Published Tuesday, December 27, 2005 by Jon.
I know, I know. Deep down inside, I was hoping that Nomar Garciaparra would be our shortstop / first baseman this year. But no, he signed with the Dodgers. Yes, I also really want Ichiro to be our center fielder this year, but I know it really doesn't make sense for Seattle to trade their greatest player / reliable cash cow. (It's even questionable as to whether Ichiro would make the switch over from right.)
Beyond those unrealistic dreams of a biased sox fan, there is one signing this off-season that really would make sense: the Sox need to sign Roger Clemens. Here's why it makes sense for the Sox:
Here's why it makes sense for Roger Clemens:
- The Sox have extra cash from the lack of a Johnny Damon signing.
- Roger Clemens led all started pitches in MLB last year with a 1.87 ERA over 32 games and 211 innings pitched. Great pitching defines a great team.
- By signing Roger, the Sox would be able to use either Bronson Arroyo or Matt Clement as trade material to address the team's gaping holes, easing Ben & Jed's temptation to blow up the farm system.
- Roger would be a great mentor for young pitchers like Jonathan Papelbon, Jon Lester, Manny Delcarmen, and Craig Hansen.
- The entire Red Sox Nation is in love with Mr. Clemens. The signing would provide some much needed positive press for the boys on Yawkey Way. Fans would go balistic whenever he pitches. He could lose every single game and still be the greatest gift to
- The Sox would be (and need to be) willing to work with Roger's schedule (i.e.- not having to travel with the team, fewer starts, etc.). First of all, he's a 43 year-old family man. Second to that, he's a guy who still wants to play baseball.
- Clemens would be able to have his number retired at Fenway with lots of pomp and circumstance. How great would #21 look on the wall of Fenway Park?
- Roger already has a proven track record at Fenway, a ballpark which usually favors hitters.
- Mr. Clemens would finish his career off at the top, solidifying himself as a superstar in Red Sox Nation. (What pinstripes?)
- Roger has kept a lot of his New England ties.
- I'd take him out to dinner.
Published Monday, December 26, 2005 by Jon.
The Sox brass have already had a busy off-season but there is still a lot of work to be done. If the season were to start today, the Sox would have three major holes in their line-up: center field, shortstop, and first base. (Since Manny is a signed player, I am going ahead as if he is our left fielder.) With this said, what should GM's by committee Ben & Jed do?2006 Centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox: Andy Roddick
2006 First Baseman for the Boston Red Sox: Jeremy Bloom
- First and foremost, he has waaaay more sex appeal than Johnny Damon.
- In 2005, he earned $1.8 million. He'd be a great bargain on John Henry's payroll!
- He holds the record for the fastest serve ever recorded (150 mph). Just think of all those 150mph home runs screeching out of Fenway.
- We all know he can hit a ball. He can probably catch a ball too. But if not, he's at least hot.
2006 Short Stop for the Boston Red Sox: Tom Brady
- He has already played college football and is an olympic freestyle skiier....why can't he play baseball too?
- He holds the record for the longest punt return in Big XII championship history and the record for the longest touchdown reception in University of Colorado history. He'll definitely fly around those bases at Fenway with all that speed.
- He won't go around yelling 'Cowboy Up' or selling Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- He skis in moguls. If there was any doubt to begin with, this should clearly show that he's qualified play first base. But if not, he's at least hot.
- Tom played baseball in college and was even drafted by the Montreal Expos.
- 3 championships in 4 years or 1 championship in 87 years? You chose.
- The Super Bowl MVP is a proven leader and class act.
- Unlike Edgar, Tom can play under the scrutiny of Boston's fans and provide the consistency necessary at the most important infield position. But if not, he's at least hot. :-)
Published Saturday, December 24, 2005 by Jon.
Let's hope our wishes come true in 2006!
Published Wednesday, December 21, 2005 by Jon.
Here's an email conversation between me and my boyfriend from earlier today concerning our favorite center fielder
. I'll put my comments in BLUE
and his in PINK
. ;-)RED SOX PRESS CONFERENCE: Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and co-GMs Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer will face the media at 2 p.m. today at Fenway Park, presumably to answer the many questions that remain in the wake of Johnny Damon's defection to the Yankees. We'll provide live
updates when it startsBig show is making some very good points now....Haha...I don't agree with them at all, except for the fact that they now have to overpay for Jeremy Reed or whoever they getSteeply overpay for a center fielder Lose pitching (they are going to need to give up Arroyo or Clement for a center fielder)
To top it all off, the Yankees get stronger, and they are within the division! Center field was a weak part of the their line-up last year...it no longer is.You can't say that... Johnny, along with Posada, Jeter, Arod and Sheffield are all another year
older. Is Johnny better than Bernie Williams? Without a doubt. Does this make the Yankees prohibitive favorites? I don't think so.
Pitching is still the key. As for the Sox, we can't judge the impact till a replacement is in
place. If they trade Wells for Dave Roberts and get Glaus from Arizona, you can then make the argument that they are actually better than last year. Trying to predict what they are going to do is not worth it. Also Clement and/or Arroyo were not and are not long for this team with or
without Damon.The Yankees are a better team with Johnny Damon as their center fielder instead of Bernie Williams or Bubba Crosby. Despite overpaying (when has that EVER been an issue for the Yanks?), they will have offensive production from the top of their line-up and they didn't have to give anything up for it.
The Sox are a worse team with Jeremy Reed (they'll have to give up Clement or Arroyo and Reed is no way near the caliber of Damon), Coco Crispies (they'll have to give up Clement+prospect or Arroyo+prospect), Dave Roberts (he's the same age as Damon and has much less offensive production), Torri Hunter (bye-bye lots or prospects and pitching!!)
I'm by no mean a huge Johnny Damon fan, but the fact that he went to the Yankees is the issue. Granted a lot will change before spring training...I'm just not as optimistic today as I was yesterday.
Who would you rather have:
In favor of the Yankees:
Giambi or Youkilis?
Arod or Lowell?
Sheffield or Nixon?
In favor of the Sox:
Ortiz or Bwilliams?
Varitek or Posada?
Up for grabs:
Loretta or Cano?
To be determined:
Reed/Roberts/Stern/Hunter or Damon?
Manny or Matsui?
Cora/Mystery SS or Jeter?
All the TBD's are leaning towards the Yankees now (except if Manny stays). I hope Theo comes back and straightens everything out!!Yes, but you didn't look at the pitching staff. Also one thing a team must assume is that one of its starters will have an injury. The Yankees do not have the ability to make moves when this happens, if it is Damon or Sheffield (both have bad shoulders; Sheff's are really bad), or someone else. The one thing money cannot do is get a player healthy. The Sox have people they can trade when/if this happens and they have more depth.
I agree that the Yanks offense is much better on paper as of today. What I am not willing to concede is that this means the Yanks are a MUCH better team. Offense was not the problem of either team last year. Last year only 3 teams in the AL scored more than 800 runs
1.) Boston 910
2.) Yankees 886
3.) Texas 865
So even with Bernie in center and Giambi getting off to a horrific start, they still did just fine scoring runs. Also, Damon does not replace Bernie (he is still projected to DH). He replaces Tino Martinez (1B).
The Yankees lineup isn't this new crazy offense...they are improved. Look at the Red Sox lineup from last year and do the same analyses you just did (what player would you rather have).
I bet last year the Yankees would have had the edge at most if not all positions as well, yet the Sox still led the league in runs.
Published Monday, December 19, 2005 by Jon.
How about the baseball that was hit off Edgar Renteria's bat into Keith Foulke's glove and then flipped to Doug Mientkiewicz? This world series baseball
could be yours! Well, not really. But I'm guessing it is pretty high on John Henry's list. If you can't get the World Series ball, these leather baseballs
are pretty cool.
Published by Jon.
Does your Sox Fan already have everything? Mix it up a bit and support the West Coast Red Sox (aka the LA Dodgers)! With Nomar, D-Lowe, Billy Mueller, and Grady Little aboard, it's like rooting for our home team! The Brooklyn Dodgers Cooperstown hat
even looks like a Sox hat!!!
Published by Jon.
Need more gift ideas? How about these reprints
from the Boston Globe Store
? I wonder if they gave presents like this in 1919!
Published by Jon.
It's almost Christmas...time for some last minute shopping! How about getting a sweet candle and helping out a good cause at the same time? The Jimmy Fund
is offering this Limited Edition Green Monster candle
. Check out other gifts from the Jimmy Fund here
Published Sunday, December 18, 2005 by Jon.
All of my friends thought I was crazy for holding onto that minute chance that Nomar Garciaparra would re-sign with the Sox. It turns out they were right, as Nomar will be playing first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers next year. But come on, how great would it have been? A former Sox all-star jumpstarting his career back at Fenway! The good news is that he only signed a one-year deal with LA ....Nomar back at Fenway in 2007?
Published Tuesday, December 13, 2005 by Jon.
Hi. My name is Jon, an avid Boston Red Sox fan who happens to be gay. I am starting this blog to give Red Sox nation a little flair that only a gay fan can provide. I hope you enjoy!