Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Red Sox Nation Breathes A HUGE Sigh of Relief!!

Johann Santana is going to New York.

But he's going to the Mets, so that's ok.

And, most importantly...JACOBY ELLSBURY WILL REMAIN IN BOSTON!!!!!

I know for a fact that I'm not the only fan who has been sweating over this.

They just might need to line the basepaths with asbestos this season, so he Ellsbury doesn't set them on fire.



Friday, January 18, 2008

Ring Tone Amusement

A funny thing happened tonight.

We went to a nearby Academy Sports store for a Texas Rangers "Town Meeting" fan forum. It's part of their "Winter Caravan," where players and staff make the rounds during the off season to meet the fans.

Tonight's event featured former Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg, GM Jon Daniels, radio broadcaster Victor Rojas, new Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (heh), and reliever Wes Littleton.

So we're sitting in the store, having a Q&A session when my cell phone goes off. That, in and of itself, is not funny. What's funny is the ring tone.

Here we sit, when all of a sudden, my phone says, "The pitch...SWING AND A MISS! IT'S OVER! THE RED SOX HAVE SWEPT THE COLORADO ROCKIES..." etc.

BAHAHAHAHA!!! I was scrambling for my phone as I got some curious looks from folks around me. Funny one begrudges my Red Sox "fan-ness." I mean, I'm wearing my Ian Kinsler Rangers t-shirt, so it's not like I'm at a Rangers event dressed in Red Sox gear (like I will be when the Red Sox play in Texas, hehe).

It was just very funny, that's all.

Oh, and the call? It was my oldest daughter telling me that her and her boyfriend are buying "Rock Band" for the XBox 360 and are bringing it over to our house tomorrow to play.


TTFN, y'all!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Forecast: Baseball Coming Soon

Just an update to let anyone know I'm still here. I know at least one person reads this...heh.

Congrats to the Patriots for win number 17. Looks like they have a clear road to a Superbowl championship now that the Colts lost. Our Cowboys laid down, as well. Truthfully, I think they quit playing three or four weeks ago. I'm predicting a Packers/Pats 'bowl, with a Patriots victory. They'll probably come from behind, too. They seem to like to do that.

I keep checking the baseball sites for trades, etc. This has been a relatively slow winter. I'm watching the Red Sox site eagerly (with some anticipation) to see if Ellsbury is staying on the roster. They'd better hang on to him. I've got a lot of respect for Theo's baseball genius. If he trades Ellsbury, that will drop drastically.

They probably should go ahead and deal Crisp. I like Crisp (sounds like a good breakfast cereal), but Ellsbury is faster and much more exciting to watch.

I will say, though...the one thing that the Sox could trade for is a consistent shortstop. It seems like that has been a weak spot for several years. You know, we've got solid, recognizable names at almost every position, now, but when I think of Red Sox shortstops, I have to stop and think a, yeah. Lugo...or maybe Cora.

I wish it would hurry up and be April. Or even March. At least they would be playing in Florida and Arizona. Especially now that football season is winding down. We are rapidly approaching that boring time of year when there's nothing to see but basketball. Ugh. Oh, yeah...and that hockey thing. Heh.

See you soon!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, all!

Not much to say right now, because, sadly, we are in the time of year when there isn't much baseball news. Not much going on at all. Fortunately, the Sox have managed to not be stupid and trade Ellsbury. I know the Rangers are kind of eyeing Buchholz. I really don't think the Red Sox are going to part with him, either.

I've read some complaints in the "mail bag" on the Red Sox site. People seem to think that, because the Sox aren't making any moves, that they aren't doing well. Bollocks!! Obviously, these folks have never heard the phrase, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" And, friend, the Red Sox ain't broke!

The Rangers? Now they're broke. Irreparably, in my opinion. But nobody asked for my opinion...

Sadly, Jim Rice did not make the HoF this year. He should be there. Maybe next year.

At this point, I don't have much to say about Roger Clemens. I think he hurt himself by waiting so long to come up with some official statement. Makes it look like he was thinking up a good lie.

However, I think Mitchell may have done baseball great harm by focusing so much on events that happened before there were any bans. If you didn't do anything against the rules, you shouldn't be punished. Period.

Football playoffs are going on. I don't watch much football. A lot of people are predicting a Cowboys/Patriots match-up. I don't know. I live, of course, right next to Dallas. But I'm not much of a Cowboys fan. Jerry Jones is to blame for that. I think it would be very cool if the Pats could go all the way. Maybe they will luck out and not have to play the Colts again. Their match-up with the Jags this weekend could be tough. I'm figuring the 'boys will lose to the Giants. Their momentum was mashed flat in that last game against the Redskins. I don't know what their problem was, but you just don't want to go into a playoff situation on the heels of a miserable performance like that.

My prediction? Superbowl=Patriots/Packers Pats win, making history as the first team to ever go 16-0 and win the Superbowl. They've already made history. So they might as well make some more.