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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Back again.

I have re-surfaced on this ridiculously nice day in the midst of my season of academic discontent for just long enough to make a post on this thing, which is a good a feeling as any. So here's some scattered thoughts, as that's pretty much all I have to offer these days: scattered thoughts broken by marathon paper-writing sessions, another one of which I'll begin all too soon:
  • The Sox are going to lose today, but winning the last eight games in a row is now small feat, especially considering their inauspicious start. Last night's comeback was easily the best game I've watched so far this year. UPDATE: Tek just hit a grand slam...hopefully I'll have to eat my words.
    UPDATE: Jacoby Ellsbury of all people just hit a home run. I never said I didn't like this team...
    UPDATE: J-Bay just hit a two-run double. WOW.
  • Youkilis and Bay continue to produce. Dusty's come around. Ortiz...well, if this keeps up a few more weeks I'll probably be ready to stick a fork in him.
  • Can't say enough good things about Ramon Ramirez. I know it's a small sample, but a 0.581 WHIP in 10.3 innings is simply disgusting.
  • Glad that the reason Lowrie was so bad at the start of the season was because he was hurt, but less happy that he was hurt. Hope he heals up OK. (Yes, I found his Twitter. Also found Tito's.)

UPDATE: As much as I hate to admit it, apparently Tito's twitter was a fake. However, I maintain the belief that Jed's is real. Also, Barry Zito's is an interesting read from time to time.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Assorted Observations From the Sox-Rays Series

  • Matt Garza spits (and looks) like a camel.
  • It's very early, and I'm probably jinxing him by saying this, but the Ramon Ramirez trade isn't looking nearly as bad as I had feared. He's been generating swings-and-misses like crazy in his first two appearances.
  • I'll hold off on making any grandiose predictions, but Josh Beckett sure looked like he's rediscovered his '07 form on Tuesday. Unfortunately, one could say the same about Jon Lester on Wednesday.
  • He's not exactly hitting for average, but 'Tek sure seems to have rediscovered his power stroke.
  • Youk simply could not be hotter right now.
  • Carlos Pena strikes out a ton, but boy can he hit 'em out. Part of me wishes we had kept him after '06, put Youk at third, and gotten rid of Lowell. Hindsight is 20/20 I guess...
  • When's Heidi Watney going to interview Tek after the game? Talk about a conflict of interest. Heidi, you homewrecker you...
  • Dice-K is what he is, and he's not going to change. In related news, Scott Kazmir and Dice-K might actually be the same person. Just look at the stats.
  • Jason Bay has provided steady production for my fantasy team and the Sox thus far. And as if he wasn't already likable, the article in The Globe that I read about him the other day made me like him even more.
  • Jacoby would be better served by becoming more of a slap hitter. The weak groundouts and popups just aren't doing it for me.
  • Is it just me, or did the Sox and Rays pitchers have two different strike zones to work with in this series?

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Curt's Pitch For the Hall

Of late, Curt Schilling's chances of getting into the Hall of Fame have been a matter of great discussion, and with the newly-retired big lug in the news, the Onion put this together (thanks to Chad Finn over at Touching All The Bases for bringing this to my attention). It made me laugh a bit.

Personally, wasn't a big fan of the whole take eight mil and run bit last season, and his political views don't exactly mesh with mine, but he was one cold clutch playa in the postseason. I'm hoping that gets him in.

Side note
: Who's CHB going to write about now? Maybe he should retire too...