Keeping the Faith
A couple hours ago, I got a WEEI Flash text message reporting Curt Schilling's retirement from baseball. Schilling made the announcement directly on his web site.
Talk about anti-climactic. Honestly, my first thought was, "He wasn't already retired?"
In my mind, this was a foregone conclusion. Schilling certainly wouldn't have agreed to blog on WEEI.com for the next year if he thought there was even the slightest chance he might be playing somewhere else. And I don't know anyone who thought the Red Sox were remotely interested in bringing him back for another year. All that was left was for him to make it official, which he has.
I have enjoyed the ride with him. I laughed at the Ford pickup ad ("Going to break an 86-year-old curse") and the Dunkin' Donuts ad ("Pahk. Pahk the cah.") I cringed at the sight of the bloody socks and got queasy upon hearing a description of the procedure that allowed him to pitch in those two games. I hollered at my television screen when I saw the weight gain. I smiled when he called out Manny. I got misty and thought of my late cousin Joe when he asked for money for ALS research. All in all, I liked him.
Sure, some so-called fans hate him for his politics because, you know, only celebrity Democrats like Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino are allowed to campaign for their chosen candidates. Tell me you'd rather he had never come here. Tell me you'd give up 2004, the organizational confidence from which helped promulgate 2007 as well. Go ahead and say it. I won't believe you.
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The good: Shortstop Jed Lowrie is hot in spring training, with (going into today's game) a .439 batting average, .872 slugging average, two home runs, and 10 RBI. He'll be the starting shortstop while Julio Lugo rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery...and maybe afterward.
The bad: Jason Varitek is hitting .160 up to today (though he had a three-run homer this afternoon). David Ortiz is doing only slightly better at .200.
The unknown: Who is Josh Reddick? He's a 22-year-old left-hitting outfielder who hit .311 last season in time with Single-A Greenville and Lancaster, and AA Portland. This spring, he hit .500 in 13 games.
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Some of the stories that have caught my eye of late:
So I joined this Twitter thing last night. Not sure if I'll keep it going, but just in case I do, I decided it would be cool to have my posts here show up there. (Being a Twitter neophyte, I only realized this could be done because I noticed that someone else updated via something called Twitterfeed. I Googled that, and the rest is history.)
If you're on Twitter and would like to follow me, my user name is >kellyjsox. Be aware, however, that my tweets won't be just about baseball. In fact, most of them probably won't be about baseball. If you're cool with that, I'd love to have you on board.
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