A few thoughts for the day:
- David Ortiz is the best clutch hitter I've ever seen. However, he should not be the league MVP as long as he is a designated hitter, unless his offensive statistics so outdistanced the rest of the league (e.g. Robo Bonds) that it would be laughable if anyone else was named MVP. He is not even the MVP of the Sox this year. I'd give that award to Johnny Damon in a close race over 'Tek. Thus, I think Jesus of Centerfield should be the 2005 AL MVP, and thus further bolster his case to be paid 100 chests of gold this winter.
- The media loves to use statistics to prove if someone his on fire or in a slump, as they should. Yet, it seems like they vary the sample size in these analyses in order to prove their point. That is, they'll point out the 'Tek is struggling going 1 for his last 15 (that is about one series!) then a week later say he's on fire going 15 for his last 18 for his last 50. Just a thought.
- Losing Kapler is a big deal.
- We cannot rely on Papelbon, Delcarmen, Hansen, Lester or any other young pitcher to be next year's answer in the 9th inning. Even the oft-cited K-Rod has only this year become the Angels' closer.
- I think we may have to dump a starter this summer (in addition to not resigning Wade Miller) in order to open a spot for a stellar free agent and one of the young guys.
- Does it make me a bad person that when I read an article about Kapler injuring himself while running the bases on Tony G's homer, I was primarily interested in how this worked in the rule book so that Sox could still score? (an incapacitated runner can be pinchrun for in order to reach the base(s) he's entitled to)
- I miss Blaine Neal, that big lug... wait... no I don't.
- Unless we can get Aubrey Huff or someone of that caliber, I still say the Sox should make Youk the 2006 firstbasemen and keep Billy Ballgame. This idea is stupid and sentimental.