Thursday, February 15, 2007

Wouldn't That Be Nice?

From the Herald's Horrigan, today, comes this take on our closer-to-be, name to be announced sooner than we think, and his opinion is a feeling I've echoed here at PRSF. Read this blurb....the entire article is linked with this post's title. Click on it.......

"Publicly, the Red Sox are saying that they expect Jonathan Papelbon's successor at closer to emerge from a veteran group that includes Joel Pineiro, Mike Timlin, Brendan Donnelly and Julian Tavarez. (Peter here...a BIG "BUT" COMING! An implied one disguised as the words "privately, however")..........
Privately, however, some important members of the organization are quietly hoping that Craig Hansen or Manny Delcarmen steps forward this spring to seize the job, never to relinquish it for years to come."

Peter here..."seize it, for years to come." Boy, that sounds nice. As Mo Rivera might be entering his last year doing what he does best for the New York Yankees, the Red Sox, our Sox, are in need of a closer. Hansen, all 6 foot 5 inches of him, shows so much promise. What a perfect time for him to mature, to blossom into an elite force for a pitching staff that many teams are in awe of. He had difficulties with a changing arm angle last year, changes that affected his fastball and killer slider.

Said Tito...."This kid needs to pitch a little," Francona said Feb. 6. "If we were convinced he could do it [close] -- and I hope we do reach that decision -- we would have a heck of a decision to make. I hope that happens."

I hope that happens too! And read the Horrigan article for all the details by clicking above, and then hope one of the most pleasant surprises that RSN will enjoy is Craig Hansen....or Little Manny. Or both. One a set-up guy, one the man who we will call on in the ninth. "The buck stops here" guy. Much like Paps last year. And yes, that would be so sweet.

11 Comments:

At 2/15/2007 8:14 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Pretty cool. I like Craig's attitude and the fact that he's glad to be with the Red Sox. Since he's young and healthy, mechanical problems should be easy to fix. I'll look forward to seeing what he does in taining camp.

 
At 2/15/2007 8:21 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

As we all will!

 
At 2/15/2007 8:48 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And boy, BFW, wouldn't this be the absolutely perfect time for him to become a force? Wow...thinking of it gives me the shivers, for THIS team, WITH a lights-out closer, could go all the way! Thanks for your comment!!!!!!!!!

 
At 2/15/2007 9:26 AM, Blogger Fenway Blogger said...

Hansen has been my hope all winter. He probably has the best makeup of any of the candidates. Maybe a new pitching coach will help too. Hopefully the stars are lining up correctly for our Sox.

 
At 2/15/2007 9:43 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I hope so too......I haven't even made it to the Herald and Globe sports pages....but I am now! Take care.......you still cracked me up on my "Japanese" day!!!

 
At 2/15/2007 12:58 PM, Blogger ian said...

I'd love to see Hansen as the closer as well. Hopefully after watching the videos he found his flaws and will be lights out in spring training.

 
At 2/15/2007 12:59 PM, Blogger Suldog said...

I think Manny has the stuff, but needs some experience under his belt in tight situations.

 
At 2/15/2007 1:24 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Ian, and Sul....I so hope so....... Hansen and Little Manny....they BOTH have the stuff....last year I was so impressed by Manny's curve....but both of the young guys need to learn pitch selection. Hey, we're looking good! Red Sox wise....Thanks, guys!

 
At 2/15/2007 1:28 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And snow-wise...there is so much lacking. At least here in CT...I'm thinking Fenway, in April, with the warm sun beaming down on us. Warm and nice...it's tough to type that when right now it's 12 degrees! So right now, in mid-February....well, not yet!!!! I'm ready for our team to shine, and kich a*s, as are you!

 
At 2/15/2007 1:29 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And of course I meant kick........thanks for your comments.........we are a club!!!

 
At 2/15/2007 2:29 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

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