Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I Thought You Were Gonna Ask Me (Vol. 4)

Just a few tidbits so that we can keep score here. Friday look here for an overall evaluation of whether the Red Sox' West Coast road trip was a success. To sum it up in one word, yes. You can't sum it up in one word though.

1. Need to make sure we have the injury pantheon fully documented and updated for that time around Christmas 2011 when I want to look at all the injuries JD Drew had during his Red Sox career. He's missed two games with a sore left hamstring, a hamstring he was reportedly icing on Monday when he very well may have saved the Red Sox season with his wall-ball in the late innings. As always, you kind of have to wonder whether he's really hurt or if he's just longing to take a vacation to Arizona for a month or two like his boy 46. Nine weeks until bowhunting season in Kansas, where JD owns a lot of land according to Bowhunting Magazine (thanks to my man Nick for that tip).

2. On a completely related topic, good for Victor Martinez for refusing a minor league rehab, fitting his catcher's mitt with some cast-like reinforcements, and minimizing Kevin Cash/Dusty Brown at-bats. Some guys just understand that no matter how sore or injured they might be, having them in the lineup is more productive than having a waiver wire guy.

3. Tony Massarotti got into a fight with Dan Roche on the radio today, pretty much at the same level of me vs. Pat since the Yankees World Series victory, over the value of 46. Something that pissed me off about it is the fact that 46 was labeled as a "young" player with a lot of "potential," like he were a member of the Wilmington HS girls' track team. He has power potential, he has more average potential, he is young. Really? Guy's turning 27 years old in 46 (literally) days. Isn't 28-33 the peak of a player's career? How much better is he going to get? Well, I guess he's going to be so well-recovered from his rib injury that he'll hit .353 again when he comes back around September 20th.

4. Are you guys down with a Red Sox trade? Would it be for a bullpen arm? Would you do a fire sale? I'm curious how you guys feel. I'm curious to see how the NY people feel as well. A popular opinion on the radio yesterday was that they have to either buy or sell, not just sit. Maybe it's because I thought this year was a punt to begin with, but I'm okay with sitting. Michael Bowden is my trade-deadline bullpen addition. We already went over this a little bit several days go.

5. Tomorrow I will be 3 weeks removed from my sports hernia surgery and I am almost completely healed. I have not yet lifted, but I have run 78 miles since the surgery already. Best seventy-eight miles since literally November 2009. People might fault the Red Sox' medical staff on not MRI'ing 46, but the real crime is the fact that Cameron didn't go under the knife in April.

6. A few words of gratitude to the Boston Sports Pulse, who devoted an entire post last week to How Youz Doin Baseball, saying that Pat and I write "creative blog posts and nothing more." The author Chris also gave love to the Weak Ground Ball Counter, so I think at this point I might have to start calling it the "Critically-Acclaimed Weak Ground Ball Counter." While I've been ripped by the fantastic Rays Index blog and we're on the blogroll for a few big Yankee blogs, I think these folks are the biggest Boston outlet to notice us. Maybe it's our persistence, maybe it's the fact that we write stuff worth reading (debatable), and maybe it's point #7 (keep reading)...but I speak for both of us by saying thanks for the shoutout.

7. Lots of talk about how ratings and interest in the Red Sox are way down in 2010. I think the bottom line is that the Pink Hats are finally crawling back into their caves, deciding to train for marathons so they can brag about it in their alumni magazines, or are taking two-month vacations to Arizona for no apparent reason. The only Red Sox fans left anymore are the ones who were staying up for West Coast games all along or remember the Shea Hillenbrand era. You can tell on the radio: Between 2003-2009, you got crushed if you decided to say a bad word about Damon, 46, etc. Now people are taking aim like they're JD Drew in Kansas come October 2nd. People are back in the business of keeping it real, and I can't be any happier.

8. Enjoy the "46's Heroic Comeback from Sore Ribs Watch." He will remain 46 until he plays his tenth game as Number Two. And, of course, enjoy yo day. No Sox, but yes Jersey Shore tomorrow night.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

DV

I would have taken 6-4 on the trip if you had offered it to me 10 days ago. I just wouldn't have presumed they'd get their six wins the way they did. That sweep was huge and almost made up for how disheartening losing the last two in Seattle was. They are five back of the Rays. There are 60 games to go. Considering the fact that they made up nine games on the Rays in 28 days earlier this year, we can all agree that the Sox CAN make the playoffs. Whether they do or not remains to be seen. But I'm not entirely pessimistic about the situation, either.

As for the trade deadline, it all depends on what makes sense. If someone blows them away with a huge package for a guy like Beltre, they'd have to think about it. Similarly, if they can get a solid lefty reliever (as volatile as relievers are) for something as trivial as the ever popular "player to be named later" then they'd have to look at that as well. And really, anything in between. Because the truth is, this Red Sox team really is very much in between. If they were in any other division in baseball, that wouldn't be the case. They'd be clear cut buyers. But they aren't. And so theirs is a fluid market. Hopefully they make the right choices.

--the Gunn

TimC said...

Agree with Gunn here. The Sox basically just need to assess what comes their way and make a smart, long-term decision. If Theo wakes up tomorrow and says "We need a guy at position X" or "We need to dump this player" the Sox are screwed and are likely to get fleeced.

Two things, and two things only, will determine whether the Sox catch the Rays. The first is whether the starting pitching keeps up the work they put in over the 10 game trip. I'm sure you'll hit on it tomorrow, DV, so I'll keep it really brief; outside of Buchholz vs. the A's, the Sox got starting pitching that was good enough to win them the game in 9 out of the 10 games. If they continue to get these kinds of outings, they will stay involved.

The second thing is how quickly guys get back up to speed coming off of injury. Nothing earth-shattering here, just basic stuff that will get the Sox rolling. A trade won't help them, I think, for the playoff chase, but it might have some effect if they get into a short playoff series.

Also, point #7 is a big time observation. I was saying the same thing last night to my father. The Sox won big in '04 and got the expected surge in interest and revenue. Then, by winning in '07, they extended it a little longer. It feels about right that at this point in 2010 some of the "fans" are falling by the wayside. I can understand, it's been a long five years and I'm sure they just want a little rest. But it does say something that, when the AL East is stacked up in a way that makes every Red Sox regular season game far more interesting and meaningful than at any point in the last few years, the casual fans are finding the time to share their theories on why "fans" are no longer watching the team.

the gm at work said...

Gunn,

I agree. If we can get a Jesus Montero type for friggin Beltre, you gotta do it. Gotta entertain offers both as a buyer and as a seller.

Real question is - would YOU be okay if they just sat and did nothing?

Tim C,

6-4 is nice, 9-1 was very doable. On Point 7, I wonder how much of it has to do with 46 being out of the lineup. I'd say very little, because the people who would watch to see 46 never watched in the first place.

Anonymous said...

DV

I think I would be OK with the Sox not making any moves this deadline only because I don't think there are any pieces out there that would be a great fit and really be THE thing to put the Sox over the top. I mean, when everyone is healthy (which should happen fairly soon) they have a very good rotation and a very good line up. They don't have the strongest of bullpens. But whose out there that is a great bullpen arm? Anyone? And if there is, at what cost?

This year is very different than 2006. That year the Sox were in first place at the trade deadline. They really, really could have used another bat to compliment Manny and Ortiz. Bobby Abreu was that guy. And he was available. And he played a position (right field) where the Sox had a legitimate opening. The cost, apparently, was not prohibitive (I think the Yankees traded Season Six of Seinfeld on DVD for him). Instead, they did nothing and fell apart while the Yankees absolutely took off. That situation was very frustrating for Red Sox fans. This year, if they did nothing, I don't think it would be nearly as annoying.

--the Gunn

TimC said...

Apparently one of the hang ups in the Abreu deal was that the Red Sox refused to convert all of Fenway's concessions to Tyler Chicken.

Anonymous said...

DV,

The updates people send into the Colby Magazine are stupid. Thank you for making fun of them in this post.

I would agree the Sox should pretty much keep the team they have for the time being. Well said Gunn.

Lastly, I'm glad we still haven't heard from Pat about the Jeter situation following this season. The Yankees are one of the best teams in the league and there is nothing to complain about as he's discussed before. The Jeter situation is literally the most interesting thing we could be talking about as it relates to the Yankees and we can't get any feedback on this blog about it.

the gm at work said...

Gunn,

If they're getting fleeced one way or another, I agree - I'd sit on what they have. This season is a punt anyway. The excitement involved this year is just a bonus.

Tim C,

Out of curiosity, what was your score for the Sox lineup quiz?

Bandi,

Your Colby Magazine update about how you were spreading hope, change, happiness, and optimism was the best I've seen thus far. If people want to write an article about my running, fine. If they want to write about HYD Baseball, fine. Otherwise, only things that will ever show up there would be my theoretical marriage and my inevitable death.

If you want more hate on running, runners, and the fat rugby girls who finish an event in five hours and decide that people care about how running four miles a day five times a week changed their lives so they decide to write about it in Colby Magazine...feel free to view my training log on running2win.com. Shoot, unless you read HYD with alarming regularity, you wouldn't even know what level I'm at in that freaking sport. Good.

The Jeter situation doesn't involve rainbows, bunnies, Lebron James, or references to 19th-century folk songs that most Americans outgrow by the time they're six years old. Why expect Pat to post about it?

TimC said...

147 out of 200. Not quite the standards I set on the "Back to the Future" quiz. Most of my errors came from the pre-95 lineups. Most recent misses were Moss, Loretta.