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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Shaughnessy: Reflections from the sunny side

Spring doings…including this Koenecke-the-dots moment with Yaz.

What does Carl Yastrzemski think of the beer ban in the clubhouse? “As long as you get it on the flight, it’s no big deal,’’ said Yaz, who was known to drain a bottle or two during his 23-year career. “I think a lot of that stuff was exaggerated. If somebody just did it once, or whatever, you know, just had a beer . . . Everything’s a big story today. No beer in the clubhouse is one thing. As long as they have beer on the flights, I think it’s OK. I couldn’t take a plane unless I had a beer.’’ For the record, the Sox have banned beer in the clubhouse, home and away, but will have beer on flights unless they are flying back to Boston.

Bobby Valentine might be the greatest micro-manager of all time. He wants a say on everything. He is working overtime to improve communication throughout the organization. And no matter what they say, it’s going to be a little awkward between the manager and the general manager, given that Dale Sveum was Ben Cherington’s original candidate. It’s hard to believe Cherington is a fan of Adrian Gonzalez playing outfield in spring training games.

The Sox still have holes at shortstop, left field, and right field. They have downgraded at closer. They don’t have fourth and fifth starters. New York, Tampa, Texas, Anaheim, and Detroit all got better. The Sox are not better. Anybody else skeptical about the Local Nine? Who will be the first to note that the home opener is on Friday the 13th?

...Gonzalez is one sour dude. Almost Nomar-esque. Nobody likes a know-it-all.

Repoz Posted: March 11, 2012 at 08:23 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM (#4078482)
...Gonzalez is one sour dude. Almost Nomar-esque. Nobody likes a know-it-all.

I think it's a few years too early to start laying the groundwork for running Gonzalez out of town. I think management wants to keep him around.
Shaughnessy must have been confused on which player to start the hit-jobs on...
   2. RJames Posted: March 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM (#4078488)
CHB is just an unfunny, negativity-obsessed #######.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM (#4078496)
Shaughnessy commenting that "no one likes a know it all" is pretty rich.
   4. Dale Sams Posted: March 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM (#4078510)
The Sox still have holes at shortstop, left field, and right field. They have downgraded at closer. They don’t have fourth and fifth starters. New York, Tampa, Texas, Anaheim, and Detroit all got better. The Sox are not better. Anybody else skeptical about the Local Nine? Who will be the first to note that the home opener is on Friday the 13th?
...Gonzalez is one sour dude. Almost Nomar-esque. Nobody likes a know-it-all.


I thought for sure there was some story before those ellipsi, or after the cliffhanger.

...nope. wtf?
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4078516)
I thought for sure there was some story before those ellipsi, or after the cliffhanger.

...nope. wtf?


What an absolutely bizarre column
   6. Monty Posted: March 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM (#4078524)
Now it feels like Spring! We've got a Francoeur article, a crazy-new-pitching-coach article, and an incoherent Shaughnessy prediction of doom all on the same day!
   7. TerpNats Posted: March 11, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4078531)
"Nice job, Shaughnessy," Dave Egan is saying from somewhere...possibly down below.
   8. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 11, 2012 at 06:00 PM (#4078586)
Bobby Valentine might be the greatest micro-manager of all time.


Buck Showalter laughed so hard he strained an oblique.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM (#4078611)
I just looked at the Red Sox Non-roster invitees list. Holy crap! The pitchers they brought to Fort Myers on NRIs have over 800 career starts. They could be the nucleus of a pennant-winning team in 2004 or so.

By comparison, the only big names on the Giants NRI list are Ramon Ortiz and Brian Burres. The Yankees don't have anyone I can ever remember starting a game except Mike O'Connor. The Phillies have Dave Bush, Scott Elarton and Joel Piniero, which is a lot of NRI star power under normal conditions.
   10. Jittery McFrog Posted: March 11, 2012 at 07:39 PM (#4078619)
Shaughnessy: Reflections from the sunny side


"The yellow face, it burns us"
   11. ptodd Posted: March 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM (#4078644)
It's refreshing to hear Dan tell it like it is. So much of the Boston print media is on the Red Sox PR payroll, it's tiresome.

Biggest downgrade is at manager. The team is good despite the uncertainty at a couple of positions, so long as Bobby V does not overmanage much and they can stay healthy, they win 90-95 games and get at least a WC spot.
   12. JJ1986 Posted: March 11, 2012 at 09:43 PM (#4078645)
The Yankees don't have anyone I can ever remember starting a game except Mike O'Connor.


They do have Adam Miller, though. I guess they wanted to make Mark Prior look healthy by comparison to someone.
   13. Dale Sams Posted: March 11, 2012 at 09:43 PM (#4078646)
Lol. Yeah, that sunny Boston media. They would never say anything negative about the Sox. Good thing we got Shank around to keep it real.
   14. Rough Carrigan Posted: March 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM (#4078653)
So, Daniel Bard who in the past couple years has thrown a terrific 4 seam fastball, a sometimes devastating 2 seamer, a wipeout slider and this spring a good changeup that he was known to have been working on for the last year, is "a 2 pitch pitcher" according to CHB?

Way to work at your craft, Shaughnessy! Don't keep up on things and miss a free buffet you chipmunk cheeked incompetent.

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