I’m not one who complains about Daylight Savings; I dig it being light out at 7, 8pm. But, apparently, it has been messing with my sleep patterns because this week I have gotten up every day at least an hour later than I usually do. So, once again, my post today is late and, this time, more of just a bit of rambling than any one cohesive thought. Â How about some confessions that you might or might now already know about me?
* Â I like Daisuke Matsuzaka. Â Sure it’s convenient for me to say that after he pitched so well yesterday, but I do. Â I’ve liked him from the beginning. Â I don’t fret over the money the Red Sox put out just to bid on him and I think, as far as making money in the bubble of the world known as MLB, he has been worth the money he’s being paid.
* Â I don’t like Jon Lester. Â I have my reasons just like everyone has their reasons for liking or not liking a player. Â Having written that, if he isn’t the starting pitcher for Opening Day, I will suspect Terry Francona was dropped on his head just before making the announcement. Â While I could also see Tito starting Clay Buchholz and being more than happy with that, I think Crabcakes has earned getting the nod first (and next).
* Â Ever since Mike Timlin left the Red Sox I haven’t developed a deep down, true favorite player. The seasons between 2002-2008 were magical for many reasons not the least of for me was the abundance of players to fall for. Â Kyle Snyder and Mike Timlin are the remnants of those years – both my last “favorite” players who are both no longer playing (hopefully that won’t be the case for Kyle much longer but who knows). Â I love the team and if I had to quickly pick the one whose being traded or DFA’d would rip my heart out I guess I’m looking at either JD Drew or Clay Buchholz. Â But it still isn’t the same. Â Ask anyone who went to a game with me while Mike Timlin was active and they’ll tell you how physically and emotionally involved I got in his appearances. Â You can also ask the handful of friends who spent the day texting me to find out if I was all right the Saturday Kyle was designated for assignment (yes, without looking I remembered it was a Saturday and they were in Toronto. Â The pain is burned into my memory). Â There’s no one on the team I feel that deeply for. Â Maybe that’s a good thing? Â I do know it changes the way I watch the games just a little bit.+
* Â I’ve never not had Bronson Arroyo on a fantasy baseball team and this year he’s on my team in two different leagues. Â So, in reference to the confession above this one, were he still on the Red Sox HE’D be the favorite. Â (I also still hold out the unrealistic hope of his returning to the Red Sox some day. Â I’m an optimist.)
* I’ve discovered (or maybe RE-discovered) that if I have any hard feelings for ex-Red Sox players (and goodness knows I do) they are stronger for Johnny Damon than they are for Manny Ramirez. I know the Yankees thing and the out and out lying thing are big parts of that but it struck me odd that I watched Manny and had NO feelings about how he did at bat (I felt “meh”) but just seeing Johnny holding a baseball bat my first thought was “I hope you strike out”. Â In real life, I’m a fairly rational person. Â Obviously this doesn’t translate well to my baseball fandom.
+If the Red Sox trade or DFA Tim Wakefield this year, I have no idea how I will handle it. Â They can only trade him with his approval because of his time in the league and on the Sox, so I guess I’d be more okay with that than with them just dumping him. Â He’s on a different level than a “favorite” player; he’s Tim Freaking Wakefield. Â I can’t write any more about it because it’s upsetting me just to think about it.