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(ESPN)   Ahhh, that time of year again, when the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and Red Sox fans actually think they have a chance this year   (espn.go.com) divider line 105
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2012-03-27 12:40:45 PM  
mopupduty.com
 
2012-03-27 01:00:22 PM  
Or as usual the media is hyping a team that has huge question marks over it.

Same thing has happened the last 3/4 years. The fans are much more reasonable about the chances for this team. I'm not talking about the "Pink Hats".
 
2012-03-27 01:03:10 PM  
I'm a Sox fan. I'm also a realist.

I think they'll be lucky to take 3rd in the division this year.
 
2012-03-27 01:45:30 PM  
I like how ownership reassured the players that they wouldn't do anything crazy like hire Bobby Valentine and then hired Bobby Valentine.
 
2012-03-27 01:47:07 PM  

Demetrius: I'm a Sox fan. I'm also a realist.

I think they'll be lucky to take 3rd in the division this year.


I'm an Orioles fan, and I hope they can play .500 ball this year, or beat the Yankees on the last day of the season to keep them out of the playoffs.
 
2012-03-27 01:48:47 PM  
They won two World Serieses(?) in the last decade... give them a break.

/Yankees fan
//Respect's gotta be paid
 
2012-03-27 01:53:53 PM  
After what happened in 2004, I never say never.
 
2012-03-27 01:57:51 PM  
Cubbies - Pennant - book it, DONE.

(note, this statement only valid before 2:20pm EST, April 05, 2012)
 
2012-03-27 02:00:41 PM  
At least Mets fans have moved on from the ~2007 era where they thought they had a chance, and the team made them think they had a chance until the last few weeks of the season.
 
2012-03-27 02:02:11 PM  

WTF Indeed: [mopupduty.com image 311x272]


Hey, Schilling was similar shape and look where he got us. Then again, he had been in that shape since his days in Philly.
 
2012-03-27 02:03:46 PM  
I'm not sure why everyone is ruling the Red Sox out, they really aren't that much different than the team that was a virtual playoff "lock" last Labor Day.

It would be great if they crashed and burned under that prick loudmouth Bobby Valentine, but they'll be in the hunt, I'm sure of it.
 
2012-03-27 02:03:50 PM  
It's my fault. I said I didn't mind if they had a few crappyish years to weed out some of the pink hats and make it possible for me to get tickets again.

I still don't.
 
2012-03-27 02:05:13 PM  
Has Boston improved their rotation? No? Well good luck then.
 
2012-03-27 02:06:09 PM  
Awesome joke, subby. I have just invented a reverse time capsule specifically so that I can send this back pre-2004 Jerkwater, that he may laugh uproariously.
 
2012-03-27 02:07:54 PM  

WTF Indeed: [mopupduty.com image 311x272]


First out of the gate, bravo!

I'd give better odds to Beckett throwing a very public f-bomb-laced tantrum when Valentine suggests laying off the fried chicken and beer, fat ass, than the Sox winning 96.
 
2012-03-27 02:11:34 PM  

ricewater_stool: Has Boston improved their rotation? No? Well good luck then.


Well, do you consider Clay Buchholz healthy and not having DiceK an improvement? The biggest questions are will Beckett stay healthy and can Bard be a successful starter. If those are both yes, they have one of the better rotations in the AL
 
2012-03-27 02:15:22 PM  
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Worst choke ever.
 
2012-03-27 02:17:18 PM  
www.centerfieldgate.com

In seriousness, why not. They're still a top team, they're still a couple balls and strikes going a different way from getting in the tournament and who knows what happens after that.
 
2012-03-27 02:18:35 PM  

ricewater_stool: Has Boston improved their rotation? No? Well good luck then.


The rotation fell apart last year due to injuries. I mean, Dice K and Lacky were on the DL in May(with Dice K being done done), and then Buchholz out in June. The rotation fell apart under the strain. They held it together until September, and then disintergrated.

Hell, we dodge the injury bug this year, and the Sox will be solid in my opinion.
 
2012-03-27 02:18:45 PM  
And in just six short months and 140 or so games we'll have an idea whether they're going to make it or not.
 
2012-03-27 02:19:34 PM  

robsul82: In seriousness, why not. They're still a top team, they're still a couple balls and strikes going a different way from getting in the tournament and who knows what happens after that.


Exactly. If the Yankees hadn't trolled the whole baseball world by flushing a 7-0 lead in Tampa while the Red Sox watched during a rain delay in Baltimore, Boston would have had a one-game playoff for the Wild Card at the very least.
 
2012-03-27 02:20:04 PM  
But thank God those balls and strikes didn't. Then we would've never seen The Rise of the Trollioles.
 
2012-03-27 02:22:14 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: robsul82: In seriousness, why not. They're still a top team, they're still a couple balls and strikes going a different way from getting in the tournament and who knows what happens after that.

Exactly. If the Yankees hadn't trolled the whole baseball world by flushing a 7-0 lead in Tampa while the Red Sox watched during a rain delay in Baltimore, Boston would have had a one-game playoff for the Wild Card at the very least.


Yep, exactly. And easily the best part, lol.
 
Slu
2012-03-27 02:22:55 PM  

zarberg: ricewater_stool: Has Boston improved their rotation? No? Well good luck then.

Well, do you consider Clay Buchholz healthy and not having DiceK an improvement? The biggest questions are will Beckett stay healthy and can Bard be a successful starter. If those are both yes, they have one of the better rotations in the AL


AL Rotations better than Boston, off the top of my head:

Rays
Yankees
Tigers
Angels
Rangers
Mariners - Maybe
Indians - Maybe

So I suppose you are right if better = Middle of the pack.
 
2012-03-27 02:23:57 PM  
www.twisted-news.com

First pitch of the year.......*Crack*........And the seasons over.
 
2012-03-27 02:26:12 PM  

Demetrius: I'm a Sox fan. I'm also a realist.

I think they'll be lucky to take 3rd in the division this year.


Exactly. Headline should read "that time of year again when...ESPN crowns the Red Sox World Series Champions before a single regular-season pitch has been thrown, and all the Red Sox fans who aren't complete idiots roll their eyes..."

And to be fair, the Yankees aren't exactly looking like world-beaters right now either, having re-signed Pettite for yet another year, and with Joba's ankle bone sticking out of the bottom of his foot...
 
2012-03-27 02:28:05 PM  

robsul82: Yep, exactly. And easily the best part, lol.


Oh yes. I laughed myself to sleep that night. The timing was all too perfect. They even waited until Boston lost the game in Baltimore so they could see the Longoria's game-winner back in the clubhouse.
 
2012-03-27 02:34:35 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: robsul82: Yep, exactly. And easily the best part, lol.

Oh yes. I laughed myself to sleep that night. The timing was all too perfect. They even waited until Boston lost the game in Baltimore so they could see the Longoria's game-winner back in the clubhouse.


Haha, if only they had a camera running.
 
2012-03-27 02:40:41 PM  
12 in '12.

That's all.
 
2012-03-27 02:48:39 PM  

Publikwerks: The rotation fell apart last year due to injuries.Pabst Blue Ribbon and KFC



IAmRight: And in just six short months and 140 or so games we'll have an idea whether they're going to make it or not.


"You're gonna win 65, you're gonna lose 65, it's what you do with the other 32 that decides your season."

~Orel Hershiser
 
2012-03-27 02:53:10 PM  

rickythepenguin: "You're gonna win 65, you're gonna lose 65, it's what you do with the other 32 that decides your season."

~Orel Hershiser


Brilliant. Let's make it a 32-game season.
 
2012-03-27 03:04:05 PM  

IAmRight: rickythepenguin: "You're gonna win 65, you're gonna lose 65, it's what you do with the other 32 that decides your season."

~Orel Hershiser

Brilliant. Let's make it a 32-game season.



"You're gonna win 12.5, you're gonna lose 12.5, it's what you do with the other 7 that decides your season...."
 
2012-03-27 03:05:55 PM  

Slu: zarberg: ricewater_stool: Has Boston improved their rotation? No? Well good luck then.

Well, do you consider Clay Buchholz healthy and not having DiceK an improvement? The biggest questions are will Beckett stay healthy and can Bard be a successful starter. If those are both yes, they have one of the better rotations in the AL

AL Rotations better than Boston, off the top of my head:

Rays
Yankees
Tigers
Angels
Rangers
Mariners - Maybe
Indians - Maybe

So I suppose you are right if better = Middle of the pack.


Notice the word "if" that I put in there. What's likely is that Bard will struggle as a starter, Beckett will break down at least once, and Bucholz will not make 30 starts.
 
2012-03-27 03:07:02 PM  

rickythepenguin: "You're gonna win 12.5, you're gonna lose 12.5, it's what you do with the other 7 that decides your season...."


Perfect! Let's make it a 7 game season!
 
2012-03-27 03:09:43 PM  

Slu: AL Rotations better than Boston, off the top of my head:

Rays
Yankees
Tigers
Angels
Rangers
Mariners - Maybe
Indians - Maybe


The Mariners rotation is pretty much Felix Hernandez And Crap. They're not better than the Sox rotation. White or Red.
 
2012-03-27 03:13:09 PM  
This season should be more fun that last so I am excited. Bring on the good and the bad.
 
2012-03-27 03:14:48 PM  

Gunny Highway: This season should be more fun that last so I am excited. Bring on the good and the bad.


Well, the press conferences should be more entertaining, if nothing else...
 
2012-03-27 03:25:57 PM  

bottsicus: Gunny Highway: This season should be more fun that last so I am excited. Bring on the good and the bad.

Well, the press conferences should be more entertaining, if nothing else...


Yeah. I just thought the team was boring last year. Bobby V. and the media should make for some interesting radio.
 
2012-03-27 03:28:16 PM  

zarberg: Notice the word "if" that I put in there. What's likely is that Bard will struggle as a starter, Beckett will break down at least once, and Bucholz will not make 30 starts.


Also, if my grandmother had wheels she'd be a wagon.
 
2012-03-27 03:32:25 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: robsul82: Yep, exactly. And easily the best part, lol.

Oh yes. I laughed myself to sleep that night. The timing was all too perfect. They even waited until Boston lost the game in Baltimore so they could see the Longoria's game-winner back in the clubhouse.


And 'lo, 'twas epic trolling beyond anyone's imagination.

robsul82: Haha, if only they had a camera running.


Then posted it on YouTube. The view #s would've been off the charts
 
2012-03-27 03:33:50 PM  

Gunny Highway: bottsicus: Gunny Highway: This season should be more fun that last so I am excited. Bring on the good and the bad.

Well, the press conferences should be more entertaining, if nothing else...

Yeah. I just thought the team was boring last year. Bobby V. and the media should make for some interesting radio.


Anybody wanna make a friendly wager on when he'll flip off the Boston media? 'Cause it's *going* to happen in one form or another.
 
2012-03-27 03:35:24 PM  
So how long until the mariners are mathmatically eliminated this year? June?
 
2012-03-27 03:36:00 PM  

Rwa2play: Gunny Highway: bottsicus: Gunny Highway: This season should be more fun that last so I am excited. Bring on the good and the bad.

Well, the press conferences should be more entertaining, if nothing else...

Yeah. I just thought the team was boring last year. Bobby V. and the media should make for some interesting radio.

Anybody wanna make a friendly wager on when he'll flip off the Boston media? 'Cause it's *going* to happen in one form or another.


June 18th....?

Boston sports media is a strange duck. The NCAA tournament was in Boston last week and the scores werent even reported on the updates.
 
2012-03-27 03:39:30 PM  

BunkoSquad: It's my fault. I said I didn't mind if they had a few crappyish years to weed out some of the pink hats and make it possible for me to get tickets again.

I still don't.


I don't fault the Red Sox for marketing so much to the casual fan but I think the balance has gotten way out of whack. Larry & Co. (lets be honest on who calls the shots) are more interested in keeping TV ratings high and their "sellout streak" alive. It seems like many die-hard baseball fans in Boston have been turned off since after 2004 because the Red Sox ownership have placed a higher and higher priority on selling shirts, beer, bricks, and the "Fenway experience" than a good fundamental baseball team.

After this year's 100 year celebration of Fenway is over, can we realistically start talking about a new stadium? Keep the dimensions, scoreboard, funky outfield triangle, green monster, etc for nostalgia but build a nice modern park. The Yankees did it right with their new place in the Bronx, follow their example. And PLEASE for the love of fark, add some seating capacity and lower the ticket prices so us plebeians can see live games again without buying SRO tickets off scalpers in the 3rd inning.
 
2012-03-27 03:43:25 PM  
Oh. And the Red Sox will make the #2 wildcard and be eliminated in 1 game.
 
2012-03-27 03:44:05 PM  

Rwa2play: nybody wanna make a friendly wager on when he'll flip off the Boston media? 'Cause it's *going* to happen in one form or another.



Bobby V in Beantown just sounds bad. it would be like Ozzie in Boston. Just a bad idea the whole way around. i could see a scioscia working there, or torre, kirk gibson (excuse me, as a d-back fan im contratually obligated to call him "Gibby"), perhaps maddon, maybe 5-10 others but.....that just seems volatile as shiat if and only if they don't win.

Coaches That Would Not Work in Boston Power Rankings

1. Bobby V In the Place To Be, the Redlegs' Mack Motherfarking MC, If You Steps To Him You Must Pay The Fee

2. Mount Saint Ozzie

3. Showalter

4. LaRussa. I know he quit and all, but.....can you imagine him there?

5. Dusty "The Toothpick" Baker
 
2012-03-27 03:49:33 PM  

soopey: After this year's 100 year celebration of Fenway is over, can we realistically start talking about a new stadium? Keep the dimensions, scoreboard, funky outfield triangle, green monster, etc for nostalgia but build a nice modern park. The Yankees did it right with their new place in the Bronx, follow their example. And PLEASE for the love of fark, add some seating capacity and lower the ticket prices so us plebeians can see live games again without buying SRO tickets off scalpers in the 3rd inning.


You can get cheap bleacher seats off of stubhub.
 
2012-03-27 03:50:55 PM  

soopey: The Yankees did it right with their new place in the Bronx, follow their example


It looks the same, but it doesn't feel the same. I like it less and less every time I go. Be careful what you wish for.
 
2012-03-27 03:52:00 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: soopey: The Yankees did it right with their new place in the Bronx, follow their example

It looks the same, but it doesn't feel the same. I like it less and less every time I go. Be careful what you wish for.


Where would the Sox put a new stadium? There isnt a parking lot.
 
2012-03-27 03:52:13 PM  

soopey: I don't fault the Red Sox for marketing so much to the casual fan but I think the balance has gotten way out of whack. Larry & Co. (lets be honest on who calls the shots) are more interested in keeping TV ratings high and their "sellout streak" alive. It seems like many die-hard baseball fans in Boston have been turned off since after 2004 because the Red Sox ownership have placed a higher and higher priority on selling shirts, beer, bricks, and the "Fenway experience" than a good fundamental baseball team.


The Red Sox win in 2007, and made the playoffs in 05, 08, and 09. They've got to be one of the most successful teams since 2004. Missing the playoffs two years in a row doesn't mean that the team is no longer focused on being good.
 
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