Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pedroia Heads Back to the Fort

After being a scratch for tonight's game, Dustin Pedroia is headed back to Fort Myers. He is said to have a minor oblique strain and will miss the remainder of the WBC. With injuries to Lugo and Pedroia, Nick Green's value has suddenly gone way up.


Today's Red Sox Lineup vs. Baltimore

1 .Josh Reddick, CF
2. Jed Lowrie, SS
3. Rocco Baldelli, DH
4. Chris Carter, 1B
5. Josh Bard, C
6. Jeff Bailey, RF
7. Paul McAnulty, LF
8. Nick Green, 2B
9. Angel Chavez, 3B

Adam Mills, SP


Should Wake Be In the Rotation?

Tim Wakefield struggled again last night. When you consider his injury from last season you have to question whether he is healthy enough to be a starter. Nobody has been willing to do what the team needs as much as Wake, and it would be hard to see him coming out of the pen for long relief but he may not have what it takes to be in the rotation. Buchholz has had a great spring and could fill the spot. The rotation at the start of the season could be Beckett, Lester, Dice-K, Masterson, and Buchholz, with Penny and Wake ready to fill in for injuries. When Smotz comes back it will make it even harder for Wakefield to stay in the rotation. Wake deserves the benefit of the doubt as a starter and should be in the rotation for the start of the season and given at least two regular season starts to see if he is OK. He will let Tito know if something is wrong but it is starting to look like he may be reaching the end of the line as a Red Sox starter.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Game On! Red Sox Top Yanks in GFL

Mikey and Papi silenced the critics today as they both went yard in a 7 run 2nd inning, sending Yankee ace Wang to the showers early. Wakefield had a rough 2+ innings, but the bullpen was excellent for the remaining innings, allowing 4 hits and 3 walks while registering 9 strikeouts. Julio Lugo, who has been having an great spring training hitting .450 so far, left with a knee injury in the first inning.

SOX 8 Yankees 4 BOX SCORE


The SS Competition May Have Just Been Won

Julio Lugo was looking like he was going to be the starting shortstop on opening day but things may have just changed:

Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo left Friday night's game against the Yankees with a sore right knee. There was no immediate word on how the injury occurred.

Lugo played the top of the first inning on defense and didn't see any action, but manager Terry Francona sent Ivan Ochoa up to pinch-hit for Lugo in the bottom of the inning.

Lowrie and most of Red Sox Nation are trying to hide their smiles right now, I still like Lugo even after last year but am glad the Sox have options at the 6 postition.


Tonight's Red Sox Lineup vs. the Yankees

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Julio Lugo, SS
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Mike Lowell, 3B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Jason Bay, LF
7. Brad Wilkerson, 1B
8. George Kottaras, C
9. Angel Chavez

Tim Wakefield, SP


Scott Boras Hates Bloggers

In an interview for Men's Journal Scott Boras lets his opinion on the internet be known:

You haven’t seen angry until you see Scott Boras ambushed by an internet story in which an unnamed source claims that Boras’s would-be $200 million slugger is damaged goods.

Boras sighed and said the internet should have a new name. “It should be the intersuck.”

I don't think he is going to find much sympathy; most people like it when there is some light shined on his shady negotiation tactics.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Ace is Back

Last spring was filled with struggles and injuries for Josh Beckett, 2009 is different. With Jon Lester knocking on the door for opening day starter the pressure was on for Beckett to regain is '07 form. So far this spring he has delivered. Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell breaks down his spring so far:

"First and foremost, he's come in throwing the ball with power, with command," said Farrell. "The nagging injuries that plagued him a year ago have not been evident at any one point and time. I think we're seeing him not only build arm strength but build endurance. Again, he was pitching ahead in the count -- 13 out of 15 first-pitch strikes. I thought he did a great job doubling up with his curveball and his changeup. Some of the goals and objectives that we've set out for this camp, he's accomplishing."

If Beckett has an '07 like season for the Sox this year the AL East better look out because the rotation is looking good with pitchers like Masterson, Penny, Buchholz, and Smoltz ready to step up when they are needed. Now if we could get Wake back to form.....


Today's Red Sox Lineup vs. St. Louis

Josh Reddick-LF
Julio Lugo-SS
Jason Varitek-C
Brad Wilkerson-RF
Chris Carter-1B
Jed Lowrie-3B
Paul McAnulty-DH
Nick Green-2B
Jonathan Van Every-CF

Josh Beckett-SP


Papelbon Backs Sox Manny Decision

Yes, I know it is time to move on from the Manny stories but we still have not heard from many of the players on their opinion of what went down. Papelbon told Esquire Magazine what he thought:

"He was on a different train!" Paplebon said. "And you saw what happened with that. We got rid of him, and we moved on without him. That comes from the manager, and it comes from guys like Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz.

"So Manny was tough for us. You have somebody like him, you know at any point in the ball game, he can dictate the outcome of the game. And for him not to be on the same page as the rest of the team was a killer, man!"

Paps seems to say the entire team was behind the move, which is what the press had been saying at the time. Some people thought the press pushed Manny out of town but that does not seem to be the case.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mike Lowell Discusses First Hit


SOX Analyst

While not in need of employment at this time, I still do peruse the job boards on occasion and just today found this position posted on craigslist:

SOX Analyst (novato)
Reply to:
Date: 2009-02-26, 4:55PM PST

At Fireman's Fund, you're building a challenging career at the same time as bringing a sense of stability to people's lives. You're also contributing to our success and our reputation as a leader in the field with your skills and expertise. For this you are appreciated, acknowledged, and rewarded. We believe that if you hold on to great people, everyone wins. Just more proof that a career with Fireman's Fund, isn't just a good idea. It's a smart move.

• Develop documentation and guidance for Risk Management and Compliance
projects (Solvency II, SOX, and internal control improvement projects)
• Monitor compliance with the Risk Management and Compliance policies and
• Coordinate Compliance projects within assigned departments/divisions
• Assist business partners in identifying, documenting and optimizing their
system of internal control
• Identify internal control issues and develop recommendations
• Quality Assurance of Risk Management and Compliance documentation
• Develop education and training
• Track, report and facilitate remediation of control deficiencies
• Coordinate and manage Internal and External Audit’s testing of controls,
training and customer service
• Have an advanced understanding of various lines of business, assigned
assessment units
• Build and manage relationships with process, control owners and
management and track changes in the processes and risks
• Develop and maintain risk management and insurance expertise through
continuing education within financial reporting and risk management field Work
Experience Required:
• 3+ years of professional experience in risk management, audit,
accounting, financial reporting, finance, IT or other related fields Preferred:
• Insurance Experience
• Public Accounting / Big 4 experience preferred
• Certification such as CPA, CIA, FRM, MBA, CISA or other applicable
• Risk management or actuarial background a plus Core Competencies
• Advanced understanding of risk and controls, including the ability to
identify risks and evaluate the design and operational effectiveness of controls
• Strong written and verbal communication skills and proven presentation
skills, including the ability to communicate messages
• Ability to influence work of others and work with all levels of
• Proven project management and time management skills, including
coordination of resources and timelines and the ability to prioritize,
coordinate and complete multiple projects of varying sizes
• Expert knowledge of Word, Excel; sound knowledge of Visio strong plus
• Problem solving, negotiation skills and decision making skills
• Demonstrate complete ownership of assigned projects from start to a
positive completion, willingness and ability to take initiative and operate with
appropriate sense of urgency
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
• Comfortable working in a flexible environment where priorities frequently
change, flexibility to work hours as necessary to meet deadlines

Compensation: Negotiable
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial
PostingID: 1052124359

Despite currently not needing employment, I decided to apply for the position anyhow. How could one turn down an opportunity to become a SOX analyst?! This is what I wrote in response:

Dear G Wright,

I am very interested in becoming a SOX analyst for FFIC.

I live here in Novato, so getting to FFIC would be no problem. I have been a SOX fan ever since 1967, the Impossible Dream year, when they won the American League pennant, and have been following them ever since. I am currently writing for a Red Sox blog out of Sebastopol called Fenway West (I go by the name of 'Red Sox Sonoma.') This blog is the #1 West Coast blog for Red Sox fans and averages well over 100 hits/day, and has had as many as 4300 hits in one day. You can see my work there, or at my archives of just my posts at my Red Sox Sonoma blog.

I also have extensive accounting and management experience, as well as experience with MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Being a SOX fan has always had it's risks, which I have managed well over the years. I have analyzed the Big 4 of the AL East (Boston, New York, Tampa Bay, and Toronto) and can account for all proficiencies and deficiencies in those arenas. I have a thourough understanding of Jamesian statistics and sabermetrics, including ERA, ERA+, WHIP, AB/RSP, BABIP, GIDP, OBP, and OPS, as well as the Runs Created, Range Factor, Defensive Efficiency Rating, Pythagorean Winning Percentage, Major League Equivalency, Secondary Average, Power/Speed Number statistics categories.

I feel I am the most qualified SOX analyst that FFIC could find in Novato or the SF Bay area. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kindest Regards,

David Maciel

Think I'll get the job?


WBC/Sox Roundup

Big Papi had a double in yesterday's game going 1-4 for the Dominican Republic. His effort was not enough as the Netherlands pulled off another upset and sent Ortiz packing for Fort Myers.

Venezuela crushed Italy yesterday so they will play Team USA today at 3:30 Pacific to determine the pool winner.

The Red Sox lost to the O's 5-1 in Grapefruit League action but the team had some good news: Clay Buchholz pitche three innings of no-hit ball and Mike Lowell returned to the lineup going 1-3.


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A-Rod* Makes it Into Dickipedia

Alex Rodriguez* is now profiled in Dickipedia. The best part of the entry is quoted below:


As a short stop, he set single season records for most runs in a season*, most extra base hits*, most total bases*, and most home runs*. He went on to hit the most home runs by a third basemen in a season* and to become the youngest player to hit 500 home runs*. He is in the top 15 home run hitters of all time*.

He is a 3-time MVP* and a 10-time Silver Slugger*. He is also considered one of the great players of all time* and a shoe-in for the hall of fame*. He is also a good father*, role-model*, and Scores customer.


Dustin & Derek Sittin' in a Tree....

These guys at the WBC are having just way too much fun! And it looks like Dustin Pedroia is getting the best of Mr. Jeter. First off, Jeter has quite an interesting array of infield teammates around him: Youk & Pedroia to his left on the diamond, and to his right at 3rd base, he has David Wright of the Mets.

Anthony McCaron of the NY Times reports that Pedroia ripped a Jeter deodorant ad out of a magazine and taped it to his locker in Toronto at the WBC. In the ad, the Yankee captain is depicted keeping cool despite being in a hostile environment- outside [of] Fenway.

"That was pretty funny," Jeter said, laughing. "He's pretty fun to be around....It's all in good fun and I enjoy it."

Chipper Jones added:

"They go at it constantly. It's fun when Yankees and Red Sox go at each other, because you know they're going to hate each other in a month."

On top of that, Pedroia, who is now blogging for WEEI, (thanks to Bottom Line Rob for pointing that out to me), says Jeter can't do push ups. During batting practice, some team USA players played a game. According to Pedroia:

So this is how the game went during Monday’s workout: Each of us taking batting practice can’t hit a ball foul or it will cost five push-ups. Then if we hit a ball we think is going out you have to call it, but if it doesn’t go out then that will cost you five push-ups. I end up hitting a couple of line-drives that hit the top of the fence that I thought were gone. So I did my push-ups … real push-ups. Derek Jeter? Well, he didn’t really go down all the way. I’m not a trainer or anything, but those weren’t push-ups.

Or as 'Ah-nold' the governator of CA might say, 'girly-man' push-ups?


Lowell is Back

Mike Lowell took the field for the first time since he was sidelined in the ALCS due to his hip injury. From Extra Bases:

With runners on second and third, Lowell struck out swinging on three pitches. He took the first pitch from Brian Bass for a strike, fouled the second one off, then reached out on an awkward swing for a low and outside pitch that couldn't sniff the strike zone. The plan was for him to get two at bats in this game.

The Red Sox really need Mike Lowell to be at full strength when the season starts, he has plenty of time to get his swing worked out before opening day.


Red Sox/WBC Roundup

Jason Bay played yesterday going 2-2 with 3 RBI's but his good effort at the plate did not help Canada as they were eliminated from the tourney with a 6-2 loss to Italy. Team USA will play the winner of the Italy/Venezuela game on Wednesday. Big Papi will play tonight in a rematch with the Netherlands.

The Red Sox played a 4 hour game against the Pirates winning 15-14. Lester gave up 4 runs (1 earned) in 2 1/3 innings of work. Manny Delcarmen gave up 2 runs in 1 inning. Jeff Bailey went 3-4 and Josh Bard had two hits in the game. Nick Green continued swing a hot bat with a homer in the game.

Mike Lowell returns to action today against Baltimore.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Dustin Pedroia Commercial


Red Sox Look to the Future

Watch Chad Finn from Touching All The Bases analyze the Red Sox plans for the future.


Red Sox/WBC Roundup

Youk continues to own the world with another tater yesterday. He went 2-6 with 2 RBI's and 4 runs.

Pedroia had a bases loaded double in the game and went 1-6 with 2 RBI's in Team USA's 15-6 victory over Venezuela.

Ortiz went 1-2 with a RBI and a walk as the Dominican Republic avoided elimination.

Jason Bay will be in action later today for Team Canada.

Back in Fort Myers the Red Sox beat the Rays 8-2. Masterson started the game and pitched 3 shutout innings only giving up 1 hit. Lugo went 3-3 with 2 RBI's and Green had another homer.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Lester Gets a 5 Year Deal

The Red Sox locked up Jon Lester for 5 more years with a team option for a 6th year. The deal is worth $30 million with the option at $13 million.

Hat tip to The Bottom Line for spotting this.


Today's Red Sox Lineup vs. the Rays

1. Julio Lugo, SS
2. Rocco Baldelli, DH
3. Jason Varitek, C
4. J.D. Drew, RF
5. Lars Anderson, 1B
6. Chip Ambres, LF
7. Jonathan Van Every, 8
8. Nick Green, 3B
9. Ivan Ochoa, 2B

Justin Masterson SP

Ellsbury now has a hamstring issue:

Jacoby Ellsbury, however, has a slight discomfort in his hamstring, and probably won't be making the trip to Bradenton tomorrow to play the Pirates. Francona stressed that it was no big deal, however.



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