Saturday, April 01, 2006

Taking Care of Business

Two more days, two more nights, before the Boys of Summer take the stage, for real. They're a tad short-handed, minus the hot-headed Julian 'Tyson' Tavarez.

I've expounded on my negative theories about Texas trips before, with the abundance of 'Gentlemen's Clubs' in Arlington. Are they an ill-fated attraction for young men with more than Thoughts of Glove, and Bat and Ball? So, any Sox fans in Arlington, I want you to bring your mug shots to Arlington's Finest Clubs and make sure the guys are getting their rest and resting their livers. I'm pretty sure there's data to show that most teams who aren't over .500 for the first ten games of the season don't make the playoffs.

But no reason to be pessimistic, right? The Rangers send Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, and Kameron Loe to counter Schilling, Wakefield, and Beckett. Sometimes the Sox have struggled when they don't have a book on the opposition's newcomers, so let's hope that's history.

Meanwhile, rumors persist that the Sox are about to show David Ortiz the money. If anybody deserves the dough, it's Big Papi, who has embraced the city, delivered in the clutch, and is arguably the club's most popular player.

Do the Sox have question marks? Of course, everyone does. Health is the biggest issue for the rotation, with some baseball geezers in Schilling, Wakefield, and Wells, and concern always for Beckett's shoulder and blisters. My lying eyes have only watched Lowell's bat speed lagging the Spring Training fastballs, and we can only hope that Alex Gonzalez has more in the stick than Luis Rivera and Spike Owen, maybe approaching Eddie Bressoud during his career years. If you don't know these guys, then you're lucky, because you're a heckuva lot younger than I am.

Have a great weekend.

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