Saturday, December 29, 2007

A Red Sox Destinations Trip

I know I haven't updated in a long time, but there really hasn't been a whole lot to say. The Mitchell Report came out and shocked and dismayed a lot of people, and emotions are running high as to what MLB's response should be. I've gone through several opinions, and basically where I've come down is this. Unless it can be proven that any of these players used forbidden substances after they were banned, they should be left alone. A lot of the players named were using steroids before they were banned. Not much you can do about that. Whatever happens, baseball needs to move on. Oh, yeah. Selig should be canned. Just because all this happened on his "watch." Besides...we need a real commissioner.

Ok. On to something positive. Very, very positive.

We're going to Boston again. This time in the form of "Red Sox Destinations." We were thinking about going up there in August to see the Rangers play again, but I got to looking at the Destinations packages that the Red Sox offer, and realized that several of them are actually at Fenway. Most of them are in the other parks that the Red Sox visit, but a few are at home.

I noticed that two of the Destinations packages were against the Yankees at Fenway. And one of these is in late July. So I started calling. It was Saturday, so I guess they were closed. I started emailing. Finally, late Saturday night, I got a response (or maybe it was Sunday night) via email from one of their representatives. He said there were still spots available for the July Yankees games, but they were going fast.

I called early Monday morning, and finally got hold of him. Heheh...we were sitting in a room at Stephanie's orthodontist's office when I finally got hold of him. I booked us three spots for the July 25-27 series against the Yankees at Fenway Park! That's right, folks! I'm going to see the Sox play the Evil Empire at Fenway Park in July, 2008!! As we are prone to say in Texas,...YEEHAW!!

Along with tickets to all three games (I'm told we will get to sit in the newest section of seats that they are adding for '08, on top of the first base side, where that "temporary" box was), we get to stay at the Copley Marriott for several nights (we extended our stay there for one night so we can go back to the hotel after Sunday's afternoon game). We also each get a game-used ball, an official player jersey (we get to choose the player, too), and a pre-game reception with Q&A with a current player, plus photo ops and autographs with the player. It says there are 125 spots in each one, so the crowd won't be too terribly big.

I'm so pumped about this, I can hardly stand it. And...when I checked back on the web site on was sold out! By the end of the week, the other Yankees destination at Fenway was sold out, as well.

I can't even imagine what it's going to be like to get to witness the greatest rivalry, perhaps in all of sports, live at the greatest ballpark in America.

Ok. I have to stop typing about this. I'm drooling all over the keyboard. Hahah....

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! And I wish everyone a Happy New Year! Blessings to you in 2008.

TTFN, y'all!

Friday, December 7, 2007

wow hardware store

I'm also an avid player of WoW, and this video that someone made to Weird Al's song is hilarious.

Timlin Stays In Red

Mike Timlin has been signed to another year with the Red Sox. That's a good thing, in my opinion. He has always been a fairly valuable strength in the Sox bullpen.

There's still no further word on the Santana dealings. And, frankly, I hope it stays that way.

In other team news, my frustration as a Texas Rangers fan is mounting. (Remember, I live in Texas and root for the Rangers, except when they play the Red Sox.)

Wednesday, head coach Ron Washington was quoted as saying that his goal for the '08 season is "ten more wins."


The Rangers were 75-87 this season!

That means that Ron Washington's goal for '08 is another LOSING SEASON!!

His contract should be shredded immediately. The fans should be calling for his head on a platter.

That is absolutely unacceptable.

TTFN, y'all!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Maybe Santana, But Please, Not Ellsbury!

I'm sweating here. I admit I get a little weary over the constant battling between the Red Sox and the Yankees over players.

Johann Santana is on the trading block. The Red Sox are interested in him. I'm actually not sure why. I guess it would be nice to not have to depend on Tavarez next season. He seemed to be the weakest spot in the rotation. However...if you give up Lester, then you still have an empty spot. Lester didn't lose a game after coming back from cancer treatments. Of course, it's always a risk keeping a player with that kind of baggage.

But, holy crap!! We definitely don't need to trade Jacoby Ellsbury for Santana! Especially if Crisp in in on the deal. Ellsbury got few enough at-bats this past season to be eligible for rookie status again in '08. If he plays like he did in the last half of '07, he could well be rookie of the year for '08. I don't think it would be worth it to trade that for Santana.

Plus, my wife got really interested in the Red Sox during the playoffs, and it was mostly from watching Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Lowell. If they trade Ellsbury, it will ruin everything!! Especially if he goes to a mediocre, exremely forgettable team like the Twins. Ew.

It doesn't look like the Yankees are even still in the running, because they don't want to include all the players that the Twins want.

The Red Sox have the same team in place that took the AL by storm in '07. Best record in baseball for most of the season, etc...

If it ain't broke...don't fix it.

TTFN, y'all