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It's frustrating that Francona continually fails to get these guys ready for opening day. He's obviously lost the clubhouse. Er, wait...
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2012 on Oops.. Already At It: Sox-Jays Gamer III at YFSF
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So looking back quickly at the first few games it looks like, including tonight, the Sox have fallen behind in every single game. They haven't score first once. This seems like a bad habit to be getting into.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2012 on Something New: Sox-Jays Gamer II at YFSF
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My gosh I am glad I haven't had time to watch baseball!
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That may be true, but it's not from the baseball.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2012 on Play Ball? at YFSF
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Wait, it's baseball season?
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2012 on Play Ball? at YFSF
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Congrats krueg!
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2012 on Gross. And Crap. at YFSF
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And of course, good luck krueg!
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2012 on Gross. And Crap. at YFSF
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I was just being silly. Hopefully he recovers, for sure. Good to be back - It's been a while. Life interrupted, big time. In a good way, but it has made posting around here very, very difficult. Hope I can be back more often, but a new, significant teaching position has been the culprit, that on top of running my own business. Two jobs, and a family. Yikes!
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2012 on Gross. And Crap. at YFSF
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Up and down times for Joba. It's ok, he'll bounce back. Or, at the least, he'll use this to contemplate the spring and maybe his rubber arm will end up serving him well. In any case, this injury is sure to reverberate.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2012 on Gross. And Crap. at YFSF
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Thankfully as a skipper he won't be talking incessantly. Yes he will, you just won't have to hear him! I am a contrarian on this one, I like the hiring. V is supposedly game-smart and independent. I couldn't stomach the idea of a Lamont-type coming in following Tito, and Valentine is exactly not that. He is stat-aware, and I am a rare fan who actually has some trust in Larry Lucchino.
Toggle Commented Nov 30, 2011 on Feeling Good Was Good Enough For Me... at YFSF
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That's a reasonable interpretation of JWH's comments, IBM. Nonetheless in a PR-mad town like Boston he's got to choose his words very carefully, and if he doesn't we know what happens. He was inartful at the very least in how he said what you think he might have meant.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2011 on The Long Short Goodbye at YFSF
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Agree on Scutaro, IBM. As for Lackey's injury, it sure sounds like that last year will be at a minimal price, but Cherington waffled yesterday a bit, so it may not yet be explicitly clear what the situation is. I wonder if there is a date by which they have to exercise his option? I know it has luxury tax implications, so the sooner they do it the sooner they would be able to drop his AAV contractually, giving them more room under the tax threshold.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2011 on The Long Short Goodbye at YFSF
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The contract is odd, for sure. But I believe it stipulates that the clause is triggered if the injury was "pre-existing", and though there may be documentation that shows an injury existed, that could be lawyered into oblivion. Cherington was elusive about whether the clause would be triggered by the surgery, so who knows how the team and player view this. It was a disincentive (on the surface) to surgery, in a vacuum. But in reality, and without knowing the exact language, it is very hard to know what material effect it had on his status this past season.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2011 on The Long Short Goodbye at YFSF
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Lackey was DL'd with elbow issues in May. With Matsuzaka done and then Buchholz hurt it seems very plausible, knowing Lackey's supposed personality, that he would insist on pitching through issues despite the injury. In the context of the earlier injury, the performance this season, the Sox' depleted staff, there really seems to be nothing suspicious about today's news. Now whether the Sox should have shut him down and gone with other options this year, that is a different issue entirely to me.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2011 on The Long Short Goodbye at YFSF
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I truly believe Theo is moving on for more power and more money. I also believe he is tired of Boston and the stuff that comes with that job. I also believe he bought himself a shit-ton length of rope for having helped a hapless franchise become a booming success, and that rope gives him a lot of leeway for leaving a year before his contract was up and after such a terrible end of a season. But this "low point" is so much higher than other low points, so much better a foundation for future success than the franchise has had in place in the past that the blow is softened, slack given. Add in the personal, sentimental history of Theo as a Sox fan, as one of us, and you have a situation that isn't simply a guy walking out on a sick spouse. Realize that the Sox could have tried to extend Theo now, but didn't. This, in the end, appears mutual, and Theo's respect for his now-former bosses and the Sox' fan base should be noted. For all the shit that has gone down the last month, this editorial closes things on a decent note. And by decent I mean "with decency", something that has been lacking of late.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2011 on The Long Short Goodbye at YFSF
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Wow, John, you are really tone-deaf to what Theo means to Sox fans, this year's performance notwithstanding. The environment around the Sox was toxic (and, from a fan's standpoint, tragic) for a long time before Theo arrived. Epstein was the manifestation of the change that occurred, first with Henry purchasing the team and then with the 2004 and 2007 championships. Growing up in Boston this has to have meant so much to him, as much as it meant to all the fans (he WAS a fan, remember). So the editorial is the closure, it's the end. After the shitshow of the last few weeks it is actually a refreshing thing that Epstein has done. There's just bald cynicism in your first comment above to me, a skepticism about motive in Epstein's editorial. Why can't you take it at face value? I am, and I am glad he wrote it. As for Lackey, his situation is a great example of why the universally acclaimed idea of "playing hurt", of "being a warrior" is totally ridiculous. For it seems that Lackey knew there was something wrong, but kept pitching since the Sox were so hurt. But he sucked, so we hated him. But he played through injury, and Jacoby Ellsbury didn't last year and was roundly scolded for being "soft", and now how the hell do we define toughness, dedication to one's team, sacrificing oneself for the greater good?! Lackey just f*cked this all up. Because he's so unlikeable...
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2011 on The Long Short Goodbye at YFSF
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Theo's been working on his upper body and plans to pose for an SI cover? http://www.yourememberthat.com/files/1160f0567c15c149.jpg
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2011 on (Questionable) Analogy of the Day? at YFSF
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One guy keeps keeping on with the Yanks, the other heads to Chicago under a cloud of controversy. The similarities are eerie!
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2011 on (Questionable) Analogy of the Day? at YFSF
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Not a big fan of the Owner of the company saying "hey, it wasn't my decision, I deferred to the experts I hired". I understand that this may be true, he may have deferred to baseball guys, but jeez, he could have at least said "I am the owner, I was convinced by a very strong case about why he was a great player, and I take responsibility since it was my approval required and I believe he will still be as good as I thought he could be". I don't know how this makes Henry look good at all, he is basically trying to have it both ways: he defers to the experts but at the same time says he thought it was a bad move (how convenient coming off of Crawford's lost year!). It also can't make Crawford feel too hot that his boss is basically telling him he's the bum he thought he was, or thereabouts. I am glad he defended Pedey against Felger, if he did indeed call him a liar. These press guys are vampires.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2011 on Reality Check at YFSF
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And you will go down with the ship that has been run ashore by bickering officers screaming "leadership means nothing!". I am not saying that, IH. I stated my opinions on the importance of leadership and cohesion above. I am probably not being clear enough. I will try again, because I am not being blind to the issues that the Sox have or had. I am really just very skeptical about the accuracy of any of this stuff, good or bad. I am not saying it didn't exist. I am questioning the idea that we can ascribe any of the results to the events as described in the press. Again, as I said above: "I really don't put much stock in the exaggerated, hyperbolic reportage about these leadership issues, about the stories of the friction" I am talking about the PRESS REPORTS. I think they are convenient, sensational, post-rationalized, loathsome, opportunistic, and lazy. I am not an ostrich: the Sox had problems, seemingly big ones, that need to be addressed. But the way these anecdotes get used is ridiculously unregulated. If you think the Sox are a mess then you tout the stuff about video games and beer. Simultaneously there is no veracity to the idea that Carl Crawford stepped up ("planted by his agent!") and tried his best to get players to play. I don't think the reporting has much credibility and to treat it as gospel when you want and not when you don't is useless. To do so says more about you (or your brethren) as people than anything else, to paraphrase one of your earlier and unfairly judgmental comments. This is like all the crap that comes out at the trading deadline. Nobody knows anything. All we know right now is that the Sox collapsed and the clubhouse and front office need a LOT of work. Beyond that, who gives a shit about video games an fried chicken, who cares about Adrian Gonzalez' belief in God?
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2011 on Epstein 'On the Cusp'? at YFSF
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Well said Nick. I really couldn't agree more.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2011 on Epstein 'On the Cusp'? at YFSF
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Hasn't the "myth" of Jeter been of the silent, stoic, buttoned-up "lead by example" guy? Posada has been famously curmudgeonly for three or four years now, even in 2009 I recall there being a number of stories about Posada and Burnett having problems, big ones, and Girardi had to take bullets on their behalf. Rivera, well, I love him, but he truly seems above the fray, a real silent/strong type, classy, eloquent, etc. To beat the horse (not IH), I really don't put much stock in the exaggerated, hyperbolic reportage about these leadership issues, about the stories of the friction. I believe in cohesion, in the importance of having a "team" that works well on the field (and well enough off of it, but that's fuzzy). But I don't believe all the garbage coming out, I don't believe it had direct impact on anything. I believe it is sensationalism, innuendo, basically garbage for entertainment. It may have truth in it, but it is not the truth.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2011 on Epstein 'On the Cusp'? at YFSF
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Got it. I don't think spending wads on an unproven Japanese pitcher is going to do much for the credibility of this ownership group at this point, it would almost be self-satire. I think they should sign Pujols and put him at short.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2011 on Meanwhile at Yankees Headquarters at YFSF
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That's about the only move that could generate real interest in the Sox this off-season This might be the most un-aware comment left on this site in years.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2011 on Meanwhile at Yankees Headquarters at YFSF
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I think that we can officially can the "you care more about our team than we care about your team" meme for the time being...
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2011 on Reality Check at YFSF
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