From the hip…Random musings for a slow afternoon.

  So the Red Sox broke down and resigned SS Stephen Drew. When speaking to a few of my friends from Red Sox Nation, the reviews of this move were as mixed as any I have ever seen. They ranged from 5 stars to 0 stars. It certainly ran the gamut. There are those who contend that Drew will have absolutely no impact on the team. There are those who believe that this is the best thing that could have possibly happened. The Sox are giving Drew a 1yr/$10M deal, which equates to the prorated salary that Drew would have received if he would have accepted the Sox’ qualifying offer ($14.1M) in the offseason, and thus could have avoided all of this drama. But Drew is represented by one Scott Boras, and that is never a good thing for any team, and in this case, it wasn’t good for the player either. There is bound to be some ill will and some hard feelings amongst the Yawkey Way faithful, and perhaps even some teammates. Drew, even though he has been working out daily with a baseball trainer hired by Boras, still needs to get himself up to ‘game speed’. That might take a little while.
Let’s leave the hype and drama out of this for a second, and concentrate on the baseball side of things. As everyone knows by now, Will Middlebrooks, the current Boston 3rd baseman, cannot hit and cannot stay healthy. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is actually a natural 3rd baseman, but he is playing shortstop. They also have Brock Holt bouncing between Pawtucket and Boston on a regular basis. It would appear that with the signing of Drew, Middlebrooks suddenly becomes expendable because Bogaerts can be moved back to his natural position (3B). Drew takes over at shortstop, Holt keeps yo-yo-ing up and down, and Middlebrooks gets a ticket out of Boston, destination unknown. The Sox have more than one hole to fill right now, but the signing of Drew will, in my humble opinion, help. I like Stephen Drew. Although he is a bit injury prone, he plays hard, and he is an excellent defender. The double-play combo of Drew and Dustin Pedroia is impressive. His bat is inconsistent, but maybe he will be a little better than his career stats indicate? It could happen…As I stated earlier, the Sox have more problems than middle infield, but it is a start…
Hats off to Julio Franco. Yes, that Julio Franco. The Julio Franco that is now 55 years old, and is getting back into professional baseball. He played in the majors for parts of 23 seasons and didn’t stop until he was 49 years old. The Elias Sports Bureau indicates that he is the oldest player to ever hit a home run in a Major League game. This gives Franco a chance to play professional baseball in five different decades. This is in the rarefied air of Minnie Minoso. I think that it is great, and I wish him all the success in the world when he steps up to play for the Fort Worth Cats of the independent United League during the club’s first homestand, which starts Tuesday night at LaGrave Field and is nine games long.
The NFL has awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to the City of Minneapolis. This could be interesting. The consensus among NFL observers is that the new $1 billion dollar stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2016, sealed the deal. I guess it is being looked at as a ‘reward’ for getting a new stadium approved…
This really burns my burrito. Mexican fast-food purveyor Chipotle has decided to ask that law-abiding concealed carry license holders leave their guns at home. My response is that I will be leaving my wallet home, too. Sorry Chipotle. I like your food, but I hate your politics. There are plenty of other Mexican restaurants’ that will not infringe upon my Second Amendment rights, and I will happily give them my hard-earned money.
How am I going to survive the TV ‘off-season’ without new episodes of ‘The Big Bang Theory’, and ‘NCIS’? Thank heavens that there is plenty of baseball to see me through!
That’s all for today!

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