Changes

Well, it’s been almost a month since the Red Sox lost game 7 of the ALCS to the damn Tampa Bay Rays. I think it’s finally time to come out from the dark recesses of thefoulline.com headquarters, dust myself off, and talk about what I think Boston needs to do to improve their team.

This is a pivotal offseason for the Red Sox. There are some glaring holes in the Sox lineup that need to be filled. If this team remains unchanged, they’ll be watching the playoffs on television in 2009.

There’s going to be a lot of Hot Stove activity going on in the next couple of weeks. The damn Yankees have $90 million coming off their books and are eager spend to improve their poor pitching, and like it or not, the Rays are going to be here for a while. If Tampa acquires a legitimate closer and a quality right fielder they’re going to be dangerous. The American League East is no longer a two-horse race.

So if I were Theo Epstein, this is what I would do, in order of importance.

1. Sign Mark Texiera.

Tex would tear up Fenway Park offensively and play Gold Glove-caliber defense at first base. This MUST be done! A switch-hitting. perennial All-Star first baseman does not become available very often. As an added bonus, Tex is a free agent, so it wouldn’t cost Boston any of its young talent to acquire him.

Of course, this means Kevin Youkilis is moved to third base, and Mike Lowell is odd man out. I would try to convince a healthy Lowell to learn how to play first base and become Boston’s super-sub. With Lowell playing a mix of first, third and DH, he could prove to the rest of the league that he is healthy, and improve his stock for a trade. (Minnesota and the White Sox need a third baseman). It wouldn’t be the most popular move in Boston, since Lowell is such a class act, but we are here to win ball games. Get out your checkbook, Theo, and make it happen.

2. Derek Lowe makes his triumphant return to Boston.

Lowe is the type of sinker-ball-throwing, ground-ball-inducing pitcher that is tailor-made for Fenway Park. He’s proven to come up huge in big games, as in the 2004 playoffs, when he won the deciding game in all three playoff series. Not to mention, he wants to pitch in Boston again. He may even give Theo a discount.

I look forward to a rotation of Beckett, Lester, Dice K, Lowe, and Wakefield. This would keep Justin Masterson in the bullpen to help solidify the 7th and 8th innings before turning it over to Papelbon.

3. Deal a solid pitching prospect, namely Michael Bowden or Clay Buchholz, for either of Texas’s catchers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Taylor Teagarden.

They each have different strengths: Salty is still a raw talent that hits pretty well but needs to improve defensively. Teagarden is a solid defensive catcher with a laser-rocket arm, and he has the potential to put up some big power numbers. What they have in common is that they both are ready to be a starting catcher in the majors.

I’m starting to lean towards a  Buchholz for Teagarden deal, but either way it’s an upgrade of the aging Varitek. Thanks for all of your hard work, ‘Tek. We’ll see you at Jason Varitek Appreciation day.

4. Trade Julio Lugo for a bucket of used baseballs.

Jed Lowrie is ready to be the everyday shortstop. Lugo sucks. Find some sucker GM to take him off our hands.

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It almost seems too easy to improve this team. If Boston makes these moves, you can go and get the champagne on ice. If not, it may be a long season.

70 Responses to “Changes”

  1. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Well its about time we have something new to talk about. Jason Veritek is my favorite all time catcher and I have seen some great ones. Fisk, Bench, players that I would model my own play after. Its time for Jason to step down and bring a new kid along. Boston has some really good catchers in the system Cash, Kottaras. If Boston is going to compete they need to develop one of these guys. spend the money on pitching. Boston traded for Lowe and Veritek from seattle for Heatcliff CHOKEM Slocum. Do they want Clay Buckholz for another Kenji Johjima and Mark Lowe we need a Lowe in the deal from Seattle. Just an idea if my first plan didnt work.

  2. Dan Says:

    So pedrioa won the MVP, he was the best player in the AL this year, hope he enjoys it because that award will have Longorias name on it for the next decade.

  3. Dave Says:

    Pedroia is a stud that will only get better. After watching Longoria choke in the World Series, I’m not certain that he is a sure thing, first ballot, perennial MVP, first ballot Hall of Famer that everyone is so eager to adorn him.
    Coco Crisp is headed to Kansas City for a guy that will improve the Red Sox bullpen. As an added bonus, Boston now has an extra 5 million dollars to throw at Mark Texiera.
    Please make it happen Theo!!!!

  4. Dan Says:

    Longoria did not “choke” in the world series, after going godzilla in the ALCS, he was bound to come back to earth sooner or later, and it just came at the worst possible time. Hes oblivious to pressure as his pre WS playoff performance showed.

  5. Dave Says:

    I know that you have a man-crush on Longoria, but 1-20 in the World Series classifies as choking.

  6. Dan Says:

    Wel see next year when the rays beat the sox again.

  7. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Dan, You sound like a true REDSOX fan wait til next year oh yah your a Rays fan.. not producing classifys as choking come back to reality. Dan what is the definition of choking in a Rays fans eyes? (DWM)

    “Longo went from Godzilla to Geico Gecko in .2 seconds. (Matt)”

  8. Dan Says:

    Well seeing as the season is over what am i supposed to say? wait till tomorow? Longoria went beast mode in both playoff rounds and cooled off in the WS. Thats ok, we didnt win it all, i accept that, the rays never would have been there without him. So what about Dustin Pedrioa in the ALDS? did he choke? if the red sox had made it to the WS and pedroia cooled off, You all would have said hes a great player who cooled off at the wrong time, but since it was longoria, he choked. Knowone can hit 400 through an entire month. In game 5 he drove in a run and hit a scorcher that happened to go right to the CF. If we would have won game 5, he would have gotten hot in the last two games. Evan Longoria is still my favorite player, and just because we didnt win the WS, that doesnt make him or the rays a “failure” in my eyes.

  9. 0LD MAN RIVER Says:

    Hello ya we lost to those boys from Tampa but, the Tampa boys like the dark and we at the home feel they will be back in the cellar next year…mmmmm DARKNEEEES Now young Tampa fan Dan we all feel its time you come out of the closet and admit you HAVE A CRUSH ON MR.. LONGOLIA. ,and its not all about baseball…SOSTEP UP !YOU TWO WOULD MAKE A GREATCOUPLE. We at the home liked the piece in this weeks FOULINE..very nice and WE agree with the Braves guy keep JASON V..to help our young pitchers and catchers for the future ,he will be a great coach and manager… We know MR. THEO will make a great deal soon ..OLD MAN RIVERmay take a field trip to FLORIDA at CHRISTMAS .So if any of you RAYS fans think your going to tip my wheelchait over think again ..I CARRY A ERNIE BANKS 35 0Z LOUEEEVILLE SLUGGER.. Pie at the home tonight..nice

  10. ALBERT DESALVO Says:

    HELLO ALBERT HERE.Sorry I have not been by ,been in lock down this month..First young Tampa Dan some of the fellows here would LOVE to meat you. The Braves person said Jason v was his all time favorite catcher…Yes he is good. BUT my all time favorite is SAMMY WHITEhe was with BOSTON IN THE 50 S.. HE not only was a great catcher he is the only person to ever score three runs in one inning… 1953.. he also was a PRO basketball player,golfer and bowler.. Even casey stengel liked him . “HE COULD STEAL MORE STRIKES FROM THE UMPIRE THAN ANY ONE..”per casey….We look forward to another great season in BOSTON.. AND THE FOULINE.. ALBERT D..AND THE GANG…

  11. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    The Red Sox will need to keep Tek as long as they keep signing Japanese pitchers. Teks roll will be limited to catching all Japenese pitchers if they sign Tamawara.

  12. Dave Says:

    Tazawa is going to need to spend a few seasons in the minors. Varitek won’t be around long enough to catch him. Boston needs to deal for a catcher sooner than later, Spring Training will be here before you know it.

    Dave ” I’ll be dropping off thefoulline prize pack next week” Ingalls

  13. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Boston needs to unload Lugo for 2 broken bats and sign Tek for no more than 1 year and go out and get some decent middle releif. Taz wont be in the minors that long if Boston signs him.

    Dave ” I’LL beleive it when I see my prize Fantasy League Champ” McLaughlin

  14. larry the looooser Says:

    DIS GUY STILL GOT NOPRIZE YET ?ITS A GOOD THING I DIDN’T WIN … .
    HEY BRAVE GUY SUE THE FOUL LINE…IT IS A FANTASY LEAGUE ALL RIGHT .. A MAKE BELIEVE PRIZE..

  15. dontloseyourhair Says:

    I enjoyed your writing style and I’ve added this blog to my RSS reader. Keep up the good work. Pitcher.

  16. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Larry, I tend to agree its probably a make beleive prize. Larry do you want to be my attorney. I think I should sue not only for my prize but all the mentle aguish and the sleep less nights that I spent working so hard to be the fantasy league champ only to get nothing… well anyways Happy Thanksgiving to all…

  17. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Dave,

    Just wanted to say Thanks for my prize package. Larry I wont be needing your services as my counsel.
    I really like the T-shirt and maybe we should have shirts made for all the fantasy league participant to advertise the site.

    08 Fantasy League Champ

  18. Dave Says:

    Dave Mc,
    I’m glad you liked the prize, sorry it took so long to drop off. The shirts are available on the website if any more McLaughlins are interested. Also, without looking it up online….do you know the significance of the the 1994 World Series ball that was in the package?
    I was also thinking about getting a foulline tail-gate get together going at Charlotte Stadium when the Rays play the Red Sox in the spring

    Dave” 2009 Fantasy League champion” Ingalls

  19. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Count me in for the tail gate party but I’m not sure about 94 baseball.. I see that youstill dreaming about being a champion… 94 there was no world series.. Players strike

    08 Fouline Fantasy Baseball Champ. Dave “Keep dreaming” Ingalls

  20. Dan Says:

    Sabathia accepted the yankees offer, you guys nervous?

  21. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Hey Dan

    not really nervous we have Epstein and we will get either Texeria or Burnett if not both. Rays made any moves??

    Dave “08 Fantasy Baseball Champ” McLaughlin not Ingalls

  22. Dan Says:

    They have not made any moves, they seem content to let the yankees and red sox use there money to take there pennant away from them. they HAVE to make a trade. edwin jackson is perfect trade bate.

  23. Dan Says:

    Well disregard my last post, we just traded edwin jackson to detroit for a RF named matt joyce.

  24. Dave Says:

    CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett added to the Yankees…..yawn. The Yankees baffle me. Why would they spend a 1/4 of a billion dollars on two pitchers that are severely overrated. Let’s not forget CC’s dismal season in Cleveland last year, and the fact that he chokes in the playoffs. CC is a dominating pitcher in the NL, in the AL, especially in NY and the huge spotlight, CC will surely fade. As for Burnett… this guy has won more than 12 games in a season twice and has made 7 trips to the DL. This does not sound like money well spent from NY. They should have tried to upgrade their anemic offense. Oh well, their loss is hopefully Boston’s gain. I stand by my hope for Texiera and Lowe signed in this offseason.
    As for the Rays…. I think Bobby Abreau would be a perfect fit to play RF for Tampa. He is a below average defender, but he can still put up some big offensive numbers.

  25. Dan Says:

    Dave

    CC sabathia has an AL Cy young award, not an NL. and he would have pitched alot better in the postseason if the brewers hadnt burned him out completly. and as for burnett, the yankees signed a power pitcher with injury problems who used to pitch for florida, sound familiar? Boston traded for josh beckett when he went 15-8 in 2005 for the marlins, before that he went on the DL at least once every season, never won more than 9 games, and never pitched more than 200 innings. as of now, josh beckett has had only 1 really good season.

    as much as i hate to admit it, these moves put the yankees right there with tampa bay/boston. a rotation with sabathia,burnett,wang, and chamberlain is very formidable.

  26. Dave Says:

    You forgot to mention Becketts World Series MVP award. That and his postseason record totally sepaarates him from CC and Burnett. The Yankees will be regretting these moves by the allstar break. That rotation of New Yorks does not scare me in the least!!!

  27. Dan Says:

    Well im scared, really scared, i personally think the yankees are back

  28. larry the looooser Says:

    da yankees suck

  29. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    I second that Larry Yankees suck but the still have A Hole “AROD” and that is the guarantee that they will not win a World Series. I think the Yankees shod bring back Clemens and go after Randy Johnson too maybe Pettite will come back and Messina will Jaba the Hut be a starter or releiver.

    Dave ” Foul Line Fantasy Baseball Champ 08″ McLaughlin not Ingalls

  30. Dave Says:

    The Yankees continue to baffle me. They claim to be the model franchise in all of sports, but then they go and out-bid themselves for CC, crazily overpay for an injury prone Burnett and haven’t had a legitimate prospect develop in their farm system in years. I think these guys are coming off as desperate. 200 million dollars bought them a third place finish last season, I don;t see that improving.

    Dave ” It’s time to stop living in the past and start living in the Fantasy present” Ingalls

  31. SPANKY THE YANKEE . Says:

    SPANKYTHE YANKEE .. SAYS WHEN PLAYERS COME TO THE BIG APPLE THEY IMPROVE ..ITS LIKE MAJIC…..
    BY JULY WE WILL BE SO FAR IN FIRST PLACE YOU BAND WAGONERS WILL BE TRYING TO JUMP ON THE YANKEE WAGON….sorry girls…HEY IS MY PAL MATT MC STILL GOING TO CLOWN COLLEGE?? THE SPANK MASTER WAS HERE …….YA WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN…………………………………

  32. Dan Says:

    I love how as soon as the yankees fell out of the playoff race, we stopped hearing from this guy……

  33. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Hey Spanky
    Yankees still suck and they will never win with their jinx AHOLE….Sorry Spanky facts are facts and $$$$$$ are $$$$$ keep spending Yankees.

  34. OLD MAN RIVER Says:

    OLD MAN RIVER WITH A CHRISTMAS WISH.. (1)THAT THE YANKEES STAY IN THE CELLAR ALL SEASON IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE.(2)THE RAYS KEEP FIGHTING THE YANKEES FOR LAST PLACE.(3) THE BIG PAYROLL KEEPS BITING THE YANKEES ON THE ASS ALL OF 2009.(4)THAT MR. C C GOD BLESS EM DOES A MANNY AN BITCHES ABOUT HOW HES TREATED. ANDCAN NOT FIND HOME PLATE…..BALL FOUR BOY(5)AJ THE BLUE JAY GUY NEVER SHOWS SIGNS OF 2008 OUCH..(6)A ROD KNOCKS UP MADONNA (he is going to hell)(7)(ROGER GOES TO JAIL FOR DRUGS AND MESSING AROUND WITHA TEENAGE COUNTRY SINGER(8)THE YANKEES GET MANNYAND HE SUCKS UP THE NEW HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT WITH HIS GIRL FRIEND JOHNNY D..(8)A GIRL WINS FOULLINE FANTASYBASE BALL LEAGUE (thats a strech)(9) drum roll please.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….BOSTON S BASEBALL TEAM ARE WORLD CHAMPS AGAIN…YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.. OH ……..AMERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL YOU GREAT FANS WHO REA D THIS STUFF.. PUDDING AT THE NURSING HOME ON CHRISTMAS..DAY///////////..

  35. larry the loooser Says:

    old people should be put on iceberg and sent out to sea. the yankees suck.

  36. Dan Says:

    Report: Mark Texeria agrees to deal with yankees.

    …………………….

  37. Dave Says:

    I am at a loss for words. How the hell did Boston let this happen?

  38. Dan Says:

    Tell me theres not something wrong with the system that baseball lets this happen?????? at least the red sox have a shot to spend with them, what do the rays have???? this kinda stuff makes me wanna swear off baseball, serously

  39. MR HAPPY, I AM A BOSTON BOY Says:

    HEY FANS ITS NOT OVER .THE SEASON HAS NOT STARTED.LETS WHAT TILL THE SMOKE CLEARS AND SEE JUST WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN.. IN THE PAST THEIO HAS MADE SOME GREAT MOVES… TEXERIA HAS NEVER BEEN IN A WORLD SERIES AND THE ANGELS WENT NO WHERE.. WITH HIM IN THE PLAY OFFS HE COULD BE ANOTHER A ROD… LETS JUST SEE WHAT BOSTONS GOING TO DO.. .lets just stayon the boston band wagon GO SOXES. ONE GUY ISNOT GOING TO MAKE THEM CHAMPS ….THE YANKEES AND RAYS SUCK ….

  40. Dave Says:

    hey Mr. Happy… You need to get your happy ass in your car and start driving down to Florida. I’ve seen you drive it’s going to take you 3 days to get here. Happy new year!

  41. MR HAPPY, I AM A BOSTON BOY Says:

    EAT ME MR DAVE……

  42. old man river Says:

    oldmanriver…in south fla..ready for spring training..we all hope the yankees and RAYS FALL ON THIER ASSES.THE NEW GUYS HAVE NO IDEA THE PRESSURER THEY ARE GOING TO GET IN THE BIG APPLE TO WIN..I HOPE THEY SUCK UP BADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD..LETS PUT THE CURSE ON THEM STARTING NOW…WE NEED A CATCHER MR THEO AND MAYBE ANOTHER ONE OR TWO PITCHERSWE STILL HAVE A GREAT TEAM…YANKEES SUCK GO BOSTON……………………………………………………………

  43. SPANKY THE YANKEE Says:

    SPANKY THE YANKKEE SAYS… YOUR GETTING JOHN SMOLTLZ..WHO NEXT WARREN SPAHN AND SANDY KOFAX? ROCKY BALDDAWIENIE . IS DAMAGED GOODS .WHAT ARE GUYS GOING TO A FIRE SALE?? THE WORLD CHAMPION YANKEES AGAIN… HOPE YOU LIKE THE CELLAR GIRLS .. THE SPANK MASTER WAS HERE …………

  44. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Hey Spanky. Eat me. You still are not wanted here.

    Much Love, Matt

  45. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    JIM RICE is IN the HALL, FINALLY!!!!! wooooo another Sox in the Hall.

    76 point something percent. About time.

    Matt “Jim Rice can sleep easy tonight” McLaughlin

  46. SPANKY THE YANKEE Says:

    SPANKY THE YANKEE SAYS .. THE WRITERS FELT SORRY FOR MR. RICE A RONNIEE ..HE HIT LIFETIME OUT OF FENWAY 204… EVEN MATT THE GEEK COULD BAT 294 IN THAT BAND BOX FENWAY..maybe OK DAN FROM TAMPA THEN… JIM RICE IS A HOMO.. THE SPANK MASTER WAS HERE.. p s hey matt hows clown college ….

  47. Dave Says:

    Dwight Evans H.O.F class of 2009

  48. Dan Says:

    Hey whats everyones opnion on the AL east transaction war? anyone else feel bad for toronto and baltimore?

  49. FLASH FROM NEW YORK CITY Says:

    News Flash From New York CITY..BASEBALL UPDATE…….YANKEE TOWN U S A .. MR Texeria ,MR. CC.AND MR A.J. ALL NEW MEMBERS OF THE YANKEES WHERE SPOTTED CARRYING BOXES OVER TO THE NEW HOME OF THE YANKEES BALL TEAM…COMMENTS FROM THE NEW PLAYERS “WE SHOULD HAVE READ THE SMALL PRINT ON OUR CONTRACTS”..QUOTE FROM GEORGE S.. “IF THESE GUYS KEEP BITCHING THEY MAY BE CLEANING THE MENS ROOM QUICKER THAN YOU CAN SAY STRIKE THREE”

  50. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Ok… so I know that there is only a few weeks left until the day the pitchers and catchers report, but that just means that it is the begining of the 6 week (roughly) scouting period for the SECOND annual foulline.com fantasy baseball league. We are going to have 10 slots again, who is in because I AM PUMPED about another year of trash talking, stat mongering, trade blocking, fantasy baseball action with thefoulline guys.

    Im going to look into CBS Sportsline and see when they may be posting the availability to sign up a league. It may have to wait until after the SuperBowl, or even until P&C report, but still, it never hurts.

    Matt “Cant wait to put an end to the football season” McLaughlin

  51. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    I have an email alert being sent to me by CBS when the free leagues open up.

    The pay leagues are available currently though.
    (the advantages are listed on the page to having a pay league, it allows the league to determine cirtain things like if its a keeper league, and such.)

    All I can say is that the league is going to have a huge shake up come draft day…..

    -M3

  52. Dave Says:

    Commish (AKA M3)
    There are a few certainties in this crazy, mixed up world of ours: Obama will definitely be better than W, A-Rod will continue to choke when it matters most, Rays fans will have a mass exodus off the bandwagon ( Dan excluded), Dylan will draft 7 shortstops, and I will dominate the 2nd annual foulline.com Fantasy Baseball league.
    After last years embarrassing loss in the finals, I have spent every waking hour preparing for this upcoming draft. and there are not enough McLaughlins in Port Charlotte to stop the storm that is on the way.
    So yes… I am in.
    Let the trash-talking begin.

    Dave ” Team YankeeRayHater 2009 Foulline.com Fantasy Champion” Ingalls

    M3- you need to elaborate on the huge shakeup…you have piqued my interest.

  53. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    By shakeups I mean your not going to have the entire AL Allstar Starting Lineup, and my Dad is not going to be able to get away with flying from the seat of his pants in regards to his pitching staff.

    There is no change to the league format because it worked very effectively.

    Unless people have suggestions, Ill see what I can do in regards to them.

    Matt ” Start thinking about your team names now…” McLaughlin

  54. boston badboys Says:

    HEY PUNKS ONE STATEMENT”IF THE BADBOYS DONT FORGET THIER PASSWORD …THEY WILL KICK ASS THIS SEASON” A COUPLE OF GOOD TEAM NAMES FOR YOU GUYS CAN HAVE WORDS LIKE SUCK….AND STINKY IN THEM.. Daddy …………………………………………………………..

  55. Dave Says:

    There is no way to stop my onslaught of savvy team-improving moves- you can only hope to contain it. Once again this year I’ll be playing chess, while the rest of you are playing checkers…

    Can you tell that Ive missed the trash talking??

    Dave ” Matt, Dave, and Dan Mc…Are going down” Ingalls

  56. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    I love that your sole mission in this is to get the Mclaughlins.

    Im going to laugh when Danny sweeps you. *first bold and unfounded prediction of the season*

    Here are a few things Im pretty sure I DO know….

    -I think Dylan should draft Manny in his current state. If he signs drop him.
    -Daddy Ingalls should draft the entire Milwaulkee Brewers Roster under the pretences that “ESPN says they are the team to watch”
    -Kerry Wood will go #2 in the draft, behind Kevin Kash.
    -Dave will have A.J. Burnett on his opening roster, only to make trade offers in the first 24 hrs for both CC and Teixiera.
    -The Boston Braves will only draft the mininmal amount of pitchers nessisary, only in rounds 17-22, only to drop 4 out of the 5 to pick up guys that are ranked 500 or above AND only for a week.
    -This years version of the Showstoppers (team name to change) will once again be the streakiest team in the league, going 2-5 in the first 7, only to win 9 straight, and split the last 4, 2-2.
    -Ginger will once again hand our butts to us at the most inconvienient time. By this, you need a win to get into the playoffs, your pumped for next week, and you look at the schedule and get white in the face. You are playing LBC and she is favored by 50 pts. This will be a BAAAD week and ROUGH end to the season.
    -There will be MANY more Rays players taken in the first 5 rounds simply because Dan will be in the draft taking at least 3-4 himself.

    And as for the Chess to Checkers comment, both games have Kings, both are played on the same board AND checkers has better french fries at the trop.

    Matt “can you tell im ready?” McLaughlin

  57. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    btw, 17 days until the first wave of P&C’s report to Spring Training. Official Start of the 2009 MLB season.

  58. SPANKY THE YANKEEE Says:

    SPANKY THE #1 fan of the 2009 world champs ….NEW YORK YANKEES…..HEY IN 17 DAYS DOES THAT MEAN MATT MC WILL BE IN HIS CLOWN SUIT… WATCHING THE PLAYERS TAKE SHOWERS? AGAIN!!!!

  59. Anonymous Says:

    20 days until The Red Sox grace the presence of beautiful down town Port Charlotte. I couldn’t be more excited.

    Dylan ” I couldn’t care any less about the Pro Bow” Hamilton

  60. OLDMAN RIVER Says:

    OLDMAN RIVER. Here in a few weeks we will be dusting off our bats,cleaning up our uniforms laying down the baselines.getting our stuff clean and ready to go (remember Matt Mc the jock does not go out side the pants) Throwing the ball around,going down to the corner store and buy some new baseball cards.(I always hoped for a TED WILLIAMS CARD)If you got a Yankee player you put itin the spokes of you bike with clothes pin .It m ade great sound . Pack a peanutbutter sandwitch and play all day.NO DRUGS AND WHO THE HELL IS WORTH 25 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR..??????Boy I feelbetter.. Manny and A-rod… both suck.. PLAY BALL HAVE FUN……WHEN DOES FANTASY START? pudding nite at the home!!:}

  61. Dan Says:

    anybody excited yet?

    BASEBALL SEASON IS STARTING SOON! the war the AL East! Tampa Bay, Boston, and New York! its gonna be great.

    anybody excited?

  62. Anonymous Says:

    Peter Gamons was in Port Charlotte Yesterday……I’m excited about that

  63. Dave Says:

    Dan the #1 Rays fan,

    Thanks for checking in. I am really excited about this baseball season!! I plan on attending some games and dusting off the keyboard to do some writing. It’s nice to be 15 minutes away from the Rays new Spring Training home. Even if it is the Rays. Any baseball is good baseball.
    Stay tuned,we have the Fantasy league, an exciting AL East battle and endless amounts of trash talk in our very near future. Man, I am glad baseball is back

  64. OLDMAN RIVER Says:

    IF I GET FIRST PICK I WANT YAZ………………………

  65. Dan Says:

    The rays new spring home is two hours away from me now instead of 20 minutes, you should be happy, because the rays moved, you get to see the best team in the AL in action!

  66. Boston Braves " Foulline Fantasy Baseball Champion" Says:

    Welcome to trash talking 2009 Dan I will be excited to see the best team in the AL in Port Charlotte when Boston comes to town. I really appreciate that thought. Spanky the Yankees still suck and A-Rod for once has done something good for the game by being honest. He got a raw deal and I hope he sues the ass of the people who released his name only to the media. Old man Rivers you can have Yaz even in his triple crown year he only batted 306. Dave when does your dream end the first day of the season. I fear your wifes team more then I fear you… Daddy Ingalls we need to teach these kids some respect. Dylan Manny will be available to sell pop corn in LA Boston Badboys no excuses about your password the old guys of the league like Daddy Ingalls and I remembered ours. Dave by the way I had my shirt modified with the word Champion on it. It looks real good. I had 2008 put on it and left room fro 2009 as well.

    Boston Braves 2008 Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I will have no name change this year Matt

  67. Dave Says:

    Dave Mc,
    I must say I am a little disappointed in your last post. I think in your old age you may be getting a bit confused. First of all, don’t get sucked in on A-rod’s “honesty” this guy disgraced himself and the game of baseball. The only reason that he came clean was to protect his own ass. He didn’t come out on his own, he was exposed. A-Rod cares about himself and nothing else. He’s going to retire without ever winning a World Championship, and is should not be considered for the HOF. He should mentioned in the same breath as other notable cheaters; Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, and Benedict Arnold. With this all being said, if he’s available in the fantasy draft and it’s my pick….it may be a tough decision to not take him. It’s more important to me to beat the McLaughlins this year than to have a damn Yankee on my team. Another thing Dave Mc, even with your stable of McLaughlins supporting your cause, there is no way that I lose to you again. I am more focused and more prepared than ever before. Luca Brasi couldn’t even slow me down right now. And as far as T-shirts go, I’ve also purchased a new thefoulline.com shirt this year, but I left room for World Champion 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012…..
    I’m planning to go to the Rays open house tomorrow and check out their new digs. Followed by going to the game Friday with Dylan. I plan on posting something after with some pics.

    It’s nice to hear from you again Dave Mc, thanks for checking in.

  68. Anonymous Says:

    There’s a deep crop of Shortstops out there Boys, and I plan on drafting all of them. I may even swtich some flex guys into the SS spot. Who knows…….

    Dylan ” Time to get out of the real world and start living in the fantasy world” Hamilton

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