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Well Mark, I don't often agree with you, but, I believe for the first time you hit the nail directly on the head. As a devoted watcher of Sox games, despite their good looks, Tina and Heidi brought absolutely nothing to the broadcasts. If I want to look at beautiful women than there are plenty of places to see them. When I'm watching sports I want sports info, not fluff. I have said that Amalie is one of the best baseball writers I have ever read and am also dissapointed that I have not seen any articles from her in a while. I'm not sure that sideline reporting is her forte, but she would definately bring something positive to the broadcasts.
Lynn * Billerica
Count me in for the "draft Amalie Benjamin" campaign, Mark! You summed it up nicely - Ms. Benjamin is intelligent and well-spoken as well as attractive and - bottom-line - she KNOWS baseball! She would be a terrific addition to NESN's Red Sox coverage; the NESN broadcasts have been missing her insights since the Globe reassigned her from the Red Sox "beat." NESN would do well to hire Amalie Benjamin to add the knowledgable, professional female voice that has been missing from NESN Red Sox broadcasts since Hazel Mae left.
Mikki * NH
Thank you Steve for answering my question about playing baseball. I'll bet you get A's in Journalism! As for Mr. Walsh in FL, yes, we're all upset over the collapse in September but to refer to our Sox players as Red Flops that to me is very degrading to all the players who worked very hard. You sound more like a disgruntled Yankee fan as I read your article in last weeks "On Your Mind" so if one is a true Sox fan then I wonder where their priorities are, with us or against us who love our Sox players. Shame on you Mr. Walsh.
Mark!!! What a great idea. I too think that Amalie Benjamin would make a great replacement for Heidi. Whenever Amalie was on the Red Sox pre game show I thought she showed a great insight to the game and did a great job reporting on the game and the players. I think she would be able to do so much better than Heidi, particularly when she interviewing players or staff. Heidi tended to ask questions like "Do you think signing with the Sox has been the best thing that you've ever done" or this brain number "How good does it feel to hit a walk off home run" DUH, how is a player supposed to answer those lame questions. I also thought that the food bits were the most uncomfortable and ill advised pieces of "reporting" I've ever seen but I really can't blame Heidi since I think that was the brainchild of someone in the NESN front office, whoever that was should be fired. I personally like Tina very much because of her personality and I was sorry to see her leave and I am sorry to see Heidi leave, she was definitely easy on the eyes, and I think that Amalie would bring a great personality, and real baseball knowledge to the position and I think she more than holds her own in the looks department as well. Enter my vote for Amalie.
Robert W. Tremaine
To Kate: Thank you for your kind (and well-expressed) words, I really appreciate them. As a start, if you haven't already read it, I recommend "Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series", by Eliot Asinof. It paints a true picture of the conditions under which major league players worked in baseball's early years. Then you should read a book on Curt Flood's struggles (there's one that I haven't read, but which has received great reviews, called "A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports" by Brad Snyder). Most of what I learned about the Flood case, I learned from newspapers, magazines and the like as it transpired.These books should give you a feel for the labor-management struggles which shaped baseball over the years.
These books are serious, but there are a lot of great baseball books that are terrific entertainment while also being informative.
Maybe we should start a baseball book section here!
Jack * Framingham
Rather frustrated today on several levels: could only open the lead article in Today in Sports - Plus this morning; all the others just gave me the interminalbe "hourglass". I really wanted to find out about the other teams who have a "serious interest" in David Ortiz. Ortiz is a sparkplug of the Red Sox organization and has been my favorite player for years - through slumps and triumphs! It's the RED SOX who should have a "serious interest" in our beloved Big Papi, as his performace this past season indicates. Of course, if the Red Sox had a Manager, it would be more enticing for Ortiz to enter into salary arbitration. Who wants to set sail on a ruddlerless ship? Please, Theo, Larry, Ben, et al, hire a manger, for cryin' out loud!
Peggy Baxter * Ware, MA
I have been very quiet for some 60 days or more, mainly because I was trying to think of what to say in this forum and just how to put it. Well, I had some help today thanks to Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe. He didn't come right out and say what I'm about to say, but he sure hinted on it. I blamed Larry Lucchino for what happened in '05 which, in the end, cost us Johnny Damon but smarter heads prevailed and Epstein was saved. I can't prove what I feel, but I believe Epstein wanted to leave then because Lucchino wanted final say on everything and didn't want to allow others to do the job they were hired for. This year it comes up again only causing more confusion because he insisted Francona go even though Epstein wanted him to stay. Well Francona went, Epstein went, and oh yea - we lost our closer. I won'tt be surprised if we lose more key ingredients. I'll always be a red sox fan but gee, Larry - if you want to be a dictator go and buy your own team, the Dodgers are available.
John Beaulieu * Townsend, MA
Is Ben Off to a weak beginning? First he Wanted Sveaum. Then he called Valentine immature. Then he wanted Lamont. The new Sox manager wasn't on the original list. The One Ben put all his due diligence into. the Sox manager is Valentine. Luchino's choice. Remember when Theo had a falling out with Larry and left Fenway in a bear outfit? I wonder if Ben will be thinking about that? As the winter meetings start I hope Ben is a better wheeler dealer with other teams then he is in house. This what is on my mind.
I couldn't agree more with Mark's idea to have Amalie Benjamin replace Heidi Whatney at NESN. I missed Amalie's knowledgeable insights all last season. I'd love to see her on NESN on a regular basis!