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After the month of April who would have guessed this line would belong too? Normally, maybe him:
That would have been a good guess, but he only has played 2 games this April. Plus, he is normally not know for power.
How about this fella:
Again, not a bad guess. He has had several 20 homer seasons, but it is not him. He’s had a decent start, going deep 4 times so far.
Would you be surprised to find out that those numbers belong to:
Probably not, if you have been following the Red Sox closely this season. This is the big news with the Red Sox. When Nick Green has more HRs and a higher slugging percentage than David Ortiz over the first 22 games, then something is the matter.
What is WRONG with Big Papi?
- Past his prime, good years are behind him.
- Lack of protection in the order; missing Manny behind him.
- Wrist still hurts.
- All of the above.
- Nothing, give the guy a break!
I don’t know the answer myself, but I can say it is not from lack of protection in the order. People who think because Manny is no longer batting behind Ortiz that this is the reason are sort of clueless. I mean Ortiz is hitting between the 2008 MVP and the 3rd Place finisher for 2008 MVP! Anybody else have protection like that in MLB?
This is the first time since Ortiz joined the Red Sox that he has not at least 1 HR in a month where he has not been injured.
Dating back to last season, Big Papi has now gone 25 games (in which he as gotten at least 1 AB) with out a HR. That is the longest cold streak since he came to Boston.
He has had two 19 game homerless streaks, 1 occured last season and the other occured in 2007.
So, what is the problem? Will he ever get out of this funk? Will he be the Papi of 2004 – 2006? So many questions, so little answers.
I think the problem is in Papi’s head. I recall hear him complain about lack of protection (isn’t that a bit insulting to Kevin Youkilis) in the batting order. However, Sean McAdams (I believe) has stated numerous times that the two seasons Manny packed it in during September, Ortiz had the best OPS (this coming from listening to talk radio, I haven’t research these numbers myself) during the month of September. So he wasn’t missing Manny then.
However, now that Ortiz doesn’t have it in the back of his head that Manny will be back, I think he is using it as an excuse (for a lack of a better term) when it is more of a combination that Ortiz may be thinking too much and having some erosion of his skills. Ortiz also mentioned a while back that he isn’t getting any fastballs to hit. I seem to recall plenty of fastballs in the mid to upper 80s that he is not catching up to.
Hopefully, it is more of a mental funk than a physical / skill erosion problem. The Red Sox are going to NEED Ortiz, especially when Youkilis, Bay, and Lowell cools down from their hot starts.
C’mon Big Papi, work it out.
P.S. This could have been about Josh Beckett too. Since the Abreu incident, Beckett has not been himself.
Think about this. The highest paid player on your team doesn’t play versus left-handed pitchers. Could you imagine Albert Pujols sitting or
Manny Ramirez sitting (well, yes I can imagine him sitting, that’s not a good example) or A-Rod sitting? Or, how about Ryan Howard, Carl Crawford, or Ichiro Suzuki? However, when you are this guy:
You don’t start versus left-handed pitchers anymore. Against the first two LHP opposing starters the Red Sox have faced, Scott Kazmir and Joe Saunders, manager Terry Francona has opted to start Rocco Baldelli instead of J.D. Drew. The 14 Million Dollar question is why?
I can see once in a while, to get Rocco some at bats, that he’d replace Drew, Ellsbury, or even Ortiz against some LHP. But 2 LHPs in a row Drew sits for Baldelli?
J.D. Drew is a career .260 hitter versus LHP. Last year, he hit .284 versus lefties but in 2007 he hit .224 against southpaws. In his career versus Kazmir, he was 1-7 with a triple a walk and 3 strikeouts. I can see sitting him versus Kazmir, who is notoriously tough (career .212 BA against vs LH batters) on lefties. In his career versus Saunders, he is 1-5 with a double and a walk. Not a large sample against either pitcher, but Saunders is not tougher on lefties like Kazmir is.
If you compare Drew to Ortiz, Big Papi is a career .268 hitter versus LHP. Last year, though, he hit a paltry .221 against lefties, obviously his injured wrist played a factor in this. In 2007, Ortiz hit .308 versus LHP. In the years 2003 through 2006, Ortiz hit .216, .250, .302, and .278 against LHP.
Now, I’m not saying that Ortiz should sit instead of Drew against lefties, not at all. I’m just using Ortiz as a comparison, as their numbers versus lefties aren’t far apart. However, I would have to think that it is very rare that a team’s highest paid player becomes a platoon player. In Drew’s defense, I do not think he should be sitting versus lefties, however, if his at bat versus Brian Fuentes to end Sunday’s game is any indication, maybe Francona knows what he is doing.
It was nice to see the Red Sox and Angels come together in fellowship on this Easter Day:
Should make for an interesting series when the Sox return back to Anaheim in May. Hopefully, they won’t let as many opportunities to score slip away then, like they did this week. And, hopefully they’ll be able to slow down the Angels on the basepaths. It was nice to see Varitek throw out Figgins trying to steal second, though.
Now it is onto Oakland, before returning back to Fenway for the RED HOT Orioles. I think the Sox will take 2 of 3 from Oakland in this series, but I am not looking forward to those 10 PM start times. Oh well.
So, I’m just surfing the web, and I land over at this blog:
Actually, I am a
pretty fairly somewhat regular visitor there. Last night, he had an insightful and interesting (others thought pompous and condescending) post about autographs, and some tips on how to go about getting them. Most of it seems like common sense to me and is about just being polite, courteous, and respectful. Anyway, it got me to thinking about autographs.
I have never been big on getting autographs. I don’t see all the hoopla over having somebody’s signature in a book. Plus, I think it is more of a thing for kids. I am not a kid (although my wife sometimes will disagree with that) and when I was a kid, I wasn’t around the ballpark enough to even try to get an autograph. As I kid, I preferred baseball cards. I still do, to an extent.
The first autograph I ever remember obtaining was in the late 70s (1978 I think) and was brought home to me by my mother. It was an autograph of Mike Torrez, who had been taken to the ER of Newton-Wellesley Hospital where my mother was a nurse. I think it was signed on some piece of ripped scrap paper and probably ended up getting lost 2 days later.
Since then, I’ve probably gotten maybe 5 autographs since. Ironically, all of them as an adult. The first one was in 1999. The All-Star game was in Boston that year, and Fred Lynn was doing a signing at a Bob’s Store. After work that day, I went to the store, waited in line a few minutes and met Fred Lynn. Although the sign said he would only sign one item, he actually ended up signing a ball and a photo (possibly 2 photo’s, my memory is foggy). He was very kind and friendly and it was a great experience actually meeting a childhood idol. Oh, if he never got traded to the Angels, but I digress……
Two of the other autographs I was able to obtain were because of being a vendor (vendahhh) at Fenway Park. We are usually in the park before the gates open up to the fans (heaven) and thus are able to see a lot of stuff before then. Such as the players walking from the clubhouse through the concourse to the field (and vice versa) instead of through the tunnel in the dugout. One of these occasions I bumped into Manny Ramirez, who I asked if he would mind signing a ball. He obliged and was friendly, but wasn’t talkative at all as he was on his way back to the clubhouse before the game. Anybody want that ball now? Haha
The other autograph was of Greg Maddux. It was after he pitched a bullpen session. I was watching while waiting to get my assignment for the day. After he finished, I politely asked him to sign a ball, and graciously obliged. This was probably about five or ten minutes before the gates opened. He was then on his way back to the visitor’s clubhouse, as his work was done for the day.
I asked Pedro, but he declined. I was bummed, but really it wasn’t a big deal. He was in the middle to talking to some hispanice workers who worked at the park. A few days later, he signed for a whole throng of people along canvas alley while the visitor’s were going through their batting practice.
The last autograph I remember obtaining, was of Cal Ripken, Jr. It was his last game at Fenway Park. Thousands of fans waited between the dugouts to try and get an autograph. I was attending this game with my wife and sister-in-law, and I asked if they wanted to hang around and try and get his autograph, as it is CAL RIPKEN, and it his LAST game at Fenway before he retires. They were game. My wife has always been a fan of Cal Ripken (I think it was the #8 he wore) and has liked the Orioles for some reason. Don’t worry, she is a Red Sox fan first. So, we waited in the throngs of people and got his autograph twice. My sister-in-law actually got both of them. It must be easier for a cute, young girl to push her way to the front than some older guy. Haha. She got my ticket stub signed and a ball signed. However, I then ruined the ticket stub when I tried to laminate it. Doh!
I have a couple other autographs, but they were Christmas gifts purchased from a memorabilia shop. One is Frank Robinson, but I’m not sure who the other is. I don’t want them. The only way I would collect autographs is if I was the one who got the item signed for me. I think it is pointless to buy an autograph.
There’s probably a couple of players I’d like to get an autograph from. Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey come to the top of my head. Then I could put them with my other autographs which is….Hmmmm, I have no idea where they are.
Anybody out there collect autograph? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts and about your collection, so feel free to share.
Now, we started with one out spoken Red Sox (former) pitcher and we’re off to another:
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has spoken out about Manny Ramirez and the leading up to his trade out of Boston. Apparently, this is from an interview that will appear in the April issue of Esquire magazine.
I’m sure a lot of people are going to be critical of Jonathan Papelbon. Just like lots of people are critical of Curt Schilling. Why can’t these athletes just shut up and play? That is the tired old argument the critics use. Personally, I love it. I love hearing what an athlete truly thinks of a situation or a game or another player. I’m tired of the old, “It is what it is” mantra.
I’m sure people will be critical of Pap calling Manny a cancer, but this what the fans and hosts and commentators were saying during the whole Manny trade drama last season. Why can’t a player who actually had to live through it and deal with it say it?
I think the bigger problem with the stories of players like Pap talking, is more in the headline than the actually statement the player has made. For example, last spring there was a headline that stated Papelbon thought he was a better closer or thought he was along the lines of Mariano Rivera? When he was really talking about how he wanted to set the salary standard for future closers that come along. I think Joe Nathan was actually purturbed at Papelbon for this, as well.
Actually, there was a second Rivera / Pap headline controversy when Papelbon stated he wanted to be the guy to close out the All-Star game. The All-Star game happened to be at Yankee Stadium. He did state that he understood that Rivera should and deserves to close out that game, but the headlines slanted the story otherwise.
I love when athletes speak and actually say something. Sometimes they put their foots in their mouths (which is good for us bloggers), but most times they have something interesting to say.
On of the cool things about MLBlogs is checking out the other blogs. The way I usually do that is through the Recent Activity links on the front page. I’ve discovered some great blogs that way, and some terrible ones too.
Anyway back in January, I found a blog that had the name Crab in its title. It ended up being a blog about a minor league affiliate of some major league team. The post I read was about their new stadium they had built and included a camera with a live feed that you could watch through and control (pan left or right, zoom in and out). It was very cool. However, something happened, I left the computer and my browser window was closed, thus a cool site was lost.
I tried to do a search for Crab via MLBlogs search tool. However, that search tool only searches the tags, so alas I could not get any hits that way. I thought the only way I’d get back there is if the blog was updated, but I had not been able to find it in the Recent Activity links since.
Today, I got the bright idea to take a look in the browser history. Luckily for me, there is a menu option that says “History”. I clicked there and found the option “Show All History.” There was a search function, so I typed Crab. Funny, all of my searches I did on MLBlogs came up in the history, but so did “Life as a Crab.” That’s gotta be it, I thought. And presto, there was the lost blog entry I was looking for. However, when I went to the live web cam feed, that wasn’t working. Bummer. However (I seem to use this word a lot), here is how it looked on that day in January when I first discovered it.
This is the new ballpark of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Rays.
Looks like a few construction workers were on break as a couple of tourists came in to look around the park. I don’t know if you could hear sound, because I had my sound off. But that camera is in the RF corner and when I pan right you could see the whole baseball field.
This would be a wonderful feature for major league clubs to have on their website of their spring training facilities. It wouldn’t even have to be at the major league camp. How cool would it be, to just peek in now and then at a spring training work out? Exactly.
Some quick tidbits around Red Sox spring training:
- Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner brought up a possible salary cap for baseball. Me? I’m not too keen on the idea. If a salary cap bring lower ticket prices / concession prices / parking prices then I am all for it. Otherwise, I don’t see the need.
- Apparently, Julio Lugo has already won the shortstop gig for the Sox. However, if Lugo is puts up the same performance as last year, before he got hurt, I don’t see how he will keep that starting gig. Jed Lowrie isn’t going anywhere.
- Yesterday, was the first day of live batting practice, or I guess we should call it pitching practice. According to Steve Buckley’s article, pitchers facing live batters is not something the batters look forward to.
- Number 24 is back in action in Red Sox camp. No, Manny Ramirez has not re-signed with the team. Takashi Saito is now sporting the number. Apparently, he got Manny’s “permission” to wear the number.
That’s all I got for now. GO SOX!!
It’s that time of year. The time to look into the future and see what lies ahead. So, let me put on my swami headgear, take out some sort of crystal thing, and this magic little 8 ball thing:
Okay, now we are ready for our 2009 Predictions:
- The New England Patriots will not win the Super Bowl. (Okay, now that I got my obligatory bad joke out of the way, we can continue.)
- The Pittsburgh Steelers will win the Super Bowl.
- The Boston Celtics will win the NBA Championship….again!!
- The Boston Bruins will lose in the 1st round of the NHL Playoffs. (I really hope that is not true, but I only go by history.)
- Some race horse will win the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness. Then for weeks we will hear about how great this horse is and it will be hyped up as the first winner of the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Then in the Belmont, the horse will finish in 8th place or something stupid. This seems like an annual ritual.
- Tiger Woods will win the first golf tournament he plays when he returns from his knee injury.
Now, let’s get to the baseball stuff:
- Jason Varitek will sign a 2-year contract with the Red Sox.
- The Dominican Republic will win the World Baseball Classic.
- Manny Ramirez signs with the San Francisco Giants. The city of LA has never done a complete 180 on anything faster.
- David Price will become the 1st pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young in the same season.
- A.J. Burnett will make 18 starts this season, however, J.D. Drew will spend more days on the DL than Burnett.
- C.C. Sabathia will be the AL All-Star Game starter while the NL will send Pedro Martinez to the hill.
- After throwing a complete game in the 10 inning All-Star Game, leading the AL to a 3-2 victory, Sabathia’s shoulder falls apart lifting the All-Star Game trophy MVP.
- Ryan Howard, Mark Reynolds, and Adam Dunn combine for only 400 strike outs between them.
- Curt Schilling signs with the Tampa Rays in mid-May, and goes 8-0 down the stretch to help the Rays surpass the Yanks for the AL Wild Card.
- The Dodgers win the AL West over the Giants after Manny sits out the final month with a “calf strain”, code for “I’m not happy with only getting a 2-year, $50 million contract.”
- The Red Sox win their 3rd World Series Championship of the Century. (Hey, this wouldn’t be a Red Sox blog without this prediction, am I right?)
Now, that those are finally finished, I must say I enjoyed watching the MLB Network and their broadcast of Don Larsen’s perfect game. I am looking forward to more of their stuff. However, I do hope they cut back on showing Viagra ads when I am watching the channel with my son. He is 4, and doesn’t really notice that stuff yet, but……Please MLB, keep those for after bed time. I know they pay the bills for you, but just do it. Okay? Great!
The Hot Stove news is already coming out in Red Sox nation today, especially where it concerns the Red Sox two longest tenured and most respected players. It is being reported that Jason Varitek filed for free agency. Along with Alex Cora and David Ross, they were among 65 major league players who filed on the first day for eligible players. Players who are eligible have until Monday, November 3rd to file for Free Angency.
Meanwhile, it is being reported that the Red Sox plan to pick-up the option on Tim Wakefield’s contract. That means Wakefield will be back with the club at a reasonable $4 million dollar contract. The Sox and Wakefield came to a unique contract agreement back in 2005 in which Wakefield is basically owned by the Red Sox via infinate options on his contract until the Sox finally decide not to pick up an option. I, obviously, don’t know the full details, but that’s pretty much the layman’s explanation.
The first trade of the off-season was pulled off as the Kansas City Royals will get 30-HR guy Mike Jacobs from the Florida Marlins while sending reliever Leo Nunez back.
Rumor has it that Manny Ramirez and the New York Yankees are interested in each other. The Yankees would play Ramirez in RF, which would mean bye bye Bobby. I find it strange the Yankees would go after Ramirez instead of Texiera, unless they think they can get Manny to sign a 2 or 3 year deal, which I don’t think is possible. It will be interesting to keep an ear on this story.
Ken Macha has been hired as the Milwaukee Brewers manager, replacing interim manager Dale Sveum. Both have ties to the Red Sox. Macha was long time minor league manager in the Red Sox minor league system before being hired by the A’s a few years back. In between his two managing job, he has been serving as an analyst (and cure for insomnia) with the Sox pre and post game broadcasts on NESN. Sveum was a third base coach with the Sox back in 2004 when the Sox won their first World Series since 1918.
Finally, there has been a lot of talk, mostly on ESPN.com and ESPN radio, about how baseball should make the World Series into an 7 – 10 day long event. MLB could play the World Series on a neutral (warm weather / sunny) site (similar to the Super Bowl) and hold a litany of events (such as naming the HoF induction class, MVP / Cy Young awards, Town Meetings with GMs, etc, etc.) and hoopla. I don’t think I am in favor of this, but don’t think this is something that we would see any time soon. It is just being brought up because of the debacle of Game 3 and the Game 5 rain delay.
One last thing. If you are a fan of Cole Hamels, which I am becoming, then there is a pretty neat read about him. It is an interview with the current Red Sox scouting director, Jason McLeod, who was scouting Hamels back in high school. It is a good read which you can find here.
It is being reported by SI.com and the Boston Globe that a 3-way deal has been completed between the Dodgers-Pirates-Red Sox that sends Manny to LA and brings Bay to the Sox. The Pirates receive a handful of prospects.
Wanted to be the first to welcome Jason Bay to Boston, and look forward to seeing you in front of the Green Monster on Friday.
#38 is taken, but maybe you can make a contribution to ALS or Shade to get that number Jason.
photo credit: (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Marlins, 3-way with Pirates and Marlins, Dodgers, Deal is Dead, Dodgers, now it is being reported Manny has been traded. Details are scarce, but it looks like the deal will involve the Dodgers and possibly the Pirates. This shall be exciting to find out….
That’s the only thing I can think of.
Yes, getting swept in the fashion they did against the Angels was embarrassing, but that is not what I am talking about.
Dropping 5 of 6 on this home stand is embarrassing, but that is not what I am talking about.
Manny Ramirez. He should be EMBARRASSED.
I was not so sure that the Sox should trade Manny. However, after his comments, antics, and pathetic play over the past few days, it is obvious he HAS TO BE TRADED.
He is bringing down the whole team. It is so plain to see. Usually when you hear people talking about so-and-so player being a distraction, it is an exaggeration. I mean these are professional athletes. But, if you have watched any of these games, there is nothing more to be said.
So, here is my good-bye to Manny. Thanks for what you’ve done the past 8 years. Thanks for the 2 World Series titles. Thanks for the homers.
Enjoy your tax-free payments in Florida.