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Nostrawally

Yesterday, the Sox released catcher Josh Bard and decided to ostensibly hand the job of catcher-to-Wake to George Kottaras. At the risk of being "that guy", I must say that I called this one months ago and even asked the folks at the Globe why they weren't talking about this. They didn't respond - and I wasn't able to post my nah nah nah comment on their blogs yesterday either. So let me revel in my righteousness here.

On Nov. 3 of last year, I wrote this to Nick Carado, linking to this post of mine:
Nick - has anyone talked about whether the Sox could re-sign Jason Varitek and ask him to take on knuckleball duties next year? This would allow a young catcher to get his feet wet on a team with Tek, while not having to catch Wake (a la Josh Bard).Then, on Feb. 3 - I guess I feel righteous indignation on the third day of the month - I wrote Tony Massaroti an email entitled "Bard vs. Kottaras":
Hey Mazz,

My question/comment is about the back up catcher posi…

Outside the Box

I really need to get back into writing regularly, because when I don't it results in these sort of brain dump posts. I thought I'd throw out a few ideas that I've been mulling over that I haven't read much about:
Youkilis should bat third and Papi should bat cleanup. Generally, you put your best hitter batting third and, after Peddy, Youk is that hitter. Also, Youk is generally more patient at the plate than Ortiz and ideally a first inning with a mature Ellsbury who has learned to take pitches, Pedroia, and Youk would be very tough on a pitcher even if it goes 1-2-3. This lineup would also have a nice rightly lefty rhythm of ellsbury (L), pedroia (r), youk (r), papi (L), bay (r), drew (l), lowell, (r), tek (s), lowrie (s).Josh Bard should be released after spring training. He seems worthless. I'd rather have a young guy learning from Tek, even if that young guy doesn't pan out long term at least there would be potential for some gain for the club after th…