Thursday, March 01, 2012

Spare Neurons

Randomizing with everything popping around in my head...



  • RED SOX:
    • Jason Varitek retired. Funny, he stopped earning his check four years ago...about time he stopped getting paid by the Red Sox. 
      • His "Captaincy" last September was a joke.  He cost Terry Francona his job.  his being gone makes the clubhouse shake-up actually a possibility.
      • In a word, over-rated. 
    • Ditto for Tim "Shakey-Wakey" Wakefield. Get out. Go now. Go.
      • Wakefield was the most celebrated 5th starter since DIck "The Dragon" Drago. Seriously, he was he definition of average. His greatest contribution according to the WEEIdiots was always his heroic "saving the bullpen in game 3 of the ALCS against the Yankees."
        • Stats, bitches. In a game the Sox lost 19-8, he gave up 5 runs in 3.1 innings.  If he really "saved the pen", why did Mike Myers throw 2 innings to close out the blowout? It was still close when he came in the game.  He sucked. He got bombed. Let's not tie a pretty bow around a stinker of a game. 
      • Great job and kudos to the Red Sox for getting these two off the roster. They needed to go YEARS ago. Sentimentality, as the Celtics know too well, leads only to losing.
  • PATRIOTS:
    • Watching the Draft Combine on NFL Network...dreams do come true.
    • Ocho must go. 'Nuff said.
    • Since the Patriots are $25 million under the cap, have Tom Brady's contract to twiddle with to bring down the cap further with some creative bonuses and the like, I see NO REASON not to make a huge push for Pittsburgh wide receiver Mike Wallace. At worst, your number one opponent has to pay him more than they want to. At best, only the best young wide receiver in football (name me someone better. All around: deep, short, outside the numbers, across the middle, blocking--this guy gets it, and is only 25) is catching passes from Tom Brady in the Red, White, and Blue.
      • And no, Wes Welker is going nowhere. He is a no-brainer to keep at the franchise tag of $9.4 million. A new long-term deal should be easy.
    • Thanks for the memories, Kevin Faulk. Buh-bye. See ya on CSNNE with Troy Brown and Ty Law.
  • BRUINS:
    • No panic, hockey-fans, no panic.  Team added depth, no Kaberle deals to screw things up, and its time to get healthy, get their heads on right, and get ready to peak in the playoffs.
    • Nathan Horton is a huge loss.  Just saying it for the record.
    • Kinda disappointed that nothing happened with the $5 million available for injury exception for Mark Savard.  That said, if the deal is not there, don't force it. Don't make a mistake to save face in the media.  Good patience, Cam and Peter. 
  • CELTICS:
    • I don't throw out huge props to the Hollywood Sports Guy (f.k.a. Boston Sports Guy, King of all Sports Bloggers) but this Grantland.com article hit all the key points necessary (the man can still write basketball): rip on Glenn Ordway; rip on Tommy Heinsohn; and rip the Celtics.  Aces. Check it here:  
    • Best line in the article [Tommy Heinsohn at the (fake) Danny Ainge roast (just read the damned article already!)]:  
      • Heinsohn: "Absolutely! Greg Stiemsma reminds me of a guy I used to play with … a guy by the name of William Felton Russell! Same timing on his blocks. It's EERIE! 

Botched it again!

Red Sox ownership gaffes bring me back to my joyous childhood when the "brain-trust" of Jean Yawkey, John Harrington, Buddy Leroux, and Haywood Sullivan traded away Freddy Lynn, let Carlton Fisk leave over mailing a contract late (seriously!), signing washed-up veterans, and making every bad situation ten times worse through their idiocy.  Now, like in the past, I can watch this ownership group flounder about and make bad situations look like mini-disasters.



  • Theo Epstein compensation
    • The wrong Chris Carpenter? Really.  I'm so unimpressed that I cannot even think rationally about the Red Sox holding the Cubs over the barrel where Epstein so desperately wanted to leave and the Cubs HAD to buckle to their demands to save face and the ownership group says "Nah, just go. We'll sort it out later." Seriously? Was Larry Lucchino tripping balls at White Castle with Neil Patrick Harris and Harold and Kumar for two weeks? Instead of a legitimate prospect the Sox get another one dimensional fastball pitcher who can't keep from walking too many undisciplined minor-league hitters.
  • Terry Francona exit
    • So wrong in so many ways.  The allegations of pain killer use was a cheap shot. Say he lost the clubhouse. Say he let the inmates run the asylum (in truth, he gave Jason Varitek too much responsibility to police the players. As Carl Crawford made so clear during the September collapse when he responded to the media to "ask the Captain" meant no response in any meaningful way.).  But never, ever resort to kicking a ex-manager when he's down and out the door.  What a low-class, typical Red Sox move.
  • Hiring debacle
    • The next step after dumping Francona was the circus that led to hiring Bobby Valentine. Actually, it was in the middle of the Theo bologna that the Sox marched in candidates and contradicted themselves left and right.  We want an up -and-coming managerial prospect; we want a moneyball guy; we want an experienced professional manager; we want a young guy to grow into the job; we want someone somewhere but we have no clue who was more appropriate.   Finally settling on Bobby Valentine seemed like the ultimate concession to having too many cooks in the kitchen. It became stunningly obvious that new General Manager Ben Cherington was hardly in charge, and in truth was likely fetching Larry Lucchino's coffee. His only decision making power was to choose between Dunkin and Starbucks.  
  • Watching the Yankees engine run smoothly
    • In stark contrast to the Sox Screw-ups, the Steinbrenner Clan ran the Yankees like a well-oiled machine this off-season.  No splashy, stupid signings. No trading of their massive supply of pitching prospects for a washed-up starter.  Instead, the Yankees stayed quiet and positioned themselves to make another pennant run in stark contrast to the Red Sox who ran around like headless chickens.  One franchise was classy, in control, had a plan, and stayed cool  The other was the Red Sox.

With all that said, the Red Sox still have a decent team.  Sure, there's no shortstop, no right fielder, injury-prone pitchers, and absolutely zero depth, but it could be worse: they could be the Celtics!

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