May 18, 2006


These Red Sox Are Idiot-Proof (Thomas Boswell, May 18, 2006, Washington Post)

[W]ith all the change and the continuing search for a new identity, Boston still finds itself in first place. Somehow, these New England dudes abide. Shake them up, shuffle the roster, misplace General Manager Theo Epstein, then coax him back into the fold again and yet, at least for the moment, the Yankees still aren't in front of them. Every day, the way the Red Sox see it, New York seems to find more problems, like Hideki Matsui's broken wrist or Randy Johnson's imitation of The Lost Unit, while the team from Fenway Park learns more about itself and begins to discover its future. [...]

"Communication is the key. Before the '03 season, I started to make a conscious effort," Varitek said. "Terry's right, we'll get a bunch of guys to go out to dinner tomorrow [on a day off]. We've learned that you need to know your teammates better. Get to know them as people. I once heard Bill Russell talk about that," meaning the team unity of the old Celtics.

"But the point really got across to me watching the U.S. women's soccer team [in 1999]. They'd played together so long and knew each other so well. They hung out together and enjoyed playing together. Their communication with each other led to their dominance of their sport," Varitek said. "I listened to Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain when they were interviewed. Before I ever met Mia [who married Nomar Garciaparra, the former Red Sox shortstop], I knew women tended to be better communicators than men."

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 18, 2006 10:04 AM

Tuesday night was kind of a find-out-about-yourself moment down in the Bronx, though due to George's insistance on signing older proven players, physical breakdowns are going to be a continuing major concern.

About the only way to get any new, young faces into the Yanks' lineup is through injury and/or The Boss' disgust with an older mid-level player, who then gets yanked out of the lineup. Wang and Cano would still be laboring down at Columbus if that hadnt's happened last year; right now, we're finding out if Bubba and Melky can play (as of Wednesday, the answers seem to be yes, but not as a star in Crosby's case, and please bring back Hector Lopez in Melky's situation. If Cabrera keeps playing the outfield like that, things are going to get ugly up in the owners' box during this weekend's series with the Mets).

Posted by: John at May 18, 2006 11:49 AM

Tuesday was a find out why the Rangers don't win moment. No pitching.

Posted by: oj at May 18, 2006 12:06 PM

John: at least Melky has an arm, which is more than you cay say about the rest of the Yankee outfield.

Tek hasn't been the same since he stopped getting his regular supply of the clear and the cream. Is it any wonder his testerone levels have taken a dive?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 18, 2006 12:50 PM

Go Blue Jays!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 18, 2006 4:28 PM

"...misplace General Manager Theo Epstein..."

LMAO. This is a fairly astute description. It's sort of how I imagine upper management and the minority partners reacting several days later. You know, whoops, we accidentally lost the GM! "Where's Theo, has anyone seen him?" "No, I think he left." "If he left, then who's that guy?" "That's Jed Hoyer." "Really? Hey, it is. That's odd. What happened to Theo?"

Posted by: micah at May 18, 2006 9:36 PM