Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wily Mo Pena Makes Me MAD!!!!!

Peter here. The clouds cleared early this morning after dire-sounding reports of a quick moving storm called an "Alberta Clipper." So named because this type of storm moves quickly from the Great Lakes southeast to somewhere in southern New England on its rapid journey into the Atlantic Ocean. Some of these re-develop off shore. This one didn't, nor was it expected too. And a dusting would be a generous term for the white stuff we were left with. And that's just fine.

Oh, and this story BOTHERS me. I am putting that mildly.....please, read on, from the Herald...about WMP.....

"The Sox still aren’t close to reaching a deal with Wily Mo Pena on a new contract, which could lead to the first arbitration case to go to a hearing since Theo Epstein took over as general manager after the 2002 season. The outfielder, who was paid $1.25 million last year, is seeking a raise to $2.2 million. The club is offering $1.725."

OK, Peter here.....I was going to include this WMP story with one or two others, but this BOTHERS me so much, I think it deserves to stand alone.....and yes, it does!!!

And so....my words....to Wily Mo Pena....fourth outfielder for the team we love, and hopeful reader of my blog. Or else, he'd miss this message. And readers? I hope you know I'm kidding...but if we were standing together, WMP and me, I'd turn to my left, and utter these words to him. And that I promise! OK...here we go. I hope I'm not knocked down or something.

And this, my readers, is Peter fiction.

"Hi there Wily. I hope you can prove to all of us RSN fans that you can CATCH THE BALL without any Jose Canseco antics before you huff and puff and demand more money than you're worth. I think this team, our team, the Boston Red Sox, would be so much better with Trot Nixon as our 4th outfielder.....but you're the one we will have to live with. So bash the ball, and when you get to the outfield, whichever one that will be, DO NOT EMBARRASS US! And behave. PLEASE!!!! I have no faith in you, so MAKE US BELIEVE! We are a nation of faith. Your RSN "faith level?" Hovering near nonexistant, at least for me....

Wily Mo, thanks for reading! Your comments are always welcome. Peter N...This might be the start of a wonderful relationship!"

.....OR NOT! Up to you, guy who needs a bigger glove.

And the link to the original three part article from the Herald is here, with Daisuke news, too....click on the title of this post.

WMP?? He has to prove himself before he asks the club, IN FRONT OF ALL OF US, for more money.
Peter, your guy here. Thanks for reading. ALWAYS.

34 Comments:

At 1/31/2007 11:21 AM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

exactly what did he do to *earn* more money in the first place?? i think the Sox offering him a raise is more than enough. he didn't live up to his hitting expectations. spent some time on the DL. and we won't even talk about whatever that was that went on when he played RF. for all of that. we could have Trot back & have a player who actually goes out there & *plays*. i am ready to tell him to hit the road.

 
At 1/31/2007 11:31 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

**dawn**....EXACTLY!!! And what was that in rightfield? And NOT just at Fenway...anywhere with a roof!!!!

 
At 1/31/2007 12:54 PM, Blogger TrotMan7 said...

"he didn't live up to his hitting expectations."

I think he more than exceeded expectations- he grew more patient, and took the ball to the opposite field quite nicely. Save the injury, he had a nice year of growth. No offense guys, but he posted career highs in a lot of categories, and a raise is SOP in arbitration case. This is really a pretty small matter- arbitration hearings are rather run of the mill.

In arb years, a player gets a raise 99.9% of the time. Sometimes they can't agree on how much, so they hash it out in front of a mediator. Nothing to get "mad" about.

Peter, I don't understand- he has some weaknesses, but why the hate on Wily? He's a Red Sox, after all :) (plus, he's not THAT bad in the outfield, and boy can that boy HIT!)

 
At 1/31/2007 12:55 PM, Blogger bosox fan in wichita said...

Is that Alberta Clipper a Canadian Low (not to be confused with a Mexican High)? We have a Gulf Great White rolling across the prairie here; leaving a couple of inches of the fluffy stuff ... maybe heading your way!?!

 
At 1/31/2007 12:59 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Seven, do you remember when Theo was involved in an arbitration hearing??????....answer...NEVER!!!!!Thanks for the comment....

 
At 1/31/2007 1:01 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And I play the outfield much better than that fool with a glove....I hope you saw some games last year. But I always thank you for reading, even if this one time you might be mistaken...P

 
At 1/31/2007 1:02 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And I'm not mad! OK???? Just sad...because you seem to know much about baseball.

 
At 1/31/2007 1:02 PM, Blogger TrotMan7 said...

Well, Theo's made a practice to avoid them, but it doesn't make them in any way necessarily contentious. There's a TON of history on this. Sides exchange figures, agree and sign or can't agree and take it to a third party. In fact, just as an fyi, our own great Bill James used to consult for teams during arbitration hearings.

Either way- he wants a bigger raise. He's entitled to feel that way. It's a business, right? :)

 
At 1/31/2007 1:04 PM, Blogger TrotMan7 said...

Oh, I didn't think you were mad :) Just expressing my very humble opinion.

I saw every Sox game last year. I'd say Pena's a little below average, but better than, for instance Manny. Wily is at least fast and can cover his mistakes with speed.

 
At 1/31/2007 1:04 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And I know he wears the correct color socks.....I'll give him a chance...while he's lost in right field. I have to hope that JD stays healthy, and Manny doesn't decide yet again to QUIT on us. He did, you know...I'lll save all this for the season....again, thanks Seven..I know you meant well. But....P

 
At 1/31/2007 1:05 PM, Blogger TrotMan7 said...

Manny didn't quit, Peter, with all due respect (and it's a lot of respect), I think that's very unfair. He was clearly hurt- checked by doctors, etc.

How come you're so down on our players today, friend? :)

 
At 1/31/2007 1:06 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

So we still like each other, I hope. But sometimes, my words turn into the truth months later. This time, I hope not! Lunchtime! You'll do great in law! Peter

 
At 1/31/2007 1:08 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Please?!!!!!!!!!! I can not even reply to that...and I'm hungry, I have to take my blood glucose level, but Manny NOT??????......Welcome to reality Sox '06.....thanks again..I mean it...but.......wow, I'm surprised...take care

 
At 1/31/2007 1:09 PM, Blogger TrotMan7 said...

Like each other? Why wouldn't I? You seem like a terrific guy. Just disagree on a little baseball, but if we agreed on everything, what fun would it be? :) :)

I HOPE i'll be good in law. So much work! That's why I enjoy your blog- good timewaster for me!

 
At 1/31/2007 1:13 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I have to answer....players of his, players of other teams, and even me.....when the truth is there right in our eyes? And I can never be down on my Sox...just players who do not live up to being worthy of the uniform. And if we took a poll of EVERY major leaguer, AL players, NL players...well....MANNY QUIT. And I hate to say it, and I hate to not agree with one of my favorite readers, but I DO have to tell the truth as I see it. I hope that's OK........I'll sign this Peter......thanks seven.

 
At 1/31/2007 1:15 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And I KNOW you'll be great! Take care.....

 
At 1/31/2007 1:17 PM, Blogger TrotMan7 said...

No problem- I love commenting.

That being said, Peter, Manny did not "quit." He was diagnosed with knee patellar tendinitis, which requires rest to heal. His manager said this was true, his GM said this was true, and he was not punished for not playing (as would be the case if he was simply refusing to play).

I've not seen a single player come out and say he quit- I've seen some dubiously sourced reports that some players were "guessing" he was, but then it's their words against his, and he's the one with the injury.

Really, there's no proof, and he was clearly hobbling around on a number of different occasions. It seems pretty logical to me.

Anyway, feel better (my Mom has disabetes as well- no fun), talk to you soon!

 
At 1/31/2007 1:21 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thanks!!!!!

 
At 1/31/2007 4:26 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And T7, see your blog comments for a message from....me!

 
At 1/31/2007 4:29 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I apologised for my words to you....a great guy who always leaves such great comments, but my opinions about quitter Manny and "clueless in the field" Wily....well, I cannot change those! Nor will I....Stay well....I treasure your readership....and thanks..P

 
At 1/31/2007 4:30 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And I mean that!!!!!OK????

 
At 1/31/2007 4:31 PM, Blogger TrotMan7 said...

Hey, cool! Thanks!

I gotta turn the email notification for comments on, I didn't even know you'd left all those!

Think I'm going to dedicate myself to the blog this summer- I'l have more time and more baseball to write about!

 
At 1/31/2007 4:40 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Yes, there is a thingy that you can click on to be sent any comments to you whenever ANYONE leaves one on your blog. Sorry for the inept computer language...my nickname is clueless!
Have a great night....and thank you everyone for the comments and for putting up with me. But I have to stand by my opinions....I just should do it more nicely. But when my sugar is low, my temper flares. For that, wow, I hope I can be better! I'll try...promise.Because I don't know what I'd do without you. P

 
At 1/31/2007 4:43 PM, Blogger TrotMan7 said...

I don't think you were mean about it- you have an opinion and you let us know- nuttin' wrong with that :)

YOu should hear how my brother and I go at it with this stuff. We let each other have it!

 
At 1/31/2007 4:46 PM, Blogger Suldog said...

I say they shouldn't pay him any more money until he promises to put another "L" in his first name.

 
At 1/31/2007 4:47 PM, Blogger Kaylee said...

It was hailing here this morning and raining.It is only 35 today cold=] I cant repeat here at least what I would say to Wily Mo pena too much "language" in it=] but believe me I wouldnt be afraid to really say it!LOL!=]

 
At 1/31/2007 5:19 PM, Blogger bosox fan in wichita said...

It's about time we got back to the weather ... you got so involved with 7 you seem to gloss over my post - darn, I didn't even get accolades for my little joke.

The rolling Great White flurry is now heading up the Ohio valley. Moving your way??

 
At 1/31/2007 5:20 PM, Blogger bosox fan in wichita said...

I know, low blood sugar makes me somewhat confused sometimes ...

 
At 1/31/2007 7:33 PM, Blogger Fenway Blogger said...

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At 1/31/2007 7:36 PM, Blogger Fenway Blogger said...

Peter,

In case you didn't get a chance to read my blog toay I asked this:

What do Billy Graham and Willy Mo Pena have in common?

They both can make a stadium full of people stand up and say "Jesus Christ!!"

 
At 1/31/2007 9:02 PM, Blogger Kaylee said...

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At 1/31/2007 9:49 PM, Blogger Kaylee said...

Boy do i want to move back to boston:-)

I hate It here in Arizona!!!!

At least I get to spend my summer in Boston may 27-August 15th:-)

 
At 1/31/2007 10:29 PM, Blogger Kaylee said...

I am in a bad mood today cause my bones hurt sorry if i seem like a complainer today:)

 
At 2/01/2007 6:50 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

FB...hilarious!! And BFW, it seems to be heading this way for Tonight and friday! What a great bunch of comments. Feel better K!!!!!

 

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