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Raving about Rusney Castillo and Applauding the Yankees

Better than Puig?

Alex Cora continues to rave about Rusney Castillo. Unlike his fellow countryman, Yasiel Puig, Castillo doesn't seem to have the attitude issues. He appears to be someone who is a hard worker to go along with his immense talent. Everyone is focusing on the additions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, it could be Castillo who ends up being the huge impact player next season. You can read more about Castillo here. By the way, why isn't Alex Cora somewhere in the Red Sox organization?

Yankees Step Up

I don't often like to praise the Yankees, in fact I usually like to make fun of them and Derek Jeter. I am still looking forward to the look on the faces of Yankee fans as they actually get to see what a good defensive shortstop looks like this season. Didi Gregorius will make the last ten years of Jeter in the field look statuesque. Anyway, the Yankees did step up this week in light of the awful murders of two NYPD officers. One of the officers killed h…

Red Sox Lose Jon Lester

Losing Lester




The Red Sox screwed up. I was happy that the Red Sox did not win the bidding war with the Cubs when it came to Jon Lester. The contract just got way too crazy. I understand why the Cubs did it and I agree with the Sox for not matching their final offer. However, the Sox screwed this up last spring. Lester could have easily signed for about $110 million and that deal would have made perfect sense for the Sox. Instead they offered him $70 million. The Red Sox then made a $140 million offer this past week, which wasn't nearly as sweet as the Cubs deal. I don't blame Jon Lester at all. Good for him and good for Theo Epstein and the Cubs.

Ben Cherington and Larry Lucchino both basically admitted the Sox screwed this up. This is not surprising from Ben but for Larry I was shocked. This is the same guy who shot his mouth off last spring about how the Red Sox philosophy is basically better than the Yankees because they don't give out long term, lavish contracts. La…

Box Score Stories: The Clemens and Canseco Effect

20 years ago today the Boston Red Sox acquired Jose Canseco from the Texas Rangers for Otis Nixon and Luis Ortiz. The Red Sox would go on to win the AL East the following season. 1995, was also the last time I would go to Fenway Park with my father.

My father took me to Fenway Park for the first time in 1988, ironically to see the Red Sox take on Jose Canseco and the Oakland A's. We would head to Fenway in 1995 while I was home from college.

We would take in a four game weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles in mid August. The Red Sox were riding a seven game win streak and had a 6.5 game lead in the AL East when we arrived. I was excited that I would get to see Roger Clemens pitch on Saturday but I was not real excited to see Jose Canseco.

Roger Clemens was my boyhood hero. He could do no wrong in my eyes. Jose Canseco was the guy I saw in Fenway in 1988, the guy I helped heckle with the steroid chant along with thousands of other fans in Fenway. He was the opposit…

Red Sox Sign Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval

Pablo and Hanley

The Red Sox signed BOTH Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. I thought it was going to be an either/or deal and I was campaigning for Hanley over Pablo. Both have their question marks but Hanley is the better player and I think Ramirez will thrive in Boston. Pablo, not so sure.

Don't Call Him Billy Boy

The Oakland A's traded Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays this week and it later came out that Donaldson and Billy Beane got into a heated argument this past season over a day off. During the argument, Donaldson reportedly called Beane "Billy Boy". You can read the whole story here.  Makes me think of this scene in Moneyball.



Blame the Turf

Brett Lawrie was one of the players involved in the Josh Donaldson trade and he seems eager to get to Oakland and play on the grass. In this article, he blamed his injuries on the artificial turf in Toronto. In the comment section of the article, a fan named Brendan Holness of Toronto, Ontario had this to say: