7. If I were a really cynical jerk, I might suggest Joe Maddon's selection of Tim Wakefield to the AL All-Star team was essentially a thank-you note for Wakefield's 16.88 ERA against the Rays in last year's ALCS. But as you longtime TATB readers know, I am not a really cynical jerk, but only a slightly cynical one, and Maddon's intentions certainly seemed pure. So let me join the chorus -- late, I know, but sincere nonetheless -- that it's very cool to see a plugger like Wakefield finally get his chance to shine among the stars.
8. Giving up on John Smoltz yet? Ready to dump him in the Ramon Martinez Home For Failed Reclamation Projects? I hope not. Sox fans have made major progress in terms of patience since, oh, October 2004, and if there's anyone who deserves the benefit of the doubt as he comes back from major shoulder surgery, it is Smoltz, the ultimate pro. I said it the day they signed him, and I'll say it again now: The Red Sox brought him here for October, and he will deliver when the stakes are high.
9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
If there's been a worse jersey design in the history of professional baseball, I've yet to see it.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.