Work is absolutely insane and I’m just worn out.Â But the news about Jim Rice, the John Smoltz and Rocco Baldelli signings, and an opportunity to meet Bronson again have kept me happy throughout the insanity.
Sadly, it all hasn’t helped my brain much so I’m still struggling to be coherent.Â :)Â Given that my EEI gig probably begins some time late Wednesday or Thursday this week, the timing couldn’t be worse – BUT I’m out of work from Thursday through Monday, so that should give me plenty of time to get focused and start pumping out the entries again.
In the meantime, I’m taking the easy way out.
*Â It was pointed out to me in comments on the previous post that I didn’t make any mention of Rickey Henderson making theÂ Hall of Fame.Â I like Rickey and I’m happy he was elected into the Hall.Â But the story there would have been if he WASNT picked to make the Hall this year.Â My focus was on the man who deserved to be elected in many years ago but had to wait until his last year of eligibility before he got bumped over to the Veterans Committee.Â I make no apologies for that.
*Â Raise your hand if back in 2001 you thought in 2009 Derek Lowe would get a four year, $60 million contract.Â If your hand is up, you’re a liar.
*Â Rob Bradford is reporting that Alex Cora has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the New York Mets.Â Cora is one of those “average” players that I have a strong affection for.Â It saddens me that he won’t be with the Red Sox, but I’m happy that the New York team he landed with doesn’t play in the Bronx.
*Â Seriously.Â How is it January and I haven’t heard ANYTHING about Kyle Snyder’s status?Â There’s no one out there who can hook me up with some information?Â Goal for 2009:Â Score an interview with Kyle.Â Hey, it could happen!
*Â Greg Montalbano was at the Lowell Spinners Alumni dinner last night.Â It was inspiring to see him there, looking so well and speaking so fondly of his time playing baseball.Â We need more Greg Montalbano stories.Â We need to hear more about the unsung heroes in baseball and not just the superstars.
*Â Unrelated to baseball:Â Watching Bill Hicks tonight and then catching about 5 minutes of Dane Cook made me miss Bill Hicks (and good comedy in general) immensely.Â Really, people, stop lining Cook’s pockets.
*Â Kelly O’Connor took some fabulous photos at the Boston Baseball Writer’s dinner AND the New Stars for Young Stars event.Â Go see her amazing photos here.
Finally, by popular demand:Â (This is from last year, not this year’s show, but it serves its purpose!)