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Can Joe Thurston lure C.C. Sabathia to Red Sox?

12.06.08 at 10:14 pm ET
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OK, that’s not what this Ken Rosenthal article is about, but I just wanted to throw it out there. Joe Thurston, the utilityman who played in four games with the Red Sox last year, is C.C. Sabathia’s first cousin. Coincidence he played for the Sox the year before Sabathia becomes a free agent? OK, the answer is yes. Good times!

Rosenthal brings up some solid points when talking about a possible Sabathia to Sox match, but at the end of the day I just don’t see it transpiring. I think the stars have to align perfectly for the Red Sox to offer any kind of long-term deal to a pitcher (see Daisuke Matsuzaka), and with as many pitches as C.C. has thrown over the past few years (averaging a major league-high of 106.5 per game over the past three seasons) there appears to be just a few stars out of whack. 

Best part: Let the WInter Meeting guessing begin, and this is a good start by Ken …

The best guess is that the Red Sox will end up with Teixeira and sign free-agent right-hander Derek Lowe, 35, to a short-term, high-dollar deal.

David Ortiz wants to make something clear to all reporters: If you want to break news you better attend his charity golf tournament. This year’s bombshell: Alex Rodriguez officially announced he will be playing for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Best part: David Ortiz has a golf tournament.

Rebuilding the 2004 Red Sox via the ’08-’09 free agent market

12.05.08 at 3:45 pm ET
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Dan Tobin over at Bugs & Cranks has an interesting post up reconstructing the 2004 Red Sox from players available as free agents right this moment.  That’s right, you can almost completely recreate the actual roster from back in 2004, sans David Ortiz and a few others.  Some of the guys aren’t from the 2004 team, but it comes close.

Check out the starters:

C: Jason Varitek* (catching three no-hitters)
1B: Kevin Millar* (‘€Borrrrrn in the USA’€)
2B: Mark Loretta (walkoff homer’€¦ ON PATRIOTS DAY!!!!)
SS: Orlando Cabrera* (those wonderful handshakes)
3B: Ramon Vazquez (you wouldn’€™t believe how few 3B free agents there are)
LF: Manny Ramirez* (World Series MVP)
CF: Gabe Kapler* (that 19-18 photo with Johnny Damon)
RF: Trot Nixon* (take your pick)
DH: Doug Mientkiewicz* (eventually giving the ball back)

SP: Curt Schilling* (something about a sock that’€™s now in Cooperstown)
SP: Pedro Martinez* (every second of his time in Boston was a highlight for me, aside from one inning in late October 2003)
SP: Derek Lowe* (clinching all three 2004 playoff series)
SP: Paul Byrd (ate some innings)
SP: Bartolo Colon (ate everything else)

Dan continues with RP and bench options, so head over to B&C for the full post.

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Should Masterson start?

12.05.08 at 11:56 am ET
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This is what our friends over at “Fire Brand of the American League” are wondering aloud …

A lot of good points in here, and I do think Masterson could certainly be plopped into the middle of the rotation and do just fine. The bullpen, however, suits him better in an ideal world. His velocity was up a few ticks when coming out of the pen and the room for error when it comes to getting lefties out is smaller. Regardless of where he ends up, I believe one of the greatest traits that Masterson possesses is his maturity and approach. As John Farrell said, he not only soaks in advice, but then has the ability to actually go out and make it translate into game situations. Gold Jerry, gold!

Best part: I’m going to get me some ‘xFIP’ for Christmas …

His xFIP, (a pitcher’s ERA that is both normalized and includes only things a pitcher is directly responsible for) however, was almost a full run higher at 4.28. As a No. 5 starter, a 4.28 xFIP would be rather impressive, but can he be counted on to maintain that?

I thank author Evan for explaining this, because it is good info that could escape some who would automatically say, “You lost me at ‘x'”

KG is everywhere…

12.05.08 at 9:58 am ET
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It’s Friday and you are looking for something to do. How about a house party with David Beckham, Russell Simmons, Young Jeezy, Katy Perry, Estelle, Taye Diggs, Missy Elliot, Run DMC, The Game, Kevin Garnett and many more.

It looks like a pretty solid time. Where do these parties happen? Oh well. I would just be happy with the celeb power of Rob Bradford showing up at my house party. With that said, Nike and Adidas seem to be in a battle for the most expensive and entertaining commercial as of late. In the interest of equal time, it’s gotta be the shoes:

Why is YouTube fantastic?

12.04.08 at 5:40 pm ET
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America’s Funniest Home Videos On Demand. You have to wonder what hurt more? The ball to the face for the goalie or the shooter laughing uncontrollably for who knows how long. Nonetheless, a cheap laugh for a Thursday afternoon.

K.G. as Batman, and — WHO?! — as Robin

12.04.08 at 1:13 pm ET
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Sporting events often seem as if they take place in a bubble, a world unto themselves. But every once in a while, a visionary stretches the parameters of the sporting world and contemplates the place of athletes in society at large.

Such an instance of innovation confronts us today, in the form of this comparison of NBA stars to superheroes (a chapeau-doff in the Richtung of Ballhype). One unfortunate oversight: Rajon Rondo, in the photo found here, definitely deserves a nod as the Green Goblin.

Any other major oversights?

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Would but that these tidbits were locked away in the X-Files

12.04.08 at 12:20 pm ET
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It is a time of TMI in the public life of athletes, or so it would seem. It seemed relatively harmless when Curt Schilling began blogging about the quantity of available underwear on his USO Tour of Kuwait. But now, courtesy of the Inside Track, the world knows more than it ever needed to about A-Rod’s underwear. As if the salacious details about the Madonna shenanigans weren’t sordid enough…

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Amazing Basket Wins Game

12.03.08 at 3:55 pm ET
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Senior Scott Morton tossed a three-foot shot over his head from the left baseline with his back to the basket at the buzzer to give host SUNY Geneseo a dramatic 85-84 win over SUNY Oswego. THIS IS A SHOT YOU HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE: CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RAW VIDEO!

Sean Avery’s news-making comments

12.03.08 at 2:49 pm ET
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Don’€™t know who Sean Avery is? Well, apparently he REALLY wants you to know who he is. Before we get to what he said, lets introduce you to Mr. Avery. His wikipedia bio and, for your viewing pleasure, a quick video below courtesy of SportsCentre in Canada (TSN).

Now that you know Avery. This is what he had to say this past Tuesday:

A few thoughts come to mind after watching and listening to these comments:

  • Premeditated?
  • This is great for the NHL because everyone is talking about these comments today in the US and Canada. The most pub since Wayne Gretzky’s wife got in trouble for gambling.

So what did our resident hockey experts on WEEI have to say about Sean Avery? Well, Dale Arnold described Avery as a ‘€œlunkhead’€ and as someone you didn’€™t want on your team. Dale also believes that Avery will only get a one or two game suspension from the NHL after he meets with the Commissioner.  Dale was fired up this morning, so take a listen the Dale & Holley Show as they give their thoughts and opinions on Sean Avery’€™s comments. Dale compared Avery to former NHL player Ken Linsemen. Finally, Dale & Michael talked about  pro teams and leagues getting ‘€œtough’€ on athletes who are not behaving and acting properly.

How will this situation play out? This from Jaime Aron, AP Sports Writer, ‘€œAvery was suspended indefinitely by commissioner Gary Bettman for making “inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game.” The punishment came down only hours after Avery used a crude term about his former girlfriends now dating other hockey players. Avery missed the Dallas Stars’ game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. Because terms won’t be settled until Avery meets with Bettman, likely in New York, he almost certainly will be out again Wednesday night when the Stars play in Edmonton.’€œ  CLICK HERE for the complete AP Story on Avery and his comments.

Visit the WEEI.com homepage to vote on our Sean Avery poll: Do you think women should be offended by Sean Avery’s recent comments?

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The ever-popular partial season

12.03.08 at 10:58 am ET
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Perhaps Roger Clemens was onto something…No, not that kind of something.

Think back to the period following Clemens’ second “retirement,” following a wildly successful run in 2004-05 with his hometown Houston Astros. Clemens announced first that he would not pitch, but then started saying that a lot of teams were making it awfully hard for him to remain retired.

The result was Clemens-palooza, a months-long saga at the start of both the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The pitcher declared himself fit to handle the workload of only partial baseball seasons. He went on a soul-searching journey–to retire and walk away from $10+ million, or to pitch?–as he was courted by the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers in both of those seasons. The journey was sufficient to produce more than a few rolls of the eyes.

But while there was a certain degree of absurdity in the process, it now seems that Clemens may have been a harbinger. Curt Schilling (shameless plug: No. 38 is now writing for this very website!) has made clear that, if he returns to baseball in 2009, it will be for a partial season. Ty Law jumped into the fray for the Jets against the Patriots a couple of weeks ago and promptly helped to shut down Randy Moss for a full game (a development that Michael Felger (shamless plug No. 2!) deemed puke-worthy).

Now, the Patriots are going to that same well of quasi-retired, out-of-work athletes. New England signed Rosevelt Colvin (as first reported by both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald), who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since Nov. 25, 2007, when he suffered a season-ending foot injury. Colvin was with the Texans in training camp this year, but was cut before the regular season, and has been at home ever since.

With a defense that is soft just about everywhere thanks to injuries on the defensive line (Ty Warren), linebacker (Adalius Thomas) and secondary (Rodney Harrison, Terence Wheatley, etc.), the Pats have turned to a familiar presence in hopes that he might be able to contribute. At the very least, Colvin knows the defensive system that he’ll be entering, and so the signing seems a low-risk move with at least some possibility of payoff–both for the Pats, and for Colvin, who can start collecting paychecks again (and won’t simply have to rely on his UPS Store and sales of pink Colvin jerseys for income).

Yet more broadly, the move would appear a boon to those who believe that playing a full season is, you know, a bit too taxing on one’s time.