Hi to one and all,
I’m in the midst of a family vacation that started in Pennsylvania and has continued into Michigan and will complete itself early next week in Niagra Falls. I will return to active duty on Aug. 23 for the start of the Red Sox-White Sox series in Chicago.
It looks like it’s been an eventful day at Fenway. I didn’t see one pitch from Buchholz but it seems like it was a pretty good debut. Mirabelli getting hurt certainly makes things interesting for a while. It sounds like Kevin Cash has some experience with the knuckleball so perhaps Varitek can stay in his regular routine.
This is also a good experiment going into next year to see how well Wakefield can survive without the security of Mirabelli.
The Wily Mo trade: Well, what can we say besides inevitable? I don’t think it’s fair by any means to say that WMP was a bust in Boston. The guy never had a chance. He needed at-bats and he never got them. I firmly believe that this man will hit between 30-35 homers a season as soon as he gets sufficient at-bats to do so. He is just too raw but he has so much strength. He’s also a better athlete than people realize. I like the guy. He was never anything but a class act in the time he was in Boston.
So what’s the deal with Ellsbury? He’s here for the weekend and then Kielty will replace him in a couple of days? I’m a little out of the loop on this stuff during my extended absence so perhaps you guys can fill me in.
Anyway, flood the comments section over the next few days to keep me in the loop. I’ll probably post again shortly before I return on Aug. 23, but until then, so long. The time with the family has been great. I also miss the job. So I do look forward to returning, but until then, I’ll enjoy the R&R.
Until then, Ciao,