Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – May 17, 2014

The Sporting News

The Sporting News

I want Derek Jeter to get some truly bizarre presents during his farewell tour. And next year, Alex Rodriguez can break some great records and milestones. Will there be any celebration for THAT?

That and more on today’s episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

Josh Reddick, Christian Yelich, Chris Tillman, Jorge de la Rosa, Michael Saunders, Yu Darvish andAngel Pagan all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball

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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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Hats off to Tony LaRussa

I’ve never been a Tony LaRussa fan… but man you have to respect him.
He is probably the greatest manager of our time. If he’s not, he’s in the conversation.

And he retired as a World Series champ.
No backstabbing, book writing, passive aggressive swiping at management here.

This isn’t Torre or Francona’s ending where you need to remind people of the good times.

He’s out on top after winning the best World Series in a decade.

He has three World Series titles. No need to apologize for not winning more. He has as many World Series titles as Leo Durocher, Earl Weaver and Whitey Herzog combined.

I was never a fan.
But man I am an admirer.

Ozzie Guillen, Bruce Bochy, Charlie Manuel, Joe Girardi, Davey Johnson, Mike Scioscia and Jim Leyland are the only current managers who have won a World Series title now.

None more than one.

Who will take the title of “Best Current Manager?”

We’ll see.
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