6. I was looking up something or other in one of the old Baseball America Prospect Handbooks the other day when I happened to notice in the 2005 guide that the White Sox' top two prospects, both outfielders, play or have played for the Red Sox, and both our outfielders. The No. 2 prospect was current pleasant surprise Ryan Sweeney, who was compared to Harold Baines by a club executive and was described as a "natural hitter with a textbook swing.'' The top prospect? Well, let's put it this way. If you remember anything from Brian Anderson's brief time with the Red Sox, you were playing seriously close attention. (FYI: Bobby Jenks was the No. 21 prospect. The phrase "personal trials" came up in the first sentence.)
7. I appreciate any attempts at intelligent aggressiveness by the Red Sox, but let's just say that I hope David Ortiz's attempted swipe of second down a run in the seventh inning last night stands as his lone stolen base attempt of the season. Talk about your wasted outs.
8. Underrated moment in Monday night's game: Adrian Gonzalez basically hitting a tennis backhand on a high fastball from Sergio Santos to drive in Pedroia with the tying run. A beautiful piece of situational hitting in a moment when many hitters would try to do too much. That does count as clutch, right?
9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
Moseby had a nice 12-year career, hitting 169 homers and playing a fine center field between the Blue Jays and Tigers. Given that he was the No. 2 pick in the '78 draft and was a big-league regular at 20, maybe he should have been even better than he was. But I'm not one to question the merits of anyone who pulled off the headband look in '84, except for maybe Cyndi Lauper.
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.