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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Lineup Change - See 'Ya

I have been involved with this blog since late 2003; it has been fun and a learning experience. It always has been a two-man affair - Tim and I - two baseball-oriented minds commenting on the game, its men, its warts, and its glories.

While Baseball Zeitgeist will live on, my name - and posts - are being scratched from the lineup. It is time to move on for me - I haven't posted much the last month or so; the energy isn't there and neither is the need to be heard.

The number of voices commenting about the Boston Red Sox, in print, on the Web, on radio, and in other mediums is well beyond the saturation or entertainment point, and beyond the point where anything new needs adding from me. On the subject of the minors and independent leagues, my specialty really, there appears to be little interest in fandom overall, and the general attitude is often revealed in a condescending view of the minor league experience compared to Fenway such as "isn't Hadlock Field cute," "Nice place for the kids," or "Yes I went there once..."

For my time (and money) places like Hadlock, McCoy, and the others are a much better place to see a game, watch for the nuances, and watch players who are playing hard. You should go.
I was fortunate enough to be involved with this blog while the Red Sox did finally win it - and called it in fact.
I thank my good friend and baseball mate Tim for helping me establish and populate this site. Tim has always been a better writer than me, and knows more about the game too I suspect. You are in good hands.

Some parting comments:
- Red Sox: won't win it all with the pitching they have right now. Time to use the kids available from the system; they can't really be worse than what you have now. And they are probably better.
- Best Minor League venue: McCoy - hands down.
- Red Sox MVP, 2005: Manny Ramirez - try to imagine life without him.
- Theo: Best GM in the Game right now. Yup.
- Graffinino: this year's Orlando Cabrera/Dave Roberts
- Millar: Designate for Assignment, Now please.
- Francona: better than people think he is, better than most of his peers. Theo was right.
- Fenway: a charmer and hallowed ground - but way too expensive, lousy seating, and terrible access. Not worth it - take the tour, it is better and cheaper.
- Jerry Remy: best color analyst working in baseball.
- Best Baseball Experience: long drives during summer nights listening to Joe and Jerry with the top down, nothing better!
- Best baseball venue for kids: Lowell

Adios amigos, thanks for the visits - see 'ya at the hot dog stand, and bring your scorecard.