LOL! Chris Lynch's take on another Yankee sin...
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LOL! Chris Lynch's take on another Yankee sin...
I have a book on my shelf which was written by Tom Boswell. I'm not sure that I've ever made it all the way through, though I do know that there's an interesting section right up front about the passion of the Red Sox/Yankee rivalry. In any event, it has been on my shelf for 20 years for one reason. The title. Why Time Begins On Opening Day. It's been a long, hard winter in New England, and the world has gone from brown to white to gray and back to brown. I'm ready to live in a green world once more.
|Boston Red Sox||New York Yankees|
|C||Varitek, Jason||33||463||120||Posada, Jorge||33||449||135|
|1B||Millar, Kevin||33||508||116||Martinez, Tino||37||458||119|
|2B||Bellhorn, Mark||30||523||106||Womack, Tony||35||553||98|
|3B||Mueller, Bill||34||399||105||Rodriguez, Alex||29||601||135|
|SS||Renteria, Edgar||29||586||96||Jeter, Derek||31||643||115|
|LF||Ramirez, Manny||33||568||150||Matsui, Hideki||31||584||142|
|CF||Damon, Johnny||31||621||116||Williams, Bernie||36||561||111|
|RF||Nixon, Trot||31||149||122||Sheffield, Gary||36||573||146|
|DH||Ortiz, David||29||582||143||Giambi, Jason||34||264||92|
|Bench||McCarty, David||35||151||85||Crosby, Bubba||28||53||27|
|Mirabelli, Doug||34||160||123||Flaherty, John||37||127||94|
|Payton, Jay||32||458||92||Sanchez, Rey||37||285||62|
|Vazquez, Ramon||28||115||69||Sierra, Ruben||39||307||97|
|Boston Red Sox||New York Yankees|
|C||Varitek, Jason||33||1381||111||Posada, Jorge||33||1441||136|
|1B||Millar, Kevin||33||1490||121||Martinez, Tino||37||1445||117|
|2B||Bellhorn, Mark||30||1217||113||Womack, Tony||35||1492||78|
|3B||Mueller, Bill||34||1289||118||Rodriguez, Alex||29||1832||143|
|SS||Renteria, Edgar||29||1717||120||Jeter, Derek||31||1769||119|
|LF||Ramirez, Manny||33||1573||165||Matsui, Hideki||31||1207||127|
|CF||Damon, Johnny||31||1852||108||Williams, Bernie||36||1618||124|
|RF||Nixon, Trot||31||1122||129||Sheffield, Gary||36||1641||158|
|DH||Ortiz, David||29||1442||138||Giambi, Jason||34||1359||151|
|Bench||McCarty, David||35||270||79||Crosby, Bubba||28||65||11|
|Mirabelli, Doug||34||474||103||Flaherty, John||37||513||86|
|Payton, Jay||32||1503||110||Sanchez, Rey||37||986||65|
|Vazquez, Ramon||28||960||94||Sierra, Ruben||39||1033||99|
Updated 2:07, 3/31 - Sox 3-year table was wrong.
|2004 Staff totals||75||47||160||1010.67||4.27||114.01|
|2005 Staff totals||71||53||167||1059||3.84||120.07|
|2004 Staff totals||68||45||154||926||4.77||94.25|
|2005 Staff totals||71||45||147||951||3.38||129.18|
On the morning of October 28, 2004, I posted an article to the "Your Turn" bulletin board at the Providence Journal (Projo) website in which I quoted Martin Luther King, Jr., quoting an old Negro spiritual - "Free at last, free at last, Thank God Almighty, I'm free at last!" And it was only partially tongue-in-cheek. The Red Sox had won the World Series. After watching the team for my entire life, after seeing them lose in 7 games in 1975, after 1978 and 1986 and 1995 and 2003, the Red Sox had finally not lost in the most excruciating fashion possible. They'd won, and it seemed to change my entire world-view where the team was concerned.
Does anyone else ever hear the phrase "contempt of congress" and wonder where to volunteer?
One of the blogs that I visit daily is A Large Regular. Chris has always got interesting stuff, some good links and topics that I enjoy. But he put up a piece yesterday on the steroid issue and Canseco's book that had some really silly stuff in it. I was incommunicado yesterday, so this is now old news, but there were a couple of things that I wanted to address. I've got a baseball/steroid/media piece in progress, but I wanted to touch on a couple of things that Chris said.
Think about this - you read stories about Mark McGwire and the Hall of Fame all the time but when's the last time you read a story about Jose Canseco and the Hall of Fame? McGwire was a one dimensional player - a player who could hit home runs - and now that one dimension is greatly soiled by steroids and yet baseball writers like Jason Stark are still writing about voting "yes" on McGwire and the Hall of Fame. Someone should ask Jason Stark if he'll also vote "yes" on Canseco because since McGwire's obvious steroid use is not being held against him - wouldn't it be a double standard to hold Jose's steroid use against him?
Canseco and McGwire played close to the exact same number of games - 1,887 for Canseco and 1,874 for McGwire. McGwire was clearly the better fielder, winning a Gold Glove for his work at first base in 1990, while Canseco is best remembered for allowing a ball to bounce off his head in the outfield for a home run. However, Canseco was the better baserunner. Jose had 200 stolen bases to McGwire's 12. Do these two things, fielding and base running, cancel each other out? I'm not sure about that so I'll just focus on the offensive numbers both players put up.
Canseco: .266 BA / .353 OBP / .515 SLG / 131 OPS+
McGwire: .263 BA / .394 OBP / .588 SLG / 163 OPS+
The averages are clearly in McGwire's favor but if you took away the absolutely freakish 70 HR season from McGwire the numbers are fairly close.
In terms of raw numbers:
Canseco: 1877 H / 1186 R / 462 HR / 1407 RBI / 3631 TB
McGwire: 1626 H / 1167 R / 583 HR / 1414 RBI / 3639 TB
If you took away the (steroid induced) home runs - could these numbers be any closer?
Don't get me wrong - I'm not trying to make a case for Jose Canseco for the Hall of Fame. What I am saying is that a double standard does exist and I believe neither player belongs but because McGwire was a white home run champion - he'll probably get voted in.
Ask yourself, what did Mark McGwire do to deserve such adulation? Once you get beyond his home runs - what's left? Of the players with 500 HR, Mark McGwire is dead last when you look at hits, runs, RBI and total bases among other categories.
McGwire was simply a one trick pony and the sportswriters are willing him to ride that pony into Cooperstown. I think that's disgraceful.
In my mind, without steroids McGwire is nothing more than a Jack Clark or a Dave Kingman. I wonder if Jason Stark voted for Dave Kingman for the Hall of Fame because I see very little difference between a Mark McGwire with steroids and a Dave Kingman without. If anything it makes Kingman's longevity and accomplishments are more remarkable.
More importantly if a player who used steroids like McGwire is rewarded with a birth in the Hall of Fame - what message does that send to players who did not use steroids? What about a player like Jim Rice or the recently retired Fred McGriff?
I know this column went off on some tangents and I apologize for that.
What is "my book"? It's called The Red Sox Fan Handbook (Everything you need to be a Red Sox fan … or to marry one) and I call it "my book" because I was one of the primary contributors to it.
There's a story out that the U.S. military police have thwarted an escape from a prison camp in Iraq. According to this story in The Hill, insurgents had managed to dig a 600 foot tunnel using makeshift tools. Further investigation upon discovering the tunnel revealed another one that was 300 feet long.
Two more choruses from the Haydn "Seven Last Words" tonight. What a marvelous piece...
In the preface to the 1801 orchestral score of his "Seven Last Words Of Christ On The Cross", Haydn wrote:
"Some fifteen years ago I was requested by a canon of Cádiz to compose instrumental music on the seven last words of Our Savior on the Cross. It was customary at the Cathedral of Cádiz to produce an oratorio every year during Lent, the effect of the performance being not a little enhanced by the following circumstances. The walls, windows, and pillars of the church were hung with black cloth, and only one large lamp hanging from the center of the roof broke the solemn darkness. At midday, the doors were closed and the ceremony began. After a short service the bishop ascended the pulpit, pronounced the first of the seven words (or sentences) and delivered a discourse thereon. This ended, he left the pulpit and fell to his knees before the altar. The interval was filled by music. The bishop then in like manner pronounced the second word, then the third, and so on, the orchestra following on the conclusion of each discourse. My composition was subject to these conditions, and it was no easy task to compose seven adagios lasting ten minutes each, and to succeed one another without fatiguing the listeners."
I'm a member of the choir at Park Street Church in Boston.
It would be incorrect to say that I have nothing to say.