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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thankful for an Amazing Decade

It seems to be a thing to pick an All-Decade team these days and with Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, upon us it’s a good way to express our thanks for this amazing decade where the Boston Red Sox won as many World Series titles as the rest of the American League combined.

So, just a bit of fun for your reading pleasure or to be ignored.  No refunds will be issued.

1B - Mike Napoli
Other Nominees: Mitch Moreland, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis

First base has been a bit of a rotating ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: November 27, 2019 at 08:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Gumbo Limbo, Mookie Betts and “Not My Money”

Let’s get the part where you all hate me out of the way.  While the Boston area freezes its collective caboose off I’m down in Naples, FL sitting on the lanai with a cigar, a Guinness and some nachos looking at nearly clear blue skies.  I tell you this not to make you feel jealous (well, not “only” that) but for reasons I hope to make apparent.

Of course this is the Off-Season of Mookie and everything has to do with Mookie.  As a practical matter the Sox can do three things this ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: November 16, 2019 at 03:37 PM | 100 comment(s)
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Monday, November 04, 2019

Musings on Rule Changes and Bullpen Construction

Starting next season there are two new rules that affect most of the season:

1. Active roster size expands from 25 to 26.

2. Any pitcher who enters the game cannot be removed until the first of these three events:
- injury
- end of the half-inning (or game)
- they have faced at least 3 batters.

As the offseason begins, what do the new rules - the second one, specifically - mean for the Red Sox bullpen?

villageidiom Posted: November 04, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

J.D. Martinez’s Qualified Decision

We’re about a week away from JDM’s big decision. Big decisions aren’t easy.

villageidiom Posted: October 29, 2019 at 11:44 AM | 61 comment(s)
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

2020 is in Bloom

While anything official will wait for the end of the World Series multiple reports (Joel Sherman, Rob Bradford among others) are reporting that the Red Sox are hiring Chaim Bloom* as their next General Manager**.

* see what I did with the title?
** I don’t care about titles, he’s doing the job traditionally associated with GM so that’s what I’m calling him

On all of these hires we really know so very little about the people involved that it is hard to make any particularly substantive ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: October 26, 2019 at 03:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Let’s Get On With It

In 147 days the 2020 Boston Red Sox will open their spring slate against long time rivals Northeastern University.  By the time that happens it is likely that much will be changed from the 2019 Red Sox.  I don’t think I am being an unreasonable homer when I say I feel optimistic about the team.  Yes some things are in flux but there is a remarkable amount of talent on hand and I expect the Sox to be around the midpoint of last year’s 108 wins and this years 83/84/85 (depending on today and ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: September 28, 2019 at 10:13 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lining up the Minors - End of Season Edition

With the minor league season over and the Sox having punted GM Dave Dombrowski to the curb (I wonder if GMs do that awkward thing where they get together over lunch to get some of their things they left at the owners house like exes).  Anyway, that wasn’t a complete sentence where was I?

Oh yeah, minor league season over, Dombrowski unemployed…and a lot of focus on the future of the Sox.  Some of that future is going to be driven by folks in the minor leagues.  The title of the post has a ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: September 14, 2019 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Monday, September 09, 2019

Dave Dombrowski Fired

I don’t have a lot to say on this at the late hour but the title kind of covers it and it deserves a thread. After four plus seasons, three division titles and 108 win season capped with a World Series title the Sox have let GM (I don’t care what his title was, that’s what he was) go. Eddie Romero (not that one) will take over for now.

What the next step will be is obviously the big question. The first job of the next person will be to make Mookie Betts unspeakably rich. Beyond that the ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: September 09, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Friday, August 30, 2019

One Month to the Playoffs

Why yes, with 28 games to go the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are still playing baseball games and in fact they are playing baseball games that matter!  The magic number to win a fourth consecutive AL East title is just 43!

OK OK, I’m willing to concede that their division chances have probably dipped a shade below 50% (though a sweep against the Yankees next weekend and just make up another 11 1/2 games…) but the Wild Card is still doable.  The 5 1/2 game deficit, while ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: August 30, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Little More Acceptable

Let’s start with the obvious, the Boston Red Sox are almost certainly not making not making the playoffs in 2019.  The hole is too deep and despite playing well since getting squashed in the Bronx they’ve gone 8-4 (with a suspended game looming) including a nice series win in Cleveland.  With that said a team that looked in disarray two weeks ago suddenly is at least providing some encouragement.

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe dropped a comparison to 2002 earlier this week.  That is the ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: August 20, 2019 at 01:49 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 04, 2019

Unacceptable

Well the good news is they aren’t dead yet but at this point pretending the 2019 Boston Red Sox are going to mount any kind of defense of their 2018 World Series title is a fool’s errand to say the least.  The simple reality is the pitching has been a complete disaster and frankly it’s a bit of a shocker.  From top to bottom they have underperformed and I can’t help but feel like this falls heavily on the shoulders of Alex Cora and management in general (both above and below him) for ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: August 04, 2019 at 09:41 PM | 52 comment(s)
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Monday, July 29, 2019

That’s What We Have Been Waiting For

It took nearly two thirds of the season but the defending World Champions finally showed up and played the way we have been expecting since day one.  Faced with a rich challenge against Tampa Bay and then New York the Sox took care of business about as well as could have been hoped going 5-2 and showing their talent in a way they have not for most of the season.  Despite the good performance some concerns still exist that cannot be dismissed out of hand.  To wit;

Monday - 2IP, 4 runs
Tuesday - ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: July 29, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

A Disappointing First Half

With the Sox at the unofficial halfway point of the 2019 championship season I think it is safe to say they have not defended their World Series title particularly well so far.  In fairness some of that is down to the amazing first half the Miami Marlins…oh wait, New York Yankees have had (I get those teams with only one World Series title this century confused).  They have been remarkable and opened up a nine game lead on our heroes in the division.  Past defenses of World Series titles have ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: July 11, 2019 at 11:28 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Has A Corner Been Turned?

Is it finally happening for the 2019 Red Sox? Are they finally starting to pull it together and be the team they should be?  For the third time this season they have won a series against a club over .500 taking two out of three from the best in the AL Twins (and wow is that odd to read).  This coming on the heels of five straight against Texas and Baltimore (the latter of which is very nearly as good as a Major League team) and the Sox are a season best six games over .500.

We have seen this ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: June 20, 2019 at 07:29 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Monday, May 27, 2019

The First Third

The Sox reached the one third point of the 2019 season with a comfortable victory over the Indians to bring their record to 29-25. It’s not the 37-17 of a year ago but it’s a perfectly reasonable place to be considering the 2-8 start. If they simply maintain the pace they have played at since that bad start they would finish at 95 wins.

This is why I’m not a big scoreboard watcher until August. I’m pretty comfortable thinking it will take 95-100 wins to take the division crown.  The ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: May 27, 2019 at 08:25 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Mediocrity Achieved!

So 36 games after their last dance with the magic .500 mark the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are there again after a win over the Baltimore Orioles who are according to league rules a Major League Baseball team.

Snark aside the Sox are resembling the team they were twelve months ago.  Think I’m crazy?  Try this on for size;

2018: games 11 to 38: 17 wins, 11 losses
2019: games 11 to 38: 17 wins, 11 losses

We can play games with numbers all we want and those first ten games ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: May 08, 2019 at 11:11 PM | 44 comment(s)
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Monday, April 22, 2019

A Weekend of Necessity

After kind of seeing their world turned upside down for a few weeks the Red Sox pretty much ticked all the boxes this weekend and more importantly picked up three much needed wins.  It is only April etc…but the reality is that 8 1/2 back at the start of the weekend meant being swept would have put them 11 1/2 out and even simply losing 2 out of 3 would have had them 9 1/2 out.  It is early enough that those are deficits that can be overcome but that would have been a heck of a hole to climb out ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: April 22, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 58 comment(s)
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Monday, April 15, 2019

We Can Be Concerned Now

There are still 145 games to go in the 2019 season so nothing is certain but unlike 2018 when every test was passed with flying colors the Sox have failed their first test of 2019.  After a gloomy season-opening road trip the Sox returned home and laid a fairly decisive egg.  They went 3-3 against two pretty bad baseball teams and were frankly fortunate to get out of there with the split.  The problems that existed on the road trip remain in place with the rotation showing small signs of ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: April 15, 2019 at 03:33 PM | 64 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 07, 2019

It’s Time To Party!

With apologies to Eck for the title, Tuesday is the day we have all waited for since about 11:15PM on October 28, 2018 when Chris Sale fanned Manny Machado touching off a celebration we have become delightfully accustomed to in recent years.  It is a stunning world I never could have imagined.  “Just one” that’s all I ever wanted.  Let me have that moment once, that moment when every other baseball team looks up and see YOUR team, the team you live and die with dogpiling on the ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: April 07, 2019 at 09:18 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The Future is The Future

As per usual the Red Sox have a loaded minor league system with Baseball America ranking them as having the 29th runner up to the best minor league system.  With that kind of optimism we probably should have a place to chat about the minor leaguers that exist.  Here in easy readable format are guys worth keeping an eye on;

1B - Triston Casas - Greenville - The big lefty was the Sox #1 draft pick last year but got injured just two games into his pro career.  He seemed to be the recipient of ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: April 03, 2019 at 01:37 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

A Bad Short Term Weekend But Long Term?

So the first four games of 2019 were not quite as enjoyable as the last four of 2018, or the first four, or really just about any four.  However, the Sox entered spring training with a plan in place to ease the pitchers into it in hopes that it would pay dividends down the road.  Add the late reports of Xander Bogaerts getting inked to a long term deal and this weekend’s disappointments will likely be a footnote over not just 2019 but the long term.

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: March 31, 2019 at 09:24 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Let’s Get It On

The defending world champion Boston Red Sox hit the field just a bit over 24 hours from now.  A few stray thoughts, bad predictions and general hopes for the coming 7 months;

Breakout Star - Eduardo Rodriguez - People seem to forget that the soon to be 26 year old is already a good Major League pitcher with a career ERA+ of 107.  Reports out of Fort Myers have been overwhelmingly positive and I feel like there is some growing confidence on his part that he genuinely belongs. 

Disappointing ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: March 27, 2019 at 02:15 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Camp is Broken

The World Champion Red Sox broke camp this weekend and headed to Arizona for a bit of a tune up with the Cubs before heading to Seattle to open the season against the Mariners.  There is news being reported in various places of some interest;

Chris Sale is a rich man.

Sale wasn’t exactly going through the couch cushions to get T-pass money before but he’s a lot richer now.  I had said earlier this winter that Sale was a bit lower on my priority list.  However this deal is a lot more ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: March 24, 2019 at 08:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

First World Problems: Ovations

Spring training is winding down, and most important decisions have been made. One more critical set remains: who should get the loudest ovations at the home opener?


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Report from the Fort

It’s that time of year again, the time when everyone hates Jose as he tells you that he is in Southwest Florida drinking too much rum and watching the Sox do their thing.  While you are angry at me here are a few notes from Fort Myers;

- First off the good news has been health.  Apparently J.D. Martinez missed yesterday’s game with a sore back but there doesn’t seem to be too much concern on that front.  Other than that all the reports are that everyone is healthy.  Watching the players ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: March 14, 2019 at 09:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Baseball Has Been Played!

The defending World Champions (that’s the Boston Red Sox if you forgot) have started playing baseball again.  Apparently the top prospects have made some noise already.  Bobby Dalbec crushed a homer the other day and Michael Chavis has cranked a couple of dingers of his own.  As both players are heavily dependent on their power to make an impact it’s a nice little sign in these crucial* early spring games.

* - not crucial

Maybe the biggest story so far is the Ryan Brasier situation. ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: February 24, 2019 at 07:58 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Happy Pitchers and Molinas* Day!!!

* - That’s not my joke but I don’t remember who first coined it so let’s just assume I’m incredibly funny.

Today is the official early report day for pitchers and catchers at JetBlue Park.  For those of you who enjoyed shoveling snow this morning like I did you’ll be pleased to know the report from my mother in SW Florida is that it’s “chilly” (i.e. 66 degrees) and raining so they are miserable too.  A few random thoughts as people who were a hell of a lot warmer when they woke up arrive at ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: February 13, 2019 at 10:29 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Roster Numero Uno

EDIT: Shut up, I forgot to list Xander Bogaerts because I’m stupid.  Just shut up.

With just a month until pitchers and catchers (hooray!) I figured this might be a good time to take a gander at the Sox roster as it is currently constituted.  I suspect the Sox will make a move or two to add bullpen help but what are we looking at on Opening Day in Seattle?

Infield: Mitch Moreland, Steve MVPearce, Eduardo Nunez, Brock Holt, Rafael Devers, XANDER BOGAERTS THE GREATEST SHORTSTOP EVAH
Likely DL: ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: January 13, 2019 at 05:11 PM | 35 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

2019: The Year in Review

Happy New Year Theradpudians!  As 2018 morphs into 2019 I thought I would step into the Sox Therapy Time Machine and look back at what happened in 2019 as the Sox defended World Series title #9.

January 6 - Three really smart guys show up at Mookie Betts’ house with gifts for Mookie’s new baby.  They give the baby a copy of Gold Bond powder, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and much mirth.  They may not be the three smart guys we thought.

January 17 - The Red Sox sign southpaw reliever ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: January 01, 2019 at 12:05 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Big Decision

In the post about the off-season Jay Seaver made a comment that I think was correct;

I’m only half-joking when I say that the biggest hole the Red Sox have to fill for 2019 is in the booth - now that they know Remy won’t be going on the road and Dennis Eckersley is not inclined to, they really need to find someone better than Lyons and (shudder) Gomes to fill that void. Lenny DiNardo seemed fairly solid when filling in back in 2017, but maybe there are better options.

Jay is right, it’s kind ...

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Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: December 12, 2018 at 10:56 AM | 12 comment(s)
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