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Well, the team is playing well and fun to watch on TV again. The outfield looks pretty good most of the time defensively. Some of their bats are working rather well and they need to stay. However, we are getting closer to getting some injured players back on the team and I am not so certain about it. As for Ells, I am looking forward to him being back but hope he is not too rusty. As for Crawford, I have never been excited to see him play. When the TV camera pans the dug out, I see him and he does nothing for me but make me wonder, "what's he doing there? Is he really part of the team?" When he was first purchased by the team, I was excited. However, he left his game back in Florida and his game got lost with the luggage on the plane and the airline has never found it; I doubt it is in Lost and Found either. I wish that he could be traded but he has no worth in a trade. We gave away Youk and got nothing for it but it did help the team and Youk by taking care of too many 3rd basemen. Well, tonight we play Seattle and I am wishing we stay on our winning streak! Go Sox, red that is!
Greg * Henderson, NV
Fredd, Define "great minds" I said this to Phil who does not like to defend his statements. Two years ago Youk was injured and we did not have a back up third baseman. What could you get for Youk then that was better than what we got now? Keep in mind that there was 2 more year left on his contract instead of the 1 year now. If you want to meet the big guys talk to Phil. He talks to them on a regular basis.
Tony * Ashland
Mark - NYSoxfan7 - This is ON Your Mind, not OUT of Your Mind!
I agreed with your comments most of the way down the page, but I felt you were a little heavy handed on the "no one is indispensible and can be replaced at any time." While I totally agree that no one IS the team, some players leave pretty big holes when they leave, and others would leave an outright crater. Then your "Hear that, Pedey?" was just too much for me. If you are referring to what Pedey said after Bobby V made his infamous remarks about Youk, I say, "You GO Pedey!" Valentine opened the door when he made PUBLIC comments that should have been made in PRIVATE. There was absolutely no excuse for it. So, while I ordinarily would say a player should not publicly call out his manager, in this case I was delighted. What I took away from Pedey's comment, "That's not how we do things in Boston," was, "We are a team, and we support each other; we don't badmouth people to the press." And I say, "RIGHT ON!" As much as I hated seeing how Francona was treated, I was willing to be open-minded about Valentine, but when he made such completely uncalled-for remarks to the press about one of his players, I felt it was a slap not only at Youk, but at the entire team: "Look out, because I'm not on your side." And to do that to a player who is struggling? Unconscionable. The press causes so much drama and tension; they don't need the manager helping them. Or I should say, the TEAM doesn't need the manager helping the press.
And Pedey is one who would leave a HUGE, GAPING hole if he were to leave. I don't even want to think about a Red Sox roster without him.
Linda in NH