With the Yanks extending their lead to 7.5 last night and playing like an unstoppable freight train, I wanted to take a look north and see what out main rivals have been up to. Win or lose, it is never dull and always seems on the verge of breaking out into a food fight.
-Josh Beckett had another bad outing last night, making it his 4th in a row. Last night’s effort puts him at 0-2 with an 8.88 ERA in his last four appearances. He claims he’s healthy, but it’s worth noting he was shut down at this time last year and his struggles last season started around mid-August as well. This year, they don’t have the luxury of shutting him down. There have long been doubts about his shoulder in Boston, and since the Sox are more secretive with injuries than Bill Belichick we can only speculate something is going on health-wise. I’ll say this, if Beckett can’t turn this around I think the Sox will miss the playoffs. They just won’t have enough pitching and I still think the Rays still have a run in them.
-If you’re wondering why Red Sox fans are ticked off at Paps, and why they’ve been kicking around the idea of Josh Bard as the closer, it has to do with statements like these:
“I’m here to get my fair share of money,” Papelbon said. “My main priority is to stay healthy and be able to make money, not to go out and try and hurry up and win a championship this year (at the risk of injury). It’s not like I’m hurrying up and going back to the closer’s role because we have a good team this year and I’m going to blow (my arm) out and try and win as many games as we can (at any cost). No, it’s not going to happen.
“I’ve got a lot of money to be made in this game, whether it’s with Boston or not. My goal is to make sure I’m ready to play every day and to make money, and you can’t make money if you’re sitting on the bench. That’s the way I look at it.”
Now the reality is many players feel the exact same way, and don’t care about the team like fans do. It’s a job to them, one that is unpredictable with a limited window of opportunity to earn big money. We all know that. But when you come out and say this stuff publicly (especially as bluntly as he does) then all you accomplish is to turn most fans against you. Theo will offer him the same contract when free agency comes with or without these comments, and statements like these could have the reverse effect of making it easier to let him go. The edit button, Paps. Use it once and a while.
-Jon Lester says his hip is fine. He’s been the Sox most consistent starter all year and hasn’t shown any ill effects on the mound.
-The always media-shy Curt Schilling is interested in running for the US Senate. No, I’m not kidding. He released this statement via his 38 Pitches blog on WEEI.com:
While my family is obviously the priority, and 38 Studios is a priority, I do have some interest in the possibility. That being said, to get to there from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.
My hope is that whatever happens, and whomever it happens to, this state makes the decision and chooses the best person, regardless of sex, race, religion or political affiliation, to help get this state back to the place it deserves to be
That would make . . . what, two comedians in the Senate, right?
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