Dice-K more fastball than I expected

Watching the highlights from Dice-K's debut was reminiscent of Pedro in his prime. Lot more of his swings and misses where on fastballs than I expected.  But it was also clear that his change-up was also in top form.  He also seemed to keep the ball down very well.  Can't wait to watch a game live to get beyond the highlights. Glad I have him on my fantasy team.

In a related note… I'm hoping that Varitek can start swinging the bat soon or I'm going to have to drop him from my team.  At least he called a great game and threw out a runner in a key spot.  It's just sad to watch him hit less than Nomar's twins weigh. 

Web Savy Red Sox

Looks like baseball players have discovered the internet. Shilling having a blog is awesome. Manny selling stuff on e-bay… that's just strange. 

The first place to look for a mammoth $4,000 grill is of course in Manny's garage – and you'll find it on Ebay. We can't find a model number for this monstrosity, but it's likely to kick something in the range of 40,000+ btu's. The full description given on Ebay:

Hi, I'm Manny Ramirez. I bought this AMAZING grill for about $4,000 and I used it once… But I never have the time to use it because I am always on the road. I would love to sell it and you will get an autographed ball signed by me =] Enjoy it, Manny Ramirez.

The Sox are getting web savvy these days. Schilling is banging out his own blog, now Manny's up on Ebay.

Source: Bostonist: The Easiest Way to Get Up in Manny's Grill

Will a rule change lead to faster games?

The first rule changes have been made in MLB since 1996.  Pitchers will be required to pitch the ball within 12 seconds of the batter being in the box and them having the ball.  I’d love to see the same sort of rule applied to batters who step out of the box. They should be required to keep one foot in the box and only leave to replace a broken bat between pitches or if the team calls time. 

Because of the TV breaks between innings I doubt this change alone will speed up the games much.  It’s unfortunate because I love playing baseball, but watching it is still difficult without fast forward most of the time.  There is no reason the average game should take much more than two and half hours.