Horse Race

Amen

Carl Crawford has stolen 50+ bases 5 times in his career, his high being 60 in 2009. Jacoby Ellsbury, who for better or worse is essentially entering his 3rd (hopefully) full season in the bigs, is 2 for 2 thus far, his high checking in at 70 in 2009. Separately, they are nearly unstoppable beasts of speed, seemingly wielding the ancient power of Aeolus at their backs. Together, not even Zeus could stop this unprecedented duo. Luckily, the only other Greek god that matters plays third base for our team, so needless to say the tumultuous joy the top of the order will bring is infinite..  Just thinking of the outlandish things these two will do to the collective psyches of catchers across the league, let alone the A.L. East, gives me chills. Even scarier for rival teams? Jacoby Ellsbury says he feels better and more ready to wreak havoc on the base paths than he did during Spring Training last year!

“I’m probably even better [than last spring], fresh as ever” he said. “I feel good. … I’ve been healthy for a while.”

The Red Sox center fielder added that he has no fear of making that first dive or that first headfirst slide, and he’s even set a personal goal for stolen bases, although he wouldn’t reveal that number.

Ellsbury was jokingly asked about a potential race with Crawford.

“I wouldn’t bet against myself,” Ellsbury said.

That line, as much as anything, signals Ellsbury’s intentions in 2011.”

It’s gonna be one hell of a show.

oh, and tell me this doesn’t make you absolutely rabid for baseball.

 

Snow Monster

Love Is In The Air

It’s baseball season folks. Pitchers and catchers officially report tomorrow. You know what that means:

"where do the Red Sox rank in your life?"

In other news, Bobby Jenks already hates the Yankees. OK so that’s a little exaggerated, but tell me you can’t see him and the mean Flavor Savor he rocks beaning Tex or Popcorn Boy and lighting a fire under the collective asses formerly known as the Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry. He may not hate ’em, but he’s sure as hell glad to be on our side.

Lackey and Beckett have also reportedly fired David Wells as their Nutrition and Conditioning Trainer.

Oh and the “poised” Rajon Rondo has been hired as Jonathan Papelbon’s Swagger Coach.

"I was just trying to see the play. Nobody called a timeout."

It’s a beautiful 50 degrees out today just 20 minutes north of Boston. Hell we’re practically having a heatwave (unless you’re a Celtic Fan). Summer is starting early in Boston, and its gonna be one hell of a ride until October.

And the key to the 2011 Red Sox is…JD Drew?

Nancy solves the puzzle when needed

Ok, so The Mexican Mauler is going to hit 60 homers this summer. Check. Crawford will rejuvenate young Jacoby and the two will be a THE base stealing tandem that small ball lovers everywhere have dreamed of for ages. Check. Josh Beckett has apparently been spotted working out and just got married, solving the issues of his fat ass racking up the back injuries, and boatloads of Boston college girls distracting him from wreaking havoc for opposing teams every fifth day. Check. Jed Lowrie will at some point supplant Marco Scutaro, stay healthy, and hit 20 homers. Okay, maybe not, but I can dream. Which is why I am boldly saying this:

JD Drew is the key to this 2011 Red Sox team.

In an offseason where seemingly every hole has been filled, even the smallest gaps will cause an uproar in the media. Distractions will be aplenty. AGon will slump and get slammed in the media that makes San Diego’s look like a class of first graders asking the questions. Crawford will slump, get thrown out, and be questioned why his steal percentage wasn’t 100% for the year. David Ortiz will get hurt, slump, frown, or all of the above. Bobby Jenks is apparently the bull pen savior, just after being relinquished from a closer’s role on a mediocre-at-best Chicago team and apparently not good enough to even be resigned by the club. Jonathan Papelbon will complain about something, and the Front Office will complain about him. Victor Martinez will kill us at least once and cause yet another uproar about our catching situation.

Don’t get me wrong, I worship the Sox. I LOVE this 2011 team. Slumps happen, adjustments happen, new faces come and old faces go. There will be highs and lows. And, I, for one, am fully expecting the lows. Its a 6 month season. It WILL Happen. but outside of what we expect, we need something else. A spark other than Heidi Watney. Consistency besides her beauty and incredible ass.

What we need is JD Drew.

I can’t say he is my favorite guy, and as much as I hate it, I’m the first to jump on him and say he sucks. But I’m also the first to point out his important role on this team. Remeber the homerun that helped set the tone for the season on Opening Day 2007? The Insanely Clutch 4-run-Jackson in the 07 ALCS? Historic June 2008? ASG MVP? Sure he’s had his slumps and bad times. But this team won’t be a contender without him. When he goes off, he goes off. and When he goes off, he’s a bad, bad man. At 34 and in the last year of his Sox contract, he has proven a valuable commodity. He’s played in 137 and 139 games respectively the last 2 seasons. He hit 24 homers and 22 homers in those years as well. The guy gets on base, plays smart, and works his arse off in arguably the most difficult Right Field in all of baseball. If this year is anything like his last 2, inspired by a new team ready to win, a contract looming, and young Ryan Kalish waiting in the wings, JD Drew will be the storyline of 2011.

Lets just hope Nancy doesn’t lose his touch and let the bad man get away.