids should practice
autographing baseballs. This is a skill that's often overlooked in
"Ninety percent I'll
spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey.
The other ten percent I'll probably waste."
"Ten million years
from now, when then sun burns out and the Earth is just a frozen
iceball hurtling through space, nobody's going to care whether or
not I got this guy out."
"Ya Gotta Believe!"
Sunday January 04, 2004
This Puppy Up"
"I think we are all frothing at the bit to get to
Florida and crank this puppy up" - Curt Schilling
Tell 'em: Schill Speaks Up on Signing Garciaparra
Nomar Dump Tellem and Represent Himself?
"Who knows, maybe Nomar dumps Tellem and goes to the
Sox and says 'What's it gonna take to finish my career here?',
certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Either way this team
has the feel of something special." -
Schilling on SoSH
"All text in this post is off the record for any media
members browsing this forum (SoSH). I am not
granting permission for this to be duplicated in any
form in any other media forum. BDD (here) can
link to this, but I would ask that to be the only
place something about this post appears other than
First off I am enjoying the hell out of Mr. Edes'
columns, always great to read someone's stuff where
you can see the writers passion for the subject and
getting it right, very nice. I don't really care if
writers do suck-up pieces or slam-people articles, as
long as they are interested in getting the whole story
right, as opposed to just getting a story.
question I have for fans now, how do you feel about
the luxury tax after seeing it's impact on your team?
Just curious as I know I thought during negotiations
that luxury tax was wealthy man's speak for salary
cap. It's clearly some sort of financial barrier to
some, invisible to one.
When all is said and done on the Nomar side of things
I really wonder how it will play out. Given that you
have heard nothing from Nomar's agent regarding his
spurning of a 4x15 offer I can't wait to talk to Nomar
tomorrow to see how and what he thinks of all this.
Having been privy to agent player relationships for
close to two decades, I know that speculation by fans
or writers about how the situation has been handled on
the players side is a lot of times pretty far off."
- Schill chimes in on Nomar on SoSH
That's All Folks
John Henry Breaks Silence, Calls Deal Dead, but Won't
Explain Luxury Tax Limits, the Public Fiasco that Played Out, or the
Critical Players Association Negotiation Mistakes.
"I think the post mortem (and it may
sound overly simple) should emphasize that the Red Sox were afraid
of losing a Hall of Fame shortstop and they were trying to
accomodate (sic) another player in exchange for a great Hall of
Famer who really wanted to play in Boston. However, 2004 was set up
so well that we had to have a deal within particular parameters for
it to make sense.
Was it a mistake to find out if it could
happen? I don't think so. Ultimately, under the terms we were given
to make it happen, making a major change in this team would have
been a mistake - in our view - particularly in our GM's view.
Of course references to the Hall of Fame
are meant to refer to future Hall of Famers.
Red Sox management had a consistent
consensus regarding our parameters and approach. As in all baseball
matters the GM here was the lead voice internally and essentially
set parameters that made sense.
...The second largest tactical errors
I've seen are by those who sit on their duff rather than trying to
make things happen. The largest occur when you move forward
regardless - "go for it" simply because of momentum, effort
invested, impatience and potential disappointment. We are very much
at peace with the end result. I hope you can be as well "
- JWH on A-Rod saga on SoSH
Sox Won't Pay-Rod
Henry's answers raise more questions
Did luxury tax limit them all along?
Is Manny just "another player" and not "future
Hall of Famer"
like Nomar, A-Rod?
But didn't Tellem tell you to trade the HOF
shortstop you were afraid to lose?
Will Lucchino ever return from "family business"
move in on Alex?
(Tony Mazz is furious that JWH took his case
to the fans via the web again while he's doing ABC's for a Sunday
Sox charitable promotions in Herald now in jeopardy.)
Post Ferrets Henry Out of Boca Bunker
for THE DEAL? The trap is there for all of us. Wishing doesn't make
it happen and maybe it is keeping it alive... but I still don't
think that's true... I think it would be easier for everyone to move
on if the Red Sox just said 'hey, we gave it our best shot...' even
if we did shoot ourselves on this one... we need to hear from the
Sox front office on something more than 'nothing is going on'...
just because that is true today, doesn't make it necessarily true
I always believed that if the Red Sox thought they wouldn't be able
to sign Nomar, they would trade him. I think they believe they can't
sign him for what they want to sign him for, and will stick to their
long held philosophy on Nomar. Hey, it's possible they will be
forced to get his contract year farewell performance and a draft
pick, but that is not the style of this group. I still believe they
have not moved off their intended policy... sign him by (fill in the
date before spring training) or trade him." - Bob Lobel, SoSH
Oops! She Got
and Jason Alexander
get unhitched in Vegas.
Back to Singing Single, Late Night Marriage Gets
Breaking News: Love on the Rocks... Ain't No
Tim Worried About Buckner Tag
Puhleeze, first of all Wake we love Buck.
Secondly, Game 7 was over when Grady
patted Pedro's shoulder in the 8th.
Killed Red Sox 2003 Season
think what he did was wrong, but I think the game in Philadelphia
turned our season around because he was able to play [and didn't]
and Grady [Little] didn't play him the next day, either." - Tim
The day that defined the Sox' season,
Wakefield said, was Labor Day in Philadelphia, when the
controversy surrounding Manny Ramirez threatened to derail
Boston's stretch drive. Ramirez had missed a key weekend series
against the Yankees with a sore throat, and ticked off management
and his teammates when he didn't show for a doctor's appointment
that Sunday. The next day in Philadelphia, Ramirez refused to
pinch hit, a further invitation for the Sox to fall prey to the
kind of distractions that had roiled the clubhouse in the past.
Not this time, after Trot Nixon's
dramatic grand slam made them a winner in the ninth. "I think it
could have," Wakefield said, "but I think because we were so
close-knit and together for such a long period of time, we didn't
allow it to become an issue.
"I like Manny, don't get me wrong. I
think what he did was wrong, but I think the game in Philadelphia
turned our season around because he was able to play [and didn't]
and Grady [Little] didn't play him the next day, either. I respect
him for that. That was a huge turning point for us as a team
because that distraction was nipped in the bud right then and
there. It didn't become an issue, and I think that had a lot to do
with the decision Grady made.
"I think Kevin [Millar] said it [on
the team highlight film]. `We're going to do it without him. If he
doesn't want to be part of this team, that's fine, that's his
decision, but we're going to win it without him.' I think that
brought us even closer together and then he realized, I think,
that he wants to be part of this team and if you noticed, his
numbers got a little better. He started playing harder. Not that
he wasn't playing hard before, but he realized it wasn't enough.
It was about us as a team."
- Edes does it again, 1.4 Boston Sunday Globe
"The night we lost, Grady said, `You guys have nothing to be
disappointed about. You really entertained a lot of people.'"
Hey Grady, if we want "entertainment" in
New York City we'll go to Broadway,
Game 7 was about winning loser.
"There's nothing going on
A-Rod Negotiations Tabled Over Holidays
The Blush is Off the Rose
The Confessions of Pete Rose - by Fay Vincent
Gone with the Wind
Edes Pens Great A-Rod
Is Boston Brass to Blame for
Botched A-Rod Trade?
Gordon Breaks Down A-Rod Saga, Exposes
Sox Shut Out in A-Rod Deal,
Ownership Did Not "Speak in One Voice."
Liar for Hire: Tellem Asked to Sox to
John "Sergeant Schultz, I know Noth-ing about
Negotiating" Henry, Larry "Gone with the Windbag" Lucchino, Tom
"Closer-by-Committee" Werner, and Theo "But I got Schilling" Epstein
can't seal the deal... yet.
"I think the Red Sox thought the Rangers were going to blink, and
that the Players Association was going to blink," said one of the
principals in the negotiations. "That was never going to happen.
Failed Pursuit of A-Rod is top local sports
Boston.com top 10 local stories
1. Red Sox pursue A-Rod
2. Grady Little leaves in Pedro
3. Red Sox rally to beat A's
4. Game 3 of the ALCS
5. Patriots go on a tear
6. Ainge in, Walker out
7. Vin Baker falls, recovers
8. Red Sox acquire Curt Schilling
9. BC joins the ACC
10. Saugus Little Leaguers
"Do you think the Red Sox have outmaneuvered
the Yankees this offseason, or does the botched A-Rod deal still
give New York the advantage?"
Put in Your Two Cents in on the
Billion Dollar Question at NESN/boston.com
Sheppard: Sheepish on the Internet
"Players going on these independent websites is going to
backfire on them... I don't know... the ID not being right...
don't know who it's being controlled by... a player will say
something he normally wouldn't say... there's no follow-up
questions... I don't know... those sites don't have
information about Red Sox players over guys that cover the
team... no locker room access... it's going to backfire on
them." - Pete Sheppard, WEEI 12.31
Friday, January 2, 2004 -
Exclusive Breaking News
Mills Fills Seat on
Brad Mills will be named Tito's bench coach
Francona Hopes to Have All-Bald
Brad Mills spent 10 seasons as a
minor-league manager from 1987-1996 before becoming first base
coach for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-2000 and advance
scout for the Chicago Cubs in 2001. Mills managed six seasons
(1987-92) in the Cubs system and four (1993-96) in the
Colorado Rockies organization. He was most recently the bench
coach for the Montreal Expos.
Mills, a former All-American infielder
at Arizona, appeared in 106 major-league games over four
seasons with the Expos from 1980-83. He's best known, however,
for the dubious distinction of being Nolan Ryan's 3,509th
career strikeout victim, which broke Walter Johnson's all-time
New Year's Day
All is quiet on New Year's Day
SoSH hates song parody
I want to be with you
Be with you from Fenway
Nothing changes on New Year's Day
On New Year's Day
I will be with you again
I will be with you again
Under a Sox Red sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says
Say it's true it's true...
And we can break through
Though torn in two
It can be won
I... I will begin again
I... I will begin again
Maybe the time is right
Oh... October night...
I will be with you again
I will be with you again
And so we're told the Red Sox have turned the page
A-Rod was the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you from Fenway
On New Year's Day
On New Year's Day