Farewell Lobster

Jason Varitek is retired. And it is the right thing to do. His bat is gone. His ability to catch is diminished. And the great collapse last year showed that maybe his ability to handle the pitchers and lead may be in the past as well.

There is new leadership in Boston. Francona, Theo and Wakefield are all gone.
It makes sense.

It was time.

And now is the time to salute the Captain.
The man who has played in more post season games than any Red Sox player ever.
Has the most post season homers for any catcher.

He hit the game tying homer in the decisive Game 5 of the 2003 Division Series.
He drove home the first run in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS.
His first inning triple started the scoring of Game 2 of the 2004 World Series.
He drove in 2 runs in Game 1 of the 2007 World Series

And of course he caught more no hitters than any other catcher in history.

He was the captain for two World Champion Red Sox teams.
One of these days he’ll probably be the manager.

But for now, let’s salute the player I have insisted on called The Lobster.

Farewell my captain.

It is indeed a new day in Boston.

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Francona… I love you… but shut up

I have nothing but love for Terry Francona.
I love how he was a classy manager and led my team to the two World Series titles that we Red Sox fans will always cherish.

And I thought management treated you horribly after the 2011 season.

I covered that already.

Now let me say this… shut up.
You rolled your eyes at Bobby V’s banning beer from the clubhouse and called it a publicity stunt.

So what if it is?
It’s not a bad publicity move. It’s saying to the fans “Hey, I realize there was a problem last year and things are going to be different now.”

As much as I respect you, Mr. Francona, the reason for the massive regime change this year was because there needed to be a change in the culture. The laid back, let the guys do what they want, attitude worked brilliantly when the Sox were down 0-3 to the Yankees in 2004 and 1-3 to the Indians in 2007 and almost damn worked again against Tampa in 2008!

But it came back to bite the Red Sox in 2011. When starting pitchers couldn’t make it out of the 4th and the team was spiraling and by your own admission you lost the clubhouse, the best thing to do is let Bobby V run the team the way he sees fit.

You are a really classy guy who brought glory to the Red Sox and left on strange terms.
The same can be said for Joe Torre who lost a lot of respect in people’s eyes when he put his name on The Yankee Years book.

Don’t go down that road.
We will all applaud you FOREVER for what you did. It was a glorious 8 year run.
Now it is Bobby V’s team.

Let him run it the way he wants to.

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I’m Sully and I approve this off season for the Red Sox

The Red Sox had post season dreams that fell just short… like Carl Crawford’s diving attempt on the last play of the season.

The manager is gone. The closer is gone. The Captain may have played his final game.
A new GM is in charge but undermined by the owners.

It’s time to make tons of changes to the Sox, right?

NO!!!!

I have been advocating that the Red Sox take a step back and heaven forbid REBUILD FROM WITHIN.

Let the Angels cough up years and picks for Albert Pujols. And 5 years for C. J. Wilson? Gee whiz I wonder if they will regret that.
Let the Marlins pony up cash for Jose Reyes and a closer like Heath Bell.
Let the Rangers pay Yu Darvish’s posting fee.

Jimmy Rollins? He belongs in Philadelphia.
Carlos Beltran? It’s amazing that he syncs up his best season in years with a free agency stint. Have fun in St. Louis.

Aramis Ramirez? Mark Buehrle? Grady Sizemore? Jim Thome? Jason Marquis?

Who in that group is a good long term answer for the Red Sox?

And who is left in the free agent market? Prince Fielder? Roy Oswalt? Edwin Jackson?

And forget the trade market.

Yeah the Red Sox could have had Trevor Cahill or Gio Gonzalez.

But Cahill cost Arizona some of their top prospects including Jarrod Parker, their phenom pitcher who made a cameo in the post season.

And Gio Gonzalez cost Washington some of their best young players.

The Red Sox don’t need to empty their farm!
They need to try out as many PawSox as they can.
The Red Sox need to fill in holes and they don’t need to do it with high priced free agents, blockbuster trades that send the future packing and surrendering draft picks.

The Sox are making smart moves.
Mark Melancon? Not sexy but talented and can help in the pen.
Nick Punto? Won’t make many headlines but gives the Sox some infield depth,
Kelly Shoppach? OK, he can’t hit. But how can his bat be worse than Varitek’s now?

Don’t be worried about making noise for December 2011.
Focus on turning the page and seeing what the team needs.
Pile up draft picks and see what gems are hidden in the system.

Let the Marlins, Angels and Nats make the splash now.
I’m thinking about 2013 and beyond.

Keep up the good work of not doing anything big.

It’s not going unnoticed by THIS Sox fan.

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