Sunday, January 07, 2007

Sunday Morning Letter Time.......

I came across this letter that was submitted to SI and "John Donovan's Baseball Mailbag." Obviously the writer is not a Red Sox fan, but I do want to print his letter. Your comments are, as always, welcome...and I'll be back with a word too. Here you go....

Question---"Red Sox rotation formidable?!? Matsuzaka (unknown quality at this point); Curt chilling (old and creaky); Josh Beckett (wildly inconsistent); Tim Wakefield (enough said); Jon Papelbon (young, has yet to start a big league game). That's not formidable. That's hoping to catch lightning in a bottle at best, combustible at worst."
-- Matt Peake, Oakland, Calif.

John Donovan's answer--- "You're right. A lot of ifs in that rotation. But you have to admit the possibilities are there, which is a lot more than you can say about a lot of staffs."

Peter here...who else did you expect? Just kidding. OK, OK, Curt Schilling....old and creaky? He is an elder in baseball's warped sense of aging, but this is his last year as a major league pitcher, and I guarantee that every fifth day, when it's his turn to make that walk to the mound, there will be fire in his eyes as the years melt away, if only for three hours. Matt Peake (the writer of the original question) , don't worry or wonder about our number one starter. Whatever team is your team would love to have him out there for 35 starts. Daisuke.....we'll see. But based on his past performance numbers, I'm not worried. In fact, the hitters should be worried! Josh "Baseball" Beckett? Last year was a transition year from his NL roots to the AL "hitting machine" lineups. Expect him to learn and adapt. He's a tremendous number three starter, although some will consider him a number two. They're just numbers, "before the season starts" numbers, not stats. Number four, Timmy Wakefield. When he's "on," HE IS ON.....every hitter"s (and catcher's) worst nightmare. Flutter away in 2007, Tim. And last but far from least, Jonathon "lights out last year" Papelbon. This year, his first as a full-time starter, he will learn to pace himself and not rear back and blow away three or four or five batters, as he did without peer last year. The best number five starter in the major leagues, in my opinion.
Hey, these are all my opinions. Not a pitch has been thrown, not a ball has been fielded, not a fan has entered our Fenway Park. But yes, our starting rotation, as SI's John Donovan said, has all the possibilities of a championship fivesome. Now if only one person can emerge as a dominant "Papelbon-like" closer. The arms are out there in the bullpen. We have to wait for someone to make a statement and adapt to the huge role that is, right now, empty and waiting to be filled. A 2007 Red Sox closer supreme. Name to be announced. And that's where all the fun will be for us...the watching, the analyzing, the agony and ecstacy of games won or lost. Boston Red Sox '07........I can't wait.
Enjoy your Sunday. If you like football, go Pats! If you don't enjoy the pigskin madness, well, go Pats! And for the rest of you? GO PATS!!! And thanks for reading. As always, click on the title for the original SI article.

20 Comments:

At 1/07/2007 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter,

Maybe Matt from Ca. could name us a more formidable rotation before spring training has even started. Papelbon's switch to starter is probably my biggest concern. Not to mention the void he creates at closer. To answer here to your post with me, I know WM Pena will maybe bring us a BP screen and a dozen balls not a "Closer". Go Pat's!! 1pm won't come too fast!!

 
At 1/07/2007 10:28 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

WOW! Great comment, FB...We won't have to worry about Paps. The strain will not be there on his shoulder, but he WILL have to learn to pace himself. He has the "STUFF" to do anything in MLB baseball. We saw that last year. And WE get to watch! Injury-free? I so hope. He has the world ripe for picking! Enjoy the 1 PM festivities.......and thanks. Peter...go Pats...Red over green.

 
At 1/07/2007 10:32 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And, of course you are right about WMP. I never suggested that he can bring anything to "the table" in terms of a trade. He's like the pizza without the cheese, the salt without the pepper, the.......well, you get my drift.
And hey, thanks again. 1PM cannot come soon enough...and HI DEF football? Wow... Go PATS!!!!!!

 
At 1/07/2007 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love football go pats the rotation is awesome:)

 
At 1/07/2007 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A more formidable rotation?

Schilling is a year older and fading
Beckett is inconsistent
Dice-K = zero MLB seasons

Best pitcher, and best pitching story, truly hopes he comes back in form is Lester.

 
At 1/07/2007 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the 2007 standings I was serious - Every year a surprising team either makes, or makes a run at the wild card.

Toronto is on the rise - solid starters, decent closer, and productive players like Wells and Thomas. They finished ahead of the Sox last year they'll do it again.

Tampa - signed the best player from Japan for the least amount of money this season. - not a knock on Dice or Igewa, but Iwamura is the real deal. Throw in starters like Kazmir and well, I don't really know who else - but it would make for a good story if Tampa challenged wouldn't it?

 
At 1/07/2007 3:27 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Hey Peter !

Thanks for reading the Angry Fan's Baseball Fix !!!!

I also enjoy your writing!

I hope Clemens signs with the Bosox just to heal any remaining wounds.

Talk to you soon,

Greg

 
At 1/07/2007 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank yyou pats i am so happy:)

 
At 1/07/2007 4:40 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Pats rule K! MR, thanks for the comment! And Greg, same to you!!! Welcome!!!!!!!!
Have a great Sunday...the Pats made a statement!

 
At 1/07/2007 11:02 PM, Blogger craigmandell said...

When you bring a pizza to the table please make it a Pepe! No NAPLES NO PEOPLES CHOICE. To bad Pepe Pete has never been there to experience the real thing hot and fresh out of oven with the perfect crisp thin crust. The classics white clam pie or red cheese with roasted red and green peppers. Lannie is the a great waitress there she makes the suace bubble! I like the special bearded clam pie but I can only get that in dominican boy is it tasty.

 
At 1/07/2007 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

& the Yankees are older as well, as is their case:

Thank Goodness that Nipper is NOT our Pitching Coach, this year.

 
At 1/07/2007 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paper is great-Performance shall tell the true story of The Paper.

 
At 1/08/2007 9:14 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Craig is quirky but Pepe's is the BEST pizza in the world...he is right. MR, we'll see when the season starts! Thanks Greg---your blog is great!!! And Michael, well, you know how I feel about your quips, your writing. Unmatched in the universe....thanks everyone. It's Monday as I write this...I have to pen a new post. A little bit of everything coming up, cheese bubbly lip smacking fun! Don't forget to leave the writer a tip!

 
At 1/08/2007 9:15 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And Kaylee, the Pats made us proud!!

 
At 1/08/2007 10:36 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

"special bearded clam pie" ... is Craig kidding?!? And what is "dominican"?

 
At 1/08/2007 10:55 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Yes BFW, he's kidding, but he has a place in the D.R., the Dominican Republic.. and goes there 8 or so times a year. Laine is an ex of mine...again, he was joking. Thanks for reading...everyone.

 
At 1/08/2007 10:55 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Yes BFW, he's kidding, but he has a place in the D.R., the Dominican Republic.. and goes there 8 or so times a year. Laine is an ex of mine...again, he was joking. Thanks for reading...everyone.

 
At 1/08/2007 1:36 PM, Blogger The Omnipotent Q said...

The guy who wrote that original letter could at least get his facts straight. Jonathan Papelbon came up as a starter, and was moved to the pen late in 2005. Now, he's RETURNING to the rotation.

Well, you know what they say about opinions...

 
At 1/08/2007 4:04 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Q, I know..I was trying to be POLITE...Middle Relief, you should get your facts straight...and this is the 2nd time you messed up..........But it's what I expect from Yankee fans...sorta clueless.
Q, is that polite enough??

 
At 1/08/2007 4:05 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

lol, but soooo true

 

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