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Truck Day!

Posted in Sports with tags , , on February 6, 2009 by fieldingmellish

It’s one of my favorite traditions in baseball today, the day when the equipment truck leaves from Boston and begins the journey down to Fort Meyers. It’s cheesy, but it really means that the long
winter is almost over. After all, the year really only has two seasons: baseball and hot-stove. And as much as I love hot stove, it’s not baseball.

For now though, the Bruins are tearing it up, with another win last night in a shootout over the Senators. And the Celtics, despite getting jobbed by the Lakers and the refs last night, are still one of the best teams in the NBA. So it’s not like there’s nothing to do. But let’s be honest: When Spring Training starts, it’s like you can see the light at the end of the tunnel (Even though Spring doesn’t really start until Opening Day or The Masters, depending on the weather, it’s still nice to be almost out.)

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My Feelings About the Sox Signing a 72 OPS+ Catcher

Posted in Sports with tags , on January 30, 2009 by fieldingmellish

They just signed who? For how much?

Manny Being Gone

Posted in General, Sports with tags , , on October 2, 2008 by fieldingmellish

Bill Simmons wrote an excellent column on ESPN about Manny’s last days in Boston and everything surrounding it. It really is an excellent, fascinating piece that will undoubtedly be bashed on Deadspin and places like it.

I have always been Manny’s biggest defender. I love Manny. I love his quirkiness, I love his hitting, I love his fielding miscues. I always thought there was some sort of mystical connection between Manny and the old-school ballplayers. If Manny had been white, he could have played in the Deadball Era and we’d be reading apocryphal stories about him hitting two home runs and then fishing in a gutter after the game or stealing his manager’s pants on a train ride. He always got a bum wrap in Boston because he didn’t talk to the media and he wasn’t white, the first reason being more important than the second. The Boston sports media has proved generation after generation that it is capable of not recognizing greatness when the greatness is packaged differently. A white guy (Ted Williams), a black guy (Jim Rice) and now a Dominican, all great hitters, all skewered by the Boston media because of their personalities. And of course, now the Boston sports writers are the ones fighting to get Jim Ed into the Hall of Fame on shaky credentials. And 10 years from now, when Manny is being Manny at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, everyone will suddenly remember how great he was, how fun he was to be around, and how cool it was to watch him play ball every day. Maybe someday his number 24 will hang between the 9 and the 27 on the right field facade, and we’ll all be regaled with Manny Being Manny stories, as if nothing ever happened. I hope Manny doesn’t sign with the Yankees, but he probably will. And it will be worse because you know it was Sox management’s fault. Since they’ve begun to run this organizations like the Patriots, it’s a lot harder to love them.

Anyways, read the whole article. It’s funny, bittersweet, sad, etc. It really makes you wonder.