So what the hell has happened to the Red Sox? A few incorrect player evaluations (Crisp is not Johnny Damon, Beckett is still a thrower and not a pitcher), a reliance upon young and fragile (psyche-wise) arms, the utter demolition of the health of the team all season…
That said, I like what the organization has done this year even if the product on the field has become dissapointing. Johnny Damon is aging and history says his production will drop off, so it’s only natural to replace him with a younger player who is going to be playing into his peak over the next few seasons. Josh Beckett hasn’t paid off (yet), but it was the proper move to make at the time. You spend a few prospects that may or may not succeed at the major league level and you get yourself a pitcher with the talent to be a number 1 or a number 2. You trade a surplus part (Bronson Arroyo) for a risk that could become a huge payoff (Pena). The free agent market this offseason for power hitters is going to be very, very thin. The Sox struck early by getting Pena (especially with Trot Nixon going into FA this year) and hoping he develops. The young arms in the bullpen are worth protecting, even if they only become league average or slightly better. They are going to provide you with several years of cheap service time, allowing you to turn around and spend that saved money elsewhere. The Sox are trying to become a player development organization that fills in gaps with quality free agents while maintaining a 90-95 win record and $100 million payroll. You do this by sticking with your young players and replacing your aging veterans one by one with younger, supposedly better players. This is exactly what they are doing, even if it hasn’t worked yet. Stick to the plan, Theo.
Ah, yes. My reading list. I haven’t read either The Natural or The Catcher In The Rye in years. Some of The Natural is oddly phrased, but then it’s an old book. The Catcher In The Rye is so… I don’t know. But I like it. “This fall I think you’re riding for – it’s a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement’s designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their own environment couldn’t supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn’t supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started. You follow me?”
My bookmark list is the most uncontrolled mess it has ever been, so here’s some more for you to enjoy or ignore. These will pretty much be the ones I need to delete.
Want some traditional folk music from Northern Europe? There’s a lot of selections there so I’m sure something must be good, but I’m not going to be the one to look for the gems.
Brewopoly is the best version of Monopoly that I have ever played. Back in July I was in on a six player game that lasted several hours – my kind of game. Especially since we had so much beer to drink. My goal would be to own this game and have a marathon gaming session accompanied by every beer in the game. If you land on that spot, you have to pour yourself a sip of that beer company’s product.
Hey, The Paddock!
I believe I bookmarked the GFDC after seeing some wood floor product of theirs on HGTV. Why did I bookmark it? I’m not exactly swimming in the cash to build my own home.
Random Wikipedia entry about warfare. I believed I used it in a discussion online about terrorism.
DeezTeez, bookmarked for the greatness that is “Make Like A Tree And Get The Fuck Out Of Here,” “Vandelay Industries,” “Hey Fuck Ass Give Me A Beer,” and “The Night Is Only Wasted If I’m Not.”The Boondock Saints is such a good movie. No, Teresa, they aren’t really brothers.
Want to watch a concert from the comfort of your computer without bothering going outside the law? Check out FabChannel. I haven’t tried it yet, but they have Flogging Molly on there so it can’t be all bad. FM have given me the two best concerts I’ve ever seen.
And the last one for tonight… because I was bored late one night after watching Underworld, I checked to see if Corvinus actually existed. Guess he did. And how ridiculously beautiful is Kate Beckinsale?