There Is NO Such Thing As Too Much Pitching...Think '06!
This from Steve Buckley of the Monday Herald, and then a word from me......the entire article, only a little of which is seen here, can be read by clicking on the title.
"It was just some cramping of the lower back that drove Mike Timlin off the practice field yesterday morning. He didn’t take a line drive off the head. Timlin, though, offered the kind of damn-the-torpedoes take on this injury that we’ve come to expect from this hardened veteran of many teams, many seasons, many spring trainings.
“It cramped up. What am I going to do?” he shrugged. “It’s not like I’ve torn anything, and I’m not dead. I’ll be OK.”
While it has become sacrilegious to say or write anything remotely cautionary about the 2007 Red Sox - what with their brilliant new Japanese starter, their beefed-up lineup, their promising new double-play combination, their glittering array of talented and hungry minor leaguers and their additional renovations to Fenway Park - let’s not forget that the Sox will open the campaign with three pitchers who are age 40 or older.
There are, in other words, no givens. Did not Red Sox fans learn this painful lesson last year?"
Peter here, and YES WE DID! That is why Theo and company resisted the urge to trade young pitching for an established closer, a move that might doom us in the long run, or seem like a bolt of lightning, a stroke of genius, a heaven-sent gift of the gods. Only time will provide the answer to that. And as for Mike Timlin, Curt Schilling and Timmy Wakefield, we ALL have to hope that the '07 season, young and filled with all the possibilities there can be as we near March 1st, will be kind to them, AND their bodies. As we saw last year, an injury bug CAN turn into a widespread teamwide plague, with disastrous consequences. We know that all too well.
Enjoy your Monday, my readers. And just an hour ago I learned I had an email from the Daily News sportswriter Mark Feinsand, a talented man and writer whose article I praised but whose article's TITLE I panned, putting the onus on the author himself. Well, I was dead wrong, and I urge you to go back to my post of a few days ago, titled "Where does it say the word IDIOT?" In THIS case, it was me! Take a look! And Mark's Daily News blog, a Yankee one and a well-written one, is linked right over there, three inches to your right!!!! A cannot-miss daily read!! So thanks, as always, for stopping by. And Mark, thank you for making me wiser!