Saturday, December 22, 2007

Mike Lowell Is Writing a Book

World Series MVP announced that he is writing a book with Rob Bradford (Boston Herald Writer) yesterday on WEEI. He also discussed the contract negotiations he was involved in. You can listen to the interview below.


Red Sox Baseball Coverage - Mike Lowell

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World Series Trophy Headed to Canada

The World Series Trophy will be on display in Halifax, Nova Scotia in January thanks to a The Bluenose Bosox Brotherhood, a Canadian chapter of The Nation. The group will have a private party with the trophy before it is viewed by the general public. Wally the Green Monster will also join the trophy in Canada. I have not heard anything about the trophy making a trip to the West Coast as it did in '04.

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Christmas List

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Friday, December 21, 2007

J.D. Drew Wins TYIB Award For Best Post-Season Play of t

J.D. Drew's Game 6 grand slam earned him the Post-Season Play of the Year Award. If you combine that with his home run in the back-to-back-to-back-to-back ones against the Yankees you have his entire highlight reel for the year. I admit I have never been a fan of J.D. and have let my opinions on him known. As soon as his home run cleared the fence my phone was ringing with the "I told you so" calls. He did produce a great moment for Sox fans this year, let's hope he can do it more often next year.

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Twins Reporter Rags On Coco's Defense

Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press had this to say about Coco Crisp today: "Unfortunately, every time I hear names being tossed around, Coco Crisp's is among them. No thanks. The team needs a better glove than that in center field." Wow...he gets paid to write about baseball, I guess he has never seen Coco play in his life. I will be the first to complain about Coco's offensive skills but I don't think there is anyone who can really believe that Coco is a bad defensive player.

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Red Sox in "The Year in Photos"

Time Magazine is out with its annual Year in Images Edition with this Sox Photo as one of the 48 pictures.
Sports Illustrated included this photo of Big Papi in their Year in Photos Edition.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Jeter Stands Behind Pettitte and Clemens. Hasn't He Always?

Here's a shocker. MLB.com is reporting that Yankee-boy Jeter is defending Andy Pettitte:


"Andy knows how I feel about him, and he knows how we feel about him as an organization," Jeter said. "It took a lot of courage for him to come out and be honest about it. Hopefully he can move on."

Courage? What's courageous about waiting until he gets named in the Mitchell Report before coming clean?

Then Jeter defends Clemens. He said, "...people are rushing to judgment. I think you have to let it play out a little bit before you make the decision on whether he's guilty or not."

Of course Jeter is defending Clemens. If you believe Clemens is guilty, like most thinking Americans, the Mitchell Report, and the person who injected him with PED's do, then there is a big asterisk on many of the Yankees recent years.

Just what you'd expect from the Evil Empire.

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Kapler Leaves Manager Job, Signs with Brew Crew

WBZTV is reporting that Gabe Kapler has signed a deal with the Brewers to play for one year.

After spending the last year managing the Greenville Drive, (a Single A farm team for the Sox), Kapler has rekindled the fire to play in the Bigs.

Kapler, now 32, signed an $800,000 contract.

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Papelbon's Dog Eats World Series Ball

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was given the ball from game 4 after he threw the winning pitch but the ball was missing for a while, bringing back memories of the '04 ball fiasco. Now comes word that Papelbon's best friend shredded the ball. "He plays with baseballs like they are his toys, he jumped up one day on the counter and snatched it. He likes rawhide. He tore that thing to pieces."

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Listen to Me Now and Believe Me Later

From today's Herald:
















We are here to pump you up.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Schilling Calls Out PED Users

Curt Schilling posted a long response to the Mitchell Report today on his blog. As I said earlier he is never short on opinions and he lives up to the hype again. He addresses Canseco, Bonds, and Clemens. Here is his opinion on Clemens which is sure to grab headlines: "From that point on(1997) the numbers were attained through using PED’s. Just like I stated about Jose, if that is the case with Roger, the 4 Cy Youngs should go to the rightful winners and the numbers should go away if he cannot refute the accusations." Schilling is also takes on the current state of baseball by writing: "The sport needs fixing. It’s become clear that testing has to involve an outside party at some point and that the MLBPA and MLB need to find common ground on testing that allows investigation for probable cause instead of only relying on positive tests." I couldn't agree with him more. It is nice to see someone try to move the sport forward instead of doing everything to protect the status quo.

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Clemens May Be Subpoenaed by Congress

We may get to see how far Roger* is going to go with his denials of steroid use if he has to testify under oath before Congress. So far he has said it is not the right time to talk about the Mitchell Report although he has issued denials through his agent and lawyer. It will be interesting to see if Clemens still wants to deny steroid use when he could face the possibility for perjury if he lies to Congress. Dan Shaughnessy has an interesting take on Roger's denial so far in today's Globe, worth a read. The Congressional hearings are scheduled for Jan. 15 and 23.

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The Santana Hunt Continues

The Pioneer Press is reporting the Red Sox are still the frontrunners for landing Twins Ace Johan Santana. "Regardless, there's buzz that the Santana trade could be made within days." The report states that Boston has not moved from their initial offer of Lester, Coco, Lowrie, and Masterson. The Yankees seem to be looking elsewhere for starters and have shown interest in Mark Prior and Kyle Lohse. It is not Christmas yet so Santa still has time to bring a gift to Sox fans.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Gagne Might Get Suspended....Brewers Fans Can Only Hope.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Eric Gagne is one of 14 players from the Mitchell Report who may have used performance enhancing drugs recently enough to warrant a 15 game suspension. This doesn't punish the Brewers, it punishes the teams that play the first 15 games against Milwaukee; no Gagne give-aways. The Brew Crew may start off another season with a lead in the NL Central and blow it again. Gagne will help that cause.

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Roger* Takes a Page Out Of Bill Clinton's Book

Deny, deny, deny. That is the Rocket's plan to get through the Mitchell Report fallout. He released the following statement through his agent today: "I want to state clearly and without qualification: I did not take steroids, human growth hormone or any other banned substances at any time in my baseball career or, in fact, my entire life. Those substances represent a dangerous and destructive shortcut no athlete should ever take."

I am not going to take Roger's word on this. I know in the U.S. you are innocent until proven guilty in court, but we are not in court. We have Roger's past to judge him on and he has not shown any reason to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Okajima Wins Setup Man Of the Year Award

MLB fans voted for Hideki Okajimi in the TYIB Setup Man of the Year Award. Oki is the 4th Red Sox player to win a TYIB award, he joins Beckett (Best Starter) Papelbon (Best Closer) and Buchholz (Best Performance) Okajima had a 2.22 ERA and batters only hit .202 against him. Once he developed the "Oki Doki" pitch he became a solid MLB reliever. His great pitching came at the right time for the Sox with Timlin getting hurt. Down the stretch he seemed to show some fatigue but Francona gave him time off before the playoff run where he pitched very well. He and Jacoby Ellsbury were the biggest surprises of the season for the Red Sox.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

The Mitchell Defense

For everyone else on The Mitchell Report I have included this easy fill-in statement so you do not have to consult with your lawyer or pay a high price PR firm. Feel free to distribute among your teammates.

I ____________ did use HGH very briefly during the ____________ season while I was recovering from a ___________ injury. I was not using it to gain an advantage just to help the slow healing process. I stopped using it because it did not help me. I did not use steroids. I apologize for my brief indiscretion and I think baseball should do more to clean up the game.

Sincerely,


If you need any help filling it out just ask Andy Pettitte, Brendan Donnelly or Fernando Vina; they got theirs done fast.

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4 Spring Training Games Are Already Sold Out

The Red Sox have sold out games on March 8 vs. the Marlins , March 11 vs. the Mets, March 14 vs. the O's and March 15 vs. the Reds. The Sox play a total of 13 home games during spring training before going to Japan. They have already sold 27000 tickets but some still remain. For ticket information call 877-REDSOX9. The off-season is almost half over.

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A-Rod Says He's Sorry But Brings Up Another Lie

Alex Rodriguez was on 60 minutes last night and the following information came out: Rodriguez said he was sitting in his living room watching the World Series when the news broke and had been shocked.

"You know, I got white like a ghost," Rodriguez said. "I just couldn't believe my eyes. I was under the impression that it would come out a day or two after the World Series concluded. And I would never do anything to harm the game ... to the Red Sox and the Rockies, my deepest apologies, and to all of Major League Baseball."

I was at game 4 of the World Series ready to boo A-Rod when he was introduced for the Hank Aaron award but he was a no-show. Didn't he have a family obligation so he couldn't attend. I thought he would never do anything to hurt the game. I guess sitting on his couch is more important than being part of the World Series and honoring Hank Aaron. This is the closest he could have been to actually being a part of the Fall Classic.

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Donnelly Says He Never Took Steroids...and Elvis Is Still Alive

From the Boston Herald :“In 2004, I was having multiple health issues and was concerned about not getting on the field fast enough. I made a phone call to (former New York Mets clubhouse attendant turned Mitchell informant Kirk Radomski) about a substance called Anavar. Once I learned Anavar was classified as a steroid I realized that was not an option. That was the end of it. Yes, I called him. But I did not purchase or receive anything from him and have never taken Deca or Anavar. I fully support the current drug testing program put in place by Major League Baseball and agree with their efforts to widen the testing.”

From the Mitchell Report: "Radomski said that Donnelly was referred to him by Adam Riggs. Both Riggs and Donnelly played for the Angels in 2003 and 2004. Radomski recalled that Donnelly called him in 2004 looking for Anavar, an anabolic steroid. Radomski made one sale to Donnelly of Deca-Durabolin for which Donnelly paid $250 to $300."

When I need a legal prescription I talk to my doctor, not a shady clubhouse attendant from the Mets. Do you really expect us to believe this Brendan?

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Roger* May Want To Pitch Again For Boston

According to Newsday, Roger Clemens' friends say he will not want to go out on a low note and will try to pitch again for the Red Sox or Angels. The article goes on to say that Boston would be interested in him it the Yankees get Santana. That is where the article if flawed; the Red Sox do not need another starter if they fail to get Johan. Roger would not add any value to the solid rotation Boston already has and if he does not admit his steroid use nobody will support him. Message to Roger: your chance to come back to the Sox and help them win the World Series and retire a Boston sports hero is gone. That ship sailed last season. If you are looking for something to do with your free time why don't you join Mark McGuire in educating kids about the dangers of steroids(he seems to need some help) or join OJ in his search for Nicole's killer.

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