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February 26, 2011

RED SOX SEASON PREVIEW

by @ 9:50 am. Filed under 1918 Red Sox, 1918 Red Sox Diary - April, 1918 Red Sox Diary - June, 1918 Red Sox Diary - May, 1967 Red Sox, 2001 Red Sox, 2006 Season, 2007 Season, 2007 World Series, 2008 Red Sox, 2008 Season, 2009 Season, 2010 Red Sox, 2011 Red Sox, About Fenway Fables, Uncategorized

When in god’s name did the city of Boston become so freaking cool? It’s seems as though every year, four new movies are set in Boston. The market is officially flooded for Boston in popular culture. You have the smartest people, your sports teams kick butt, you have unique (some may say annoying) accents and now every movie that wants to get an Oscar nod throws a script together and shoots the film in Beantown…ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. But I digress, here are your 2011 Boston Red Sox.
OUTFIELD
Left field: Carl Crawford. 2010 splits: .307 average, 19 home runs, 90 RBI, .851 OPS. Brief: A great signing for the Red Sox no doubt. Although don’t give the front office too much credit considering only three to four teams in the league could afford to pay for his services. Nonetheless, Crawford is simply a freak who possesses more tools than the Jersey Shore house (sappy joke I know, I’ll pick it up).
Center field: Jacoby Ellsbury. 2010 splits: .192 average, 0 home runs, 5 RBI, .485 OPS. Brief: Go ahead and chalk the 2010 season for Ellsbury, who was injury-riddled since jump street. When healthy, he provides another speed demon to go along with Crawford and another bat that should flirt if not cruise past the .300 plateau.
Right field: J.D. Drew. 2010 splits: .255 average, 22 home runs, 68 RBI, .793 OPS. Brief: If I’m not mistaken, Drew is a player that occasionally makes Sox fans want to scratch out their retinas. With new acquisitions Drew should be able to fall into a more comfortable role which will allow him to do his thing without catching as much flak: produce at an above average rate.
INFIELD
Third base: Kevin Youkilis. 2010 splits: .307 average, 19 home runs, 62 RBIs, .975 OPS. Brief: What a great, consistent hitter Youkilis is. He was a steading force in a 2010 lineup that was up and down for a majority of the season.
Also, what an attractive batting stance. (Which one of these sentences was sarcastic?). How will Youkilis handle the move to third base? Does he have the mobility? Does he have the quickness? Will his Civil War beard block his visibility on sharp grounders to the hot corner? Only time will tell.
Shortstop: Marco Scutaro. 2010 splits: .275 average, 11 home runs, 56 RBI, .721 OPS. Brief: Everytime I see a Scutaro highlight I sing “Su-su-sudio” by Phil Collins in my head, but that’s neither here nor there. Scutaro seems to be a great fit in this powerful Boston lineup. A nice bat that can consistently put the ball in play and good range at shortstop. The dude just needs to find a way to stay healthy this season.
Second base: Dustin Pedroia. 2010 splits: .288 average, 12 home runs, 41 RBI, .860 OPS. Brief: Hard to match his MVP season in 2009 and this year, with the potent lineup, he won’t have to. He’s coming off of foot surgery so it should be interesting to see what kind of start he gets off to. Still, the little man is one of the best in the business.
First base: Adrian Gonzalez. 2010 splits: .298 average, 31 home runs, 101 RBI, .904 OPS. Brief: Another newly minted superstar acquisition for the BoSox. They desperately needed another power hitter and the Red Sox got one in Gonzalez. The question all the blow hard baseball writers will ask is how will he do coming to the American League? I think this is an overrated statistic. Then again, I could have no idea what I’m talking about.
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz. 2010 splits: .270 average, 32 Home runs, 102 RBI, .899 OPS. Brief: Remember at the beginning of last year during Big Papi’s struggles when ESPN and the like made us feel like the sky was falling and that Ortiz couldn’t make contact playing tee-ball? Please, people don’t overreact, the baseball season is a marathon. One day you’ll wake up in the middle of July with a broken air conditioner and sweat soaked sheets that make you feel like you wet the bed and you’ll turn on the TV and see Ortiz is yet again putting up monster numbers…and you can run tell ‘dat homeboy.
Catcher: Jared Saltalamacchia. 2010 splits: .167 average, 0 home runs, 2 RBI, .625. Brief: I have a special place in my heart for Salt. I read a story last year that the only reason he was stuck in the minor leagues is because he struggled mightily throwing back to the pitcher. Now this conjures up memories of Rube Baker repeating Playboy articles to himself in Major League II. But, as a former high school catcher and neurotic head case, I can tell you that, that mental block is real and it can be one of the loneliest feelings on earth. Can I have a hug please?
Ok, we’ll be back next week for a report on starting and relief pitchers. PEACE.

August 19, 2006

Why Start Another Red Sox Blog?

by @ 6:12 pm. Filed under About Fenway Fables

Welcome to my new Red Sox blog.  As part of the newest addition to the Baseball Historians family of sites, my responsibility will be to not only keep tabs on the latest Red Sox news, but I’ll also be posting historical pieces on Red Sox history.  Once the off season rolls around, I’ll probably start doing Season Look Backs of a similar vein to the one’s that you can find over at Black Sox Blog.

In the meantime, my primary focus will be on the 2006 Red Sox.  Things are looking grim.  The Red Sox just lost their third straight game to Yankees today and now sit four and a half games back of first place.  Regardless, I think the Red Sox will get back into it. 

A couple of my favorite blogs are Firebrand of the American League and A Red Sox Fan in Pinstripe Territory.  Jere’s blog is one I particularly like.  Great writing and he mixes in enough personal stuff to make for an interesting daily read.  I’m not big on commenting on other blogs (although I hope you’ll leave plenty on mine) but I make a point to stop by those two blogs on a regular basis.  They just don’t know it.

Probably the worst part about this job is that I have to link to a Yankees site.  And it’s one of the worst.  If you’re not familiar with Nick Smith’s blog, Baseball’s Savior, it’ll make you want to throw up.  You’d think his name was Nick Steinbrenner.  He basically takes the typical arrogant Yankee’s fan and then compounds it to the nth degree.

So stop by on occassion.  And if you’re a fellow blogger and I don’t have your link up, drop me a line.  It’s not that I don’t like you, I just don’t know about you.

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