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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Boras”

Bad Angles in the Outfield

Mike Scioscia may have his outfielders shagging fly balls and fielding balls on the bounce in earnest during batting practice today. Last night two players flubbed playable balls that led to Red Sox runs. In the second Jarrod Saltalmacchia floated a liner to left with two down and Jonny Gomes and Daniel Nava at second and first respectively. Had J.B. Shuck played the ball properly he could have caught the final out. At worst a single run would have scored if he didn’t let the ball by him, but the left fielder failed to gather the ball after the bounce and two runs scored. Saltalamacchia reached second on the error. Shane Victorino led off the seventh with a liner to center. C.J. Wilson secured the next two outs neatly enough: Dustin Pedroia flied out on two pitches and Mike Napoli whiffed on the fifth pitch he saw. Wilson would have exited the inning unscathed had Josh Hamilton properly played Jonny Gomes’s fly ball. Victorino scored from first to give his team a 3-2 lead and also chased Wilson from the mound. Mike Scioscia, the master of over-managing, for some reason didn’t intentionally walk pinch-hitting David Ortiz in the eighth with...

Error of His Ways

If Cleveland center fielder Trevor Crowe had not made a two-base error on Victor Martinez’s batted ball in the fourth, the three runs the visiting team tallied would not have been scored. Crowe robbed Marco Scutaro of base hits in the first and seventh with daring diving grabs, but the sophomore fielder, while talented, is still unseasoned in the field. In contrast, in the sixth ball hawk Mike Cameron glided to the wall with his back to home plate to convert Crowe’s deep fly ball to the warning track into the second out of the frame. Just as Daisuke Matsuzaka has pitched better of late Tim Wakefield turned in a solid start: 7⅓ innings pitched, 4 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), no walks, and six strikeouts. It wasn’t exactly Stephen Strasburg (7 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned runs, no walks, 14 strikeouts), but there hasn’t been as electrifying a pitching performance since Pedro Martinez circa 2000. In the middle of Victor Martinez’s fifth inning at bat NESN showed Victor Jr. taking batting practice before the game. Martinez’s namesake was not amongst the Red Sox 2010 draftees, but in the sixth round Kendrick Perkins was. Not the Celtics center, but a...

Ecstatically Helping My Friend Move

Scott Boras ecstatically helped his friend Manny move, since the agent would benefit from the brokering of a new free agent deal and would not have profited if a team exercised the 2009 option. Boras did convey Manny’s last ditch attempt to stay with the Red Sox, but the bridges were not only burned but rendered into subatomic particles. You neglected to mention the vast left fieldI forgot all about the lack of DHEcstatically collecting my 10 per cent commission Inspired by the Dunkin’ Donuts commercial....

Keeping the East at Bay

He’s gone now. Instead of the Marlins, it was the Dodgers who were the white knights of the deal.The Red Sox receive Jason Bay as previously stated and will pay the remainder of Ramirez’s salary. Manny Ramirez will play in Chavez Ravine, and the Pirates acquire: From the Dodgers: Andy LaRoche, Adam’s brother and promising third base prospect Bryan Morris, a right-handed pitcher in Class A From the Red Sox: Craig Hansen, 2005 first round pick that needs to be salvaged Brandon Moss, outfielder that had no spot in Boston’s current lineup The Marlins got too greedy and asked for the Red Sox to add more money and three prospects to send to the Bucs to the deal while they would surrender Jeremy Hermida and only one minor leaguer.I’m not sure what to think of the entire thing yet except that Scott Boras is a scourge on the sport of baseball....

Why Manny Chose Boras

Manny ambled into the Fort Myers training compound, the sun barely tinging the horizon with light. Earlier than his teammates, earlier than most Red Sox coach staff, as usual. He was surprised to see Daisuke already there getting a massage. “Hey, man. You here pretty early, eh.” “Yeah, had to get some massage therapy,” the pitcher replied, looking up from the table drowsily. Rolling his right shoulder, Manny thought a back rub before sitting for hours in front of the television analyzing pitchers would be ideal. “Can I get one, too? Just feeling a little tight around here, you know.” The slugger gestured to his back. The masseur cleared his throat uncomfortably. “Well, I am supposed to only treat Mr. Matsuzaka, but since no one else is around, I could, maybe, after I’m finished here....” Manny sensed the awkwardness of the situation. “Oh, no, no, no it’s okay, man. I don’t want you to get in trouble or anything.” To put everyone back at ease, he changed the subject. “I’m gonna negotiate my next contract and get me my own guy,” he smiled broadly while stretching. “Getting old, you know. I ain’t got no pop no more.” Matsuzaka chuckled. “It’s...


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