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Nick Cafardo and I agree on something. Oh, and this could be as good as it gets, folks.

Nick Cafardo and I agree on one thing today. And that is Tim Wakefield.

Who- as I’ve said before- we shouldn’t just write off- despite the imaginary walker.

Not sure it’s safe to assume that his tenure with Boston is over. Even if they don’t sign him right now, what prevents them from bringing him back in May or June or even after the All-Star break if they need a starter? He could always be one of those half-season veteran pitchers.

That’s what I see for Tim. Tim’s a utility guy and a hero. He’s not the guy you parade around the mound for a milestone. He can still serve a purpose.

And every time we write him out- he comes back as a weapon.

Well, you know. Except for that one time. Okay, that several times over the summer.

But that wasn’t his fault, see. It was the number.

Numbers are scary beasts.

So. Here’s the deal, folks. Benny C is playing it… safe? Is that even the word for this? He’s certainly playing it oppositeville. Maybe he was hanging out with Michael Hill… they were playing chess, see, when all of a sudden… the board, it got struck by lightning, right? And their hair frizzed up. Oh! And then, something magical happened like that one time on Gilligan’s Island. They switched brains!!!!!

Or, maybe Benny C doesn’t know we have money.

Maybe he doesn’t read all the disparaging comments people make about how we’re moneybaggers and buy our championships and have a bazillion dollars.

Or maybe he’s busy arguing salaries with our six unsigned arbitration-eligible players: RHP Alfredo Aceves, INF Mike Aviles, RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Daniel Bard, OF Jacoby Ellsbury and DH David Ortiz.

Or maybe he’s still playing with the rolly chair in what used to be Theo Epstein’s office.

Are we REALLY too broke for Roy Oswalt?

I do not understand how moving around payroll works. I understand that it’s how we lost Alex Rodriguez (blessing in disguise). I understand that the internet understands it better than I do-

…in order to sign the pitcher at his current asking price a corresponding roster move would have to made in order to free up payroll.

Can we unLackey ourselves or something? I mean, it’s not like he can play…

I am so confuzzled by our pseudo-poverty.

So, in other words- this could be as good as it gets- at least for now.

Provided we have Aceves in our rotation- how do we stack up- right now- as of Jan. 17? Because I’m not feeling the rotation strength. The real people we’ll be counting on- Lester, Beckett, Buccholz- they couldn’t pull us out of a Soxplosion. And now they’re starring in our comeback tour? I’m not feeling the pep today, folks.

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In other news- it always hurts when someone moves on. You know the relationship is over. You say you’re fine. But it’s like that Gavin DeGraw song-

I think it’s pretty obvious who I’m talking about

~L

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  1. January 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Pseudo-poverty indeed. Print more money and do what you have to do, Benny. It’s Boston, for heaven’s sake. Act like it.

  2. mhasegawa
    January 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I’m a giant fan of Wake’s. In fact, one of the highlights of last season for me, was seeing him pitch and shut down the opposition after some kid (I don’t remember which one) got shelled. Made my trip to Fenway.

  3. Paul Danahy
    January 17, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    To compete with the Stankees you spend $$.If you don’t have $$ or it’s in Liverpool ,sell the Sox to a buyer who want’s to be competitive.We;re beginning to sound like the Oakland A’s or worse the Pittsburg Pirates !It also proves to be embarrasing as a fan and gives the Stanks a real good laugh.

  4. January 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    The Sox are spending plenty of money. Liverpool has nothing to do with it any more than Steinbrenner’s ship company took money from the Yankees. All owners have other places where they spend money. I wish people would stop bringing up the other business ventures of FSG as an excuse. All owners have other places they spend time and money. It’s how they made their money in the first place, after all. As for Wake, I can only assume that his quest for 200 was a major distraction last year, and they don’t want to go through it again. I thought that the Sox really changed once he got to 199. They diverted their attention completely to him, and not winning. I wonder if it was the reason for September. I wonder if management wonders that too. Otherwise, he is the PERFECT addition to this team, and it would have happened by now.

  5. FireDannyAinge
    January 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    On Red Sox hot stove tonight Peter Gammons mentioned something about having to be under 189 million next year to get money back? Anyone know about that?

    I am all for bringing old man back and I don’t even like him. He saved our butts after all the injuries and he deserves one more year.

  6. FireDannyAinge
    January 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I am sick of people bringing up Wakefield journey to 200 wins as a reason we should not sign him. (This is not directed at anyone in-particular. Just in general. Radio people bring it up a lot)

    It was not a distraction. He left games tied 5 times last year when trying to get that win.

    He also pitched pretty well a few times and we blew leads.

    We did not implode on any level because of Tim Wakefield’s journey to 200. If anything he pitched well enough to keep us in it when everyone else sucked.

    We spent 300 million last year. How much more money do you think we should spend?

  7. January 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    The guy is class and will be best served in a back up utlity role. I hope he gets to 200 wins, but the Sox should not sacrifice tommorrow for yesterday. I am a die hard Braves fan and I can tell you it’s just sad when these guys get old.

    • FireDannyAinge
      January 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

      He already got the 200 wins. Now he wants to break the record for red sox wins and take that honor away from cheater Clemens.

  8. January 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

    FDA’s last comment was spot on. I want Wake to come back and erase Clemens from our minds, because
    A. He’s a cheater
    B. He’s a Yankee for life.

  9. January 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    The Red Sox played the games to 200 completely different. Francona pulled Wake as soon as he reached the 5 innings, and brought in his best relievers right away. He left Wake in too long sometimes, waiting for him to qualify. It was a whole different feel to the games. I’m not saying they shouldn’t have been able to turn it around. But, they took a little mental break in the middle there, right as they started their spiral.

  10. FireDannyAinge
    January 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    He pulled Wake because he was afraid he would blow the win. He didn’t give a damn about Wake being the winner of the game.

    I was at a game where Wake was pitching really well, as soon as he gave up a hit in the fifth he was pulled.

    I had a theory at the time while watching that they didn’t want him to win his 200th game. Like they were afraid if he did they would have to bring him back and getting rid of him was the plan all along.

    Foe some reason the red sox still like to consider Clemens as a Sox. That is why they give him green monster seats to games. Why they want to advertise that traitor having ever played here makes no sense.

    The Yankees want nothing to do with him. That is exactly what the red sox should be doing.

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