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Welcome Back, Trish. We are glad to see that you made it back in one piece. You were missed by all.
I'm sad to see Youk go but I do believe it was time. He seemed very unhappy and, even, angry at times. Maybe this trade will allow him to shine again and be the Yooooooooouuuk that we all know and loved.
I'm very excited to see Middlebrooks on a daily basis. He's so much fun to watch. His power, energy, and maturity beyond his years might be just what the Red Sox need to stay out of last place and secure a playoff spot as the season progresses! Between Middlebrooks, Nava, and Kalish, the "kids are alright" in my book!
Cathy * Wesley Chapel, FL
Welcome back Trish - not even the nuns could handle 13 - 7th graders! Good trade for Youk and the White Sox. He will be a value added to them, the Sox really got nothing in return except his salary and what appears to be a more stable line-up. To be honest I was getting tired of Youk always having some reaction to the umps over good, bad or indifferent ball and strike calls-it was wearing to say the least! Now I can think of a few more folks that Ben can jettison and let the "kids" play, Kalish Nava, Middlebrooks etc. I for one have no issues trading Jacoby (ok I can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth), Crawford, McDonald, Beckett or Lester (maybe both), Shoppach, Dice-K and bring up Lavarnway. Winning 4 series in a row is a plus, and lets see what they do against the Jays, the West Coast swing, and then the 1 st place Spankies before the All-Star break. Keep the faith folks-
Stephen * Longmeadow, MA
Hi Trish and glad to see you back at the helm! It was a long strange week without OYM. Glad you enjoyed the time with the drama queens, they can be fun and crazy simultaneously.
Have real mixed feelings about the Youk trade. He was an important part of the team, always seemed to give it all every game. But the last couple of years the injuries seemed to be increasing and his recovery question-filled. It was great to see the crowd and his teammates salute him yesterday. Now it's a waiting game to see what the newcomers will contribute. Thanks Youk and Go Middlebrooks.
I told ownership two years ago to trade Youk while he still had value - they didn't listen and now when there's no gas in the tank, they move him for little in return! Well, he IS gone and we'll see an improved clubhouse and team on the field as a result.
Two concerns: with the exception of MacDonald, the Sox are loaded with very good outfielders. When Ells and Crawford return, who do they release, trade, or assign to Pawtucket?! Nava, Podsednik, Sweeney, Kalish, and Ross have all displayed skills worthy of a starting role. MacDonald will be released, no doubt, and Kalish should be kept with the team as he is their future. It it wasn't for such a huge contract, Crawford would be moved, but with the big money investment, the Sox are obligated to play him. The other concern is starting pitching. Becket is breaking down, Buch is already broken down, and Lester has become an average lefty - the Sox "big three" is no more. That leaves the Sox with Felix, Cook, DiceK, and Morales to hang your hat on. Better make some trades, boys, or it will be a longggggggg year! The Sox kicked butt on some of the worst teams in the Majors. Toronto comes in tonight and the schedule gets tougher - we'll now find out how good they really are.
Phil from Idaho
Welcome back Trish and I bet in some ways you are glad (smiling).Well when Bobby came on board I predicted the trade of Kevin after their first psychological conversation and after that his playing time diminished and the great play by Middlebrooks you knew he was history, and he was just the first. Only David is left now and he is having a banner all star year.It's amazing how many have retired or are now gone since Bobby arrived. Best wishes go to Clay for a speedy recovery.Tek and Wake were in Nantucket over the weekend and stopped into my restaurant and sat at the bar with their ladies and both looked great and glad they bailed.
A good baseball weekend with some great play which we all hope continues and the Yanks lose a few. So Kevin who we watched from Single A to AA and then the bigs, good luck on the corner in Chitown and we look forward to your many returns to the Fen. And as the soothsayer predicted the trade weeks ago another shocker is around the corner and this goes back to Bobbys ESPN days and his cracks about Red Sox pitching.
So again to our dedicated Trish welcome back from your fans in RSN.
Dave from RI
If you don't have opinion about the current Red Sox roster now, then you aren't a fan. Youth has been served, and it smells good so far. All weekend I enjoyed where the kids (Nava/Kalish/Middlebrooks) were taking us. We are getting younger, and it was necessary.
Ben can see how the teams rise in the standings has been influenced by these kids, who were not even projected for anything but September call-ups. Heck, Daniel Nava was so far down the depth chart that he's done "infinitely way more" than keep LF warm for Crawford. When all the dust settles, he may be our 4th OF. He certainly doesn't need anymore AB's down on the farm, he's had his share!
Franklin Morales is a good starter, as is Aaron Cook. Dice-K should have fun busing around the Northeast, 'cause that's where he belongs. Knowing that when Bard comes back he'll be in the bullpen gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. The Bard decision may be the best thing so far. No, it IS the best thing so far. We have our closer!
Good Luck on the South Side, Kevin Youkillis. I miss you already!
Rip * Kendall Park/NJ
Ellsbury and Crawford coming back which will mean an outfield of Crawford, Ellsbury, Ross/Nava/Sweeney. Kalish will be sent to Pawtucket as will McDonald. 25 player limit leaves Shoppach, Salty, Gonzalez, Pedroia, Aviles, Middlebrooks, Ortiz, Punto plus 12 pitchers. When Punto does not play regularly he seems unable to hit.
Jack Walsh * Ft Lauderdale, FL
I hate seeing Youk go but I think it was in the best interest of Youk and the Red Sox. I hated seeing Youk getting disrespected and having to earn his spot but Middlebrooks is the 3rd baseman for some time to come now. As a fan, it was hard watching the team knowing someone was going to lose out on their position and it was clear Youk was. Glad it's over for the team. I think Youk will be great for the White Sox and Youk can relax in a better environment. I hope Youk feels appreciated by the Red Sox fans for his help in winning WS in 2004 and 2007. Good luck to Youk and I hope he does really well and gets a new contract that will take care of his family for life. I loved watching him in the batting box and see him battle every pitch.
Greg * Henderson, NV
Thanks, and all the best, sir.
Martin in Idaho
I don't mind the Youk trade... He had to go... Middlebrooks has shown he is a better player this year!!!! Everybody deserves a vacation-especially you Trish!!
Mike * Avon
Finally getting a chance to watch the game from the beginning (Monday's), I was entranced watching the Little Leaguers standing with the players during the National Anthem...and then they show Salty!! WTH!! Why were his hands behind his back? Why wasn't his hand across his heart? Maybe he learned from our President!! I was NOT happy to see that!! We REALLY need to get back (or at least start) to giving our flag the respect it deserves!! WAKE UP SALTY AND SALUTE PROPERLY!!
John Hallman * Norfolk, VA
I am so sad to see Kevin Youklis go for peanuts to the White Sox. I wish him well. Even though the writing was on the wall, I am heartbroken that Youk is gone. I have been a fan of his since his PawSox days and I wish him well. If the Red Sox don't make it to the playoffs or if the White Sox are in the hunt for a post season berth I will root for him and them. I have been a fan of the Sox since I was a little girl and Tony C came up so I have invested my heart and soul into this team so all you "fans" that say I am just being sentimental should go pound sand!
P.S. It's great to have "Today In Sports" and Trish back :)!!!!!!
Rhonda * Nashua, NH
Thank you all ... glad to be back ... :-) Trish