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Friday, January 20, 2012

Shaughnessy’s Faux Rage: I’m Not Buying It

Firebrand Joe Morgan-like.

If you heard a loud thumping noise a few minutes ago, that wasn’t your imagination.  It was me bashing my head against the desk as I was reading Dan Shaughnessy’s latest opus.  Like all Shaughnessy articles, he channels his most emotional nerves to convince us that the Red Sox ownership (or whomever his target du jour might be) is wronging us. That their “cheap” ways are depriving us of a championship that we’re entitled to experiencing.  Clearly, he does it for attention and notoriety, and perhaps we should all be immune to his shtick by now.  For some reason, I can’t let go.

...Terry Francona, Theo Epstein, Jonathan Papelbon, and Heidi Watney are all gone, and we just learned that Carl Crawford had surgery on his wrist, which isn’t going to make things easier for his big bounce-back season.

I can live with all of the above – even if we won’t have J.D. Drew to kick around anymore – but I can’t stand talk about payroll limits and luxury tax obligations.

While Heidi Watney’s presence will be missed, I’m not sure how this will impact the team’s on field performance.  If anything, I think the horny old baseball writers, like Shaughnessy, will be the ones missing her most of all.

Crawford’s wrist injury probably won’t make his bounce back season any easier, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be successful.  The good news is that only the cartilege was torn in the wrist.  Had he broken a bone, the outlook on his season would’ve been much less rosy.  Recovery from such a procedure typically lasts 6-8 weeks, which would put him about 2-4 weeks behind in terms of Spring Training readiness.  He seems to be a pretty quick healer, so he could be back even sooner.  I don’t see any reason to panic until we’re given an actually reason to do so.

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Famous Original Joe C Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:19 PM (#4041500)
I was reading Dan Shaughnessy’s latest opus

There's your problem right there.
   2. TDF, trained monkey Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM (#4041507)
While Heidi Watney’s presence will be missed, I’m not sure how this will impact the team’s on field performance. If anything, I think the horny old baseball writers, like Shaughnessy, will be the ones missing her most of all.

Being a midwesterner, I had no idea who Heidi Watney is (asst. GM? Director of something or other?), so I googled her.

As someone who gets 150 games of Jim Day a year, I'd rate her loss as perhaps more important than Epstein's.
   3. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4041514)
It's fair to be frustrated by any number of things but ######## that the #2 or #3 payroll team in baseball isn't spending money is kind of stupid. If you want to ##### that past moves have hamstrung them, by all means have at it, but it's not like they've become the Oakland A's here.

Being a midwesterner, I had no idea who Heidi Watney is (asst. GM? Director of something or other?), so I googled her.

As someone who gets 150 games of Jim Day a year, I'd rate her loss as perhaps more important than Epstein's.


Every year I go to Spring Training. Heidi up close and in person is even more stunningly beautiful than on TV. What is truly great about her is her interaction with people, particularly kids. Before games she would meet with the locals who were on the field for some such ceremony ("let's welcome the kids of cub scout pack 87 from Ocala!") and she always seemed to be gracious and would inevitably grab the smallest kid and play catch for a little while with him/her or arrange to have a player do it.

Sideline reporters are pretty useless but she seemed to be a good ambassador for the club.

That picture of Jim Day makes me sad for TDF.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4041519)
Shaughnessy seems to be the only one on the planet putting forth the opinion that this Sox ownership don't spend a lot on the team. Troll on, Shank!

And then if/when things don't go perfect on the field, he will blame it on the fact that they have too many high-priced players on big contracts....the same big contracts that the ownership supposedly doesn't give out because they are cheap. This is not some simplistic amateur fanboy-baiting, the man is a pro!
   5. Dale Sams Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4041527)
Quick-healer? The opposite is what I've gathered. Wasn't he out a month with the lowest graded hamstring injury? And it seemed to affect him the rest of the season. If he starts off the season on the DL, he will have already equaled JD's number of stints.
   6. TerpNats Posted: January 20, 2012 at 06:02 PM (#4041587)
Sideline reporters are pretty useless
Nationals fans who have had to put up with Debbi Taylor can vouch for that.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 06:14 PM (#4041592)
I don't know about outrage, but Boston's had a crap offseason.

They're pretty clearly falling behind NY, TB (with Pena), LAA and Tex.

How they've failed to add a SP is beyond me.
   8. Swedish Chef Posted: January 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM (#4041604)
How they've failed to add a SP is beyond me.

They added Padilla, if he counts.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 06:34 PM (#4041607)
They added Padilla, if he counts.


I don't really think he does, at this point. He only pitched 8 innings last year, and didn't start at all.

Edit: Though he should be a lovely addition to the clubhouse, what with the alcoholism and the head-hunting.
   10. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 20, 2012 at 06:35 PM (#4041608)
They added Padilla, if he counts.

only to ten, Mudhead
   11. Rally Posted: January 20, 2012 at 07:25 PM (#4041636)
"Edit: Though he should be a lovely addition to the clubhouse, what with the alcoholism and the head-hunting."

Sounds like Josh Beckett's new best friend.
   12. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: January 20, 2012 at 07:41 PM (#4041643)
Red Sox fans survived Hazel Mae's departure; surely they will go on sans Heidi Watney.
   13. Tripon Posted: January 20, 2012 at 07:51 PM (#4041649)
Hey, Padilla throws the soap bubble, aka the Eephus. The most ridiculous pitch ever.
   14. Bob Evans Posted: January 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM (#4041717)
only to ten, Mudhead

"Is that all you think about, picking up things?"
   15. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: January 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM (#4041724)
Nationals fans who have had to put up with Debbi Taylor can vouch for that.


One of Heidi's predecessors at NESN back when she was Debbi Wrobleski.
   16. Dale Sams Posted: January 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM (#4041747)
They're pretty clearly falling behind NY, TB (with Pena), LAA and Tex.


I think Pena will be a step down from what Kotchman gave them.
   17. MM1f Posted: January 21, 2012 at 01:02 AM (#4041765)
I think Pena will be a step down from what Kotchman gave them.


Sure, but 2012 Casey Kotchman will also be a big step down from 2011 Casey Kotchman.

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