Tuesday, June 22, 2010


"Incidentally, the pitcher who gives up the most home runs also receives a bonus."
-Rules of the 1959 TV Show "Home Run Derby." Unfortunately, AJ Burnett is pitching in major league baseball in 2010.

Looks like there has been a lack of electricity in New York lately.

I thought you were gonna ask me about that.


Anonymous said...


I don't know what to make of the Red Sox success in light of their outfield issues. On the one hand, you can argue that they've overcome tremendous adversity and will really hit their stride once (if?) everyone comes back healthy. The other side of that coin is that the Sox outfield really isn't that big a part of what's going on this year and that a healthy return for a lot of those guys will mean little, if anything going forward.

I think that ultimately a healthy outfield of Ellsbury/Drew/McDonald/Hermida will provide the Sox with an upgrade over what's out there right now. But I don't think it will be a tremendous upgrade. So long as the pitching continues as it has and guys like Ortiz, Youkilis, and Martinez continue to be excellent, the Sox should be right there in September.

--the Gunn

The GM said...

So what you're saying is if Number Two and JD decide to play baseball again this season, those two and Hermida should suffice until Cameron recovers from the surgery he should stop putting off?

After a hot start, Hermida has been a slight disappointment in my eyes.

And I can't imagine the team "hitting their stride" any more than they already have. It's like nine games on Tampa in a month.

Anonymous said...


I can't recall our outfield being this *ahem* messed up since, well, ever.

At a certain point, Cameron won't be able to play the field this season. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but I don't think so. Base running may become an issue too. There's no way you can DH him at the expense of Ortiz, Youkilis, and/or Beltre. Despite Ellsbury's and Drew's issues, surgery needs to be done ASAP so we can presumbably get Cameron back for September and beyond.

So... I agree with you.

Wasn't there a clause in Drew's contract about the Sox being able to void his deal after this season or next season if he gets injured too much (or something like that?). Is that why he's avoiding the DL?


the gm at work said...


The Red Sox could opt out of years 4 and 5 or year 5 if Drew missed a significant amount of games due to his surgically-repaired non-throwing shoulder. He hasn't missed any games because of that--he's missed games because of pretty much everything else.

He's probably not on the DL because Francona and the doctors don't think he's that injured, but he thinks it's better to take his sweet-ass time to start playing again. Please refer to the first twelve years of his career, specifically 2008 when he missed roughly 40 games without going on the DL. I thought you were gonna ask me about that.

I reserve all rights to disagree with my surgery opinion on July 9th when I'm geeked out on Vicodin on my couch.