First things first, congratulations to now Hall of Famers Jim Rice and Ricky Henderson. Henderson made it on his first year of eligibility and Rice made it on his 15th and final year of eligibility. Obviously Henderson deserves it, the all-time leader in runs scored and steals; he was one of my favorite players growing up because he was a lefty that batted righty, just like me. Plus, I respected his game, and just how fast he was on the base path.
I was of course a Jim Rice fan, he should have made the Hall of Fame a long, long time ago. He was one of the most feared hitters in the game, and all hell of have broke loose in New England if Rice did not make it this year.
So congrats to both of them, it’s too bad Mark McGuire didn’t make it….cha right.
Well, I haven’t blogged in five days. I had my doctors appointment on Thursday, I’m still broken, plain and simple. My wife and I went to my employment’s post-holiday party Friday night. We both had a blast, and my co-workers are freaks, LOL!!! Today is my youngest birthday, she is now two. We had her bday party on Saturday, good turn out, but snow was a coming so the party ended kind of early.
In the NFL playoffs, the final four takes stage. I’m rooting for a Pennsylvaina Super Bowl. I can hear those Giant fans crying about how they lost to the Eagles, the Giants got out played. I never believed the hype about the Giants. I always said that the Giants were very lucky last year, and this year. They screwed themselves by suspending Plaxico Burgess, so that’s what they get.
The Red Sox has made some post holiday shopping the past week. The got Brad Penny, Josh Bard, traded for Ramon Ramirez, now they got a future Hall of Famer, a proven closer, and couple of familiar utilitymen:
- Takashi Saito signed a one-year deal with an option for 2010. He was a closer for the Dodgers, and adding him makes this bullpen that is already loaded, well, is now just naaaaasty. I like this pick-up, he can spot close when Papelbon needs a break, and help out Okijima, and Declarmen in the set-up roles. The bullpen was a major flaw last year, so Theo has done his homework, and now has the best bullpen in the game.
- Rocco Baldelli can finally play for the team he rooted for as a Rhode Islander. I also like this pick-up, Rocco can play center and right field, and still is a very good contact hitter. Although his health still comes to play, if J.D Drew can stay healthly and Jacoby Ellisbury can be consistent, that shouldn’t be a problem.
- Mark Kotsay comes back to the Sox. This guy always gave the Sox problems when he played for the A’s, so I was thrilled when they picked him up last summer, and signing him for this year will help the outfield. Kotsay can play all three outfields, has a little pop in his bat, and a very good baserunner. Fundamental baseball, gotta love it.
- This signing surprised me: John Smoltz. He has played his entire 20 years for the Altanta Braves organization and now he decides he needs a change. Amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always thought that Smoltz is one of the greatest right-handed pitchers in the game, but he had shoulder surgery last year, and isn’t expected to be ready until June 1. This looks like the Bartolo Colon project of last year, except this is a 5.5 million dollar project. I do and I don’t like this pick-up, but that old cliche’ comes to play: you can never have enough pitching.
I am impressed that the Red Sox have signed these bargin/Target/Wal-Mart deals. Now, they need to conclude this catching situation before February.
Oh real quick, Dustin Pedroia is the cover man for PS3’s MLB The Show 09. He is the second Sox player (the first is Big Papi) to cover the game series since ’05. Can’t wait for freakin’ baseball season.