Ten maybe not-so-relevant items of imperative notation:
- Coco Crisp for Springfield native Chris Capuano? Capuano was terrible for the Brewers last season, going 5-12 with a 5.10 ERA, not exactly a compelling reason to think he could cut it in the American League. Realistically, based on his injury-hampered spring training and Theo Epstein’s insistence to get value in return, I don’t see the Sox dealing Crisp for a month or two. Of course, based on my track record, that means you might want to start watching the transaction wire any moment now.
- In lieu of dreading more “Sox Appeal,” here’s a better idea for NESN shoulder programming. Get the guys from Yacht Rock on the phone and request them to script a 10-part comedy series on the Red Sox of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Imagine those possibilities.
- The Cape Cod Times’ Rob Duca, who first reported Major League Baseball’s quest to force the Cape Cod League to adhere to new trademark regulations and costs, asked former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent what he thought of the squabble.
"Petty is a nice word. Stupid is a better word.
"It strikes me that this is not a game that Major League Baseball should be playing," Vincent said. "It should be going the other way. They should be trying to figure out a way to help these leagues, not to try and get more money out of them. There are people in baseball who know the Cape League and I would think they'd realize this is a very bad mistake."
- The strange murder mystery surrounding former Korea baseball star Lee Ho-seong.
- In an effort to whet our appetite for everything March Madness -- which kicks off a week later than in 2007 -- the Washington Post has provided us with the ingenious “Lost” bracket, pitting characters of the hit show up against each other in a winner-take-all throwdown to decide the best character.
Cute idea, but there are some ridiculous first-round matchups. For instance, why do obvious top seeds Kate and Claire have to go up against each other while Jack gets Cindy Chandler, who’s described only as a flight attendant mentioned in a “Lost”-related novel. Tough call there. Vincent (the dog) is actually winning his first-round matchup against baby Aaron, almost two-to-one. And how one of Nikki or Paulo gets to advance instead of both going down as No. 16 seeds is beyond me.
- I wonder when the Red Sox will get wind of this. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are “exploring the possibility of imposing a ticket tax -- in the range of 25 to 50 cents -- to help finance a top-to-bottom overhaul of the 94-year-old shrine of Major League Baseball.” Such a tax would generate another $1.6 million in revenue, or just about what the team decided to pay Alfonso Soriano per month last season.
According to the report, the Cubs ranked second in the majors in average ticket price last season, at $34.30, which is still nowhere near Boston’s average of $47.71.
Speaking of tickets, the Phoenix’s piece on the fiasco that is the Red Sox ticketing process is a worthwhile read, and I could be wrong, but I fail to understand how any partnership with a ticket broker helps the fan and keeps the primary box office a viably priced commodity.
- I’d say it’s high time we start clamoring for a Boston area Lebowski-Fest.
- You would think based on the 4,098 things written about Johan Santana today that the Red Sox were pen-to-paper close to trading for the Mets ace. If Boston wanted him, no matter the price, odds are Epstein would have gotten him. I think some have criticized the team (and fans) a bit too much for not wanting to surrender Jacoby Ellsbury and Jon Lester for a pitcher like Santana, when in reality the dollars he was going to command were, in my opinion, more likely the primary factor from shying away.
- Atlanta's Bobby Cox on trading Edgar Renteria this offseason to Detroit: "It probably was the smart thing to do," Cox said. "But every one of us in the organization voted no on the trade. We couldn't bear to lose him."
I'm sure similar things were said here.
Meanwhile, the man the Red Sox got in return for Renteria, Andy Marte, who was traded to Cleveland in the Coco Crisp deal, is going to make the Indians this season, if only because he's out of options.
- WEEI morning host John Dennis, circa 1978. Judging by the helmet on his head, preparing for this one broadcast might have set the ozone layer back a decade.