December 9, 2006

Ortiz in the DR

Redsox.com has a lengthy feature on David Ortiz and the charitable work he does in his home country. Ortiz and the Red Sox Foundation recently donated $200,000 to two hospitals in Santo Domingo. The money will be used to perform heart procedures on children.

Ortiz:
There are a lot of people who need help from people like us. Hopefully, the athlete who has the capacity to collect money to help people will do it. Sometimes, we have no idea how many people we help around this planet.
For the first time I can remember, the Herald is running a black and white photo (of Manny) on its main Red Sox page. Bizarre. It looks a little like a mug shot.

14 comments:

Yaz-Tex said...

Despite the often maddening nature of his musings and incessant penchant for self-promotion, Shaugnessy's column in today's Globe offers some interesting thoughts on Theo, the former Boy Wonder.

Say what you will about the Drew signing (i.e., as legions have opined that it was tantamount to admitting failure in letting Damon go to NYY), the CHB makes a valid point in that the success or failure of Drew in Boston will have a large bearing on the future of this team and Theo's legacy.

Interesting tidbit in Carfardo's column about BAL turning down the deal last off-season that would have sent Tejada to BOS for Ramirez and Papelbon. Like many things that, at the time, seemed like the right thing to do, you wonder who in the Peter Angelos Rod & Gun Club ultimately turned that one down.

I'd still love to see Miggy in BOS, but not at that price then or now.

redsock said...

Tejada to BOS for Ramirez and Papelbon. Like many things that, at the time, seemed like the right thing to do

First, I can't find the link for this.

Second, "the right thing to do"? I didn't think that many drugs existed.

And third, the Orioles TURNED THAT DOWN?????????? (Meaning Theo had signed off on it? If that had gone through, the steam would still be coming out of my ears.

L-girl said...

that would have sent Tejada to BOS for Ramirez and Papelbon

I had to read this twice. I couldn't believe my eyes. Tejada. For Ramirez and Papelbon.

I would have thrown up.

Yaz-Tex said...

Like many things, at the time, seemed like the right thing to do,...

Sorry for the misleading commentary; should have been "in hindsight". Seems like my new batch of Starbucks Christmas beans was made on a Monday - not quite awake yet when I chimed in...

Thank God (or Theo, or both) that it was the Orioles who blinked on that one. Then again, it seems not too long ago that Casey Fossum was deemed untouchable.

Jack Marshall said...

I don't believe the Miggy for Manny and Papelbon trade...can't be right. The O's had to have more to give. Manny for Miggy straight up is only about 85% value for the Sox.

That "Drew's signing admits that letting Damon go was a mistake" argument is idiotic, so naturally it is embraced this morning by DS. Let's see how much slower, beat-up and jelly-armed Damon is this season; let's see whether 2005 or 2004 was the real Coco Crisp. Did Pedro's year in 2005 and the acquisition of Josh Beckett last winter "prove" that letting Petey go was a mistake?

The only mistake the team made with Damon was not realizing that his hatred of the Yankees and love of Boston could be cured with cold cash.

Meanwhile, why is Andy Pettite a better pitcher now, three years later and at more cash, than he was when the Yanks let him go? What an awful move. I love it!

L-girl said...

The Yankees love former Yankees. It's a real weakness with them. This one is an extra easy sell because Pettitte was homegrown and they let him get away, and the fans love him. And of course the national media eats it with a spoon. Ha!

redsock said...

Here's the sentence:

"You think the Orioles are kicking themselves now for not taking Manny Ramírez and Jonathan Papelbon for Miguel Tejada last winter?"

When was the last time the Orioles made a real smart move?

L-girl said...

When was the last time the Orioles made a real smart move?

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...still thinking...

Jere said...

"The Yankees love former Yankees. It's a real weakness with them. This one is an extra easy sell because Pettitte was homegrown and they let him get away, and the fans love him."

Are you saying GMs acquire players due to where they came from, mistakes in the past, and what the fans think? But not due to whether they're a gamer? ("Save me from the GM who makes trades based on what a gamer a guy is.")

Jack Marshall said...

Well, all teams have a bias for former team members, because they know what they're getting (or think the do).

Would the Sox be seeking to sign a 43 year old Hall of Fame-bound pitcher if he never pitched for them? Mirabelli, Mike Stanton, Jose Santiago, Russ Nixon, Eck, Lyons (three tours of duty), Bernie Carbo, Suppan, Merloni, George Scott, Ellis Burks, Rick Miller, Tony Conigliaro, Brian Daubach...the Sox have brought a lot of guys back too.

But never at 16 million a year...

Jere said...

Again, wasn't making fun of Yanks or bringing up any Sox vs. Yanks issues. Just asking L-Girl about a specific thing she said about how players are chosen.

L-girl said...

Are you saying GMs acquire players due to where they came from, mistakes in the past, and what the fans think? But not due to whether they're a gamer? ("Save me from the GM who makes trades based on what a gamer a guy is.")

I'm not sure what you're getting at here, or what you want me to say.

Did I say GMs made decisions based on only one thing?

Did I slip into a coma and unreservedly praise Brian Cashman or something?

The Yankees are big on signing former Yankees, whether or not they are over the hill or can add much to the team, if they were "good Yankees" and the fans liked them. They seem to do it much more than other teams, based only on my observations, with no real evidence other than that.

That's all.

I don't see how that contradicts anything I said before, but if it does, I'm sure you'll explain it to me.

Or maybe you could just chill.

Jere said...

You acted like signing someone based on "gamer"-ness was a crazy idea. But then you said that the Yanks signed Pettitte because the fans want him back, among other things. I'm saying I think it's more likely a GM would consider scrappiness over what any fans thought.

And I'd think the Yanks' main reason for signing Pettitte would be that he's an available, good, starting lefty. And maybe a little side-dish of "we know he can pitch here" or "he does good against the Sox," but not for any kind of sentimental reasons, like, "we'll right our previous wrong," or, "the fans would be so happy." (Please note: I actually would like if GMs considered, if only a little bit, stuff like this, but I don't think they do.)

L-girl said...

You acted like signing someone based on "gamer"-ness was a crazy idea.

I think it is.

But then you said that the Yanks signed Pettitte because the fans want him back, among other things.

I think that is a crazy idea as well.

Perhaps you assumed when I said that about the Yankees I was endorsing the idea?? Hardly. I think it's idiotic. The Yankees, like all teams, do a lot of idiotic things. In my opinion, this is one of them.

Nothing further, your honour.