While I love the signing of Sean Casey, aka The Mayor, to be the back up First Baseman and left handed bat off the bench, I think Theo neglected to consider one critical point.
Casey NEVER stops talking; how else do you think he got a nickname like The Mayor? Put him on the same bench as Papi, you've got issues. Throw in a 2nd baseman who stands all of 5ft 6, yet acts like he's 6 ft 5, Manny and Tavarez doing a 2008 version of Lucy and Ethel in the background, and a closer who gives himself nicknames and has a motor like the Energizer Bunny? And we wonder why Francona has such a hard time kicking his chewing tobacco habit.
With all that going on behind him during a game, while he's trying to figure out when to lift the starter, who to bring in to pitch, and when to pinch hit, it's a small miracle he's not mainlining meth off the brim of bench coach Brad Mills' hat. No wonder the guy rocks back and forth like some mental patient on work leave.
Speaking of Manny, guess who showed up to camp on time today? Driving a white Cadilac Escalade, he pulled up, dropped off some gear, and was gone within 30 minutes.
Of course he did. He's Manny.
Meanwhile on the home front, completely out of the blue tonight Rakes asked if we were going to the zoo tomorrow.
All I can figure is he's feeling the call toward home.
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