The good news:
Armed and dangerous: Quality young pitching all over the Sox roster (Massarotti /Herald)
[...]Remember these names, Sox followers: Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon, Jon Lester, Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen. All are 25 or younger, all are pitchers, all are in major league camp. In recent Red Sox history, it is difficult to remember a time when the Sox had so many talented young arms so close to contributing at the big league level.
[...]In recent Red Sox history, young pitching prospects have been like four-leaf clovers...Red Sox history has been littered with home-grown positional players...But until Clemens came along -- and these are Roger’s words here -- pitching was always regarded as a second-class citizen. During the offseason, the Red Sox once again made a concerted effort to change that.
Pardon me while I rub my hands together and cackle in delight.
Add to that the fact that all of these young guns have a veteran, proven World Series hero in Schilling to follow at the front of the rotation and the best catcher in the game to pitch to in game situations and bullpen sessions and learn the tricks of the trade from (think Kevin Costner with Tim Robbins and Bull Durham) and, well, I'm starting to salivate.
The bad news:
(Snow / Globe (<---LOL!)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitching coach Dave Wallace, who developed an infection in his hip earlier this month, underwent hip replacement surgery yesterday, making it unlikely he will be with the team this season, if ever again.
Wallace's condition, according to Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, had deteriorated last week to the point that ''he literally almost died."
The procedure, according to a team source, was ''a necessary part of the process of clearing the infection. They think he will be OK in time, but . . . all infections are serious."
''The hip replacement," the team source added, ''will mean that he's out for several months at a minimum, probably longer. It's a serious matter and requires attention."
The operation, apparently, has stabilized Wallace's condition. Without him, the Sox are faced with a difficult task. The staff is a blend of pitchers who have worked with Wallace (Schilling, Tim Wakefield, Matt Clement, Bronson Arroyo, Jonathan Papelbon, Mike Timlin, Keith Foulke) and pitchers new to the organization (Josh Beckett, Julián Tavárez, Rudy Seánez, David Riske).
''He's invaluable," Schilling said last night. ''On a personal level, that's not the kind of situation I want to be in, having to relearn someone or have someone learn me at this point in my career. But this is one of those nothing-you-can-do-about-it situations."
Yikes. Just, yikes. I had no idea Wally was in such trouble. My thoughts are with him and his family--first and foremost I hope he gets better; I'm not sure what his role has been with the Sox staff, but if there was one year in which he had to leave, this is probably the one in which the staff could best carry on with veteran player-leaders like Schilling and Tek. It must be personally disappointing to him, though, that he can't be there during this influx of pitching talent.
(Meanwhile, it looks like Schilling and I are on the total same wavelength when it comes to who is and isn't worth talking to at the Globe)
More leftovers from the week: I simply must point you in the direction of this foray into IBW by FB of the AL. Classic stuff. We're talking "slow applause" classic. Go! And then come back. But we'll wait.
In response to the news that Craig Hansen is developing a changeup, El Guapo's Ghost says, "If Hansen can consistently “show” his change, then he should be converted to a starter. 200 innings are far more valuable than 80, even high leverage, relief innings." What do you think?
EGG also points out that Hee Seop Choi should be coming to the Red Sox bench. According to him, that's a good thing.
There's been some debate over Will Carroll's recent rating of the Yankees according to health. At Bronx Banter, one commenter said, "There's an Irish neighorhood in Syracuse, NY called Tipperary Hill which boasts the only traffic light in the country where the green is on top, and the red is on the bottom.
I don't know if Mr. Carroll is applying a Syracuse Irishman's logic to his health report, but he certainly seems to have flipped his Wang-Chacon lights."
I have no idea if the ratings are fair, but I like it whenever Yanks fans get their panties in a twist.
Meanwhile, some good news out of training camp for the Yankees (link via BB)--RJ apparently came in high and tight on Johnny Damon in practice. Good to see that Yankees team spirit kicking in so early!
A bit of housekeeping: I'm sorry to be the Grand High Bitch on this, but I simply must state for the record that it drives me crazy when things are not attributed on other blogs. Even if it's a link that's out there for public consumption, if you only saw it because I linked it here, I think it's a matter of common courtesy for you to say "link via Beth" or "link via Cursed to First" or whatever you want to say. If you find information in that article, for that matter, that you didn't have before, kindly attribute your knowledge of the information to the place you got it--no blog should make other people's research and reporting look like their own*. Not only is it rude and unethical, it's unecessary--posting the latest from around the Web is often what blogs are for. It's tough to differentiate oneself on the Sox Web, I know, but refusing to give credit where credit is due, especially to other bloggers, isn't going to help you.
*I have been, as I'm sure it could be pointed out, somewhat of a hypocrite about this when it comes to photos, but I at least have stopped hotlinking (as I humbly confess I did when I first started blogging), keep the posting of other people's photos to more of a minimum these days, and try to say where I got the photo from, if I know it, and the photographer's name if it's available.