March 2008

Could there be an omen?

The Red Sox have just won their second consecutive Mayor’s Cup championship, ousting the Twins, 3-2, in th best-of-five Spring Training series. In a season in which the Red Sox want to repeat something a lot more loftier, perhaps this is a sign of things to come! OK, I’m not really serious about the Mayor’s Cup having anything to do with the Red Sox trying to repeat, but the Mayor’s Cup does make for light-hearted comedy during the dog days of Spring Training.

Former Sox PR assistant Peter Chase — now the head honcho with the Cubs — was always a Mayor’s Cup buff during his days as a research maven with the Sox. Chase always had every nugget covered when it came to the Cup. So I couldn’t resist e-mailing Chase today to tell him the Sox were closing in on another Crown. Here was Peter’s response.

"Please keep me posted! If the Sox pull this one out, please pass
along my immediate congratulations to Tito.  I think this might be the first
back-to-back titles in Sox history, or the first in a real long time, anyway!"

In other news, Manny Ramirez held a rare one-on-one interview today, inviting MLB.com free-lancer Maureen Mullen to his locker for a lengthy chat. Great stuff by Manny and Maureen in this story.

Bartolo Colon makes his first start on Thursday. That will be fun to watch.

Looks like Julio Lugo will return to the lineup on Thursday; Coco is still in limbo.  Nothing definitive on Beckett yet, though  it’s clear as day there’s not much of a shot of him pitching in Tokyo.

Later.

Ian.

Welcome (me) back

Yes, I’m welcoming myself back to the blog. It is my blog, right? Seriously, I had a great respite in Boston for a week. I even ruined my cellphone going skiing in the rain. I’m really hoping I can retrieve my phone numbers because there were some very important digits in there.

At any rate, you can scratch Dan Kolb from the pitchers trying to make the bullpen. Kolb was informed today that he’ll be re-assigned to Minor League camp.

Position players Joe Thurston and Keith Ginter were informed that they won’t make the team, but Terry Francona has invited them to stay in big league camp until the Red Sox leave for Japan.

Big game at Hammond Stadium today: It’s Game 5, winner take-all for the Mayor’s Cup.

The Sox are facing Liriano, but they’re throwing out a pretty good lineup.

Ellsbury CF
Youkilis 1B
Ortiz DH
Ramirez LF
Lowell 3B
Drew RF
Varitek C
Lowrie 2B
Cora SS

Buchholz SP

I’m curious to see how Buchholz pitches today. This is a pivotal start for him in his quest to be the fifth starter, particularly with Colon taking the ball tomorrow.

Ian.

P.S. — Thanks for all of your great nominations for the HBO series. Hopefully HBO will read the blog and go after some of those guys.

Keep the nominations coming

Back in Boston for a few days with the family. But this is fun, hearing all of your suggestions for the parts in HBO’s ’04 Red Sox mini-series.

Here are some more parts that need casting.

Trot Nixon
Mark Bellhorn
Orlando Cabrera
Bill Mueller
Larry Lucchino
Nomar Garciaparra — the tragic trade scene
Doug Mientkiewicz (cradle that ball)
Gabe Kapler
John W. Henry
Tim Wakefield
Keith Foulke
Bronson Arroyo
Pokey Reese

And keep weighing in on on the first group of cast members:

Theo Epstein
Curt Schilling
Johnny Damon
Terry Francona
Pedro Martinez
Jason Varitek
Kevin Millar
Dave Roberts
David Ortiz

Sunny Sunday in Fort Myers

Beautiful day here in Fort Myers.

So  with HBO in the process of scripting a mini-series on the 2004 Red Sox — which will be broken up into six hour-long episodes — I’d like to hear some nominations for acting roles.

Who will play the following people:
Theo Epstein
Curt Schilling
Johnny Damon
Terry Francona
Pedro Martinez
Jason Varitek
Kevin Millar
Dave Roberts
David Ortiz.

On to more current matters. Wakefield makes his first start of the spring today against the Twins. I think the guy everyone wants to watch today is the guy coming out of the bullpen after Wakefield. That would be one Clay Buchholz.

Dice-K threw a mammoth side session today, working on "many, many" things, though he chose not to elaborate much on what they are.

On to today’s starting nine:
Crisp CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Ramirez LF
Lowell 3B
Drew RF
Youkilis 1B
Lugo SS
Mirabelli

More later,

Ian.

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