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Curt Schilling and Out of the Park Baseball

Reason 9,235,685 why Out of the Park Baseball is the greatest game ever: You get to interact with Curt Schilling who is an addict like so many of us. Schilling uses the name "Gehrig38" and frequents the message boards. He writes about dynasties he is building and talks to fellow addicts. Schilling has two great dynasties going on right now that you can read about. The first is a fictional league where he is the owner of the Chicago Iron Pigs.

The second dynasty he is writing about is based in 1950 with real MLB players making random debuts. The cool part about this dynasty is Curt Schilling is pitching in the dynasty that Curt Schilling is running. Schill also gives some great stories about his playing days including a funny story about Bob Horner.

Check out the second dynasty here.

I have always raved about the community of Out of the Park Baseball and Schilling being involved is one of them but just as important are great comments like the one before to make you not only h…

Remembering Gramps and Ted Williams

Over the weekend my grandfather would have turned 93 years old. He has been gone for over a decade now but still think about him all the time. He is one of the reasons why I became a Red Sox fan. He is also the main reason why I have such a fascination with Ted Williams. Teddy took his last at bat 14 years before I was ever born. I never got to see him play but my grandfather and father got to see him play live in Yankee Stadium. Here is the story of that weekend in New York City. I wish I could have been there.

Josh Hamilton to the Boston Red Sox?

The buzz has begun, the Red Sox appear to be in the hunt for Josh Hamilton. A few weeks ago I said that the Red Sox would be crazy to go after Zack Greinke or Josh Hamilton. I still feel the same away about Greinke but Hamilton has started to grow on me.

 I am kind of ashamed of myself. Haven't we learned this lesson before? Despite the past lessons, if the Red Sox announced that they had signed Josh Hamilton I would be excited. I am no better than the moron Red Sox fans who got all over Theo for his "bridge year" comments and then trashed Theo for over spending. So what should the Red Sox do?

 I think they should offer him big money over a shorter contract. If the Red Sox give in and give him 8 years at $160 million I will be sick to my stomach. However, if the Red Sox can sign him for 3 years at $90 million then it would be huge. It all depends on the market. The Sox did a great job with Mike Napoli and not giving in on that fourth year. What is the cut off point? Luc…

Napoli, The Yankee Killer

Mike Napoli has signed with the Red Sox and this is good news Sox fans. It is amazing how Red Sox fans can bitch and moan over everything. The deal is only three years and a very reasonable $39 million. Napoli also just doesn't kill the Red Sox, he also beats up on the Yankees and the Rays. He is better in the second half of the season than he is in the first half of the season and his best months are September and October. He also is a guy who gets on base. His OBP is almost 100 points higher than his batting average and he has a career slugging percentage of .507. This is a guy the Red Sox can use.Smile Red Sox fans, this is good news.

Career vs Yankees:
.323.458.5591.017 Career vs Red Sox
288.379.6961.075 Career vs Rays .267.374.533.907 Career at Fenway Park .306.397.7101.107 Career at Yankee Stadium .375.531.6251.156 Career in September/October .293.386.6141.001

Michael Kay and Fatherhood, Yankees on YES til 2042

I have said this before and I will say it again, I am a Michael Kay fan. He might be the only thing associated with the Yankees that I do like. I download and listen to the podcast of his radio show almost daily. It is great for passing the time on the treadmill. He has great guests, a great interview style and great chemistry with his co-host Don LaGreca. The best parts of the show is when Kay becomes upset and goes on a rant and uses the word "gutless" over and over again. Great stuff. A sincere congratulations to him and his drop dead gorgeous wife Jodi who will be expecting a child. Great news for Michael, bad news for a world that does not need another Yankee fan.

Speaking of the Yankees and Michael Kay, the Yankees will remain on the YES Network until at least the year 2042. This will also be the final year of Alex Rodriguez's current contract, well close enough. I really think Derek Jeter and AROD will be showing their age by 2042. I am sure Mariano Rivera will s…

Victor Martinez to the Red Sox?

So the Red Sox need someone to play first base and someone who is a good clubhouse guy. Why can't we get more players like Victor Martinez? Oh wait..... Anyway, there has been talk about the Sox bringing back Jason Bay and Kevin Youkilis, why not Victor?

There is one problem of course, Martinez is not a free agent. Victor missed this past year due to injury and it looks like he will share time at first base, catcher and DH for the Tigers in 2013. Would the Tigers be willing to let him go? I am calling on my Tiger friends, what would it take to get Victor Martinez back in a Red Sox uniform?

Speaking of the Tigers and their fans, they are a great little group to follow on twitter. The most entertaining of them all is Ty Cobb of course. Ty and the other Tiger fans made me appreciate Red Sox fans more. It seems I argue with Red Sox fans more on twitter then I get along with them on twitter. It really bothered me. How can I disagree so much with people who share the same rooting inter…

Miguel Cabrera vs Mike Trout

I weighed in on my vote for MVP a few weeks ago with my ballot. I chose Mike Trout. My father said Miguel Cabrera deserves the MVP, his reasoning was that Trout's team did not make the playoffs and Cabrera's team did. The Triple Crown was not mentioned, just the performance of the teams. My father also used his vote to bash the Red Sox by saying "you have to be one lousy team to not even make the playoffs in this day and age". A valid point.

Mitch Albom also takes the Cabrera side but does it by calling out all of us stat geeks in his piece today.  I have no issue if someone wants to vote for Cabrera. I am the same guy who gets livid every time I think about Ted Williams hitting .406 and winning the Triple Crown and NOT winning the MVP in 1941. However, Albom's take on the new stats in baseball is a joke. I would attack him more but Josh Herzenberg did a much better job of that. Here is Josh's take on Albom's column.

I'm a Division I college baseball pl…

Don't Let The Sox Win Tonight!

October 17th is Day One of the epic 2004 Red Sox comeback. Should it be called Dave Roberts Day? Don't Let us Win Tonight Day? 8 years ago tonight it all happened. Kevin Millar warned us and had the biggest walk in Red Sox history. Here is my blog post from a year ago to celebrate the night.

Celebrating Tim Wakefield

Hope is all we have. There is not much to celebrate about the current affairs of the Red Sox but tonight marks an important anniversary in Red Sox history. Tim Wakefield made the ultimate sacrifice eight years ago tonight. His sacrifice led to the greatest comeback ever. Hope is all we have, just like eight years ago tonight. Here is a post from a year ago about that special night

BBA Awards Ballot

Every year members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance cast their votes for end of the season awards. Here is my American League ballot for the 2012 baseball season:

Connie Mack Award-Manager of the Year
1) Buck Showalter
2) Bob Melvin
3) Joe Girardi

Willie Mays Award-Rookie of the Year
1) Mike Trout
2) Yu Darvish
3) Yoenis Cespedes

Goose Gossage Award-Top Reliever
1) Fernando Rodney
2) Jake McGee
3) David Robertson

Walter Johnson Award-Best Starting Pitcher
1) Justin Verlander
2) Felix Hernandez
3) David Price

Stan Musial Award-Player of the Year 
1) Mike Trout
2) Robinson Cano
3) Miguel Cabrera

Disagree? Comment below or find me on twitter @ThePeskyPole6

Should the Red Sox Retire #21 for Roger Clemens?

Roger Clemens is currently not a Hall of Famer and he did not finish his career with the Red Sox. In the past, these two things would have kept him from being eligible to have his number retired by the Red Sox.

Times have changed though as the Red Sox have retired the numbers of both Johnny Pesky and Carlton Fisk, neither fit the strict requirements the Red Sox used to have for retired numbers. Pudge and Pesky were loved by Red Sox fans and never became Yankees. Roger's relationship with Red Sox fans is a little more complicated.

The fact remains that Clemens last pitched for the the Red Sox in 1996 and he is the last person to wear the #21 which is pretty strange. #26 was given out pretty quick after Wade Boggs left. #5 was seen again not to long after Nomar Garciaparra left. Then there was Jim Rice and #14, nobody wore that number after Rice retired and as soon as Big Jim was elected into the Hall of Fame the Red Sox retired it.

Nobody has worn #45 since Pedro Martinez left and …

The Buck Weaver Advocate

I have always had a fascination with the 1919 White Sox, I refuse to call them the "Black Sox". While I am a die hard Red Sox fan my fascination with this White Sox team can be easily explained:

As you may have guessed, I am fond of the world of sports gambling.Joe Jackson is the greatest player to come out of my adopted home state of South Carolina, the second being my first ever favorite player as a small boy, Jim Rice.Field of Dreams is the greatest movie of all time, well...that and The Natural.Eight Men Out is one of my favorite books and a very underrated movie. The eight men that were banned forever got screwed. Chick Gandil is tough to defend but the others are sympathetic. Shoeless Joe did take money but did nothing in any of the World Series games that show he was trying to lose. 

Then there is Buck Weaver who got screwed over more than any other person in the history of baseball. Weaver was against the idea from the start. He did not take a dime and was trying t…

Washington Nationals Not Ready to Win

The Stephen Strasburg situation is proof that the Nationals are not ready to win. I realize they have a healthy lead in the National League East. I realize it will be almost impossible for them to miss the playoffs. They are still not ready to win and the Nationals themselves agree with me.

Their ace was on a innings limit from day one. They chose not to be careful with him early in the season. Why would a team not want to save their ace for the playoffs? Well, maybe because the Nationals had no intention or belief that they would be a playoff team. They played out the season as if they were in the International League. He started the season in the rotation to create buzz and to get fans to the ballpark. They threw strategy out the window. Somewhere Crash Davis is shaking his head.  The Nationals started their innings limited ace every fifth day from April through August. September came and shockingly that innings limit was reached. Now the Nationals will enter the playoffs without t…

Shutting Down Carl Crawford?

Gordon Edes is reporting that the Red Sox will decide tomorrow to shut down Carl Crawford so he can have Tommy John surgery. If this is true, the Red Sox have finally made a good decision. This gives Crawford a chance to really contribute next season and be the player I still think he can be.

This also opens up the possibility of seeing Jackie Bradley Jr. in September if not sooner. Time to raise the white flag and get a look at the future. It is the only way to end this horrible season on a positive note.

Saying Goodbye to Johnny Pesky

The Grandfather of the Red Sox passed away this week. He was 92 years old, lived a full and incredible life yet it was still shocking and sad when news broke of his passing.

The only good news is that it gave us all a chance to celebrate his life. This is a welcome shift from dealing with the Red Sox who have turned into an absolute joke of a franchise.

Larry Lucchino for all intensive purposes runs the Red Sox and he has for years. He is on the top of my list when it comes to blame for what the Red Sox have become. With that being said, I do need to give him credit where credit is due. When it came to Johnny Pesky, Larry always got it right. I respect him for that along with his hatred for the Yankees. His politics, demeanor and the way he does just about everything else makes my stomach turn.

Dan Duquette was the GM when Pesky was kicked out of uniform and out of the Red Sox dugout in 1997. Duquette, in an interview this week placed the blame on the Red Sox manager at the time sayi…

Betting Major League Baseball: Riding the Losing Streak

Great article today by Beyond The Bets about betting on teams to continue their losing streak. Most bettors bet on the team to break their losing streak rationalizing that they are due. The statistics say that riding the losing streak is more profitable. So we are going to track this theory this year as much as we can. Tonight we have four games that go along with this theory and one of them involves my Red Sox and betting against them. Oh the humanity! Here we go:

Moneyline: Baltimore +130 Moneyline: Houston +150 Moneyline: Toronto -125 Moneyline: Kansas City +100

Predicting the 2012 Season

I was lucky enough to receive a very early copy of Out of the Park Baseball 13 and the first thing I did was simulate the 2012 season. I kept all settings on default and did not interfere with my Red Sox. This was very hard to do since I have some strong opinions on who should be in the rotation and who should be in the pen. To OOTP13's credit the Red Sox had the same five man rotation as the real Red Sox do currently with Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront in the rotation with Alfredo Aceves in the bullpen. Let's take a look at the final standings. For those of you wondering why the logos are not correct for all of the teams, keep in mind I simulated the season as the first thing I did when getting the game and did not do any customization of logos.

Great news for Red Sox fans as they managed to win the division. The Red Sox actually spent much of the first two months of the season languishing in third place. The Tampa Bay Rays started the season 28-9 and were looking like they w…