:: Monday, October 31, 2005 ::
Wow. Theo Epstein is not, I repeat NOT coming back as GM of the Boston Red Sox.
He turned down a reported $4.5 million, three-year extension -- 4 times his previous salary.
I, like Sox fans everywhere, have got some SERIOUS and PRESSING questions:
Why THE HELL would he do this? This makes ZERO sense to me. What's he going to do now? GM for The Dodgers? The Phillies? The freakin' TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS??
HOW could the Red Sox brass let this happen?? WHO is going to be Wonder-Boy's replacement?
I think Theo is going to regret walking away from this gig.
What a dumb-ass.
:: posted by Al on 10/31/2005 06:58:00 PM ::
:: Saturday, October 29, 2005 ::
I just saw my first snowflakes of the season.
:: posted by Al on 10/29/2005 10:38:00 AM ::
:: Thursday, October 27, 2005 ::
I'm glad the NHL is back but, oh man, the Boston Bruins have been painful to watch these days. They can't hold on to ANY kind of lead in the 3rd period! And the penalties! They've given the other teams 78 power-play chances so far this year. That's almost 7 a game!
Joe Thornton and Glen Murray need to be more consistent. They are being too streaky with their goals to be effective. Hey Joe, you'd score more goals if you positioned yourself IN FRONT of the net and stopped hiding BEHIND the net trying to feed Murray and Samsonov EVERY SINGLE PLAY. Try watching a Cam Neely highlight film once in a while, you'll get the idea.
Goaltender Andrew Raycroft has been great in goal so far, it's too bad that their defense in front of him has been downright horrendous. Hal Gill needs to go away somewhere, anywhere but the blue line for Boston. He can't continue to play D for the Bruins, the opposing teams make him look like a fool every night.
And the news just keeps getting better: Raycroft suffered a strained hamstring during Wednesday night's loss to Carolina and is expected to miss at least a week. And according to today's Providence Journal, Bruins defenseman Jonathan Girard has returned home to Quebec to meet with doctors and will most likely announce his retirement. After being sent to Boston's AHL affiliate in Providence, Girard has only played in 1 game and is reported to be dealing with some serious pain while playing as a result of the injuries sustained in that car accident two years ago.
Damn. I was hoping he would be healthy enough for a return to the parent club. They could use a healthy defenseman. I'm glad Nick Boynton ended his holdout, but he is getting dusted out there, he doesn't look like he is in game-ready shape.
Alexei Zhamnov? Where is this $4 million guy? Just HOW bad is his back injury?
On a positive note, rookie Brad Boyes is opening some eyes, and left wing P.J. Axelsson is definitely benefiting from the new NHL rules. In 11 games this season he's got 10 points. He had 20 total in 68 games in 2003.
Backup goalie Hannu Toivonen appears to have starting goalie potential.
Coach Mike Sullivan certainly has some problems to solve and questions to answer…like how come he's not playing some of the new guys and giving the older vets a rest once in a while? Maybe that way you'd hold onto a lead now and then.
:: posted by Al on 10/27/2005 05:05:00 PM ::
:: Friday, October 07, 2005 ::
Oh man...what a wicked-ugly series for the Red Sox.
ESPN's Chris Berman is such an a-hole. I can't stand his voice anymore. He's just so bad.
To be honest, Boston's season-long lack of reliable pitching made it a freakin' miracle they were in the playoffs to begin with.
The differences in the pitching staff from 2004 to 2005 were staggering: Pedro - gone to NY, D Lowe - gone to LA, Schilling - hurt, Foulke - hurt/useless.
Insert David Wells and Matt Clement. Oh yeah, we got Wade Miller too. Big Deal.
And Boston still managed 95 wins this year.
I guess now we have to wait to see if Theo's gamble on not dealing away some of their young pitching prospects at the trading deadline pays off down the road for the Sox.
For all intents and purposes, Theo sacrificed this year for hope of future glory with the rookies. And this offseason we will say goodbye to Manny (Mets?), Johnny Damon (Yankees?), Bill Mueller, Tony Graffanino, and Kevin Millar.
I hope Theo's plan works out.
(By the way, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is a free agent next year.)
:: posted by Al on 10/07/2005 08:57:00 PM ::
:: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 ::
They're changing our money, again:
Just look at this new nickel.
And again, I ask the question:
How much currency is it costing U.S. taxpayers to redesign all of our currency ???
The current nickel still works last time I checked.
At least let me choose the new design.
:: posted by Al on 10/05/2005 10:14:00 AM ::
:: Sunday, October 02, 2005 ::
The Red Sox are in the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, October 4, 2005
ALDS Game 1
Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox, ESPN
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
ALDS Game 2
Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox, ESPN
Friday, October 7, 2005
ALDS Game 3
Chicago White Sox @ Boston Red Sox, ESPN2
:: posted by Al on 10/02/2005 10:08:00 PM ::
Oh...Curty, Curty, Curty, Curty, Curty, Curty...whoa Curty, Curty, Curty...this is a biggee, don't let me down Curty......
:: posted by Al on 10/02/2005 11:11:00 AM ::