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Monday, January 21, 2008

Off Season Mutterings

"Dad, in dat mobie Worm Boy dat boy wit de pokadotz has a motorcycle bike. By him have a motorcycle bike, Dad?"

Not sure what scares me more; The fact Rakes is that fascinated with the movie "How to Eat Fried Worms", or that I understood EXACTLY what he was trying to say.

Translation: "Dad, in the movie How to Eat Fried Worms, why does that boy with freckles have a motorcycle?" Since I haven't actually seen the movie all the way through, best I could offer Rakes was I didn't know. The fact this question came during dinner, completely out of the blue, makes me realize I have no clue about how his devious little mind operates. For all I know he's plotting on how to take over the world in a few years. I've got to be like a boxer at all times; constantly on my toes.

As the off season drones on, we're still at the starting gate with Johan Santana, and the involved parties keep saying all the right things about Tito's lame duck status, as his contract expires after the '08 season. In addition so far there have been no trade requests made from Camp Manny, which is a minor shock. By this point, it's usually about as common as the sun coming up in the morning.

All in all it's been a pretty quiet winter, especially considering the Sox won their 2nd World Series in 4 years after going 86 seasons the last time. It's sort of nice not having to deal with all the drama, don't you think?

Meanwhile I spent the evening watching a game from April of last year with the Sox playing the Yankees on NESN, not being able to remember a single thing about it except the Sox wore green jersey's in honor of the passing of Red Auerbach. After a few hours of sweaty palms and the recurrence of my bleeding ulcer, I'm sure you'll all be glad to hear the Sox came back against Mariano Rivera and won.

I really think I need an intervention at this point.

Finally, for the second time in less than a week, Rakes fell asleep on my chest while I read him his stories for bedtime.

Have I mentioned how great it is to be a Dad?

61 comments:

~**Dawn**~ said...

I think this off season is based on the principle of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Or so I hope.

Whoa. Now just one minute here. Where did the profile pic of Mr Lowell go?? You weren't foolish enough to think I would not notice...

Ted D said...

Dawn, I think you may be right. Schilling, Lowell, Lopez, etc.. I think they agree with you; why change?

And yes, I knew you'd notice my Lowell icon would be missing. I've got to change it up every now and then. For you, I'll make this promise; it'll be Lowell every other time I switch. So next time it'll be Mikey, then someone else, then Mikey, etc....

::begs forgiveness::

~**Dawn**~ said...

::scrolls through her small (cough cough) collection of Mike Lowell photos, while taking deep slow breaths::

Tex said...

ok NOW I'm depressed again. I'm not gonna see Manny at spring training :(

Ted D said...

Don't be sad, Tex.

Remember; TEDAPALOOZA!!

Ted D said...

And Dawn, if you expect me or anyone else to believe your collection of Mike Lowell photo's is small, I've got some beachfront property in AZ I'd like to show you. ;)

Tex said...

its OCEANfront property Ted OCEANfront....dont you listen to George Strait??

I know...but I miss Manny.

Ted D said...

I was close, Tex. Give me some credit. :)

I miss Manny, too.

I think NESN needs to assign a camera crew just to him every off season.

Other than "24", it'd be must see TV for me.

~**Dawn**~ said...

So what are you implying, Ted?

::tries to casually block the view of Mike Lowell phots::

Tree Newt said...

As proof that I still try to emulate my big bro, I'm sitting in the emergency room with a broken collarbone. Thanks to Rusty. Jr., it hurts like the devil.

Ted D said...

Not anything, Dawn.

::calls secret service to notify them of a stalker::

Normal is your middle name. ;)

Tex said...

TED. did you just read what you wrote?? I think new TV show "24" just took on new meaning :)

Ted D said...

Mattie, I REALLY hope you are busting my marbles.

If not, make sure they reset the thing so you don't look like a circus performer like me, and make plans to send Rusty to the pound.

Tell me you are kidding.

Tex said...

mattie?? you hurt?? trying to beat Rakes to the punch?

Tree Newt said...

I wish I was. Oh how I wish I was.

Ted D said...

Just to FILM him, Tex.

Oat Bran is in the ER and you are busting my chops.

How 'bout making fun of him for letting his dog break his collarbone? At least mine was a softball injury.

Ted D said...

Dude, you have GOT to get rid of that pooch.

You OK?

Tree Newt said...

Ted sometimes you have to beat them to the punch.

Tex said...

::swipes hand over Teds head::

your TV show is called 24....Manny's NUMBER!!!

Mattie PVs and Prayers sent your way.

Night all

Tree Newt said...

That last comment was for Tex.

Jr. You know what it feels like. I think my arm may fall off.

Tex said...

now Ted. it isnt nice to poke fun while they are in pain in the ER. Thats just not nice.

say you're sorry

Ted D said...

Yeah, Tex. It went right over my head; Big surprise, right?

Dink, are you being serious? Did tht mutt really break your collarbone?

Ted D said...

Matt, will you talk sense? Did Rusty really break your collarbone? 'Cause if he did, I'm gonna rag on you for months.

AFTER I know you are OK of course.

~**Dawn**~ said...

I do *not* stalk. I only gaze admiringly from afar. Emphasis on afar. And not because a legal document says I have. After all, I am very quiet & shy.

Ted D said...

Dawn, we all know it's the quiet and shy ones you have to worry about. ;)

Just tell me Lowell doesn't have a poster of you like the ones in the post office. If he does, it'll blow my image I have of you to smithereens. ;)

~**Dawn**~ said...

I'm not *that* kind of quiet! I am probably the least creepy human being alive. He doesn't even know I exist. Very few people do.

Ted D said...

//He doesn't even know I exist. Very few people do.//

This I find hard to believe. And if it's true, a lot of people are missing out on knowing a great person.

And Matt; would you please let me know if your DOG actually broke you collarbone? 'Cause this sounds like an excuse to get out of work, you slacker.

~**Dawn**~ said...

You are too kind, Ted. Really, I am quiet & kind of shy. I blend into the woodwork unless you're looking for me.

Ted D said...

I get you are quiet and shy. I just feel bad for the people who haven't found you yet. They don't know what they are missing.

BTW, Rakes is quiet and shy also. At least that's what I keep telling myself.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Being quiet & shy lets you do the equivalent of screening calls using caller id. ;-) You observe long enough to "know when to walk away, and know when to run."

LOL! Rakes is quiet & shy, huh? Whatever helps you sleep at night, Ted. =)

Ted D said...

//LOL! Rakes is quiet & shy, huh? Whatever helps you sleep at night, Ted. =)//

How else do you think I keep my sanity?

BTW, you and Scott have got to stay on the most recent topic; I'm slow, remember?

~**Dawn**~ said...

Sorry. Didn't mean to encourage him. But I couldn't very well respond over here & I had something to say. That would have *really* confused you.

Ted D said...

Yeah, if you respond he's a bit like a pirannah. But it's OK.

And you catch on quick; it does not take much to confuse me. I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed.

OK, I've got to get some sleep; thanks for making a Monday night fly by for me.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Ok. I am going to bring it back over here & say that I don't get why we had to stop the revolving door at short *now*. Even Renteria wasn't *this* bad.

I do believe I have fulfilled my blogging duties for today, to make up for another silent weekend. It's time to head to bed. Good night, Ted!

Ted D said...

Dawn, your disgust of Lugo continues to crack me up. He'll be fine, I promise.

And thanks for helping me pass some time on a Monday night.

Redbeard76 said...

Love the Rakesisms, keep them coming!

Ted D said...

Stephen, I'm pretty sure he's not changing anytime soon, so I'm not going to run of material in the near future.

He's a sitcom waiting for a network for sure.

Krystle THE Red Sox Oasis said...

I have to say this, probably again. Everytime I read Rake stories, it makes me miss the little cousins back in Florida.

I miss the whole team, never mind just Manny. I even miss Wally. Yes Wally.

I have to start remembering when these games are on TV so it can help cure a long winter.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Ya know when Lugo will be fine, Ted? When he plays for someone else. =P I appreciate his (few) contributions & I cheer for the uniform, but I will not like the individual inside.

Ted D said...

Krystle, he's a lot of work, but it's worth it.

Dawn, I read/heard somewhere that this is a make or break year for Lugo; if he has another season last last year, he's gone. Just wish I could remember where I heard it.

Story from last night is true; somehow my 6 ft tall brother broke his collarbone in 3 places messing with his dog, Rusty. I really wish someone would have caught it on film.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Are you sure you weren't just tapped into my brain & you only *think* you read it somewhere?

Hold on. You have a six foot tall brother? Does that mean height was not evenly distributed among the children in your family?

Ted D said...

Could be, Dawn. But I'm thinking it was Buster Olney where I heard it. You are too much.

Yep, he's actually 6 ft, 2 inches. I, however didn't get so lucky. In fact, I actually think Matt's adopted and nobody has told us yet.

gojohn said...

Hey Ted - I've decided to stop blogging, I have a lot of things going on at work and in life. I'm getting divorced, have less Internet access and things are busy.
But I'll still stop in here to see what going on.

John gojohn99 at gmail

Redbeard76 said...

A sitcom or reality series about Rakes? I'm so there. Call Hollywood, they need shows, what with this writers strikes and all.

scott h said...

It has come to the point that we need an exaggeration meter on this blog. Matt is 5'11'' of course to Ted we are all 6ft. Straight from the dogs mouth, no pun intended, the said collar bone suffered only ONE clean break.

At some point Ted will come clean and let everyone know that Rakes loves to set and read for hours on end and plays the quiet game by himself and can speak fluent sign language in 3 different languages. But then this blog would be boring if that got out.

Ted D said...

Copy of Matt's email at 1:37 last night:

"Hey bro
I'm home, and is broken. Doc said it broke bad and there are pieces
broke off. I have to go see the orthopedic doc tomorrow. It hurts like
you know.

I'll call you in the a.m."

See: pieces. And he told me on the phone this morning it was broken in 3 places. Now, he's on Percosat so he may have been fuzzy on the details. As for Rakes, you forget Matt and Stacy comment here and they SEE him, so your argument holds no weight, brother in law of mine. That said, how you doing? :)

John, hate to hear about the divorce, I really do. I'll delete the blog but if you ever start it back up, let me know.

You know Stephen, maybe I should make a demo tape and send it in. If Johnny Fairplay can get back on tv time after time, there's got to be a place for Rakes.

Tree Newt said...

ok to set the record straight: it broke in one place but there are bone fragments floating around. Bro I don't remember saying three, but with the combo of drugs, pain, and lack of sleep, maybe I did! Either way, this bites.

And I wish I was 6'2". 5'11" is closer to reality. Of course, I could be shrinking like Papa Dalton.

Tree Newt said...

ok to set the record straight: it broke in one place but there are bone fragments floating around. Bro I don't remember saying three, but with the combo of drugs, pain, and lack of sleep, maybe I did! Either way, this bites.

And I wish I was 6'2". 5'11" is closer to reality. Of course, I could be shrinking like Papa Dalton.

Nichole said...

Can I request a pick of Tek??

Since we're in the midst of the never-ending writers' strike, I have a new show to propose... Manny: Off the Field. I'm sure there is plenty to entertain us there.

Ted D said...

Bro, you are over 6 feet tall. I know you are. Because if you aren't, I'm REALLY short. Maybe I was wrong, but I swore you were 6 ft 2. But you did tell me 3 places this morning; Druggie. ;)

Nichole, I'll see what I can do about the Tek picture. And the Manny show would be classic.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Mmmmm... Tek. We can alternate between him & Lowell without causing me too much distress. >=]

Ted D said...

Oh good grief.

Ted D said...

Should have put a smiley face thing at the end; just messing with you and Nichole, Dawn. And my wife and sister share your sentiments regarding Mr. Lowell.

scott h said...

Well, we have been watching American Idol so I thought I would check in. I see we are still doing Oprah talks sports.

Ted D said...

You were watching American Idol and have the stones to accuse me of doing Oprah sports? You really need to start a blog so I can fire back at you every now and then.

American Idol? An old school classic rocker like you watching that stuff? You disapoint me.

Imagine what Nugent would think. :)

Tex said...

Ted...you do understand that 12 in equals a foot right?

Ted D said...

Tex, unless that boy has been yanking my chain all these years, he's 6 ft 2. 'Cause if he's not, candaon and I are much shorter than I originally thought.

Tex said...

well at least you're taller than me :)

Ted D said...

At least I've got that going for me.

Tex said...

i guess haloscan is mad at us tonight

Ted D said...

What is the deal with that? Renton needs to upgrade or something. Maybe they didn't pay the bill?