Some Saturday morning links for your reading pleasure.
Despite winning titles in 2004 and 2007, it’s still pretty clear Red Sox fans have Yankees envy. There is an ancient story that Babe Ruth, when living in Massachusetts either threw or lost a piano into the lake he lived on. For years people set up dives every year to try and find the piano, reasoning that if they found the piano, The Curse would be over. Winning didn’t stop this tradition, and it’s only getting worse. Now they’ve brought a psychic in to help find the piano. No joke.
Interesting piece about former major league catcher Ben Davis, who is now trying to make it back as a pitcher. In hindsight, Davis holds a special place in my heart by bunting in the 8th inning to break up a perfect game being thrown by Curt Schilling. I didn’t care all that much at the time (and I don’t think it was bush league, bunting is part of the game), but that was long before Schilling put on the Red Sox uniform (and a colored red sock).
Speaking of former Red Sox pitchers whom I have a dislike for, Bill Lee’s statements on George Steinbrenner’s death are as classless as I have seen. Luckily the Red Sox organization has been extremely classy in the wake of The Boss’s death, I just wish someone had the sense to not stick a microphone in front of a loser like Bill Lee.
As if we needed more proof that the Astros are just a poorly run organization, they hired Jeff Bagwell as their hitting coach this week. Really? Ok, maybe it will turn out ok, but that’s like having Tim Lincecum teach someone how to pitch. Bagwell was a great player, but he had an extremely unique swing and has zero experience as a hitting coach. What’s next, Craig Biggio as pitching coach? The Astros really shouldn’t be such a poor organization. Nice stadium, income tax free state and an owner that has been willing to spend money. They just can’t get it right though.
Pretty cool article on the breakdown of Bobby Bonilla’s essentially lifetime contract with the Mets and how it all came about. Contained in the article is a little nugget that Bret Saberhagen has his own Mets buyout, though not nearly as lucrative as Bonilla’s, as he gets a paltry $250k/year for 25 years. If the Mets felt a need to bring Bonilla back, I wonder if they could call him up and demand he put on a uniform. He is, after all, making more money than Fernando Tatis.
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