January 4, 2009

Bard Excited About Return To Fenway

Josh Bard feels "there's a little unfinished business" regarding his Red Sox career. He says his experiences in 2006
made me grow up in a hurry. It's easy to hide in the shadows and go along and collect a paycheck. This was kind of the first time I was in the spotlight ...

Looking back in hindsight, they've told me they regret that move. There's never been a second of hard feelings from my end. ... I look forward to getting back into this fight. You find out what you're made of, playing at Fenway Park, playing in games that matter.
How many games he'll play in 2009 remains unknown. Bard could be the starter or he could be a back-up (possible to a returning Jason Varitek).
A lot of people have asked me, family and friends out here, "Are you nervous about going back or is it going to be scary to go back and catch Wakefield?" My response has always been that scary is not going back and catching Wakefield.

Scary is when I got traded to the Padres and didn't play for 13 days and was sitting on the bench and not knowing if I was going to get called into the office that night [and sent to the minors].
Also: Amalie Benjamin talks about Brad Penny with Rick Honeycutt (Dodgers pitching coach), Dave Jauss (former Dodgers bench coach), and the Dumbest Idiot To Ever Walk The Earth™.

22 comments:

L-girl said...

"Dumbest Idiot To Ever Walk The Earth"

Anyone who doesn't know who that is without clicking should do their homework before visiting this blog again.

tim said...

Anyone who doesn't know who that is without clicking should do their homework before visiting this blog again.

Yesss! I passed the test :-)

Now, wtf is this new commenting thing??? PUT IT BACK TO THE OLD ONE!

redsock said...

You don't like it?

I thought it would be better than having another window open up.

L-girl said...

You don't like it?

NO!

L-girl said...

Anyone who doesn't know who that is without clicking should do their homework before visiting this blog again.

Yesss! I passed the test :-)


I was going to write "Anyone who...should stay the hell away from this blog". But I can't really say that.

Plus it's mean.

andy said...

Have you seen the new MLB Network? I was wondering what your take on it is. I hear that the first few weeks will be Red Sox heavy. I watched the first day of programming which was a sportscenter like show and then the Larson Perfect Game in it's entirety. Then it was all re-runs of the sports center show. I am sure they have more content then that but that was just day one. Hazel Mae is on there in a lead role.

andy said...

Pat Burrel and the Rays. So who are we signing this off season? Bard? Oh goody we needed another good hitting catcher.(SARCASM)

redsock said...

Been reading about it on SoSH. The Larsen game sounded great -- they showed the commercials from 1956 too. Not sure if it will be on Rogers up here. I should check.

redsock said...

So who are we signing this off season? Bard? Oh goody

What about Nick Green?

James said...

MLB Network has been pretty cool, so far. I'm looking forward to it in-season. That MLB Tonight show has full broadcast rights; they're going to cut into any crucial at-bats. It sounds fun.

tim said...

What about Nick Green?

It's pretty sad that his photo is a Braves cap, yet when you click on his stats he last played for them in '04...

9casey said...

redsock said...
Been reading about it on SoSH. The Larsen game sounded great -- they showed the commercials from 1956 too. Not sure if it will be on Rogers up here. I should check.








You should be itchin to get it one of your boys is on the network...

Joe Magrane
Veteran Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster and former Major League pitcher

andy said...

Holy fucking shit Nick Green?! It is almost like a joke this off-season. Who would you most like to get 3 big FA's? Who would you want to do nothing? Well there you go it is fucking happening.

phil said...

Dumbest Idiot To Ever Walk The Earth™

I know who you mean, but when I read that I still think of Doug "Dumbest Guy on the Fucking Planet" Feith.

redsock said...

Who would you most like to get 3 big FA's? Who would you want to do nothing? Well there you go it is fucking happening.

So now the Chokers have improved to the point where they are more or less even with us. ... Time to play the games.

Shit, if we can stay healthy and the Rays keep up their end, the MFY could STILL finish third.

phil said...

Pretty much the only team that shouldn't bother showing up this year in the AL East is Baltimore.

But wouldn't it be interesting if they somehow did?

James said...

I'm saying it right now, mark my words, Baltimore will finish ahead of the Jays this year. I think Baltimore will be much improved this year, and the Jays are set to collapse.

9casey said...

James said...
I'm saying it right now, mark my words, Baltimore will finish ahead of the Jays this year. I think Baltimore will be much improved this year, and the Jays are set to collapse.



Collapse from what? They don't have very far to fall.

James said...

Toronto had the 4th best run differential in baseball, behind only the Cubs, Red Sox, and Phillies. They were an above 500 team last year. Neither of those will be true this year.

9casey said...

James said...
Toronto had the 4th best run differential in baseball, behind only the Cubs, Red Sox, and Phillies. They were an above 500 team last year. Neither of those will be true this year.



ok.

L-girl said...

Toronto had the 4th best run differential in baseball, behind only the Cubs, Red Sox, and Phillies. They were an above 500 team last year.

But they still sucked.

Yaz-Tex said...

In other news, an intriguing story in today's Dallas Morning News on Michael Young.

It seems that the erstwhile Rangers' GM, Josh Daniels (whose staying power and competence in his job is approaching Matt Millen-esque stature) informed SS Michael Young that he would need to move to 3B to make room for uber-rookie, Elvis Andrus, acquired in the 2007 deadline deal that sent former Ranger and current Yankee sycophant Mark Teixeira to Atlanta.

After previously agreeing to move from 2B to SS to make room for Ian Kinsler, Daniels is asking Young to move again AFTER a season in which he won his first Gold Glove as a SS.

Young is a classy pro and consumate team player, and has never complained about playing for such a shitty organization in an increasingly tepid baseball market. However, this latest move from the front-office has Young asking for a trade.

So.....ponder the potential of a trade that would bring the now disgruntled Young and either Teagarden or Saltalamacchia to BOS in exchange for Bucholz, Lowry, and one other player. Young is a bona fide all-star, one who would be an offensive and defensive upgrade at SS (and a great fit in the clubhouse) while the team gets the catching help they've been searching for.

Who among you wouldn't do that deal?