Saturday, February 9, 2008

You Can Own The Manny Mobile

Manny Ramirez has donated his 1967 Lincoln Continental 4 Door Convertible to the Franciscan Hospital for Children, a special needs Pediatric Hospital in Boston. The hospital is auctioning the Lincoln on e-bay.

Make a bid and cruise in style in the "Manny Mobile"


Manny Being Manny

It was only a matter of time. Sooner or later Manny was going to talk about his future with the Red Sox. He gave a glimpse into his thinking about his '09 plans yesterday.

His statement is vintage Manny:

"I don't know. We're going to see. They want me to stay, I stay; if not, I want to move on. My meaning is I want to become a free agent after '08 and move on. It don't matter. If I be here, I be here, if not, I'm fine. If it's not here, it's someplace else." that clears it up.


Truckin' to Spring Training

And they're off...
At 10 a. m. this morning the Sox staff finished loading the equipment truck at Fenway for the 1,400 mile trek south to Spring Training.
The truck pulled out of Yawkey Way with a banner stating, "the Boston Red Sox are heading to Spring Training."
Screw the groundhog, spring is coming!


Debbie Clemens* Swimsuit Model Cheat

If you believe the leaked testimony of Brian McNamee to Congress this week, Sports Illustrated may have to add an asterisk to Debbie Clemens' swimsuit photo. McNamee said he supplied HGH to Roger's wife* before the 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit photo-op.
From "Roger came to me one day and told me that we had been asked to do a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated. I had major anxiety! I was a 39-year-old mother of 4! Once I realized that this WAS going to be a reality, I decided I had to give it everything I had. My mind was set. I am not a risk taker, but have since learned that with great risk, sometimes comes great reward. The responses from that experience have been wonderful and I feel it was a turning point in my life. It’s nice to have a goal for yourself and to see it through. The goal kept me motivated and focused. Using common sense and my ability to balance my life, I achieved that goal."
Debbie, you forgot to mention the HGH.
If you get a chance go to and check out the butterflies all over the place and cheesy almost makes you feel sorry for Roger.*

Update 2/15/08: The Debbie Clemens website has been taken down after the Congressional Hearings...I wonder why?


Friday, February 8, 2008

Keith Foulke Signs With Oakland

When the Red Sox open the 2008 Season against the Oakland A's in Japan they may end up facing their former closer Keith Foulke. The Oakland A's today signed Foulke to a one year deal to return to their team. The last time the Sox faced Foulke was in Oakland in the 2003 Division Series where they got the best of him. It is unclear how he will be able to pitch after sitting out a year and having suffered injuries to both knees.


Doctor: "Zero" Chance of Schilling Pitching Without Having Surgery

The Associated Press spoke to Doctor Craig Morgan, the doctor who operated on Schilling's shoulder in '95 and again in '99. Morgan said he knows Schilling's shoulder, "better than anybody who breathes on this planet."

Morgan says that the only way Schilling will be able to pitch again is by having surgery. He gave rehab no chance of working. With sugery, Morgan says that Schill could be back by the All-Star break.

The Sox team physicians have said that they want Schilling to embark on a rehab program. Schilling has agreed.

There's got to be more to this story. It seems that the Sox physicians would be the first ones to do whatever is best to get Schilling pitching as quickly as possible. Why are they ruling out surgery?


Time To Trade Coco For a Starter

Now that Schilling is out for an extended period of time, possibly for good, it is time to get another starter as insurance. Pitchers have a habit of not staying healthy all season long and that will be the case this year. At some point in the 2008 season Wake, Beckett, Lester, Dice-K, or Buchholz will end up on the DL and when one of them does the Red Sox will be in trouble. Boston needs to trade Coco before they get into a jam and while his value is still high. If they do not prepare for an injury Kyle Snyder or Tavarez will end up being the number 5 guy at some point during the season.


Thursday, February 7, 2008

Schill Speaks

Curt Schilling finally responded to the reports of his shoulder injury tonight on his blog He had the following to say about his shoulder:

"Please understand that a lot of what has been reported is not true. When the club feels it’s appropriate to further discuss the details of this issue publicly I will elaborate but I need to make it clear that Dr Morgan did NOT diagnose me with a tear of the rotator cuff at any time during this process, nor did he recommend rotator cuff surgery.".....At this time I have agreed to abide with the clubs wishes in hopes that will provide the results they believe it will."

He did not discuss the seriousness of the injury or how long he will be does not sound very promising.


Latest on Schilling

The Globe reported Schilling will be out until at least the All-Star break.

AP says Schilling contacted the player's union about his rights: "I have been consulted by Curt and his representative," said Michael Weiner, a lawyer for the players association. "The Red Sox have no basis to take any action against Curt."

No response from Schill on

Theo was contacted by reporters and wrote back "No Comment"

Red Sox Released the following statement: Curt Schilling was examined by Red Sox doctors in January after he reported feeling right shoulder discomfort. Curt has started a program of rest, rehabilitation and shoulder strengthening in an attempt to return to pitching.


End of the Line for Schilling?

I don't want to be the one to ask this question, but it's going to be asked a lot in the coming days.

Is Curt Schilling's career over?

He's 41. Recent media reports list his shoulder injury as "significant" and "requiring surgery." He is coming off a World Series Championship. Schilling had a one-year deal with the Red Sox.

When you add it all up, the reality is that we could have seen Schilling's last game as a Sox starter, and maybe as a major leaguer altogether. That would be tragic.



Curt Schilling has a rotator cuff injury that may require surgery, this is causing a problem because the Red Sox and Schilling have not agreed on treatment plan. The Sox may be trying to void his new contract. This is going to develop into a major story and throw a wrench into what had been a successfull off-season. If Schilling is done the Sox still have 5 quality starters assuming Lester and Buchholz are both ready to pitch the entire season. It is not clear when Schilling was injured or why team doctors did not catch it. If the injury had been known earlier it is very likely the Sox would have gone after Santana harder than they did. This is bad news all around.


Sox Are Looking To Japan For New Catcher

Jason Varitek is not getting any younger and Doug Mirabelli is in his last season in a Red Sox uniform, so Boston is looking for their catcher of the future. It is believed they are looking at Japanese catcher Hayato Doue. He is 25 years old and was chosen as the league MVP for the second half to 2007, he is also said to be a good defensive catcher with a strong arm. You can find more info on him here.

In other Sox news: Eric Hinske has signed with the Rays and Bendan Donnelly has signed with the Indians.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

McNamee Has Hard Evidence on Clemens*

Brian McNamee has given the Justice Department vials of HGH, bloodstained gauze and syringes as part of the steroids investigation. McNamee's lawyer said the following on the evidence that was turned over: "“This is evidence the government has that we believe will corroborate Brian in every significant way.” Sorry Roger* over.


Does Kielty Signing Signal the Departure of Coco?

When you read the tea leaves of the Kielty signing it can only mean one thing; Coco will be traded soon. As great as it would be to have Coco as a backup outfielder, he also could be a major negative influence on the team if he can not handle being a reserve player. As I have mentioned before, the Red Sox are over the luxury tax mark and would like to unload Coco's salary even if he is only making $4 million a year. This would be a good time for Boston to trade for the catcher of the future and let him play in AAA for half the season and slowly bring him up. There is also a need for a starter for next season when Wake and Schilling retire. Coco's value is not going to get any higher if he is not the starting center fielder so look for him to go before the end of the month.


Sox Re-Sign Kielty

The Red Sox have re-signed outfielder Bobby Kielty to a one-year deal according to the Globe's Gordon Edes.

Kielty is a switch hitter who will likely serve as a fifth outfielder getting at-bats against lefties. Kielty will reportedly make $800,000 if he makes the team in spring training.

Kielty hit .218 last season, but had a great postseason, hitting .500.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Sox Sign Matt Miller to Minor League Deal

The Red Sox continue to add sign project pitchers in the hope of getting a bargain. Today they signed former Indians reliever Matt Miller. With a history of injuries, Miller has compiled a career record of 6-1 in 106 innings with a 2.72 ERA. He is a good pitcher when healthy but has only pitched in 16 games in the last 2 seasons.


Lester is Already at Camp

With an abundance of pitching on the Red Sox, John Lester is not taking any chances. He has arrived in Ft. Myers early to begin throwing and told "I had a full offseason this year to work out and didn't have any [chemotherapy] drugs going through me, I feel good. I just put on a little weight -- I'm about 225 now. Hopefully, I can maintain it and not lose it the first week I'm down here in the sun. Maybe [I'll] be a little stronger for the long haul this year." Lester is not an automatic for a spot in the rotation and will most likely have to compete with Clay Buchholz to become one of the starters. There is still a chance Boston will go with a 6 man rotation keeping both Lester and Buchholz as starters.


Monday, February 4, 2008

Things to Look For at Spring Training

Even though the Red Sox are returning most of the players from last year's championship team there will still be a few things to watch for at Spring Training:

-The Coco-Jacoby tryout for the center field starting job

-Kolb, Miceli, and Aardsma competing for a spot in the bullpen

-Lowrie putting a little pressure on Julio Lugo

-Lester and Buchholz....who goes to the pen? or do the Sox go with 6 starters?

-Manny's official arrival date


Will Sox Let Beckett Go After 2010?

Peter Gammons cited an undisclosed Red Sox executive as saying " "We'd better enjoy Beckett the next three years, because we won't be able to sign him after his deal is up after 2010." This comes after the precedent set by the huge dollars the Mets gave up in the Johan Santana deal. Who knows what the pitching market will be like in a few years but I think it is too early to say the Red Sox would not be able to afford to re-sign Beckett after giving up the money they did for Dice-K.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sox Need to Extend Tito's Deal

In November I posted some reasons why Francona's contract needs to be extended beyond 2008. With such a quiet off-season it is troubling that this has not happened yet. The Globe reports that it will not take long to work out once each side sits down but that has yet to occur. There are risks involved in long term contracts for coaches (Charlie Weis) but there is also a risk of managers not making the tough choices if they have to worry about their contract and what the execs might think. Tito's contract needs to be worked out before the Sox get to Florida for spring training.



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