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Friday, May 18, 2007

Red Sox - Released Ochoa

Boston Red Sox - Released OF Alex Ochoa.

Speaking of hitting .138 for AAA teams (I swear, I didn’t see that until just now)...

This might be the end of the road for Ochoa, who surprised the hell out of me by becoming a pretty good player for a few years in the 90s.  Ochoa also makes me feel really old as he’s 35 now.  I remember back when the Orioles were excited that he was going to be The Next Damon Buford.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, the team liked him, it’s just that the Orioles were/are retarded.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 18, 2007 at 11:54 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Halofan Posted: May 19, 2007 at 04:22 AM (#2369129)
Erstad waved off Ochoa from Right-Center Field and caught the final out of the 2002 World Series.
   2. GGC Posted: May 19, 2007 at 01:49 PM (#2369247)
IIRC, Michael Tucker takes over his role at Pawtucket.
   3. HowardMegdal Posted: May 22, 2007 at 01:13 PM (#2373973)
I remember being excited about Ochoa- he had a plus arm, could wait out pitchers... if he'd played center field he'd have been a plus bat, or at least held his own. I always felt he got a raw deal. Clearly, Dan disagrees, and I'm curious why.
   4. Dan Szymborski Posted: May 22, 2007 at 01:47 PM (#2374000)
I was kinda neutral on Ochoa.

I probably misworded what I meant. I was getting towards the idea that the Orioles were excited because they believed they were getting the Next Damon Buford.
   5. Traderdave Posted: May 22, 2007 at 02:23 PM (#2374028)
I got to see Ochoa play alot for the '00 Reds, in waht turned out to be his career year. My schedule allowe dme to catch 40-50 Reds games that year and Ochoa was a lot of fun to watch. Cannon arm, all out hustle, I really enjoyed watching him that year. It really surprised me that nobdy took a chance on him after '02.
   6. David Wrightwing obstructionist Posted: May 22, 2007 at 05:23 PM (#2374162)
I taunted Ochoa once at Coors(vs Mets), had a few beers in me was tired of expansion fans giving me never ending hell about how bad we sucked, year in/out.

About the time it was obvious he was gonna go bust, during BP, he was in RF, I yelled bring back Bobby Bo, he turned looked right at me and then started sauntering toward LF.
   7. HowardMegdal Posted: May 22, 2007 at 05:49 PM (#2374180)
"I probably misworded what I meant. I was getting towards the idea that the Orioles were excited because they believed they were getting the Next Damon Buford."

This makes more sense. I believe the Mets got the actual Damon Buford in the same deal... it wasn't as exciting as it sounded.
   8. billyshears Posted: May 22, 2007 at 06:57 PM (#2374224)
I remember when the Orioles were offering the Mets Jeffrey Hammonds and Armando Benitez for Bonilla, but the Mets held out for Alex Ochoa and Damon Buford. It was like the Mets and the Orioles were trying to out-stupid each other. Not surprisingly for the time, the Mets won.
   9. David Wrightwing obstructionist Posted: May 23, 2007 at 01:18 AM (#2375094)
billy, thx for #8, man that gave me a good chuckle, because I was actually coming back to post nothing personal to Alex, I was just a seroius disgruntled Met fan at the time.

So your post was perfect, could you imagine Benetiz when we were horrible? That wouldn't have been a pretty sight.

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