Yes, it’s kind of slow around RSN. But there is an interesting discussion going on over at Sons of Sam Horn, in case you haven’t seen it mentioned elsewhere. The Sox new starter has been doing a facinating Q & A with people in this thread. Some excerpts:
How it begins:
Ok. Was checking threads here, tired of reading about Joe Smiths OPS of 678 being what the sox need on the bench to get them over the top. Let’s talk baseball. Here’s the deal. I will chat on baseball questions given here, answer as best I can. Now these need to be real, REAL baseball questions. Not what’s your favorite park, city, mound etc.. But serious fan questions on things like pitching in Fenway, strike zones, questec , umpires etc..
On pitching to LH batters at Fenway:
I am of the mind that 94mph on the hands, and the inner half, will be hard for LHH to hit off the monster.
Fenway park, for pitchers anyway, begs to have you force hitters to right and right center. That’s going to be something I need to take advantage of. I have, for years, been pushing myself to throw in more, and still haven’t. The way I see it now I have no choice at Fenway, if I don’t I am gonna get beat. I am also going to start using a cutter this year to LHH. After lurking around the workout facility these past few weeks, talking to LHH like Chavez and Miekwhatever from Minnesota, they all, to a man, think the cutter and split should be illegal. Rivera seems to have gotten by with ONE pitch, and dominated, so I think it’s a pitch I will need to use to be successful in the AL and will use it this year.
On interleague play:
I still think it sucks, and it’s horribly flawed. Baseball has always been about teams playing the same schedules, and the best teams coming out on top. Interleague introduced an NFL like quality in that teams within the same division could have horribly different schedules. The NFL has parity for ONE reason, they schedule opponents based on the prior seasons finish, the worse you are, the easier your schedule. That’s oneof the MAJOR factors in parity in the NFL. I don’t think it’s right, fair, whatever you want to call it, that team A, plays Boston, NY, SEa in interleague, and team B in that same division gets 3 lesser opponents over the same scehdule period. Divisions can and have been won and lost by single games, sometimes even a 1 game playoff. I’d be pissed if I was in that situation due to the fact that we split with Atlanta and Philly while NY or Tor had swept two bottom dwellers at the same time.
But it seems the fans like it, which is a major influence on Bud Seligs decision making, at times.
I grew up with the Pirates in the 70s, I love the fact that they played the Cards, Cubs, Phillies all the time, that created rivalries. I liked it when two teams met for the first time IN the world series. There is a nice new media angle I guess from teams that meet during the season playing again in the world series, but I disagree with it pretty much, don’t like it, never will.
And it goes on like that. An excellent read.