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Ben -

Them be some old pitchers. Three starters in their late 30's or older, plus Timlin.

Alan -

Crafty old kooks.

portland -

do you read me?

portland -

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i wrote a response to this and your blog killed it. it was so so articulate. damn. okay, here goes:

1. i like the wells move too but anything you get from a fat 42 year old kook is gravy in anybody's book. i'm hoping there's gravy but i dont know. doesn't give me a warm feeling.

2. schilling is old too and you have to face the fact that maybe last year was a kind of career year for him. he certainly set the bar high with all the dodge truck ads he did for sox on fox and i think he's got lots more in the tank but another year like this last one.......well, he and johnson didn't win two in a row for arizona, did they? i agree with what you said about pedro earlier but you gotta admit that what made the sox so frightning at various points this year was the thought of schilling and pedro in one weekend. thats a big fence to get over for any team other than the yankees. i dont like not having pedro. i dont like it at all.

3. it's supper: i got more.

Alan -

I hope dinner's over 'cause this stuff is happening fast and we apparently picked up St. Louis's shortstop Renteria.

Alan -

...and a Devil Ray pitcher called Halama. Like Wells a leftie and at 32 a pup.

portland -

dinner was over but i had to go out ot ll bean. needed ice fishing gear and a little girl's ski jacket.

i heard about renteria. i wanted cabrera but okay. dont know about halama. halama lama ding dong - i can hear the boston herald guys now. they actually called uggy urbina the urbina cowboy for a time.

okay, so my other points were these (i think):

4. you underrate the yanks staff (see two posts ago). sure brown is a jackass but who wouldnt want him over wells (always a potential jackass) and what veteran pitcher would you want over mussina, other than pedro and schilling. and i dont think anybody knows what vasquez can do yet. i loved the guy when he was with montreal. i mean sure he tanked (a strong word) the last half of the season in new york, and thats all anybody could talk about, but he was on the all star team in the first half. and sure the yanks had problems with thier pitching last year but last i checked they still finished ahead of us and anytime we came close they bitch slapped us as usual. somebody had to be throwing the ball pretty well in new york over the span of a season. everybody acts like they were a third place club with lousy pitching. i mean yes they blew the championship (thank you god) but lest you forget they were up 3-0 at a certain point. i think they had plenty of pitching. not enough this year maybe but plenty. if they had problems it's like saying that while every other major league team had water in the the basement, the yanks back yard got flooded and they couldnt play tennis for two weeks. and now they have pavano and they still have lozia and they added........ - my point being that they'll have lots of people to dance with come spring training while with us if schilling falls down and goes boom, we're fucked.
it's later than you think.

and as to the state of relief pitching; i like folke and timlin. i like gordon, quantrill, and rivera better. it's three against two and thye throw harder. don't play the embry card on this point. embry can get out lefthanders. gordon would close for any other team in the majors.

and finally 5. why is wells getting an opening day start. who is he compared to either wake or arroyo?

i not saying its all doom and gloom baby but at this point to say you like the sox's chances better just defies logic. and all you got before spring training is logic. you dont start to believe anything before ortiz hits the first one over the monster in the tenth on a nice day in may.

Alan -

I am saying the Sox are better balanced. The Yanks bullpen was enturely based on the Lord Almighty Rivera coming out and doing it again. Towards the end of the season it was shaky. The playoffs were no surprise to me and I get to watch more Yankees games than you. I think you are right that is Shilling goes we are screwed but similarly Rivera for the Yanks. You are right about Mussina. I have no problem with him at all. Like I said before, these days the Yankees - except for A-Rod and I don't think he thinks he is a Yankee - are hard to hate...except for all the druggy stuff. That may shake them a bit, too, you know.

The weekend in April we are there is already sold out. Home opening weekend. Tampa. KC in August when we are there mid-week. Trying to figure out when tickets go on sale. Which reminds me. The Yanks never bitch-spalled us. They bitch slapped Tampa better than the Sox did. Except for that one weird weekend in September and the first three games, we owned the Yankees all year.

portland -

flash gordon got tired but he was great most of the year. he could close games easily for them. and what if folke is hurt. but then this is all what if what if stuff. i'd just like to be deeper is all - me and the sox.

Alan -

"If, if, if - if my grandmother had wheels she'd be a bus".

portland -

and if the yankees had johnson, jaret wright, moose mussina, vasquez, brown and eric milton they'd be....... oh yeah, they do.

Alan -

Well, they don't have Vasquez now...

portland -

no they dont, and, at least, they didnt get hudson too. now, how many will johnson win? start a pool. and, besides, it will be alright because we're going to get a.j. burnett. a.j. fucking burnett. yea.

Alan -

I really need to teach you to do HTML links as I know nothing about a.j. burnett.

Alan -

...and I knoew nothing about him for good reason.

portland -

yep, and html is a kind of cracker - right?