Saturday, November 8, 2008

Bill Lee Supports Manny, Rips Schilling

The Spaceman spoke with the media at last night's Red Sox Hall of Fame ceremony and had some words of support for Manny Ramirez and tells Curt Schilling to kiss his ass. Watch below:


Jordan's Furniture Faces Lawsuit

Last year a bunch of people got free furniture when the Red Sox won the World Series, this year they needed to sweep for people to win. It seems an overconfident fan by the name of Gisela Levin bought $4600 worth of furniture this season and once the Sox got bounced wants to find a way to get some free stuff....enter the lawyers. She has field a class action lawsuit against Jordans.

The suit is claiming breach of contract against the Taunton-based chain because the promotion, based on chance, violates a state law prohibiting promotional lotteries, Yasi alleges.

Promotions based on the chance of winning prizes offered by places such as McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Burger King comply with the law because customers can participate in the promotion without having to buy anything, he said.


Friday, November 7, 2008

The Spaceman and Others Get Their Due

Bill Lee will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame tonight along with Mo Vaughn, Frank Sullivan, Mike Greenwell, Wes Ferrell and Everett Scott. Red Sox executive Ed Kenney Sr. and scout George Digby will also be inducted. The event will take place at the Marriott Copley Hotel at 7 pm this evening.


GM Meetings Are Over

Theo is headed back to Boston with " a better feel for the landscape now, going forward. That may serve us well down the road.” The real action should heat up at the winter meetings in Las Vegas Dec. 8-11. Vegas baby Vegas.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dustin Pedroia Wins Gold Glove

Dustin Pedroia has won the Gold Glove Award for the best defensive second baseman in the American League. This is the first time he has won the award and he is the only member of the Red Sox to win this season. Below is the list of the American League Gold Glove winners.

P, Mike Mussina, NYY
C, Joe Mauer, MIN
1B, Carlos Pena, TB
2B, Dustin Pedroia, BOS
3B, Adrian Beltre, SEA
SS, Michael Young, TEX
OF, Torii Hunter, LAA
OF, Grady Sizemore, CLE
OF, Ichiro Suzuki, SEA


Fenway Park News

560 new seats are being added to Fenway Park and the Red Sox have asked to host the 2012 All-Star Game in Boston.


What Do You Do With Lugo?

The errors and the high salary don't give Lugo too much trade value but he does have good major league experience at short, and he is better than many shortstops in the league. The Red Sox must choose if they want to have him back as the starter and hope he becomes the player they thought they had when they offered him the big money deal or they can have an expensive backup versus moving him and eating some of his salary. Last year it seemed like a no brainer to deal Coco when they had a surplus of outfielders but keeping him ended up working out so maybe the same model could be followed with Lugo. WEEI's Alex Speier had some thoughts on what might happen to Julio Lugo on The A Blog:

The Sox are open to having Julio Lugo return as a means of achieving excellent depth at shortstop at the start of the 2009 season. At the same time, the team is also exploring potential ways of moving him, whether an exchange of “bad” contracts with another team or by eating salary in hopes of getting a prospect. The Red Sox and White Sox (who are looking for a shortstop) could not find a fit for an exchange that would involve the likes of Lugo and Nick Swisher.

The Tigers might make a sensible fit, since they have a vacancy at shortstop after opting out of Edgar Renteria’s contract. (Detroit is also looking for a catcher and relief pitchers.) They also have a couple of contracts in Dontrelle Willis (2 years, $22 million remaining) and Nate Robertson (2 years, $17 million) that match up reasonably closely with Lugo’s two years and $18 million remaining.


Teams Line Up to Make Offers For Coco

There is much greater interest in Coco Crisp this off-season compared to last year. The White Sox, Braves, A's, and Padres are all showing interest. Coco's salary and experience make him a good target for a trade.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Sox Are Not Going Hard After Sabathia

Extra Bases is reporting that the Red Sox have not had any meetings with C. C. Sabathia's agent Greg Genske. They could still get involved in some discussions in the future but they are not in the mix right now.


Tee Up With Big Papi

David and Tiffany Ortiz are hosting a celebrity golf tournament next month in the Dominican Republic to benefit the David Ortiz Children's Fund. Ortiz told Ian Browne at why he is holding the tourney:

"I wasn't born having what I've got right now," Ortiz said in an interview at Fenway Park. "I know how bad people struggle sometimes, needing things that maybe they can never ever get unless somebody like myself or any other athlete puts it together and helps them out. That's one of the things that I always think about every day. If I can help people out that way, I will. Sometimes you have to sacrifice to do it, but it's worth it. It's really worth it."


Will Another Red Sox Player End Up in LA?

There are now some rumors that the Dodgers are interested in Tek. Why wouldn't LA go after another Red Sox player? They had Lowe, Nomar, Manny, and don't forget Grady and Steinberg. But the only way the Dodgers would sign Tek is if they made Martin available. If Martin does go on the trading block look for the Red Sox to go after him in a big way.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Scott Boras Is Living in the Past

Jason Varitek's agent Scott Boras has not noticed the downturn in the economy nor has he noticed that Jorge Posada sat out most of the year. He told reporters what he is thinking for his client today:

Agent Scott Boras told reporters that New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada’s four-year, $52.4 million deal, which was agreed to last offseason, will serve as a benchmark for any team looking to land Varitek.

Yes the Dodgers did overpay for Jones and the Sox overpaid for Drew but that does not mean that the current market for players is equal to what it was in the past. I can't see any team giving Tek a year beyond 3 years.



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Monday, November 3, 2008

2008 Election

I know this is a Red Sox site and people sometimes don't want to be bothered by politics but I hope you will take the time to vote for Obama on Nov. 4. I respect that there are Republican Red Sox fans out there and some of them thankfully visit this site. I met John McCain in 2006 and he was a very nice guy but I just disagree with him on the future of our country on several issues. The election will not be close in California but it will be in other states so please make your vote count wherever you are. You have the power to put the country in a new direction so please do your part and vote for Obama.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Teixeira Still on the Radar

Ken Davidoff of Newsday thinks the Sox will go after Teixeira hard.

With David Ortiz experiencing his least productive season as a Red Sox player after dealing with a wrist injury, the Sox want to import a high-impact offensive force. Given that they're probably not interested in bringing back Manny, Teixeira is the guy.
Picking him up would give Boston some insurance if Lowell takes longer than expected in returning.



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