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The Starting Nine

Here are nine random thought about the Sox in the order in which I think of them:
  • I'm so glad I was wrong that the Sox would surely dump Coco Crisp this season. I know he's not much of a hitter - except when he's on fire like he is right now - but he's really been an important part of this team all year. He's a starter on almost any other team, and he's allowed the Sox to avoid completely throwing a still-maturing Jacoby out there in an absolute sink-or-swim situation. Coco's versitility, great defense, speed, and functional bat (he'll end up batting around .280 with 8 homers) make him invaluable. Maybe they'll trade him this off season, but this has worked out very well and there is no need to dump him until (if?) Jacoby really comes into his own.
  • I hope the Sox retired Wakefield's jersey when he retires. That's probably not going to happen since all the retired numbers now were worn by HoF'ers. Wake will pitch his 500th game in a Sox uniform tonight (second only to Bob Stanley) and he's been an essential player and person in the franchise for very very long.
  • Our bench is going to include Sean Casey, Mark Kotsay, Coco Crisp and Alex Cora. Wow.
  • I wonder if bench coach Brad Mills will finally get a well-deserved head coaching gig this winter. Selfishly I hope not.
  • How can one be as passionate about a sports team as I am about the Sox when I really very rarely actually get to watch a game? Reading about, talking about, and checking out stats about the Sox seem almost as entertaining as watching the games themselves.
  • The Globe recently brought Tony Massarotti over from the Herald after about 20 years there. I'm not sure I have an opinion on that, but it's interesting in some way. There doesn't seem to be much diversity in where we get our Sox news and this seems a step back on that, but I do like Mazz and don't read the Herald very often.
  • Mazz wrote today, "Division title or not, (making the playoffs) is really all that matters." I think the division matters. It is a championship, a goal. Meeting that goal should be important too. Every championship is really about feeling like champions, it's not like your getting there cures cancer. So winning the division matters. I guess that's the downside of the wild card system, which I do love.
  • The Sox seem to have a real lack of power in they minor leagues. With Papi not getting any younger, and no other elite power guy in the line up, but rather a collection of ideal 5th spot hitters (Bay, Lowell, Youk, and Drew), I think the Sox future has a lot riding on Portland (AA) first baseman Lars Anderson. He's very big and young, and yet not too far from the bigs. Maybe he'll get a drink of water next year and hopefully some time in the Major League spring camp. But, aside from a major trade, this guy seems to me to be important to the Sox success in 2011 and beyond.
  • If the playoffs started today, I think the Sox would move Wake to the bullpen and let Byrd get the 4th start. The benefit is that 'Tek would then be able to catch every game, and Byrd did pitch rather well in the playoffs last year (against us). Then again, that means 'Tek would likely have to catch Wake in long relief, which is just a heart attack. We'll see.

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