Hey there gabbers…
East Rutherford New Jersey…Home of the SB
This week started out being a boring week building up to the East Rutherford NJ SB
In a great surprise to mrsharry and I our Marines stormed the homestead for a week visit.
It’s always great to see my daughter and son in law but to have most of the family together at a time other than Christmas or the 4th of July is rare.
And of course the beach head here back East is a safer place!
Waiting for the hype to end and the game to begin.
OH is going with the Broncos by a score of 31-20
Demarius Thomas earns the MVP with a 10 catch 2 TD effort.
16 days until pitchers and catchers report. No one I know is more anxious for the Spring to arrive and baseball resume.
The Red Sox have continued to do the Ben Cherrington style of tweaking the roster without paying the Yankee Tax (luxury tax)
The Sox will go into the season with a wealth of starters but no clear ace. Jon Lester is in a contract year so with Grenkie money available he may just be focused enough to take the ace role like he did in the playoffs in 2013.
Clay Buchholz has ace stuff but at 6’4” 189 lbs is fragile and will spend time on the DL.
John Lackey had a decent year last year. Felix Dubront needs to keep on his slim fast diet as he has the opposite problem of Buchholz. Jake Peavey is a decent 4th or 5th starter and Ryan Dempster may have some 5 or mop up left in him. Beyond that the Red Sox have at least 4 young arms almost Major league ready. Brandon Workman, Ruby Delarosa, Anthony Ranaudo and Allen Webster all should see at least some MLB time this season….
The Sox added former Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore for an incentive filled contract that could pay the oft injured Grady $6 mil. to compete for an outfield spot with Shane Shane Victorino, Jackie Bradley, Jonny Gomes, Mike Carp and Daniel Nava. Nava could also get games at first to give Mike Napoli an occasional break.
The Yankees won the Tanaka derby, signing the top Japanese pitcher for a reported
7 years $155 mil.
Some have Tanaka prospected as a top of the rotation guy where other scouts see him as a 3 in most rotations. The Yankees are banking on a pitcher more like Darvish and less like Matsuzaka.
It’s been reported that Tanaka’s 96-97 fastball is really more like a 91-93 fastball. If that the case the heat may blow away Japans hitters but it isn’t exactly lights out in the AL East. So the hype about the +slider, +splitter, + cutter, +change up better not be just smoke and gyros.
At age 25 Tanaka has 7 seasons with over 180 innings pitched, 4 with over 200. A load of miles for the youngster.
The three best/ highly touted Japanese pitchers to play in the MLB were Hideo Nomo,
Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsusaka
Nomo and Veritek celebrate a no no
Here are their comparable stats thru their first 2 MLB seasons
Nomo record 29-17 ERA 2.89 innings 191/ 228 K’s 236/ 234
Matsuzaka record 33-15 ERA 3.41 innings 204/ 167 K’s 201/ 154
Darvish record 29-18 ERA 3.34 innings 191/ 209 K’s 221/ 278
If Tanaka can equal or better these guys, the signing will be a benefit to NY
If not... then the thought that
Matt Garza could have been had for 4 years 50 million.
The reports that C C Sabathia lost 75 lbs and is a fit as ever could be slightly exaggerated.
In CC’s own words, “ I’m in good shape, been working hard and getting ready for the season but I am big boned and I was wearing a big suit the day of that picture” gotta love that guy!
The Yankees rotation of CC, Tanaka, Nova, Kuroda and ?
The Tigers signed ace Matt Scherzer to a one year bargain deal worth $16 mil…(relative chump change*)
he will be looking for a long term deal worth 30+ next year.
The Tigers rotation looks like the best in the Majors with Scherzer, Verlander, Sanchez, Smiley and Porcello. Verlander may miss a few starts at the beginning of the season due to surgery but should be strong by the time spring comes to Michigan. They also added closer Joe Nathan which is a definite upgrade over Benoit and his trick or treat closing habits they may have cost them a trip to the WS last season..
* chump change…Jake Peavey and John Lackey make $16 mil !
The weather has been brutal up here in the NE, a string of 10 days without hitting 32 can wear you down just a little. Where is the GLOBAL WARMING???? The rumors of the mid winter summer has been greatly exaggerated.
The Olympics are starting soon. Out side of Hockey and Curling I have little personal interest. My bride will be watching the figure skating and ice dancing. I’ll just be praying that no idiot terrorists try to blow things up and kill innocents to make there statement that all infidels should die. The Russians think they have it all under control. Let’s hope!
On a lighter note, I have in hand… my 2014 MA fishing license…not that I can expect to use it in the next 3 months but it makes me feel warmer on the inside…Jeff’s bass last week made me ready to cast the plastic upon the waters.
Job change for O’Harry. After working as a double agent for the past month I made the decision to make the move. An old friend bought a new business and I’m gonna be running the retail end of it.
I’ll be crossing the border…commuting all the way to Providence RI… about 8 ½ miles………starting in 2 weeks.
One of the nicest little cities you’ll ever visit.
Irish or Blond jokes…which are funnier?
I’m Irish and I’m slowly becoming a stunning platinum blond so I’m really not insensitive…just laughing at myself.
3 blonds were walking in the woods when they came upon some tracks.
Blond one said, “look deer tracks”
Blond two said “no you dopes, those are elk tracks”
Blond three said, “you’re both wrong, those are moose tracks”
The were still arguing when the train hit them,
Three Irishmen, Sully, Sean and Harry all passed over at the same time. At the pearly gates Saint Patrick himself met them and said, “Lads, welcome to heaven where you will spend eternity. You must just remember one thing, when you go thru the gates don’t step on any of Saint Peter’s ducks or you will get a punishment for eternity”.
Sully went first and was amazed to see the ducks were everywhere. Try as he might he stumbled and landed on a duck. He was immediately hand and hand with by far the ugliest lass he had ever seen. She said “well my handsome prince, you stepped on a duck and we are together from now onward.”
Sully yelled out, “Sean… watch your step lad”
The same thing happened to Sean and as he took his foot off the unfortunate duck, a lass with a most challenging face took his hand…….
After watching this fate befall his friends, Harry very very carefully navigated the entire way without stepping on a single duck.
Suddenly Harry was arm and arm with the most beautiful lass ever, bright blue eyes and blond shining hair.
She looked at Harry and gasped and screamed and said “oh noooo”
Harry said to the lass “ but I don’t understand”
The Lass caught her breath and cried,
“ I was just walking along being careful and minding my own business when I stepped on a duck!”
Have a great day and don’t forget to check out Lanz right next door.