The mailbag is back! We had a few letters fall between the cracks during the boston.com makeover (kudos to Eric Wilbur and the crew -- it looks great) but we're back up and running and will get to your letters every week during the off-season. We'll also post blogs with any news we have to pass along.
Before we open up the e-mailbag, a couple of notes:
--Red Sox Hot Stove will be coming to you live next week during the Winter Meetings (Mon-Wed) at 6 pm. Get the latest scoop on rumors coming out of Nashville!
--We will shortly have news to pass along on the NESN 2007 Red Sox film. Stay tuned.
--A shout out to long-time reader Harvey from NY, recovering from an Achilles injury but still fired up about the Yankees trying to get Santana from Minnesota. Rest up Harvey!
Now, to the e-mailbag...
Opinion Hi T.C.
Do you think the Sox will try to trade for Johan Santana?I think a
package of Coco Crisp,Jon Lester and a prospect(Justin Masterson,Micheal
Bowden or Craig Hansen)might look pretty good to the Twins.Of course the
Sox would have to have a long term deal with Santana in place for this to
happen.Am I way off base here or is this something that might be
feasible?Thanks ..... Ed
It's definitely feasible, but reports continue to say that the Twins are insisting on Jacoby Ellsbury. Several outlets yesterday reported that Minnesota was not interested in Crisp, and with the acquisition of Delmon Young yesterday they are much less in need of an outfielder. If the Yankees are really offering a package that includes Melky Cabrera and Phil Hughes it might be tough for the Sox to pry him away without including Ellsbury. That's a deal most Red Sox fans don't want the team to make.
Name Southie Sox Fan
Email South Boston, MA
Opinion There was a lot of jawing during the season b/w Pedroia and Youk
about who was faster. If I remember correctly, there was going to be a
race in the offseason to settle this. Any word on this and any odds as to
who would win the fleet feet extravaganza?
I think that argument ended when Youkilis hit his inside-the-park home run. Of course, Pedroia's got his Rookie of the Year Award as a pretty nice consolation prize.
Opinion Hey TC,
Love your work on NESN and 'EEI.
Do you know if the Sox will be releasing a dvd for 2007 a la "Faith
MLB Productions released their World Series film on DVD this week. NESN is still in production of its film, which will encompass the entire 2007 season. Stay tuned for an announcement in the coming days.
Name Roger Craft
Opinion In my opinion the Red Sox had the best bullpen in the majors this
year. Is there anyone spefic they are looking at to sign and will they
consider signing Eric Gagne?
I think the Sox will be looking for help in the bullpen, a little insurance to bolster the middle relief corps as Mike Timlin (like the rest of us) gets older. Timlin was still a key member of that set-up crew, and I think the Sox will try to bring him back if the two sides can meet.
I also think the Sox need left-handed relief help, even though Hideki Okajima was outstanding this season.
Finally, I can't see any circumstance that would bring Gagne back to Boston. The man has had an outstanding career but things could not have gone worse for him here. He'll get another opportunity with another team... but it won't be with the Red Sox.
Opinion T.C.- Now that the former Tampa Ray Devil Rays have a new name and
identity (Rays), do you think they'll have a new mascot who will bury
Raymond's gripes with Jerry Remy? It was getting old and stupid.
We can only hope. Raymond's been on the losing end of that feud for a long time now, the remnant of a simmering rivalry between the teams that goes back to the late 90's when the Sox and Rays always seemed to be throwing at each other and clearing the benches. Now, with Remy cleaning Raymond's clock regularly, it seems like that "feud" is just about over.
Email methuen, ma.
I keep hearing about another world series trophy tour with both trophies.
Where can I find information about it, and updates as to what cities it
will go to.
The "TTT" (Twin Trophies Tour) will undoubtedly be coming to a city of town near you soon. Information on trophy appearances will be available on redsox.com
Name Tanjee Mahdavi
Email Los Angeles, CA
Opinion TC: Would you ask the Boston writers what "they" look for when
voting for the Cy Young winner? While I am bummed that Beckett didn't win
this year, I understand that Sabathia pitched 40 more innings then the Sox
ace. However, Beckett won 1 more game than CC. What is the list of
importance, ERA, Innings Pitched, Wins, BB, SO, etc.
Each writer has his own criteria, but I was surprised the race wasn't closer. Obviously, Beckett proved in the post-season that he's the league's best pitcher, and he's got an ALCS MVP trophy to prove it. The upside to this is that it'll be one more thing motivating him next season when he anchors the Sox rotation.
Email Atlanta (formerly Randolph, MA)
Opinion Is there a reason the Sox won't be playing the Braves this year? I
figured the singular bright spot of having to move from MA to GA would be
getting to see the Sox play down here, as it seems they have ever since
interleague play started, though I could be wrong. I thought that the
Braves were the Sox' interleague rivals (like the Angels/Dodgers,
Yankees/Mets, etc). So, TC, do you have the scoop?
The Red Sox have no "natural rival" although it was once the Braves. They still play the Braves frequently in interleague play -- last year they faced them six times with series at home and on the road. This year the Sox are playing six different teams: the Reds, Phillies and Astros on the road and the Brewers, Cardinals, and Diamondbacks at home.
I've asked this question of ownership in the past, and they've explained that the Sox interleague formula changes from year to year, with the Braves and Phillies getting the most frequency of games as "rivals." This year, it's one with the Phils and none with the Braves.
I would think you'd get to see the Sox at Turner Field in 2009, if you can wait that long.
Name Dennis B.
Email Pittsfield, Ma.
Opinion Hey TC!
What do you think the Sox will do with Alex Cora? With Pedroia at second,
don't you think it would be a good idea to keep him as a utility player?
His experience on the field and in the clubhouse seem extremely valuable
from this seat. Thanks!
Yes. It is hard to find a player who can handle a reserve role, and Alex Cora does it as well as anyone in the game. He seems to make something happen whenever he's in the lineup, and has a mind for the game that will someday lead him to the manager's office if he so chooses.
There are very few spots open on the Sox roster, and Cora should be one of those players brought back to reprise his role from the 2007 championship season.
Opinion Hi TC!
Looking forward to the defense of the title next year and I'm wondering if
MLB will make tickets available to us living in the states for the games in
Japan next year. I'll be over there at the time and would love to go! Any
thoughts on how to score tickets?
Thanks! And I'm looking foward to watching the pre and post game coverage
with you and the gang.
I would contact the Oakland A's to find out about tickets -- those two games are technically Oakland home games.
Good luck -- we'll be looking for you in the crowd for those 6 am starts!