Schoeneweis is in

Lefty Scott Schoeneweis, just 10 days after the sting of being released by the Milwaukee Brewers,will be one of the 25 Red Sox to be on the active roster for Sunday night’s Season Opener against the Yankees.

The 36-year-old lefty, who endured personal tragedy last May when his wife died, beat out Joe Nelson for the final spot on the roster.

He will board the team plane to Washington D.C. later this afternoon, as the Sox have a one-day exhbition series in the nation’s capital tomorrow, and then it’s back to Fenway.

“I’m all dressed, I combed my hair. I’m ready to go,” Schoeneweis said.

It is an exciting accomplishment for Schoeneweis.

“It is. It’s been a rough last 10 months or so. Like I said, there’s many times I didn’t know where I was going to be able to play, whether I wanted to play, whether I could play at all,” Schoeneweis said. “At least for the time being, I could take solace in the fact that my family stuck by me, everyone is doing well. I’m doing well. I kept battling. I grew up going to Red Sox games. It’s a pretty special thing. I’ll be real excited come Sunday.”

He was vocal last week after being released by the Brewers, but Schoeneweis explained what a difficult road it has been for him over the last year, as the father of four children who lost their mother.

“I think there’s a lot of things that have been misconstrued, I think, with some of the comments that I’ve made,” Schoeneweis said. “I never was upset with the Brewers. I wasn’t upset with anyone. You’ve got to understand, I was just disappointed with my situation in general. Again, I dealt with stuff that was beyond my control. There’s no blue-print for this. I don’t know what the decision is. It’s not like I can call up Joe Blow up from 2003 and say, hey, when your wife died, how did you go about it? How did you feel about what you should do? This is all new to me. It’s also one of the reasons I really wanted to play this year, to see how I could handle it, how my kids handled it.”

5 Comments

I am happy for Schoeneweis for making to the 25 man roster. But I still don’t understand why Brian Shouse was released and the Embree, Schoeneweis signing.

Andy, neither am I. I am happy for Schoen, and Atchison. Embree, while a “feel good” story, is not a signing I would have made, but neither was Shouse–both make our pitching roster older. Embree may be able to contribute once he “gets into pitching shape”, but we’ll see. I’d have liked Theo to have pursued a younger pitcher earlier on–by trade, if necessary.
GO SOX!

Yes, Bosmaine, I did refer to both as making the trend of the pitching staff older. I hope Schoen produces, but I am not saying that he does not make the staff older also. My general point is still that I wish we were getting younger, and that is not happening. I am willing to give Schoen the benefit of a tryout, and he is a “feel-good story”, but I don’t know that he will be a great addition to the roster. I doubt it, to be honest.
I saw your comments on another post about Pap, and I think you are right on–he has been a babble-on and a a whiner (and a headache in general). If you have read our posts from previous months, esp. last season, you’ll notice that many of us have not been overly happy with Pap. I HOPE he gets it done this year better (and more cleanly), but I am not so sure. I would also wish that he’d keep his trap shut, but that is unlikely–he likes to talk too much.
Take care, Bosmaine. GO SOX!

Yes, Bosmaine, I did refer to both as making the trend of the pitching staff older. I hope Schoen produces, but I am not saying that he does not make the staff older also. My general point is still that I wish we were getting younger, and that is not happening. I am willing to give Schoen the benefit of a tryout, and he is a “feel-good story”, but I don’t know that he will be a great addition to the roster. I doubt it, to be honest.
I saw your comments on another post about Pap, and I think you are right on–he has been a babble-on and a a whiner (and a headache in general). If you have read our posts from previous months, esp. last season, you’ll notice that many of us have not been overly happy with Pap. I HOPE he gets it done this year better (and more cleanly), but I am not so sure. I would also wish that he’d keep his trap shut, but that is unlikely–he likes to talk too much.
Take care, Bosmaine. GO SOX!

Hehe, Greg, you mention Embree and Shouse as making the pitching staff older, when Schoen is 36! Sure, he’s younger than those two, but 36 is definitely not young.

Personally, I’m wary of this, simply because I’ve heard a lot of bad things about him from Mets fans, and considering all the crap they’ve dealt with, seems like they’d know. :P Seriously though, this is still an aging guy who was released by Milwaukee. Didn’t really expect to see him on the 25 man roster… I’m a little worried about our bullpen depth now, if Schoeneweis is good enough to make the 25 man. After that, if a guy goes down, it just keeps getting older. I would have liked to see Theo pick up Kiko Calero, if he wanted to nab an older guy. However, if this is our biggest concern, middle relief, then I’m pumped for this season. Middle relief, while always an unknown, is something that is always easier to find through the minors, free agency, or trades, than basically any other position.

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