Thursday, July 31, 2008

Frehley's Comet

I'm awake after sleeping on Chan's floor, and hearing Gumby ordering tires over the phone at the ungodly hour of 10 AM. The comforter worked a little. My back is only slightly sore.

The Red Sox' historic efforts to be the first team to successfully trade their best player for no reason continues. Next thing you know, the media will convince us that we're rooting for gas prices to reach 10 dollars per gallon. "I just can't take low gas prices' antics anymore!"

I'm quickly back in the New York groove, a la Ace Frehley and/or that weird dude who actually wrote the tune. In any other city, there'd be no reason to walk two miles, but we easily walked the 40 blocks from Grand Central to 6th Street on a really nice night. People (Kim, Gumby while we were walking) say that NYC smells. True, but I seem to love the smell, so it works out for me. And then the bonus is, when you need to get somewhere fast or really need to go a long way, you just hop on the subway and go wherever you want. Fun stuff. Get here.

Interestingly, I'm more in favor of $10 gas than this friggin' Manny trade. At least $10 gas would spur us to do something useful in the alternate energy department, whereas trading Manny is just being spurred to do something useless.
Manny's gone, and I'm...really sad, actually. So, huh. There ya go. I guess I was full of shit all along. Go figure...
Manny will be Manny on the left coast (LA Dodgers)...we don't get a reliever, just Jason Bay. Make sense...I do NOT know.
I thought the Mets were the first team to successfully trade their best player for no reason back in '77 when they dumped Tom Seaver for a lot of nothing? And, for this season at least, JD Drew has been the Sox' best player.

Sad to see Manny go, and disappointed to see Moss thrown in the deal. But I really like Jason Bay a lot; much better return for Manny than I feared last night.
"The Red Sox' historic efforts to be the first team to successfully trade their best player for no reason continues."

Totally! I'm pissed.
Epic fail all around, but I'm jealous that you're in NY.

You're missing the media glee that they ran out another one—-never mind the moronic, half-way fans who are glad that this "cancer" and this "unproducing man-child" is gone (as I heard it described on Newbury St earlier tonight, which is probably them quoting dirt dogs or the chb).

To quote you, terrible job.
sarah, good call. I had started to write something about that--how in a way it's actually better that gas prices go up, but I figured the point had been made, since most people don't like high gas prices, so I left it out. But yeah, what you say is definitely true. I'm thinking about getting a bike when we move to Providence, and I took trains all the way to NY.

Everyone else, nice job. I just got back to Chan's place--we heard "the" news at Saigon Grill. So weird. Joe Torre is Manny's manager.
Hey. So there's some problem with my blog where I can't post until they review it to make sure it's not a "spam blog." They say their spam-detecting is fuzzy and that's why my blog is being reviewed. So as soon as they clear that up I can post again.
My blog is still "locked" till they clear up their little problem. I've written a post but it won't go up until then. Stay tuned...
Jere, I wonder why you're locked up. That never happened to me, and we both use blogspot. Good luck.
The trade sucks. Period.
Not because we'll be much weaker, we really won't be. Because Manny is Manny and I'll miss all the "antics" and the ever-present grin.
I had really hoped that he would retire a Red Sock. Given that that was apparently NOT going to happen, we probably did as well as one could hope. There is no such thing as a good trade when you're the one in contention for the playoffs and you give up a perennial All-Star, HR leader, W-S MVP, etc. etc. You let those kind of guys go off-season, or when you're writing off a season. This is neither. BUT, at least they salvaged something in return, which they wouldn't have got at the end of the year. I just believe they should have kept him for the B2B Series run.

Time will tell.

Either way, I consider this a sad day. I'll miss Manny.

Oh, and, I'm jealous again. One of the worst things about selling our soap business is that we don't get to go to NYC twice a year anymore. We haven't made it back since we sold it. It's a GREAT place. In spite of the Yankee fans.
Remember when Nomar was being grumpy and sitting on the end of the bench, and then he was traded and the Red Sox won 21 out of 23 in August?

Just saying.

I don't think Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz were better than Nomar in 2004, but it sure seemed to change the team a great deal. Will jettisoning Manny do the same thing? I don't know, but I doubt they make the playoffs if they had kept him.
Still waiting for Blogger. Terrible job by their "inherently fuzzy" spam-detector for thinking my blog has the "characteristics of a spam blog" on one of the key days in Red Sox history. But they say within 2 business days it will be unlocked. Hopefully it's before that. This is crappy.
Blog still locked. And I'm about to leave internet connection land until late Saturday night. Hopefully everything's back by then.

I'm watching the game right now, and getting mad/sad about all the Manny talk. Glad Papi's wearing "24" wristbands....
What's up with blogger?
I can't get on to JoS either, at all.
I figured maybe they were just overloaded with all the Manny talk, but then I see you're having trouble too.
As much as I hate watching GDGD, I'm glad tonight's game is not televised. (at least not here in baseball purgatory) I really don't care to listen to all the bashers. Go ahead and crow, get it out of your system. We just traded away the best hitter in baseball right now and, while I'm glad the waiting-for-something-to-happen is over, I cannot be too happy about having done so.
Blogger is bloggered for a lot of people.

Supposedly you can't view any blogger blog with Internet Explorer right now, and if you remove Sitemeter from your site that clears up the problem.

Hearing Remy & Orsillo trash Manny was just sad.
More on the sitemeter bug, and the fix, here:
Nice call, sosock.

Truth, I have statcounter, not sitemeter, so at least I don't have that to worry about. I just got home from an internet-less cabin, and my blog appears to be unlocked....woohoo!

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