Coherent Thoughts of the Sporadic Mind.
I am relaxing at Panera before I have to work at 5, absorbing their free internet connection with my internal wireless card. My internet/cable connection was out, AGAIN yesterday and I called the local provider to come and check on it. Apparently, however, my apartment complex has discontinued its reliance on this particular cable company. Thanks for telling me this! Now what do I do? I have to reorder the MLB "Extra Innings" package. I have to pick up the modem from the front office in the morning. Inconvenience is sometimes avoidable. Couldn’t someone have given me a heads up so I wouldn’t have any lapse in service? I have to work the next two nights, so luckily I would not have been able to watch the Red Sox anyway. But the internet is something that I don’t want to sacrifice. So anyway, Panera is cool, and I enjoy the food, but I would rather have not paid for food and had to haul my computer up here. And it is a desktop too, so I had to carry the speakers up, the monitor, etc. Okay, that would be ridiculous, it is a laptop. That is why I paid the extra $300 for less performance than the average desktop. So I could have the convenience of the portable technology they have nowadays. On to baseball.
Why, oh why, do the Red Sox want to part ways with Kason Gabbard? I want to get Eric Gagne. That would give us three pitchers who are capable of closing on any given night. A luxury that [no] team will have. But Gabbard is very good insurance if a starter is injured in any way. Lester is coming off chemotherapy, and no one knows how he will respond down the stretch. Schilling is coming off the DL and may have a setback, who knows? And Beckett has been pretty healthy missing only a few starts this season, but has had blister problems in the past. Unless they are going to use Buchholz in an emergency than I don’t know how much i like this trade. Gabbard down the road will probably be a back of the rotation pitcher. He may be better, and this is just a guess. But this year he may be needed in Boston. And to obtain a closer who won’t be closing, who will be our third best option…at closer, may not be the best choice. Arms in the bullpen are a commodity come playoff time, but we already have as a good of a bullpen as there is right now. It isn’t like we desperately need another arm. I know Okajima is a set up man, but he can close as well. I would rather have Jermaine Dye. Both would be nice, of course, but I like the idea of having Dye in case Ortiz cannot be the Ortiz of old for the rest of the year, which looks likely.
I finished Jayson Stark’s "Most Overrated/Underrated" book last night. It is a decent read if you want to formulate some arguments with a book. You usually win as the book doesnt have a rebuttal, just an opening argument. So heated as I was, I tore the book to pieces and set it on fire, in my head of course.
I am staying at Panera by the way, until the deadline ends. So at least a half hour more. This is sort of a live "Deadline" blog. And a "Passing Time" blog, until work comes along. It is also storming outside making me feel less worthless hovering over my computer for hours. I tend to do that on a daily basis.
The Braves received an impact player today, possibly two. Not that I necessarily think that Teixera will get them a ring. Pitching was more of a concern for them. But he helps, I just think that they should have traded Salty for another inexpensive prospect who they could have locked up long term at a reasonable price. A catcher who can hit like Saltamacchia can and will bring a lot in return. If they are going to force him to switch to first base though, it then becomes a different story. Dotel is [ok] but is nothing special. I actually commend the Royals getting rid of him, more so than I commend the Braves for acquiring him.
I almost wonder if Selig forces the deals to come out right at the deadline’s end. To ensure that fans of the game stay glued in front of "MLB.com" for the extra few hours.
And so I beleive I have lost a reader because of a controversial blog that I posted recently. I can’t make everyone happy. It was a theory and not anything definite. Other bloggers can take shots at people and as long as they are shots at rival teams then it is ok. But when I post a [THEORY] it is unacceptable, I guess.
And Gagne is in a Red Sox uniform.