June 17, 2009

The Joy Of Six

Me, yesterday:
The Red Sox will not implement a six-man rotation ...
Errr, not so fast!

It looks like the team will introduce such a scheme, at least for awhile.

Terry Francona:
It might be for a time or two through ... [T]hat wouldn't be the worst thing for a short period of time. Again, not for a long period because guys don't pitch enough. With days off, the All-Star break, you have too many good pitchers that won't pitch enough. But for a short period of time we could live with that, yeah.
Perhaps that short period of time will be until the All-Star break. Boston has four days off (July 13-16) and could reset its rotation, if necessary.

John Smoltz:
It's really a situation of surplus and it gives them ways to try to figure out how to make this thing work with some creativity and some strength. ... there's an opportunity to rest and keep guys fresh. ... I think everybody gets carried away with what might happen, when the reality is, where we're at today is a pretty good place.
Francona and Smoltz talked about Smoltz's Sox debut next Thursday, June 25, against the Nationals.

The Sox manager also saw nothing untoward in Clay Buchholz's recent comments:
If you go down and ask 25 guys in Pawtucket, which one of them do you think is going to say, "I don't want to go to the big leagues." I mean seriously, who do you think would do that? Whoever says it, we don't want him. This kid's pitching his ass off. I think Buch is maturing rapidly and handling a situation that maybe he wouldn't have been able to in the past.
The Globe's Ben Collins manages to insult Manny Ramirez in a story about David Ortiz's offensive resurgence. It was completely unnecessary, yet sadly typical of a segment of the Boston media.

13 comments:

blogtard said...

Heh. Cute title. ;)

And, yeah, the Beantown Media can never let a chance to take a swipe at Manny go by. Kinda pathetic.

johngoldfine said...

You'd think the city that wound up naming a tunnel after the Splendid Spitter might be a bit wary of rushing to judgment on sports heroes.

s1c said...

Cheap shot, maybe unless you think that Manny never sulked, in that case it is an outrageous insult.

Just to update the tattoo - How drunk was she?

original story here.

h/t jammiewearingfool

9casey said...

it's amazing how one comment about Manny takes away from the fact that the Red Sox are using a six man rotaion, because no one in the organization has the balls to tell Dice-K he isn't getting it done, or tell Smotlz he has to wait....this whole thing is a little strange........

Zenslinger said...

I think Collins's pass at Manny in that article was pretty mild.

9casey said...

Zenslinger said...
I think Collins's pass at Manny in that article was pretty mild.




I agree, he said he sulked, is that really that offensive ,or untrue..granted he could have used a different example....

redsock said...

Yes, it is mild. But in an email to Collins, "every example of [bashing manny] is tiresome".

i simply didn't see the need for that sentence at all. you went on to say it was more of a "deep quiet", which is certainly the gist of what i have read. ...

i think the article would have been just as strong and informative without that sentence.


Part of his reply:

I'm not sure that sentence was subjective. I also don't think, necessarily, that this would be a jab at Manny.

redsock said...

the sox are not afraid to tell any player anything. if they go with a 6-man until the ASG, that is no big deal.

pitching a few less times in august may help beckett and lester in mid-october. plus it may keep wake off the DL this year. and it helps showcase penny. or maybe smoltz is toast.

Patrick said...

I've been down with trying out the 6 man rotation since they brought it up in oh seven.

I just wish Double Aych was part of that six instead of Double Bee.

Zenslinger said...

Laura, what did your boy DO?

Zenslinger said...

I am always in the wrong fuckin' thread!

L-girl said...

"It looks like the team will introduce such a scheme"

Will it be a televisual feast?

andy said...

I see wonderment abounding.

That tattoo is amazing. She sparkles.