Thanks for the support

I just wanted to thank everyone for their great following of Brownie Points in 2008, which was our third season. I just learned that Brownie Points was one of the Top 15 MLBlogs in terms of traffic this season and that’ a tribute to all of you.

I apologize for not posting more frequently in the winter and one of my New Year’s Resolutions might be to change that!

Hopefully we can crank up to Top 5 or Top 10 for next year.

 Have a great weekend.

Ian.

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Ian…

I think when it comes too quality Brownie Points is #1. I think we can all agree on that. I have always enjoyed reading everyone’s opinion/observation. I’ve read alot of other blogs and some are tasteless. No team mentioned, LOL.

It sounds like the Texeria sweepstakes are heating up! I have read some articles and they say that Mark Texeria’s wife would like too live on the east coast. We all know women have a big say in the matter. LOL!! Ellen knows that. ha…ha….Executive descions sometimes are best if women make them. I will not say anything else, I might get myself in hot water.

Congrats Ian. I always stopping in for a great read.

Julia
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No question this is the best quality MLB blog. Where else do you get in-depth knowledge of the game(Garry), its past, present, and future(thanks Jeff), quirky personalities, comedy(Dave), the best leadoff man in blogdom(Brian), cheerleader extraordinaire(Ellen), American history(007), a polite Yankees representative(Kramer), legal advice(Dbenjamin), recipes(me), and on and on? The answer is, nowhere else. We even have folks from the other side of the pond. Our thanks to you, Ian.

Brian, Before the seven years is up, they’ll be slicking his hair back into a ponytail, strapping him into a huge diaper and selling tickets to “Sumo night at Yankee Stadium”, that ought to help pay off the place, and his contract….

By ellenc on December 13, 2008 6:23 AM
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I meant to say Craig…. sorry its Saturday and it is VERY early for me.

By ellenc on December 13, 2008 6:24 AM
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Dont forget our Chef Arnie!!!!!!!

The Sumo comments were regarding a comment from the last post

>>>And Ian… Do the RedSox shoot for top 5 or Ten??? I THINK NOT!!! Let’s shoot for #1, just like our Sox!!!!

I just want to add a comment as an “outsider.” I think this blog is the greatest! I’ve followed it the whole season, but haven’t said anything. I feel all you guys are a happy family. It’s refreshing to read a blog where the conversation is insightful and funny (many a time I’ve had a good chuckle) and not blatantly hateful. I’ve never read an unkind word, whereas in other blogs the Yankee fans are, to me, shocking in all the hateful garbage they spew out. You have made it fun, and I want to thank you!

I’ve been a Sox fan for a very long time, and we all know you can’t buy the World Series. The Sox are a team with heart! Let the games begin.

Arnie:

Just realize the legal advice isn’t free. I expect to be fed when I finally make it to your restaurant (lol).

Hey BosoxBrian: Are you surprised your boy Tebow didn’t win back-to-back Heismans? I guess that’s a stature reserved for a Buckeye.

In case I don’t blog again in the next week or so, I hope all have a peaceful, happy and healthy holiday season. We all know January follows the holidays, which is followed by February — pitchers and catchers!!!

selmaroth: WELCOME!! Just in time to ready for another nail biting season. We ARE Family here…. and it is fun… so stick around.
Dbenj:::Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,Healthy NewYear.
I hope that you have a great Holiday Season with your loved ones and that you are all Happy and Healthy!!!

Dbenjamin…

I would have been surprised if Tebow had won. Bradford had 3 games in a row in primtime and that pushed him over the top. Bradford deserved too win and if I had a vote…I would have voted for Bradford. Then again winning the Heisman is usually a jinx come Bowl time. Just ask Troy Smith? LOL!

Congrats on your accomplishment!
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heard that the O’s are no longer in the mix for the Multi Million $$ man….
This whole thing is getting absurd!! I think that each of the players that is getting these obscene paychecks should find a large company that has laid off a bunch of workers and give those unemployed men and women a couple of million dollars to spread among them. In these times its hard to see men who “play” a game for a living to receive these humongus contracts, when so many of the average Joe baseball fans are trying hard to keep food on the table and a roof over the table that they sit at.
I will leave the pulpit now…
Sorry everyone, its just tough to stomach.

By ellenc on December 14, 2008 4:38 PM
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Ellen…

Texeria is in Baltimore at the Ravens game as a guest of Peter Angelos. ( Orioles owner ) Boras’ dream finally came true, the Yankees are in the Texeria sweepstakes. Are the Yankees interest legit? Are they there just too drive up the price? Time will tell. Texeria and Boras might get there 10 yr. deal. As I said last week, have the Yankees give Texeria a 10 yr. deal. I certainly wouldn’t. No way! I’m guessing Theo/Red Sox feel the same way. My thought process for Texeria is just like last year with Johan Santana. Of course Santana was a trade and Texeria is a free agent. It would be nice too have but not exactly a need. I would love too see Texeria in a Boston uniform but nothing more than a 8 yr. contract. Duquette gave Ramirez that type of deal and perhaps a similar deal with Texeria from the Red Sox again. When Ramirez was signed by Duquette, Boston had too do a big $$$$ deal. Remember it was Mussina or Ramirez, that was the debate. Obviously Duquette and the Red Sox made the right choice. We’ll see how it all unfolds, either way it must be nice too be Mark Texeria.

You know what they say about having company stay with you and what it has in common with fish??? After 3 days they both start to stink…. I think that the same goes for free agents… only change the 3 days to 5-6 years….
I dont care who it is, no longer than 5-6 years.. Thats a lot of games and alot of water under a bridge.. and if it is a good relationship at contract time, it’ll work itself out (see Dustin Pedroia)….

I agree ellen 100% on this. This team needs to tweak alittle not go in for long term deal. Lowell will be back, so this is not the solution. One more quality arm is though. I am hoping Peavy, which his agent said recently, he would OK a deal with Boston. Hoping this is true, so many rumors out there never know what to believe.

Hey Ellen, here’s a chance for us to disagree! Isn’t this exciting! Anyway, one of our delivery guys was saying the same thing you were about players’ salaries and the average “Joe”. To quote,”We work so hard and these football players make 6 million dollars a year!!” Of course, I commiserated with him, but I was wondering what possible difference it would make for him if football players made 50 thousand a year? How would he be better off? You have to remember that it is all supply and demand. How many people in the world can play sports at that high level compared to the number that can deliver milk and eggs? One has to be able to seperate the emotion. At the end of the day, if Arod was taking home a hundred grand a year, none of our salaries would go up a nickle. An old guy once told me that anger, hatred and jealousy arise from comparing ourselves to others. Be happy with who you are. (Steps down from soapbox)

My take on the salaries. If your A.J. Burnett and the Yankees offer you a contract for over 82 million dollars guranteed, are you going to say no? I could go on and on about insane salaries offered too average players. Look no further than Lugo. If your a player take the $$$$ and play the game. My only gripe is when players complain about certain things. Such as travel, etc. Stay at a 5 star hotel and have your a– kissed by everyone that works for the hotel. That must be nice.

The rise in salaries kill teams like the Pirates, Royals, Marlins-among others. They can’t sustain anything over a period of time. Look no further than T.B.—I think they have a window for about 3 seasons and no more. Something tells me it could be less than that. Scouting is so important for those organizations, more important for the smaller market teams than it is the big market teams. Teams like Boston…both N.Y. teams can buy themselves out of something as much as they can buy themselves into something. For Boston look no further than the Renteria situation. They recognized there mistake and ate a big portion of his remaining salary. I would love too see a salary cap in baseball. I know I know they have the luxury tax, please!

One more thing, I promise. lol.

I loved it when Mike Hampton was a free agent and he signed with the Rockies. He said he signed with the Rockies because of the school system. Now that is funny! If your making that kind of $$$$, I will take a guess and say finding a great school for your kids would be very easy. My thoughts for the day!

Hey Brian,
How nice for Hampton that the $$$$ situation worked out too!!!!! Ha Ha…..Like the school situation was the first priority and the $$$$$ an after thought. These guys are too funny. I would laugh if later on you find out his kids are home schooled!!!!!!! Ha Ha!!! I used to laugh at this guy a couple years ago who always told me that baseball cards are not about the $$$$$. So I tried to trade him a Billy Conigliaro card for a Reggie Jackson card knowing full well it wasn’t going to happen and he of course tap danced around it….we all know that even if he loved Billy Conigliaro….it’s all about the $$$$$. Have a happy!!!!

BTW Ian,
Your blog is awesome….it’s the one place we can come and know that we can make a comment and not get chastised. (Too badly anyways!!!!!) There are a lot of intelligent folks on this blog and I don’t see why this blog can’t keep on a consistent rise in the standings!!!!

Craig..

Hampton signing with the Rockies had nothing to do with the huge offer he got. ha…ha…..I’m guessing if a team in Birmingham, Alabama offered a little more, he would have gone there. No doubt about it. Hampton was another big name free agent that flopped! One of many, so many too name.

I remember Deion Sanders when he was getting drafted into the N.F.L. ( 1989 was the year ) They asked him about playing in Detroit. He said no way, they would have too put alot of money on lay a way for him too play in Detroit. At least he was honest. I really don’t like Deion Sanders but I’ll give him props on that line. Detroit selected Barry Sanders, obviously the better choice.

It seems that more oftern than not, a player who signs a HUGE free agent contract, never really lives up to the hype..
Who was the last REALLY big free agent who didnt bomb, I mean really lived up to the hype????

Ellen,
We are friends right? Please don’t crucify me for this but until last year……ZAZU was almost worth the money the Sox paid him. 2 WS and monster numbers year after year. We got our money’s worth out of him. Heck he was 28 when we signed him and now he’s 36 and he never really spent much time on the D/L in those 8 years. The Sox put up with some malarkey but all in all until his meltdown last season, it was a good ride. You are right though….$20M a year is a lot of dough to play a kid’s game and not many earn it!!!!!!!!

Of course we are…
I had forgotten (maybe on purpose) that Manny had been a “free” agent… wow, for something deemed free(haha) he sure cost us alot more than money!!!!

Hey its been a while for me — you guys go all year round :)

Looks like we are in the Texeria hunt for sure — I am all for it — and I know some of you have great arguments why to leave Dustin at 2nd base and move Youk to third and tell Lowell sorry, we had to do it — but it hurts to answer the one guy (in all of baseball — who answered us with his heart — and turn around and answer him with cold numbers — so therefore — I say be creative (like others have suggested on this blog) , even though Dustin is probably the best in the league — he did come up as a short stop — and if ARod can move from short to 3rd, Dustin can move back to short for two years anyway. Move Youk to second — he plays anywhere. Solidify an unbelievable offensee and really an unbelievable defense as well.

Look at the upside for the offense — its huge !! the short stop position has been a problem offensively and defensively for years, you can fix them both with one player (Dustin) — then you move Youk to 2nd base (he plays anywhere — why not?) He can play 1st and 3rd on off days anyway.

But the lineup — Dustin, Youk, Ortiz, Texeria, Lowell, — you gotta really like that — and then you have Bay, Drew, and Elsbury.

I think there is room for head and heart and I am not sure all head is stronger in this case.

As much as I love Petey at 2nd, DG’s idea has legs. It could work. But do we all think that RedSox F.O. will do something like that??

If the Sox want to improve their chances next year, and we get Texeira, they should definitely consider moving Pedroia to shortstop. But first things first- let’s get Texeira.

2005 saw Pedroia at AA he was always second baseman there. I think when he was drafted out of Arizona St. they were planning on putting him at short, but management thought he did not have major league shortstop arm. So they moved him to second for that.
Funny saw Lowrie at AA had him as second baseman,when drafted but played shortstop. Powerful arm. Very fluid in his moves, doesn’t grab at the ball, lets it flow into his glove. Very good defensive shortstop at the Minor League level. He will improve with another major league season at the bat. Only made what 0 errors at short this year. Wow should really be looking for another shortstop.

Pedroia isn’t going too s.s. and Youk isn’t going to second base if Texeria is signed. Why would the Red Sox do that? Pedroia is one of the best defensive second basemen in the game and Youk has never played second base. Youk is outstanding at the corners. If Texeria is signed, Lowell will probably be dealt away. Sometime during spring training, just a hunch. It will play itself out as it usually does.

According to the Boston Herald, John Henry will not give out a 10 yr. contract to Mark Texeria or anyone else. Thank you John Henry! 10 yr. contracts are absurd!

The talk of Ortiz’s lack of protection is puzzling. Let’s comppare Youk’s stats with those of Mark Teixeira in 2008.
Youklis – BA 312, SLG 569, OPS 958, RBI 115, HR 29
Teixeira – BA 308, SLG 552, OPS 962, RBI 121, HR 33
That said, it’s great to have Tex in the line up. But at what price?

007…

Agreed very much. If the Sox land Texeria, great for the Red Sox. If the Red Sox don’t land Texeria, they’ll do just fine! Remember Texeria has been too only 1 All Star game and that was in 2005.

Brian: Absolutely agreed. With healthy Lowell and Ortiz back to half of his original form and shape, the Sox will do equally fine in 2009. If the Sox can’t land Tex, it is imperative that the Sox go all out acquiring a quality 4th starter and a 4th out fielder.

007..
Texeria would be nice but not the end of the world if he goes elsewhere.
I think Lowell will bounce back in 2009 and produce like he has in the past. I’m concerned about Ortiz. He seems to be breaking down a little. Had the wrist injury last year. His knees were bad the previous season. Ortiz seems to be aging and quick! I’m not sure if Ortiz plays more than 140 games in 2009. Drew is not made for the long haul, not a tough player at all. Drew is the total opposite of Lowell. Drew has so much natural ability but I have always questioned his toughness/desire. Drew has had some HUGE H.R.’s in October, I’ll give him that.

I agree with you about the Red Sox finding a 4th outfielder. Baldelli would be a good fit but there are major questions with him. Only thing I know, Brandon Moss sure would look good as a 4th outfielder.

Ortiz is a concern. I hope it?s not the start of his inevitable decline. Anyway, Lars Anderson should be major league ready hopefully by 2010 at the time Ortiz?s contract expires. Drew is not as durable as Lowell. However, Drew carried the team in June 2008. Without Drew’s bat, the Sox wouldn’t possibly be in the playoffs. The Sox urgently requires a quality 4th outfielder to back up Drew. By the way Baldelli was misdiagnosed as having a sometimes fatal disease. Balldali?s illness is actually a non-progressive, highly treatable disease called Channelopathy. Rocco may be a nice fit for the Sox.

The fact that the Yanks are going hard on the guy who shall remain nameless and put the Cameron talk on hold is a clear indication that the Sox are close to acquiring Tex. Peter Gammons reports that the decision (Sox or the Nats) will be made within 48 hrs. If the Sox do land Tex, I guess the damage is 8 yr contract at $23-25M per year. Wow.

Anderson certainly sounds like a very promising prospect from what I have read. Some have compared Anderson to Justin Mourneau. So many good prospects have hit Boston already and others are on the way. Boston is winning and developing young talent, a great combo. That has been Theo’s #1 goal since taken over as g.m. One of the prospects I am looking forward too seeing in 2009 is Daniel Bard. I have seen Bard pitch on t.v. ( North Carolina ) and in person. His delivery is very smooth, almost effortless. He hits 99 on the gun with ease. I’m guessing he makes it too Boston in 2009. It seems like he has found his niche coming out of the pen.

Even before Baldelli’s chronic fatigue, some have always questioned his toughness. Almost like a J.D. Drew. So much athletic ability but made of paper. Those players drive managers crazy! Not too mention fans like us.

007…

I have no clue why the Yankees even want Mike Cameron. Cameron strikes out wayyyy too much. His salary is too high as well. Cameron is good friends with Sabathia and some have thought that is the reason why. It reminds me of when the Sox brought in Carlos Baergra too be Zazu’s pal. How pathetic I thought about that and also the Cameron move with the Yankees! Once again I am hoping the Yankees trade for Cameron, please Cashman bring Cameron to the Yankees. Just like when you signed Burnett to a 5 yr. deal.

Two Points:

(1) Here’s a twist for everyone — if Texeria grew up in Maryland a Bird’s fan (as he is reported to be) — it may actually be tough for him to embrace Boston? maybe the RedSox was his 2nd favorite (against the Yanks) or maybe an evil rival?

I guess we can thank $$$ for turning that around — but I liked to think that (if I were in MLB) — that no matter how much money the Steinbrenner’s through at me — I wouldn’t go there (aka Schilling) — unless of course they were the only team in baseball interested in me — and that would be highly doubtful.

That ball player from SD turned us down last year. Wonder if Texiera would really like to come here, or its all business — probably mostly the latter.

(2) Here is another twist how to keep Lowell, but of course it doesn’t make much sense, — but you talk about establishing health, what about Ortiz? maybe you keep them both — Lowell could at least play as a DH if Ortiz gets into trouble again this year.

Will it be theatrical if the Sox announce the signing of Tex right before or after the Yanks press conference today? If I were Bora$$$, I would have Tex sign with the Sox inciting the Yanks counter with another mega contract for Zazu. If Tex lands with the Yanks, Zazu will have to settle with a lesser offer from LLA or LAD.

007…

I would love too see Zazu in pinstripes. Who wouldn’t? The Yanks–Sox rivalry has been down a little in the past few seasons. If Zazu went too the Bronx it would add some spice for sure! Also over at soxandpinstripes—Jeff would have a field day. His site would be very lively, more than usual. Boras knows the market more than most teams. He’ll have the 2 L.A. teams and the Yankees bidding for Ramirez. That has been his plan all along.

It sounds like Texeria is going too make a descion very soon. Perhaps by the weekend. Varitek’s 2 yr. offer is on the table from the Red Sox and I think this is all connected.

im thinkin tek will sign and be anounced and then tex….hopefully lowe also…..ian pls thank theo and the henry group for giving us a winning team…im 40 and have endured many yrs of heartbreak but i always remained a die hard fan wherever i have lived…i spent 8 yrs in the service and let me tell ya i took many yrs of ribbing ….well now its our time…..i will always be a sox fan even when they are 15 out with 16 to play….we still have a chance….im thinkin ill never have to deal with that again tho..one last comment too….im hopin to see chris carter next yr when and i repeat when jd gets a hangnail or a stubbed toe or ..or…or lol….this guy will be loved…give em a shot theo and tito…..THE JUDGE

You absolutely know Manny is going to the Yanks now — its a done deal.

The only hope I hold out for this not happening is to quote George Clooney in one of my favorite movies ever (O’ Brother Where Art Thou?) — “my hair” !!!

Is Manny really going to cut his precious hair?

Just returned from a little holiday getaway to Disney World. Had a great time down there with my girlfriend and older brother and his wife. It certainly is a magical place during the holiday season.

Just got caught up on the reading here and of course most are talking about getting Tex. My thoughts are that if it happens, OK, if not, that’s OK too. My biggest concern is David Ortiz. Health is certainly a question and he’s missed a lot of time over the past two seasons. Acquiring Tex covers that hole if the need arises, but other than that, there’s no real need for him. No way Youk moves to middle infield. That’s too big a change and I don’t think he has the range.

There has been some talk here about escalating salaries. I did the math and consider this. If CC Sabbathia starts 35 games, he will likely throw somewhere around 4,000 pitches this season. Folks, that means he will get paid a little over $5,000 per pitch. Yep, you read it right, $5,000 per pitch. Hey, that’s $20,000 for an intentional walk. During the season, he will likely pitch three games every two weeks and every two weeks he will receive approximately $1.62 million dollars for his efforts. He will receive about $80,000 for every inning he pitches. Is there anyone, anywhere, who can possibly justify that to me? Forget it, you can’t, don’t even try.

One more thing about Teixeira….. don’t even put him in the same breath with Zazu when comparing what he should get. He’s not even close. Like I’ve said before, production wise, he’s a notch above Jason Bay, and not a huge notch. The fact he’s a switch hitter makes no difference. It’s the bottom line numbers.

Garry…

I thought you were working out hard, trying too get in shape. After seeing what these pitchers are getting. Has Nolan Ryan called you yet??? If he hasn’t, I assume he will very soon. LOL!!

I wouldn’t disagree with you when you say Texeria is a notch above Bay and not a huge notch. One thing I do disagree with is the $$$$ comparising between Zazu and Texeria. Ramirez got 160 million guranteed from the Red Sox. This just in, Texeria will get more than that. I’m not saying Texeria is worth it but the numbers do not lie.

Ortiz is a concern of mine and I assume everyone else on here. Also the Red Sox have too be concerned as well. Ortiz’s days of 40 longballs in a single season are history! I wouldn’t be surprised too see Bay lead the team in H.R.’s. Let’s face it having Texeria in the middle of the lineup will certainly help the likes of Bay and others.

Garry,
Thanks for that per$pective on $abathia!

Brian,
If Ortiz is sub-par, it’ll be nice to have Lowell around with Teixeira! Too bad the market dictates high dollars and long terms!

Kramer…

If Texeria is signed by the Red Sox. I would assume Lowell begins spring training as a member of the Red Sox. There are no gurantees about Ortiz and his wrist. Ortiz did not have surgery and who knows if that was the best descion. Time will tell as the old saying goes. First things first, Texeria needs too be inked by the Red Sox. We shouldn’t kick Mike Lowell out of town just yet.

The more I see what everyone is signing for, the more of a bargain Jason Bay seems to be at $7M. I am looking forward to a full year with Bay on the club. Locking up Pedroia was a great move too. Just hoping JD Drew can stick it out for at least 135 games this year. He is a crap shoot when it comes to tryng to figure out what you will get from him. The Sox got great play from the subs last year…a 4th outfielder who can step in is a must again this year. Though it will hurt the Sox, I will say that I am glad Coco Crisp will get a chance to prove what he can do over the course of a season as a regular with the Royals. He earned it and I think he’s happy. Happy holidays to you all.

lets face it ….the money the plrs get will only continue to rise….its out of our control unless we decide not to go watch the games or but the gear….ill still go and still buy my yearly sox stuff…sigh…but atleast i know im getting a good quality team on the field every yr…imagine if u lived in kc,seattle,oakland, and so forth who trade off their plrs every chance they get …course they must to avoid bankruptcy….its a shame on the salaries …..im still lokkin forward to seeing tex tattoo the wall as a lefty….and rip em over as a righty…try chis carter as drews and the others back up pls….this guy rocks!!!!

I think that I can speak for quite a few people here when I say:
Sign whoever you’re going to sign, get it done and let’s

PLAY BALL!!!!!

I only hope that when it does happen, that he lives up to the hype and the $$’s and it doesnt take him 2-3 years to get his legs in Boston.

I agree Ellen…and he better not get injured. As much as I was glad to see ZAZU leave….he averaged 142 games a season for the last 8 years. Pretty good for a slacker. I really thought he was tolerable until this year. He really blew it that last month or so with Boston. I think if he would have just performed without the “extra” ZAZU being ZAZU the Sox would have picked up his options but after his July attitude there was no way to keep him. Long story short….If Tex can give his next team 142 games for 8 years he might be worth the $$$$$. Maybe I should have used a few more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ signs. :-)

Hello, eveyone! I said I would comment again if the Sox sign a major free agent, like Mark Teixeira (which, it seems, they will.) Alot has changed since I last commented. Still no Tek signed. Well, hopefully we can see Big Tex and ‘Tek in spring. See you all in Febuary (for real this time!)

Craig… I dont think there is enough room for all the dollar signs we would need for Texiera….
another thing… I hope that this contract doesnt go to his head… the last thing we need is “Marky being Marky”.
And he had better treat the REDSOX Nation with the Respect that we as the Nation desreve……
you guys all know how resistant to change that I am!!! I am just worried about what will happen to Mikey…
Oh damn… I just realized that if he gets traded its my fault!!! I bought his jersey last season!!! lol
(maybe I should buy a LUGO jersey.. lmao)

WHAT THE HELL?!?!
now the sox are out of the tex talks?!
how did that happen?!
oh nooooooo!

Looks like the Sox took themselves out of the Tex sweepstakes. Perhaps they thought the whole thing had gotten out of control, and they would end up with a ridiculous contract that just wouldn’t make sense. If so, good for them. Some of the numbers that were being tossed around did seem to be absurd. Whatever. Maybe the Steinbrenner twins will pay him 300 million for 12 years. The Sox will just have to be content with 3 Gold Glover’s in the infield, all of whom are clutch with the bat. And Lowrie at SS. That’s not too shabby. We’ll see how Jed can hit when his hand isn’t broken. Or was it his wrist? If Lars Anderson can be ready come June to take some pressure off Ortiz and spell the big guy some, that will be great. I think the Sox will be just fine.

well i was hopin for that xtra thump in the middle but im still lovin this team…..go sox…..

How things can change in a matter of hours. Judging from the ambiguous statements from Henry and Bora$, it can be interpreted that the Sox has taken themselves out of the Teixeira sweepstake or it was just a negotiation ploy. As agreed by many of our bloggers here, adding Tex is a luxury to the lineup and by no means an absolute necessity. Without Tex, the Sox priority should lie in acquiring a catcher, a 4th starter, and a 4th outfielder. Let admit that the Sox have holes but no glaring holes like the Yanks have.

I believe it is a negotiation ploy by Henry and the Red Sox. The Red Sox have been down this road before with Scott Boras. I doubt Boston puts all this time/energy into it and walks away from it all. Boras/Texeria are trying too get every little nickel from the Red Sox and other teams. Texeria better be careful here, his reputation could take a dent for sure! You never ever want too come across as a money grubbing athlete—Especially during these economic times!

it would be a wonderful thing to add tex….i still think its a ploy…possibly by both sides…..i cant picture the yanks addin another 200 million to this yrs shoping spree and taking that massive PR hit……close to 500 million spent with still more holes to fill?…..if they are the high bidders then gawd bless em and good luck…..it reminds me of the early 2000s when they went free agent spend crazy and now have nada to show for it……all that said im still all warm and fuzzy about this team…..we will field a wonderful team next yr and have a great farm system when we need it….i really would like to see tek back with teagarden learning from him tho……so theo if boras if playin poker with u….fold em…grab a forth starter(lowe or garland) or let masterson or buck have a shot…trade bowden for teagarden and possible cruz in a package…..(cruz)awesome offensive force to come and drews replacement after he gets a hangnail or stubbed toe or whatever lol…..also carter from minors looks good…cant wait for spring boys and gals….i love my sox….56 days….JUDGE

I’m beginning to think that I’d rather not know what all these athletes are making. It’s none of my business and it creates oceans of hard feelings when the inevitable slump or off year occurs. Why are these salaries made public anyway? Who decided that was a good idea? It surely isn’t enhancing our experience as fans. In this case I think a little less transparency would be a good thing.

What moves do you think the red sox will make this off season?

Not enough

I think he did the right thing finally coming clean, when he was caught between a rock and hard place. Like Giambi and Pettite, he will be forgiven as soon as he hits the ball out of the park and wins a game. Life will move on, and eventually he will hopefully win a World Series with the Yankees. He lied to Katie, because he had to, because the pressure from the rest of the users and the union to remain silent….is deafening…….until caught…

I think all will be forgiven, because he didn’t pull a Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds, and deny, deny, deny.

He finally got the right advise today to just come clean. We will move on from here, because there is nothing else to admit. As far as his stats are concerned, they should all count, as the pitchers and the rest of the guys were juicing during that era. If anybody thinks that only 104 guys did it out of the whole league, then everybody is a fool who believes that is the whole group in the Mitchell Report. Remember, the Mitchell report only had limited access to a few guys who were caught. They did not get all the guys from all 30 teams. Believe me, they would have had 4 to 10 times that number if the real info were available as to who was juicing from pitchers, to hitters. Remember, these guys have been competing their whole lives, and they are trying to stay at the top of the hill, so any edge they could get in most cases would have been taken, just to stay in the game. The show was their whole focus since Little League, thru Middle and High School, College, the Minors, etc. I think all stats should count, it was the times that they lived in. All things being equal. Now they test, now they get punished, now they admit to their past transgressions. Lets move on. Bring on Opening Day…….Lets go Yankees……………

I think he did the right thing finally coming clean, when he was caught between a rock and hard place. Like Giambi and Pettite, he will be forgiven as soon as he hits the ball out of the park and wins a game. Life will move on, and eventually he will hopefully win a World Series with the Yankees. He lied to Katie, because he had to, because the pressure from the rest of the users and the union to remain silent….is deafening…….until caught…

I think all will be forgiven, because he didn’t pull a Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds, and deny, deny, deny.

He finally got the right advise today to just come clean. We will move on from here, because there is nothing else to admit. As far as his stats are concerned, they should all count, as the pitchers and the rest of the guys were juicing during that era. If anybody thinks that only 104 guys did it out of the whole league, then everybody is a fool who believes that is the whole group in the Mitchell Report. Remember, the Mitchell report only had limited access to a few guys who were caught. They did not get all the guys from all 30 teams. Believe me, they would have had 4 to 10 times that number if the real info were available as to who was juicing from pitchers, to hitters. Remember, these guys have been competing their whole lives, and they are trying to stay at the top of the hill, so any edge they could get in most cases would have been taken, just to stay in the game. The show was their whole focus since Little League, thru Middle and High School, College, the Minors, etc. I think all stats should count, it was the times that they lived in. All things being equal. Now they test, now they get punished, now they admit to their past transgressions. Lets move on. Bring on Opening Day…….Lets go Yankees……………

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