December 18, 2006

Mark Your Calendars

Pitchers and catchers report on February 16, 2007.

Nick Cafardo of the Globe says that what BP's Will Carroll wrote about J.D. Drew "is consistent with information the Globe has received". ... All Theo Epstein will say is: We're working with the language on the deal with Boras and we're expecting to get it done early in the week."

Daisuke Matsuzaka is back in Japan. He intends to return to Boston with his wife in January to look for a place to live and then begin training in southern California. Dice said the contract process
was mentally draining. It was tough. I'm not used to having an agent, and leaving everything up to him was something that was new to me. ... I know the expectations will be high. The fans in Boston gave me a great reception and I look forward to being able to please them.
Here's a shocker: Murray Chass of the New York Times -- at one time a respected baseball reporter -- simply makes shit up. In this case, it's in no small part because of his white-hot hatred of the Red Sox. (After his mind became seriously unglued after October 2004, Chass is little more than a bitter old man banging haphazardly on a typewriter.)

9 comments:

Jack Marshall said...

Wow...what a great job Mnookin does eviscerating Chass. I just stopped reading Chass years ago, but I did consider doing an ethics expose on him a while back, except he's only marginally worse than the average sports journalist, who is only marginally worse than the average journalist period. It's hard to go after Chass when supposed stars of the sports columnist world have equally dishonest tendencies...I've never forgiven Tom Boswell for writing that Varitek was a poor defensive catcher several years back, using his league-leading passed balls total as proof...in a season in which he caught Wakefield regularly. And you knew, because Boswell is NOT stupid, that he misrepresented the stats intentionally. 95% of sports columnists don't have the integrity of William Jefferson...Chass is just more obvious about it.

Anonymous said...

Redsock says . . . Pitchers and catchers report on February 16, 2007

Ah, that sounds great! Let's get ready and Play Ball!

Jack Marshall said...

Hey, Redsock...it's definitely going to get crazy at my house and probably dead in Hot Stove country for a while, so before I forget, thank you for providing a wonderful, smart, provocative hang-out for a Red Sox fan who desperately needs some discourse with people to understand and care. This past year would have been far lonlier for me without it and your daily dose of passion and attitude.

You have also gathered a terrific group of fellow fanatics, smart, funny, opinionated, and yet Red Sox through and through. When I, as Irving Berlin wisely counseled, "count my blessings instead of sheep" this Christmas, "The Joy of Sox" will be one of them.

So Thank you Redsock, Laura, and all the other lunatics who hang out here. You make a difference, and that's all any of us can ask.

9casey said...

Jack , well said...
There is someting about being apart of the nation that still gives me chills.......And your words also just did that..

Merry Christmas to all!!!!!!

Jack Marshall said...

And all my TYPOS gave me chills, 9casey...it's just hard to proofread when you're all choked up, I guess. Merry Christmas to you and the gang too.

Woti-woti said...

Hey Redsock and L-girl,

What Jack said. Happy hols to one and all (including Gutch, wherever you be).

L-girl said...

Jack, what an extremely nice thing to say. I have it on good authority that Redsock was very touched.

When you say "would have been far lonelier" - that is exactly what I've always said about our wmtc community (at my blog) re our move to Canada. It would have been a far lonelier - and scarier! - experience without our online friends. So I really know what you mean.

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This is truly a great community, not to mention a vital source of information for someone like me who has long since lost patience with the mainstream sports media. Thanks everyone!

Happy holidays, happy New Year, happy everything. Here's to winning a new trophy and the AL East in 2007.

Zenslinger said...

Right on.

redsock said...

thank you for providing a wonderful, smart, provocative hang-out for a Red Sox fan who desperately needs some discourse with people to understand and care. This past year would have been far lonlier for me without it and your daily dose of passion and attitude.

Thank you very much, Jack. Your words mean a lot to me.

This blog is much richer -- and more entertaining -- thanks to the addition of other voices. And our differences of opinion make for a more thoughtful discussion.

I do what I do -- sometimes thinking people can find what I do elsewhere -- but I'm happy that a decent amount of people like JoS enough to come by everyday. There's nothing a writer likes more than being read.

I'll repeat what I've said before: You don't have to be a Red Sox fan to comment here (and you don't have to actually start a blog to get a Blogger ID), but you do have to be respectful.