Before I start my most recent rant, I first want to say "Way to Go" to Jacoby Ellsbury. What an awesome game he had last night, making a big contribution during last night's 7-3 victory against the Rangers. You can clearly see why he has been the Red Sox's top prospect. He looks a lot like a young Damon, but of course he has a much better arm (just about anyone would), and wow, is he quick!!
It seems when things go awry, everyone is always looking for someone to blame:
Yankees stink right now because of Torre Or
Yankees stink right now because of Cashman Or
We've been losing as of late because of Tito Or
We've been losing as of late because of Theo Or
We're in a slide because of Lugo
How about this one? Have you heard it? Papa Jack being fired as the Sox's batting coach at the end of last year, is the reason why David Ortiz's power numbers are down this year.
I honestly don't believe this to be true, but here is the argument:
Ortiz in '06 with Papa Jack: 54 HRs and 137 RBIs
Ortiz in '07 without Papa Jack: projected to be 27 HRs and 103 RBI's.
My problem with this point is that it doesnt account for the emergence of power with fellas like Pedroia, Youk, and Mike Lowell. Same batting coach.
Hey, in our society, somebody's gotta take the heat, right?
Tonite, Dice-K will be facing Kazmir from the Devil Rays. It should be a great matchup. I will write again soon.