With Opening Day of the 2008 Major League Baseball season a few short hours away, the staff at thefoulline.com has come up with the inaugural Thefoulline.com All-Pro Team of Awesomeness. This is a team of players, handpicked by Dylan and me, who represent what this site stands for. These players may not necessarily be the best at their respective positions, some may not even be good at baseball at all, but they have the attributes to make them worthy of this prestigious honor.
To be eligible for this team, players have to meet certain requirements:
- No Yankees allowed
- Must be able to play hurt, and not spend more time on the DL then on the active roster. (This means Rocco Baldelli is out.)
- Must keep their name on the sports page, not on the police blotter.
- Not on the Mitchell Report. Sorry, Roger.
- Most importantly, these are players that Dylan and I like. It was hard to not make it all Red Sox, but we did our best.
- No Yankees allowed
Here is the 2008 Thefoulline.com All-Pro Team of Awesomeness
Catcher: Jason Varitek
Varitek is not only the captain of the Boston Red Sox, but we are making him the captain here as well. Although he’s getting on in years, he still prepares his pitchers well and calls a great game.
First Base: Mark Texiera
Tex flies under the radar as far as elite first basemen go. He’s solid every year he plays.
Second Base: Dustin Pedroia
The baddest man in Boston provides the scrappy trash-talking factor for the team. If this guy was 6 feet tall, he would be a household name.
Shortstop: Orlando Cabrera
I still can’t get over the Sox not signing him in favor of Edgar Renteria. The O.C. was great for Boston during their 2004 run.
Third Base: Alex R…..NOT! David Wright
This guy has every chick in New York City wanting him, and he still goes out and hits .324 with 30 HRs. Plus I like the fact that Derek Jeter gets this guy’s leftovers. Best 3rd baseman in NYC.
Right Field: Vladimir Guerrero
Vlad swings for the fences with every swing of the bat and has a laser-rocket arm. What’s not to like? He once went yard in the on-deck circle.
Center Field: Grady Sizemore
Sizemore plays the game like a new and improved Jim Edmonds. Not to mention, Grady is a pretty cool first name.
Left Field: Carl Crawford
Poor Carl, playing in relative obscurity in Tampa, still manages to put up great numbers. And he has to play his spring training games next to road-rager Jon Weber.
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz
This one was obvious. He’s one of the most likable people in all of sports as well as the greatest postseason clutch hitter on the planet. Plus, I can’t really think of another DH worth a damn.
Starting Pitcher: Josh Beckett
He makes the team due to his remarkable playoff record and the fact that he never smiles during a game. This guy epitomizes intensity.
Starting Pitcher: Scott Kazmir
This future Red Sox led the league in strikeouts last year. Also Dylan has a man-crush on him, and vice-versa.
Starting Pitcher: Jake Peavy
He’s great at nothing but really good at everything.
Starting Pitcher: Felix Hernandez
His nickname is King, and he one-hit the Red Sox last year. That’s good enough for me.
Starting Pitcher: Tom Glavine
Token old-timer of the staff and 300-game winner. Also Dylan saw him play high school hockey in Billerica, Mass.
Closer: Jonathan Papelbon
Great stuff. Decent dancer. Crazy as hell.
Bench: Carlos Pena
The pride of Haverhill, Mass.
Bench: Troy Tulowitzki
Pretty good ballplayer, even if he does play for the Rockies.
Bench: Joe Mauer
Close personal friend of Matt McLaughlin, so he makes the team.
Bench: Kevin Millar
This guy will never make it out on the field for this team, but he’s a fun guy to keep around.
Manager: Sparky Anderson
My dad’s favorite manager when I was growing up.
League Commissioner: Bill Lee
Here’s our team. I think that they would fare pretty well in the league. Who makes your Team of Awesomeness?