Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Stupid Spring Training Stories

Is there a worse story than the "Jonathan Papelbon Contract Haggle"? He has no leverage until arbitration next year, so he negotiates with the only hammer he has: the media. Whether the Sox pay him $500k or $5M this season, he is not going to do anything but get every penny from the Sox next year. I hate these non-stories that take over the dog days of spring training.

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What I do like this spring:
  • Bartolo Colon as an insurance policy in the rotation to eat the Lester/Buchholz innings to keep them at their limits;
  • Sean Casey in the clubhouse and giving Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell time off;
  • Big Papi with a knee that actually lets him drive the ball with authority
  • Curt Schilling with a muzzle while he rehabs the arm;
  • J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo finally being able to unclench their cheeks during a game;
  • David Aardsma: the former Rice University star comes out of nowhere to play a big role this season out of the bullpen. You heard it here first.
  • The Sox manhandling BC and Northeastern--no mercy!

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