Wow, that’s harsh

It’s the end of “Manny being Manny” in Boston. Apparently the whole team agreed…

Theo’s initial comments – Extra Bases – Red Sox blog

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is addressing the media concerning yesterday’s trade of Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers.

“I think it puts us in a good position going forward from a baseball standpoint, and also from the position of standing for something as an organization,” said Epstein. The Red Sox GM said that the team held a meeting with the 25 players on the roster before trading Ramirez, and that the Red Sox now “feel like a team for the first time in a while.”

“There was an environment that was not conducive to winning surrounding this club,” said Epstein. “We wanted to change that if we could. We also wanted to make a good baseball trade.”

A Great Sell, Sox Opening Letter to Schilling in 2003

It’s pretty cool to have someone as outspoken and transparent as Curt Schilling blogging about his baseball accomplishments. For me his blog has been inspirational and educational when it comes to my hobby of playing baseball. 

The post I’m linking to here is a repost of the letter the Sox sent to him in 2003 to open the negotiations that landed him in Boston… and therefore landed the Red Sox a world series victory. 

What’s impressive here is what a great sales job they did. The letter remained classy while at the same time tugging on all the right buttons I’d imagine to get someone like him to come to your team.  If nothing else it paints a great picture of a well run organization.

…It is clear that the Schillings and the Diamondbacks have formed a partnership. From afar, we have admired Curt’s accomplishments in an Arizona uniform and the incredible impact the whole family has had in the Phoenix community. We have the utmost respect for your roots here, and also for the full no-trade clause you negotiated into your current contract. In short, we know you don’t have to do this.

Why, then, did we leave our own families behind and fly here today? Well, we think that the Schillings and the Red Sox might just be another great fit – a perfect marriage – and we hope that we can demonstrate why…

2003 Sox opening letter. « 38 Pitches

This one should have everything

Today's game is iether going to be a classic or a big let down.  Doesn't look to be building up as anything in between. Dice-K versus Ichiro AND Dice-K versus the phenom Felix AND the first home start for Boston's 103 million dollar man.  I'd tape the game and watch it when I get home, but I don't think I'll be able to avoid it at Diablo batting practice tonight that's held in the SODO district with every M's game blaring.

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. 

The best form of the post game interview…

Is now a blog. I've been reading www.38pitches.com since the start of spring training. Why in the world would an athlete in today's world subject themselves to the standard boring post game interview if they could just blog about why the did or did not perform. Plus, as a baseball junkie I love hearing the depth from Curt that doesn't get included when the traditional media decides it's not worth hearing about what pitches he threw to what batters when.  Plus, he answers fan questions directly.

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