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Monday, March 20, 2006

Ramblings from the Nation

Overall, this has been a pretty quiet spring camp for the Red Sox, but there are a few things that just don’t sit right with me. David Wells called Terry Francona an idiot the other day. According to ESPN, Wells, referring to a meeting the two had, said "What went on in that office should have stayed there in that office and it shouldn't have come out to you guys," Wells told The Hartford Courant in Saturday's edition. "So he's the idiot for saying that like that, not me, because I didn't interpret it like that." What is wrong with Flubber? This is a guy who demanded a trade, decided that the trade wasn’t in his best interests and rescinded the request, is on a schedule to make millions of dollars, then calls his boss an idiot. Like many Red Sox fans, I have grown wearing of the man child, the Baby Huey in a uniform.
*Give Tony Graffanino some credit. He is a man without a team and been nothing but the ultimate professional. When the Sox offered him salary arbitration right at the deadline, Graffanino was relieved to know he was coming back to be the second baseman for the 2006 season. The Sox, sans Theo, then traded fan favorite Doug Mirabelli to the Padres for Mark Loretta, effectively making Tony-Graf the lame duck. I don’t understand this whole process. Loretta will be an asset in the lineup, Tim Wakefield already misses Mirabelli and we have a surplus of infielders. I just don’t get it.
*Good news for Terry Francona as he received an extension on his contract and will no longer be one of the lowest paid managers in professional baseball. Long overdue and well deserved.
*Some are reporting that Theo Epstein has been invisible during spring training in an attempt to keep away from the spotlight.
*Kevin Millar (.306 BA), Edgar Renteria (.364 BA) and Derek Lowe (3.0, 0.69 ERA) are all having excellent springs with their new teams. The Yankee’s are concerned about the shoulder of Johnny Damon, who is having a rough spring. Former AL MVP Juan Gonzalez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox, but the chances are slim that he will ever be on the major league roster. Opening Day is around the corner.


Anonymous said...

I don't know about this year for the sox but i know i'll still try my hardest to find some tix!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Tom Donovan said...

I've got a guy, who knows a guy, who's sister is married to the guy who lives with the guy who works with the guy at the ticket office.

3:56 PM  

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