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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bill Spaceman Lee has advice for Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves

Attend an outdoor Atshitshi Festival!

Bard’s problem is breathing, as Lee sees it. Maybe a run from the highest mountain in Maine, Mount Katahdin, to the ballpark would help, Lee said with a laugh.

“He wasn’t picking up home plate, he didn’t want to let go of the ball,” Lee said. “He was having an anal retentive moment, which goes back to Otto Rank and (Sigmund) Freud. When you start going back to your glove, you’re going home to mama. You want to break that habit. It’s a breathing problem.

“Correct his breathing, correct his pitching. Got to work from that principle first. And I told ‘em to take him to Mount Katahdin and run him all the way back to the ballpark. By the time he got back, he wouldn’t have a breathing problem.”

...What did Lee think of what Aceves went through?

“It was a bad day,” Lee said of Aceves’ final outing with the Sox before his demotion. “It was just a bad day. He didn’t want to pitch, Oakland was all in their hoodies and everything else and they came out to play and the Red Sox didn’t. And it was a bad day and he didn’t cover first base and then he blamed no runs. He just had a bad day. We all have bad days. But he’s still a very good pitcher, and a very good long man.

“He’s a very sensitive guy and we had a tragedy in this town. Ballplayers are like canaries in a mine shaft. Miners used to take them down, and if there was any whiff of gas, a canary would die and allow the miners to get out. He’s a sensitive guy, very emotional. But he can be tough and durable. We’re all like that.”

Repoz Posted: April 27, 2013 at 08:52 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pingu Posted: April 27, 2013 at 09:59 PM (#4427254)
What the hill?
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4427263)
The Red Sox should bring Lee on board. Manager? Pitching Coach? Director of Baseball Operations? Hot Dog Vendor? Don't let his insight go to waste.
   3. Jacob Posted: April 27, 2013 at 10:54 PM (#4427275)
I bet he's breathing through the wrong eyelid.
   4. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM (#4427277)
Bard did a great job today, coming in and walking two batters with a 5-run lead and then getting yanked.
   5. Rough Carrigan Posted: April 28, 2013 at 12:16 AM (#4427295)
And, oddly enough, none of us watching could breathe while Bard was in there.
   6. Jim Wisinski Posted: April 28, 2013 at 12:47 AM (#4427299)
Wait, so Aceves gets a start the other day and Bard is back in the majors? Did all the other pitchers in the Red Sox organization come down with cholera recently or something?
   7. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: April 28, 2013 at 09:45 AM (#4427328)
And I told ‘em to take him to Mount Katahdin and run him all the way back to the ballpark. By the time he got back, he wouldn’t have a breathing problem.

This is of course true, mainly because he would not be breathing anymore.
   8. tfbg9 Posted: April 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM (#4427337)
Hey Bill, take your f*cking eefus pitch in Fenway to a right-handed HOF power hitter in his prime who represents the tying run at the plate in the 7th Game of the WS and anally retend it, you slobbering, drunken b@stard? Thanks.
   9. Dale Sams Posted: April 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM (#4427343)
Your recollection of the events of game 7 of the 1975 World Series is in error sir.
   10. Bob Tufts Posted: April 28, 2013 at 11:47 AM (#4427346)
The Red Sox had five hits that day - and Lee had one of them - and was stranded on third.

Yaz - fly out to end the series. Hmmm...Yaz pop out to end '78 playoff. I guess he wasn't clutch.
   11. tfbg9 Posted: April 28, 2013 at 01:54 PM (#4427399)
Well, what was it then, a 2 run homer that made it 3-2? Still pisses me off anyway.
   12. Bob Tufts Posted: April 28, 2013 at 02:10 PM (#4427412)
if I tell you that the Perez home run happened in the sixth inning, will that cause further irritation?
   13. tfbg9 Posted: April 28, 2013 at 02:12 PM (#4427415)
Perez not being the tying run at the plate makes the eefus maybe 33% less foolish. But it was still a very stupid pitch to throw in that spot, IMHO, YMMV.
   14. Joe Bivens Recognizes the Kenyan Precedent Posted: April 28, 2013 at 04:21 PM (#4427534)
I agree with Lee about Aceves. That day was brutally tough. I don't care who else played well, was prepared to play, whatever. I don't fault anyone for not wanting to play on a day like that in April.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 28, 2013 at 04:37 PM (#4427549)
When the Osborne's was at its height I had a friend that was absolutely convinced that Ozzie was much more functioning than he appeared to be on the show, and that the whole jibberish/dumb guy was a routine for his image. I think that's probably true of Bill Lee now, these are manufactured to be outlandish "spaceman" comments because its good press and keeps him in the public eye. If he started saying boring, rational things, no one would pay attention to him anymore.
   16. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 28, 2013 at 04:57 PM (#4427569)
That Tony Perez home run was quite probably the happiest moment of my life.
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2013 at 05:00 PM (#4427572)
When the Osborne's was at its height I had a friend that was absolutely convinced that Ozzie was much more functioning than he appeared to be on the show, and that the whole jibberish/dumb guy was a routine for his image. I think that's probably true of Bill Lee now, these are manufactured to be outlandish "spaceman" comments because its good press and keeps him in the public eye. If he started saying boring, rational things, no one would pay attention to him anymore.


what was outlandish with what he said? :)
   18. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 29, 2013 at 02:01 AM (#4427817)
That Tony Perez home run was quite probably the happiest moment of my life.


so I assume you have never had sex or a good blow job?
   19. Walt Davis Posted: April 29, 2013 at 02:48 AM (#4427825)
Bard is back in the majors?

Gonna be a long walk from Mt Katahdin.
   20. Walt Davis Posted: April 29, 2013 at 03:01 AM (#4427828)
And let's be honest, Perez has no business in the HoF. :-)

Looking at the box score, I'd say your scorn is better directed towards:

top 7, Griffey on 2nd, 2 outs ... and Moret walks Ed Armbrister. Ed f'ing Armbrister. Rose singles, tie game.


   21. Flynn Posted: April 29, 2013 at 04:24 AM (#4427831)
Lee does a daily radio spot in Montreal, 15's got it spot on. He enjoys making the outlandish statement now and then but he's anything but stupid/out of it.

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