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It’s the Day After Thanksgiving, and the Stove is Just Heating Up

The Yankees have signed Freddy Garcia to a one year deal for the 2012 season worth $4 million. Garcia will once again anchor the back end of the rotation as he did this past season making 25 starts and earning a 12-8 record with a 3.62 ERA. With pitching being the biggest question of the off season, the Bombers already have five names penciled into the rotation. In addition to Garcia, CC Sabathia resigned and Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes and AJ Burnett are still under contract. Whether or not they perform at an elite level remains to be seen.

The Red Sox also began their off season moves with new GM Ben Cherrington as they offered arbitration to David Ortiz and veteran relief pitcher Dan Wheeler. Big Papi had a terrific bounce back year hitting .309 with 29 home runs, 96 RBI and a .398 OBP. However, the 36-year-old DH is looking for a long term deal that will carry him to the end of his career. Perhaps more noteworthy were the players who were not offered arbitration. The club declined the option on veterans and long time members of the Sox Jason Veritek, Tim Wakefield and J.D. Drew in addition to midseason acquisitions Erik Bedard and Conor Jackson as well as veteran reliever Terver Miller.

As the Red Sox roster takes shape, the biggest question remains: Who will be at the helm next season? Bobby Valentine has emerged as the front runner and certainly is the biggest name with the most cache. For the Yankees we can only wait and see what blockbuster signing or trade Brian Cashman will pull off.


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Managing to Make More with Less

The AL and NL Manager of the Year awards were given out today to small market teams as Joe Madden of the Tampa Bay Rays and Kirk Gibson of the Arizona Diamondbacks took home the honors.

For Madden it is his second time winning as his Rays took advantage of the Red Sox September collapse to snag the wild card. This came after an off season where he lost one of his top offensive producers, Carl Crawford, to free agency and was forced to work with a patchwork bullpen full of reclamation projects. In the case of Gibson this was his first full season as manager after taking over in July of last year. He took the worst place D’Backs and brought them to the playoffs after winning the NL West. Worst to first is a great formula for winning this award.

Both Joe Girardi of the Yankees and Terry Collins of the Mets received attention with Girardi getting three second place votes and five third place votes and Collins getting one third place vote. Terry Francona failed to get a single vote for the award as the fall out from the Sox’s September can still be felt throughout the baseball world. Despite the immense payrolls all three managers have at their disposals, they have little say with general managers and are forced to deal with egos and under performing stars. Girardi was heavily scrutinized for his pitching changes in the post season, but made the best of the pieces Cashman picked up off the scrap heap leading the Yanks to 97 wins and the best record in the American League. It was surprising to see Collins make it to the ballot after the Mets spent another year out of playoff contention.

With no NBA action these postseason awards are a welcomed source of debate now we just have to hope that some Red Sox, Yankees or Mets can take one home. Next up is the NL Cy Young award and next week the AL and NL MVP will be handed out on Monday and Tuesday respectively. The AL MVP will be the most intriguing of all the post season awards. Will the writers award it to pitcher Justin Verlander? More exciting for Boston and New York fans is the possibility that the award could go to Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Elsbury, Curtis Granderson or Robinson Cano.


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Please Stay Jose!

No matter where he ends up, Jose Reyes will be laughing all the way to the bank.

In an off season highlighted by a lack of available pitching, the market is flush with position players including Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder have led the free agency talks, but Reyes is sure to land a big contract somewhere.

Let me be a little more specific. Reyes may or may not sign a six year $90 million contract with the Miami Marlins, who are also reportedly offering a nine year $225 million contract to Pujols. The Marlins look to make a splash in their new city to rival the big three of the Heat. For the Mets, they haven’t completely given up on bringing back their lead-off man, but this first offer creates a high threshold to cross. The Mets are in a tough spot financially and in the division. If they lose Reyes, especially to a divisional rival, they would have to be favorites for the basement of the highly competitive NL East.

The Mets are bringing in the fences to give their bats a little more pop and it looks like they will let the one speedster suited for the park walk away with a high price tag. While Reyes performed at a high level in his contract year (.337 average, 44 RBI and 39 stolen bases), winning the NL batting title, Reyes has only hit .300 or better in two other seasons including his rookie year. There are also questions about health after two stints on the disabled list this season. The shortstop is not as young nor as fast as he used to be and his stolen base numbers have severely declined.

Reyes leaving may set the Mets in a hole for a couple of seasons while the develop young talent, but in the long term it could turn out to be the best non-signing they could make. They clearly need more depth in the rotation and will look for a big bopper in the middle of the lineup.


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Shipping Up to Philly

Wow that uniform looks strange on him.

Although Jon Papelbon signed with the Philadelphia Phillies days ago, effectively ending his Red Sox career, it took me a few days to come to terms with it enough to put pen to paper about Pap’s career with the Sox. I don’t know about most fans but this seemed to come rather quickly. The Sox have long been hesitant to give Pap a long term deal and obviously the Phillies showed they weren’t offering four years for $50 million. As an objective observer I think the Phillies overpaid for Papelbon. Yes he has been a top tier closer but he has also in recent years lost a ton of zip on his fastball and has had some horrendously bad collapses. He definitely improves the Phillies bullpen but I’m not sure the price tag is worth it. (Of course perhaps I’m just trying to justify why the Sox let him go and denying it in my head).

Pap has claimed in interviews that he holds no animosity towards the Sox but just wanted to make this decision quickly. Obviously the Sox were not going to offer him the type of contract the Phillies did, or else they would have done so before last week, but that must have hurt a little bit. Especially for a guy who amassed 219 saves in his six and a half years at Fenway.

But if there is no animosity from Papelbon towards the Red Sox their is certainly shouldn’t be any from the fans towards him. Did he take money over staying loyal to a team? I guess you could say that but I haven’t heard what if anything the Sox offered him and you can’t blame a guy for taking a long term deal.

So I say, at least for this Red Sox fan, there is no resentment. I will always remember fondly the clean shaven psycho who came in and slammed the door on so many teams over his tenure with the Sox. The guy who blew gas by guys and then pumped his fist and yelled like a maniac. The adrenaline that pumped through the whole stadium when those first notes of “Shipping Up to Boston” emanated through Fenway park signalling in Pap. (Which by the way is probably the best and most fitting closer introduction ever). The sequence before every pitch of looking at the ground from the stretch and then raising his eyes towards the batter with his mouth in a defiant ‘o’.

Papelbon pitched one of the best postseasons I can remember from a Red Sox reliever in 2007 in helping the Sox capture the World Series. Then in a fit of pure excitement and joy threw his glove in the air and leapt off the mound, with hands grasping his hat as if to say “I don’t believe this!” Papelbon was fiery and arrogant and although that may have made other teams hate him it made me love him. You don’t want your closer to be a guy who isn’t confident and shys from big situations. He got booed in New York when he said he should close out the All-Star game but really he was just saying “I want to be the guy out there because I know I can close out games.” Pap also did not shy away from taking the blame with the praise. During the Red Sox collapse last season after a few blown saves Pap continually repeated that “this was on him and he wants to be out there in those situations but this was on him.” No blame on the starters eating fried chicken, Francona popping pain killers or God. Just taking responsibility for when he messed up. (Even if it wasn’t always entirely his fault).

Now even more questions loom for the Sox. Who is the closer now? Before last season it was an easy answer; Daniel Bard. But Bard showed a very thin skin at the end of last season, not something you want to have your closer fall victim to. Perhaps it was from being overworked but still troubling, but who else do the Sox have at this point?

In other news if anyone is interested in a Red Sox Jon Papelbon player shirt let me know.


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Hasta Luego Jorge

Will Jorge wave goodbye to baseball or just the Bronx? (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

At a function for the Jorge Posada Foundation in Manhattan Wednesday night, long time the longtime Yankee left the future of his baseball career uncertain, but was confident that it won’t be in pinstripes.

Much was made of Posada’s struggles this season, which were magnified by his expiring contract and manager Joe Girardi’s decision to drop the legend to ninth in the order. Despite a clear difference of opinion with management and diminishing role on the team Posada stuck around and finished the season on a high note hitting a team best .429 in the ill fated divisional series. Of course the astute announcing team on TBS never missed an opportunity to remind viewers that every at bat could be his last in baseball, at Yankee Stadium or, at the very least, as a bomber. Now it looks as if they were right.

As a member of the core four, Posada was a part of the Yankees past four championships when he became the Yankees starting catcher in 1997. The barehanded switch hitter embodied the spirit of those teams with his competitive drive. This season, it was clear this would be the end and Posada took it all in stride as he took on the role of mentor to phenom Jesus Montero and Austin Romine when they were forced into duty late in the season. When he played first base, Posada was involved with every meeting on the mound giving insight from his years of experience to his teammates.

While it is difficult to imagine number 20 in another uniform, Posada says he has taken calls from other teams. “A lot of teams called after the season was over. I’m undecided. I don’t know if I wanna play or stay home. I’m having fun with the kids and my family, but I don’t know what I wanna do. I don’t wanna make the mistake of telling you that I’m not gonna play or telling you that I am gonna play when I don’t know what I wanna do,” he said. Yankee fans know what they want him to do. It is hard for people not to think of Bernie Williams when they look at the choice Posada is faced with. Fans considered Williams’ retirement the best way for him to go out. Nobody wants to see their hero in the twilight of their career. Williams left the game with arguably a couple seasons left to play, but decided he didn’t want to play for another team.

Now Posada is faced with the same season. Although the 40-year-old was healthy this season, many believe he can’t play catcher anymore and as a hitter Posada produced more drama than RBI this season. To this point Posada has said all the right things about his former team. “I will always be a Yankee. The New York Yankees, for me, is my second family,” Posada said. “It’d be tough to put on another uniform for real and learn a new set of rules. But it’s one of those things where I have to see if I wanna keep playing.” He expects to make a final decision in January.

In other Yankee news the club has quietly exercised the 2012 option on all-star second baseman and fan favorite Nick Siwsher keeping the pair in the Bronx for another season.


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The Hot Stove Percolates

Now Playing at GM for the Boston Red Sox: Ben Cherington (Photo by: Matt Sotne)

The Texas Rangers are poised to win their first World Series championship as they take a 3-2 lead into St. Louis tonight. With the Series winding down the hot stove of off season moves inevitably begins to heat up. The formalities between the Cubs and Theo Epstien have been finalized including a farewell note published in the Boston Globe Op Ed section. It has been one of the classier exits in sports history as Epstien both praised the Cubs for their rich history and unique status and expressed sincere gratitude to Red Sox nation for the past decade. In Boston his replacement will be Ben Cheringtion, who has worked with Epstien and in the Red Sox front office.

Cherington’s first order of business will be finding a new manager to replace Terry Francona. He will be looking for a manager with a strong presence to combat the issues of a divided clubhouse, which may or may not have led to the September collapse. One of the most visible players in the September collapse

Is that really gatorade in that bottle? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

was John Lackey. He was involved with the beer, fried chicken and video game scandal and, unlike Jon Lester and to some extent Josh Beckett, pitched horribly all season. What’s the solution for a guy who has a big contract for the next three seasons? Shut him down. Cherington announced that Lackey will miss the entire 2012 season after Tommy John surgery. This will lighten the new GM’s load going into the season as he loses one major distraction. Also after Lackey recovers the Red Sox will have a pitcher, who was at one time a quality starter in a playoff rotation, under contract for two more years. A bounce back is obviously the best case scenario. In the meantime there isn’t a great market for starting pitching this off season and, outside of Philadelphia, all the big players will be looking to add to their rotation.

The biggest possible free agent will be Yankees’ ace CC Sabathia. Currently Brian Cashman is going through contract negotiations with the organization, although it seems to be a question of numbers and not whether he will stay. Sabathia will be his top priority and with Lackey out for the season, the Red Sox maybe his top competitors. According to a New York Post report, the Yankees are currently preparing an offer, or a series of offers, intended to retain Sabathia before his opt-out date arrives. Their idea consists of a five- or six-year deal with a raise over Sabathia’s current $23 million annual salary. Whoever signs the hefty lefty will make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball. Whoever fails to sign Sabathia will be left with CJ Wilson, Roy Oswalt and Mark Buehrle as potential free agents. With disappointing ends to both the Yankees and Red Sox’s seasons this will be an exciting off season.


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SeeYouInOctober Presents: Wild Card Saturdays!

Deputy Commissioner Beaker from the Muppets Explains the NBA Lockout.

Phil: This week on Wildcard Saturday we’ll be talking about the Quagmire (giggity) that is the NBA lockout, what type of beer and fried chicken we would eat in the clubhouse and a headline Yankees fans can be proud of.

Erik: We are in day 912, roughly, of the NBA lockout and it certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon.

I think we’re learning something about the NBA right now. It’s showing what little value the regular season holds for the NBA. With the NFL there was the breaking point where they wanted to have the full regular season. In the NBA it seems like as long as they have games on Christmas, who cares about the two months leading up to it.

Phil: Well they might not even care about getting Christmas since that’s on a Sunday this year and the NBA can’t compete ratings wise with the NFL. Also right now I don’t see this ending for Christmas. Plus we are missing a lot of good games that just won’t be played. Celtics versus Heat, Carmelo returning to Denver, and of course the premiere of Providence Friar legend MarShon Brooks.

Erik: I’m pretty sure the Nets drafted him because they are moving to Brooklyn they just want every player with Brook in the name. I mean they traded up with the Celtics to get this guy.

Phil: I’m upset the Celtics lose one game against the Heat. The Celtics have to be stewing from losing to them in the playoffs last year and most of their games were epically good last season. Plus the NBA is losing out because anytime the Heat play it draws audiences, everyone likes to watch a train wreck.

Erik: You’re right. When LeBron said not one, not two etc. we assumed he meant more championships than Jordan but in reality he meant none. The mediation process has been pretty awful to follow. Although it’s funny that they brought in the same mediator as the NFL. I’ve heard they met for 16 hours the other day. Now is that straight? I have to imagine there are bathroom breaks and an hour for lunch and maybe two for dinner?

Phil: Those must be some awkward meals because it’s not as if you can argue for eight hours with someone and then just pretend like it’s all good when things stop.  Speaking of awkward meals, I played baseball in high school and there was nothing I enjoyed more than the KFC and Pabst Blue Ribbon that we got in the dug out during games. That’s just part of baseball.

Erik: In the dugout? Bring that to me on the mound. Catchers visits should just include a bucket of extra crispy and some napkins.

Phil: Obviously the Red Sox are cleaning house and pointing fingers because of the collapse. Do you think this was really that big an issue in why they fell apart or is it just looking for a scapegoat?

Erik: I think it’s part of the reason. It wasn’t a united clubhouse. You had the KFC frequent eaters club and then guys like Pedroia playing their hearts out. Baseball is individualistic but you have to want to go out and play for your teammates.

Phil: Totally agree if all it took was talent then the Mets could’ve won more recently and teams like the Giants wouldn’t have won.

Erik: Good news though Jon Lester has vehemently denied that they played video games.

Phil:  Oh thank god! That was the most unforgivable transgression. I mean professional athletes who are supposed to be in prime physical condition eating fried whatever and guzzling down Budweisers is fine. That can’t possibly hurt their performance but video games. How ludicrous that that would even be mentioned.

I think part of this being blown up so much is because Lackey was a part of this. He’s been awful for two years. Coming into this season I remember the

Even political assassinations can be linked to A-Rod and his post season struggles.

prognosticators were all saying he would turn it around because he lost weight and was trying to stay in good condition. How is that news or something worth congratulating him about? Isn’t he supposed to be doing that?

Erik: Well while the Red Sox are imploding, which I am all to happy to witness, the Yankees are taking care of business overseas and ridding the world of evil one dictator at a time. Have you seen the headline in Friday’s New York Post?

Phil: I did see that headline. A lot of journalistic, if you can call it that, questions come to mind here but it’s the Post so I don’t know if that really matters. I think my favorite part of the headline was the dig at A-Rod on the bottom.

Erik:  It’s a good consolation prize. We didn’t win the World Series but at least we, and by we I mean the Yankee faithful everywhere, took down Gadhafi.

Phil: Is that how you spell it?

Erik: Uhh, yeah sure.

What should we discuss for next weeks Wild Card Saturday? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter (@seeuinoctober).

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Here Lies the Yankees 2011 Season

I was honored to have the opportunity to eulogize my Granny at her funeral on Wednesday. With that practice fresh in my mind I feel confident enough to now write the eulogy of something that was taken from us too soon. Baseball.

Wait A-Rod struck out in a clutch situation? (Corey Sipkin/News)

When it comes to baseball if it doesn’t include the Yankees I don’t care much. One year in my life that I can remember, 2008, there was no postseason. Many years there wasn’t a World Series or even a League Championship Series and 2011 is one of those years. The Detroit Tigers took this year’s divisional series in five games winning the final match up under the lights in the Bronx. Ivan Nova lasted all of two innings before leaving with arm stiffness after having given up two runs on back to back home runs by Delmon Young and Don Kelly. Skipper Joe Girardi was forced to make pitching changes on the fly and the bullpen held the Tigers’ hitters to just one run over seven innings. Despite the numbers, Girardi was soundly criticized for his decision to pull pitchers like Phil Hughes when he was rested and pitching well. The only possible mistake was bringing in CC Sabathia who gave up the only run.

Before the ALDS defeat the season had to be considered a success. Derek Jeter recorded his 3,000 hit and rebounded from a dismal start to the season finishing at .297 on the year with 61 RBI and 84 runs scored in 131 games. Mariano Rivera also reached a milestone as he became the all time saves leader with number 602. The closer also had a typically stellar season with a 1.91 ERA while saving 44 games out of a possible 49. These two Yankee legends continued their hall of fame careers and provided highlights for the Bombers as they collected an American League best 97 wins. The victories came on some unlikely arms like that of Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and, on the other end of the spectrum, rookie Ivan Nova. What the Yankees relied on all year was their shutdown bullpen and high powered offense.

Fortunately for the Bombers many of the big arms in the pen, such as David Robertson, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera, will all be in pinstripes again next

A tip of the cap and a fond farewell for the rotund ace?

season. The biggest pitching concern of the off season is the one man who wasn’t a concern during the season. The ace CC Sabathia has an opt out clause in his contract that many believe he will exercise. Just a quick side note is it possible to to put an option in a contract saying a player has to exercise? Seriously by the time the ALCS rolled around CC was rolling around on his gut again. Sabathia is obviously priority number one for GM Brian Cashman and the front office. Without an ace this rotation looks like a collection of third and fourth starters from the AL West.  The only other possible free agent starting pitcher on the free agent market will be CJ Wilson, but the only thing he has in common with Sabathia is the fact that they both go by initials starting with C.

Offensively, many of the Bombers are under contract including Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mark Texiera. That leaves out one major question: Robinson Cano. The all-star second baseman is a free agent and will draw a high price tag on the open market with Scott Boris representing him. I expect the Yankees will resign him no matter the cost. Fan favorite Nick Swisher is also a free agent. Unfortunately I don’t know if the Swishalicious one will not return as the Yankees will try to shed some contracts to make room for another starting pitcher. Bret Gardner is also up for arbitration. This season his base stealing abilities and clutch hitting in the ALDS proved their worth. For an everyday starting left fielder with his production, Gardner is  a bargain and will return next season. However, the Yankees will not bring back Jorge Posada. Jesus Montero will either fill the void left by Posada or will be traded for a starting pitcher, but Posada is too big of a name to carry on the bench of a team with an already astronomically high payroll.

Unfortunately for the Yankees the biggest name on the free agent market are power hitting, National League first basemen. With a gold-golver like Texiera under contract there is no need for another first baseman, however, as always, rumors swirl about the October air like leaves off of barren trees. The idea would be trade Montero for a pitcher and bring in either Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder as the designated hitter. A move like this would seemingly handcuff Cashman from making any other signings.

Good Times, Bad Times (Theodorakis/News)

The big question right now is: Who is the goat? Every season someone gets the brunt of the blame for the team’s failure, so who will it be this year? Fan favorites are AJ Burnett and A-Rod. Media favorite is Joe Girardi. Burnett is under contract for two more years and A-Rod is signed through the next millennium. Both guys would come with a heavy price, but have incredible upsides. I think Rodriguez gets a pass for this year because of the injuries, but Burnett may not be so lucky. With only two years on his deal and the stuff to be a potential ace, Burnett is a tantalizing reclamation project for any team. I would like to keep Burnett because I believe the highs are much greater than the lows. If there is a trade to be made for A-Rod I would like to see Cashman have the guts to pull the trigger. The contract is a bad one with six more years of declining production. Eduardo Nunez has played his way onto the team and looks t0 be a promising talent. In the end I think the biggest change next season will be the loss of Swisher, but there is a lot of time before the stove really heats up and it will be a wild ride.


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New Study Shows Beer, Fast Food and Video Games Don’t Win Championships

The GM Can't Stop Players From Being Stupid. (Bizuayehu Tesfate/AP)

Terry Francona and Theo Epstein have left Boston and left quickly. Who can blame them?

Information has begun to leak about the cancerous issues that infected the Red Sox clubhouse during their historic September collapse. John Lackey, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester apparently drank beer, ate fast food and played video games in the clubhouse during games they did not start. This really gets to a large root of the Red Sox problem with winning in September.

The Red Sox biggest weakness down the stretch was the starting pitching. As a team starters went 4-13 with an ERA of over seven during a month that saw Red Sox fans see flashbacks of pre-2004 years. Now let’s see who are the Red Sox most talented and important and highest paid starting pitchers? Josh Beckett ($15.75 million in 2011), John Lackey ($15.25 million) and Jon Lester ($5.75 million) are the answers to that question. How did those three fair in September when they should be reaching back and gutting out victories when the team needs them to? Combined Beckett, Lackey and Lester went a combined 2-7 with a 6.55 ERA during the most important part of the season.

Those are some horrendous numbers and unless there has been a medical breakthrough that proves that drinking beer

Can you at least pitch well on XBOX? (AP)

and stuffing your face with Big Macs makes you a better athlete I think part of the issue can be linked to that. Hey Big John, you haven’t pitched well since you were surfing Priceline looking for a cheap flight to Boston. You really think throwing back Budweisers and eating anything and everything that is deep fried in the clubhouse  is helping that ERA go down (or waistline for that matter)? Josh, was your formula in the two World Series championship seasons you had a healthy dose of Wendy’s? And Jon, the most dissapointing of the three, you are supposed to be the young guy who does everything right. You threw a no hitter, pitched in a World Series and most importantly you survived a bout with cancer. Now your galavanting around the clubhouse playing flip cup with chicken wings in your mouth?

Imagine if a doctor did this when he wasn’t seeing patients. Or if a teacher decided to go off and guzzle down wine coolers with a side of KFC during lunch. There wouldn’t be a stopwatch that could time how fast they would be out of work applying for unemployment. But these guys are professional athletes so the Red Sox are stuck with them .

The only people who can be fired, or move on are front office and the management. Terry Francona should never have let this type of sophmorish BS happen but all the blame can’t fall on him. Where was the rest of the team during this? If I was a player on this team I would not have sat back and watched our three most important pitchers (yes Lackey is important when he’s making that kind of money) act as if they don’t care. Clubhouse loyalty and chemistry might not be a statistic that can be measured but it is certainly something that can be seen. The 2010 San Franciso Giants had it. The 2004 Red Sox, you know the Idiots and Cowboy Up and all that, they had it and wouldn’t have beaten the Yankees without that chemistry. 

This team showed no guts or will to win down the stretch, outside of Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, and here’s just the first example of how much they didn’t care. As a fan I’ve lost all respect for these three guys. Fine you don’t care about going out and doing it for your fans or the city of Boston, I can understand that you don’t owe us anything but not going out and battling for your teammates that is unforgivable. That show’s no integrity, grit or will to win. It’s unbelievable to me that a group of pitchers that include Josh Beckett, considered one of the best playoff pitchers of recent memory, and Jon Lester could be grouped into this category but there it is.  

I have a feeling this won’t be the last bit of locker room issues that will surface but Red Sox fans have to hope that this team will wake up from the disastrous season they had (and I don’t care if they were the best team in baseball for parts of it they didn’t make the playoffs and choked worse than any team ever) and realize were not entitled to anything just because we have a ton of talent and are getting paid ridiculous salaries. We still have to go out every day and train hard, play hard and win hard because the only time we should be drinking alcohol in the clubhouse is popping champagne bottles after winning playoff series.

Just a quick note on Theo Epstein leaving for Chicago. I hold no ill will to Theo for leaving and I wish him well. He brought the city of Boston two World Series titles and there is nothing more we can ask of him. If there’s anyone that can end the Cubs drought it’s him. Thanks for nine great years.


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MLB Postseason- NLDS Brewers Vs. Diamondbacks

Get around one and the other will be wating. MVT

Well I may not be able to pick NFL games, but so far my prediction for this series is spot on. I called for the Brew Crew to sweep the D’backs with their potent American League style lineup, decent starting staff and solid bullpen. In game one the Brewers’ hitters wore out Cy Young candidate Ian Kennedy, who gave up four runs on eight hits, including a two run home run to Prince Fielder, in 6.2 innings of work. Of the eight Milwaukee hits, the MVT (Most Valuable Tandem) of Fielder and Ryan Braun, collected five. (Although Cabrera and Martinez of the Tigers may be vying for that title.) Starter Yovani Gallardo was exactly what is expected from a game one starter: eight innings and only one run. Closer John Axford collected the save and just like that the Brewers took game one with ease.

In game two, starter Zack Greinke did not match the performance of Gallardo, but the bullpen shut down the Diamondbacks for the final four innings in a 9-4 victory. Greinke went five innings and gave up four runs, leaving the game with a no-decision. The Brewers’ high octane offense went back to work wearing out Arizona starter, Daniel Hudson, with five runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings. Again, the MVT went to work combining for four hits and four RBI, most of which came from the bat of Braun who smacked a two run home run in the first inning for the early lead. For the rest of the game the Brewers were money in clutch

The Diamondbacks need a lot more of this from Justin Upton tonight

situations hitting .625 with runners in scoring position.

For this series we placed the hinge on Justin Upton, number three hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks. So far he has under performed. Through two games

Upton is hitting .222 with a two run home run. In front of Upton, Aaron Hill is hitting .500 with an on base percentage of .667 and is having a good couple games at the plate. Unfortunately Upton has failed to drive him in and has left 7 runners on base in two games. Perhaps credit can go to good pitching, but if Upton is an MVP candidate, the team, especially Hill, need him to wake up.

Looking forward to tonight’s elimination game three, the Brewers will be starting Shaun Marcum (13-7, 3.54 ERA) against rookie Josh Collmenter (10-10, 3.38 ERA). I don’t really see an advantage either way here. Despite Collmenter’s record he has good numbers, like a sub four ERA and a WHIP of 1.07. Marcum, the former Blue Jay, has a higher ERA and WHIP (1.16), but only slightly. Neither has post season experience so give the edge to the experienced offense of Milwaukee. And that will do it. The only hope for D’backs fans is the Brewers losing record away from Miller Park (39-42). That was a problem that plagued the team throughout the first half of the season, but had greater success in the second half and pulled away with the central. Brewers will complete the sweep and make me look very smart.


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