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My Apartment May Have Been Without Heat and Electricity Last Night, but it’s All Right Because it’s Motherf#$%ing Truck Day.

That’s right folks; Truck Day is here, and no matter what the weather is like (it’s been warmer lately), that means spring is just around the corner.

It is only 5 days until the four best words of any winter: Pitchers and Catchers Report. The Boston Red Sox are headed into the spring in as strong a position as they have been since 2007 and look to be the favorites on paper. Guys are already reporting to Ft. Myers and the Truck is leaving today, but I can’t say that I’m 100% comfortable with the way the Sox are heading into the season.

Most years we could say the same thing, but this season has a question mark that hasn’t been there for quite a while, the spectre of large scale injury worries. Last season, the Sox won 89 games with a club that was led by J.D. Drew. Led and Drew are two words that should never go together, but that was because of the injuries that took out half of the lineup. This year, everybody is supposed to be healthy, and that may be the case, but with four of the top five guys in the lineup coming off off of injuries (Ells, Pedey, Youk, Gonzo) and the entire  infield less than 100%, I am tempering my expectations. (Except for the fact that I get a boner every time I try to figure out this year’s Sox lineup.)

Who the hell cares though. It’s Truck Day, and right now, all is right with the world.

Go Sox.

5 Days.

Done.

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Sure Signs Of Spring.

Yeah, these are all pictures that I pulled right off of Extra Bases, but it just makes me enormously happy to know that there are people playing baseball on diamonds that belong to the Boston Red Sox even as we are getting a forecast for more f#$%ing snow.

The Truck is being unloaded.

"Yes, that movie "She's Out of My League" is based on my wife and I, but hey, I put on some weight this winter!"

I have no idea who these people are, but they make me feel like spring.

Baseballs have not forgotten to fear Youkzilla and his beard.

There is just more to come as almost seventy guys have arrived early for spring training. Youk, Paps, Lester, Dice, Buck, and others are already in town, Victor is telling everyone he can get his hands on that he wants to stay in Boston, and It’s getting warmer around here. Things are still good.

Go Sox.

3 Fucking Days.

Done.

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Happy Truck Day, Red Sox Nation.

Still Better Than Christmas and Kwanza Combined

Is there anywhere else in the world that the simple packing and departure of a moving truck makes a whole region sit up and celebrate? There are already guys down in Fort Myers wearing Red Sox uniforms and taking BP, tossing balls around and working out, but for the majority of Red Sox nation, today is the true start of the countdown to spring.

Today the Red Sox pack up the equipment truck and move their whole operations down to Florida for six weeks. Today Adrian Beltre, John Lackey, Mike Cameron and Marco Scutaro put their stuff on the list of things to head to City of Palms Park. Today the sun wil be a little warmer, the clouds a little less grey and the region a little happier.

Today is Truck Day. We’ve made it.

Go Sox.

6 Days.

Done.

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Anyone Got $150 Million I Can Borrow?

So with the Red Sox roster pretty much set for the season (barring another injury or Lowell actually getting traded this time), things have started to slow down as the days dwindle until Spring Training. Truck Day is Friday and there’s not much going on until then. Sure, we’re all excited about the Gaby Hernandez pick up, but the main thing that’s going on is that the New York Times is finally moving ahead with selling their 17.5% stake in New England Sports Ventures, also known as the Boston American League Baseball Club.

I’ve never been all that comfortable with the New York Times, or even the Globe for that matter, owning a part of the Sox. First of all they are from New York, and secondly, they have to report on the team that they own. I’ve never claimed to be an unbiased or objective observer of this team, or even allow reality to get in the way of my opinions, but I don’t own the team (yet), and I’m not a major news outlet.

The New Owners?

With the Times bowing out, this is an opportunity for another set of truly local hands to get a grip on the Sox. I love John Henry, Et. Al, but the only local guy in the group is Theo, and he doesn’t hold an ownership stake. His job makes it so that he can’t even cheer at games because he has to be as analytical as possible. (I was sitting two rows behind him a few years back when Trot made two spectacular diving catches in a row and he didn’t even pump his fist while the rest of Fenway was on their feet). I’d really like to see a fan get in there and at least be able to get his (our) views heard in that war room. I don’t think this person will always be listened to, nor should he, but just having a fan’s voice on the ownership would be nice (especially if it was mine).

So feel free to pledge a dollar to our ownership drive in the comments section, and do whatever you can to survive the lull until we get to spend 12 hours a day watching this on NESN:

The best part is that they keep calling Jonathan Papelbon “Josh” which is his minor league brother’s name.

8 goddamn days.

Go Sox.

Done.

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I guess we just couldn’t tear ourselves away from the Spring Training Coverage.

Sorry nothing came out from the Ballpark yesterday. We were too captivated by the endless replays of Red Sox Spring Training on NESN. On a cold day it’s more addictive than crack. I don’t know if I said it enough lately, but I love our manager. 

Enjoy this as our apology, more later in the day:

Done.

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Holy Shit! It’s Truck Day and the Red Sox are going to win the AL East.

Truck DayCongratulations Red Sox fans, we’ve made it through the long ALCS hangover known as the off season and we are standing on the precipice of another brand spanking new baseball season.  While not all of us will be able to get over to Fenway at 1:00 today to see off the gear and the flatbed that will lead it out with Wally, Fenway Ambassadors (I hope that means the new hooker service in the EMC club) and some people who paid to be called “official” members of Red Sox Nation, we can all bask in the fact that it is less than a week until the fields of Ft Myers will be teaming with pitchers and catchers. 

This brings me to my main point of the day: The Boston Red Sox will win the AL East this season. The division features the three best teams in all of baseball (yes, all of baseball, Phuck you Phillies Phans), and the rules say that one of them has to be left out. It will be the Sox who rise to the top of the division this season, for these three reasons (among others):

Rotation1. Starting pitching. “You can never have too much pitching,” according to Theo Epstein (our resident genius), but the Sox come close. The starting rotation is led by Beckett, He Who Shall Not Be Doubted, and the Wiggler. Any of those guys can step in and be a stopper on any individual day, and if you add to that the fact that Beckett is cooler than the Fonz in odd numbered years (’03, ’05, ’07) you have three aces. The back end of the rotation is a fluid situation, with Timmmmmaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy, and Mr. Dushku taking the lead and the physical freak (Smoltz, who’ll be available in June), Suchholz, Bowden and Masterson (who’s gonna start the season in the pen) all available to fill in. 

CC Sabathia on his way to work.

CC Sabathia on his way to work.

The Yankees filled their previously struggling rotation out for around $243.5 Million this winter but didn’t get a single actual proven commodity in those two signings. Other than last season and, to a lesser extent, his previous walk year of 2005, AJ Burnett has not been impressive. Yes, he has nasty stuff, buit he also smells a lot more like Carl Pavano than Josh Beckett (all three of them won the Series with the ’03 Marlins). He broke down his first two years in Toronto and only showed up when there were dollars on the line. CC Sabathia, on the other hand, is a horse (and might weigh as much as one once the pressure of pitching in the AL East gets to him). He has thrown nearly 500 innings in the last two seasons and shat the bed in the playoffs both years (2-3 with a 7.92 ERA), not to mention the fact that he sucks against the Sox. Does not inspire a ton of confidence. The Rays had an entire rotation full of career years last year, except for Kazmir, and are adding the truly frightening David Price, so nobody has any clue what they are going to do, any anyone who tells you that they do is full of shit. 

Bad Man2. David Ortiz is a bad man. He is pissed at all of those people who said that he was done, and he knows how to make them hurt. He is healthy, jacked, and has Youkilis’ beard (already taking his cuts at City of Palms) and the Buzzard (it’s my new nickname for Jason Bay), both 30 HR guys protecting him in the lineup. Don’t sleep on this lineup or you’ll end up in worse shape than Squeak after the Beers won the Denslow Cup.

Better than Hootie and the Blowfish3. But the real reason that the Sox are the class of the division, and therefore the league is the bullpen. Who would you rather have: a fading Mariano Rivera (still the best closer ever but at the end of his time on top of the mountain), Dan Wheeler (no, seriously, they expect Dan Wheeler to be a shut down closer, ha), or the Papelbeast? I thought you’d say that. Not only do the Sox have the clear advantage in the closer department, but the rest of the guys playing the drums out in right field are a formidable force themselves. Since Masterson stepped into the seventh inning role last summer, Delcarmen (2.35 ERA in the last 35 games) became more reliable as a shutdown reliever and should be able to hold down the sixth and seventh, He's excitedOki got more comfortable and bounced back from his slow start, and Javier Lopez became one of the better lefty match up guys in the league. They will be joined by fireballing young righty Ramon Ramirez (2.64 ERA last season) and former Dodgers closer Takashi Saito. The group goes seven deep with two players who can effectively close on nights when the Papelbeast is unavailable (hungover). The Rays have problems at the back end of their bullpen, where Wheeler was exposed last fall and David Price stepped in. Price, who is still a rookie, is going to be moving into the rotation, leaving a hole in the late innings. JP Howell and former Sox righty specialist Chad Bradford, both had career years last season but are middle relief guys, and nobody really knows what Grant Balfour (who is still nuttier than elephant turds when he is on the mound) is going to be able to do. There are too many question marks here, as in their starting rotation, to be confident about much.Mo-No! I blew another save! The Yanks on the other hand, have Mariano Rivera at the back end of the pen to shorten games. He is coming off of a scope of his shoulder and is already starting to fade at age 39 even though he posted 39 saves last season with a WHIP of .665 and and ERA of 1.40. Beyond him there are a lot of empty spaces and question marks. Damaso Marte was great at the end of the season, but we have yet to see if he can duplicate that on the big stage and after AL hitters have gotten a better look at him. Jose Veras and Edwar Ramirez are both middle relief guys and have had control problems in the past, so neither can be expected to step into the set up role. Brian Bruney, Phil Coke and some minor leaguers round out the group but none of them has a proven track record at anything and leave the Yankees depth in question. Of course, they’ll probably pick up somebody from a struggling club at mid season, but for now their bullpen is a real concern. The Sox go seven deep, and only have one real question mark out there in the form of Saito, who has been very successful in the past but is coming of an injury plagued season. The less uncertainty the better and the Boston bullpen ranks last in the number of question marks. 

Be happy. The Boston Red Sox will win the AL East. They have a stronger pitching staff than their competitors and the lineup is going to be better than all of the worrywarts think. Of course, you don’t have to score many runs when your pitchers are this good. The long dark teatime of the soul is over. It’s Truck Day, the sun is shining and somewhere, on green fields, under blue skies and with B’s on their caps, people are going to be playing baseball really really soon. Anyone wanna have a catch?

Go Sox.

6 Days. 

Done.

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Welcome Back, Catcher.

Red Sox, Varitek agree to one year deal for 2009 with mutual option for ’10. Entire city of Boston stops holding breath and lets out sigh of relief that the pitching staff is going to be fine now. Everybody is happy (except Boras) the Captain gets to leave with dignity in two years, this season is all set, and the catcher of the future has a mentor. It’s great except for the fact that This song keeps running through my head:

He's the Captain.Welcome back, 
Your dreams were your ticket out. 

Welcome back, 
To that same old place that you laughed about. 

Well the names have all changed since you hung around, 
But those dreams have remained and they’re turned around. 

Who’d have thought they’d lead ya (Who’d have thought they’d lead ya) 
Here where we need ya (Here where we need ya) 

Yeah we tease him a lot cause we’ve hot him on the spot, welcome back, 
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back.

13 days. ( Holy god, we’ve almost made it. Truck Day is one week from today.)

Done.

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