All the Right Moves

The Red Sox made a few smart moves yesterday. The first was a no-brainer, re-signing Terry Francona was long overdue. This guy doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Two World Series titles in four years is impressive, doing it in the pressure-cooker of Red Sox Nation is extraordinary. This guy is adored by his players and respected by all of Major League Baseball. He is truly one of the good guys in the game. When talking about the game’s great managers, Francona should be mentioned in the same breath as guys like Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony Larussa. Although his new contract is nothing to sneeze at, I really wish Theo Epstein made him the highest paid manager in the league.

The second move was signing 2005 Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract. Although Colon has had his share of injuries the last couple of years, he could be a decent insurance policy if any of the Sox pitchers gets injured. He won’t make the team coming out of Spring Training, but maybe he can get in shape in Triple A and make a difference when it’s time for the playoff push. This guy has won twenty games in a season twice. He hasn’t forgotten how to pitch. Let’s see how he does when he gets in shape and the Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell gets a hold of him. Either way, it’s a low-risk, low-cost, possibly high-reward scenario. updates

I want to remind everyone that there are still spots open for the inaugural Fantasy Baseball league. Please spread the word to your friends and family and have them sign up. It should be a lot of fun. Thanks again to Matt McLaughlin for setting it up. To sweeten the deal, we are working on a prize package for the winning team consisting of original merchandise. So if that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will.

Also, Dylan and I are heading down to Fort Myers on Thursday to watch the Red Sox play Boston College, and I’ll be taking some pictures to add to the site. I’m not an expert photographer, but I’m sure anything will be better than the glamour shots of ourselves that are on the site now. On a related subject, Dylan and I and couple friends of ours are “shipping up to Boston” for a few days in May to check out the Sox. Unfortunately the Kansas City Royals are in town while we’re up there, but any baseball at Fenway Park is good baseball.

4 Responses to “All the Right Moves”

  1. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    So I have to ask my boss for Tuesday off from work. Not because it is my spring break, but it is because it is my mom’s birthday and she has 4 tickets to Tuesday’s game vs. the Pirates at CoP’s.

    Couldnt have been a school day, but I feel that skipping out of work for a Red Sox game is a very warrented excuse. The only thing standing in my way is my New Yorker Boss, who is a Giants/Yankees fan. Oh how cruel things can be.

    Also, we have 6/10 slots filled for the Fantasy Baseball League. We NEED a few more people. Get on IT!

  2. Dave Says:

    Thanks for checking in Matt, I was beginning to wonder if anyone was still reading this thing. We are trying to spread the word about, we’ve even resorted to starting a MySpace page. So hopefully things will pick up. As for your boss, being a Yankee fan he already has enough problems in his life without you calling in sick. You gotta work, mom will understand. As for the fantasy league, where is C-mac?? 33?? We’ll get those spots filled one way or another. Maybe people are afraid of our superior knowledge and don’t want to get embarrased. So anyone reading this that wants to join up, check out the comments from the post ‘ Spring is in the air’ for all the details. Thanks

  3. busmanpop Says:

    hey dave itmust be great the have aSMART WIFE.. nice new web site.. your kids are good looking TOO.. hey a win win situation have fun at the game.. 33

  4. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    By the way, Thanks for the tag on the Wally photo. Thats freakin awesome, if only it were me. Sure as hell beats the job I was working today. lol

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