Thursday, September 27, 2012

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 it is safe to assume that as soon as Pedro enters the Hall of Fame it will be retired.

What about Roger? His Hall of Fame future is uncertain. Are the Red Sox waiting until he gets elected before they retire it? If that is the case, then why isn't Wade Boggs and the #26 retired?

Roger seems to making the rounds lately. He is on a Boston Red Sox goodwill tour showing up at the Pesky Tribute and then at the All Fenway Team Tribute. He was having dinner with John Henry the other night and talking shop with Pedro and Jason Varitek.

My feelings when it comes to Roger are complicated. He was my hero growing up. Jim Rice was my first favorite player and then came Roger Clemens. He could do no wrong. I hated Will McDonough and I hated Dan Duquette because of my worship of Roger. I came to my senses and blogged about it. My feelings for Roger turned 180 degrees into hate mode. I blogged about my hate of Roger and his lying ways.

He is now saying all the right things. He is embracing the Red Sox organization again. The 12 year old in me is quietly cheering. Is it time to forgive him? Is it time to retire #21? Vote in our poll to the left

Friday, September 21, 2012

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 to convince the others to stop what they were doing. He had hoped that they would come around in time to win the series. That didn't happen and when the truth came out he was lumped in with the rest. His crime was knowing what was going on and not telling anyone about it. Banned for life for not being a snitch is pretty tough. He deserved to be punished for knowing what was going on and doing nothing about it but banned for life? No way!

That leads me to talk about Melissa Dickson. I discovered Melissa on twitter one night a month ago. She is a 25 year old female, easy on the eyes, die hard White Sox fan who is an advocate of Buck Weaver. I know, it sounds like I am making her up. She is a great follow on twitter but be warned her language is R rated, which is what makes her tweets so interesting. She also has a blog and is damn good writer. Her piece on Brett Myers and the lifestyles of professional baseball players is a must read. Thank me later. Of course, "Melissa Dickson" could be a 55 year old guy with a beer gut living in Fort Wayne, that is the problem with the internet, you just never know. Just read up on the Sarah Phillips con job several months back to get an idea how easy it is to pretend to be someone you are not online. I hope Melissa is legit is though. Her blog is a great read and she is an entertaining follow on "the twitta" as Chipper Jones would say.

Ever wonder what would have happened to these eight guys if they were not banned from baseball? That is just one more reason why I love Out of the Park Baseball. I am planning on bringing them all back as rookies in a 1939 dynasty league that I am running. I may even try to get Buck and Joe back together again, this time of course wearing the proper colored Sox.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

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 their ace. Who could have seen this coming? Not the Nationals.

Meanwhile there are the Braves and Kris Medlen. The Braves goal was to be in the playoffs and they played the season out like it was. Medlen also had Tommy John surgery. Medlen also was and is on a inning limit. The Braves chose to save him for the rotation for the end of the season and the playoffs. Medlen started the year in the bullpen and did not make his first start until July 31st. He has now become the Braves ace. He is the hottest pitcher in baseball and he may even get the ball for the Braves and their one game wildcard playoff game. The Braves were ready to win. The Nationals are not.