A rainy day mailbag
The Red Sox and White Sox were rained out in Chicago tonight. They'll play two at U.S. Cellular Field tomorrow, the first game beginning at 2 p.m. our time with the second game still planned for 8 pm Eastern time.
It was a long wait for no baseball, but it did give us a chance to open up the e-mailbag...
Did you really like picking up Gagne? As far as I see....if it's not broken don't fix it. Okie in the 8th and JP in the 9th = victory. Don't change a thing. Perfect proof was on Friday night in the 6-5 loss to Baltimore. In the top of the 8th when Pena tied it up it looked like it would be the right atmosphere we needed to start that winning streak, only to be shot right down. The crowd where I was and the dugout had that feeling when we took the lead, like we had in 2004. When the Sox went after Gagne, I compare that to, if the Pats would go after another starting QB.....doesn't make sense. Oh Well...take care and keep up the great work. Loyal fan from RI.
Mark, Cranston, RI
A: I do like the Gagne addition. I'll always take more of a good thing, and Gagne should ultimately make a very good bullpen better. Yes, he has struggled, but I've seen signs of optimism over the last two appearances. Now, you have a guy like Gagne available for a situation like the one we saw Wednesday night in Tampa Bay. The Sox were down 2-1, and Gagne came in and shut the D-Rays down for an inning. That gave the Sox bats a chance to come back and win it, even through they didn't. To have a former Cy Young Award winner come in to keep a game close -- even when it's not in a save (or hold) situation -- shows just how much depth this bullpen now has.
How's that trade working out now TC? Even I knew we a bat and not bullpen help. And what do you suppose Okajima did to get demoted to 7th inning instead of 8th? ERA not low enough at .98 I guess. Tell it like it is. Gagne is in there so the front office doesn't look like fools. Well, guess what, they do! A longtime Red Sox fan who thinks finishing out of the playoffs will be the only way to get rid of fools running this asylum.
Jill E. Heisler, Charlestown, RI
A: Listen, I said all along I would've liked to see the Sox get a bat at the deadline, and I still wish they would've been able to land Jermaine Dye -- he's got the most extra-base hits in the AL since the All-Star Break and would make us all feel a lot better about this team right now.
Gagne has been a disappointment. Period. I don't think he'll be brutal for the rest of the season. If he is, it wasn't a good trade. If not, he makes the bullpen deeper. And deeper is better. Unlike most of the other AL contenders, the Sox made a move to improve their team at the deadline. If you believe the reports, they came very close to landing Dye. The White Sox ultimately decided to keep him, and have signed him to a contract decision since. Not much you can do about that.
Only wanted to say this is my first night to watch Red Sox on NESN thanks to Comcast finally listening to the need of the greatest fans in baseball - CT fans. Love the Red Sox.
Nancy, Seymour, Conn.
A: We're thrilled to be on in So. Connecticut! NESN has been added to Comcast in 12 towns in the Waterbury area. I was in Waterbury on Tuesday, and met with plenty of Sox fans there. Now, they can watch Sox games and keep cheering at the very battlefront of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.
There has been a lot of speculation about A-Rod coming to Boston. It is my impression he is not very popular with players as well as the fans. Since team chemistry is an important factor to team success, do you think this would this would be a good move?
Brenda L. Goodness, Wakefield, RI
A: Team chemistry is important, but talent still takes you to the top. The A-Rod possibility is intriguing, and is going to be one of the biggest topics of discussion when this baseball season ends. He is a polarizing figure, and while many fans hate him there is no denying he could be a heart-of-the-order hitter that could revitalize the Red Sox lineup. It's easy not to like A-Rod if you're a Sox fan, but you might like him a whole lot more if he was wearing a Red Sox uniform and hitting 60 homers a season.
I'm not saying I think the Sox are definitely going to sign A-Rod, but I do think they will give him a good, hard look. Love him or hate him, he's one of the best players in the game. It would certainly make this an interesting offseason, no?
TC, True or False: Was your first on-air sports assignment was covering a minor-league ping pong tournament in Essex Junction, Vt. in the spring of 1985?
Schubert Bodine, Camden, Maine
A: Yes, it was... and I quickly learned that it's called table tennis at that level. Ping pong is what you play near the beer fridge in your basement... table tennis is the competitive level of the sport.