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"Way above my intellectual capacity" AKA the Wisdom of Nick Cafardo


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#1301 E5 Yaz


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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:26 PM

Yeah, as can anyone who likes baseball a little bit. Cafardo assumes the people who read the Boston Globe Sunday baseball notes aren't interested in baseball, because he's not.


Weak sauce. Own the mistake. Wear it proud

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:35 PM

Yeah, I misread Pirates for Padres, as was pointed out by the previous post. It's there for everyone to see, but okay I apologize to you and hereby "own" it.

The point is still the same-- people who follow baseball can name three players on any team without too much trouble. People who don't care about baseball can't. Which group is Cafardo in again?

#1303 Laser Show

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

Nick Cafardo@nickcafardo
At least one bit of good news for Red Sox is that No 1 pick righty Matt Barnes struck out 13 for Greenville vs Lakewood in his pro debut.

Mike Andrews@MikeAndrewsSP
@nickcafardo Barnes struck out 9.


I mean this isn't a big deal, especially on Twitter, but when stats are this easy to look up and double check it comes across as horribly lazy.

Another gem from this morning:

Nick Cafardo @nickcafardo
"Nobody in here is thinking about last year," said Braves C Brian McCann. Maybe McCann's Braves and Red Sox, 0-3, should remember September.


Edited by Laser Show, 09 April 2012 - 02:07 PM.


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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:45 PM

@nickcafardo
Bobby V thinks he needs to manage bullpen better. I think the only way to do that is to insert Bard as closer.


I really couldn't tell that Cafardo wants Bard as the closer. Because he's only been tweeting about this since the beginning of March. #deadhorse

Edited by Yazdog8, 09 April 2012 - 04:45 PM.


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Posted 09 April 2012 - 04:47 PM

I really couldn't tell that Cafardo wants Bard as the closer. Because he's only been tweeting about this since the beginning of March. #deadhorse


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Its annoying, I HEARD you the first 100000000000 times Nick

#1306 Laser Show

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 11:01 PM

Nicky gets his wish:

Ken Rosenthal: Sources: #Indians to sign Johnny Damon.



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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:09 AM

"He has not pulled the plug on Daniel Bard as a starter even though every baseball scout you speak to who watches this team knows that Bard should be the closer.

Blame Valentine? Go ahead, if you want to. That’s a sport in and of itself in Boston. But he hasn’t exactly been dealt a great hand."

From today's Globe. Dead horse still being beaten.

Also makes another pitch for Iglesias, he of the 2-18, 1 walk, no extra base hits start down on the farm.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:13 AM

"He has not pulled the plug on Daniel Bard as a starter even though every baseball scout you speak to who watches this team knows that Bard should be the closer.

Blame Valentine? Go ahead, if you want to. That’s a sport in and of itself in Boston. But he hasn’t exactly been dealt a great hand."

From today's Globe. Dead horse still being beaten.

Also makes another pitch for Iglesias, he of the 2-18, 1 walk, no extra base hits start down on the farm.


// Cafardo // But he's only struck out 3 times, so he's clearly not overmatched

#1309 ForKeeps

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:33 AM

Why do I care what scouts think about roster construction again? Surely Nick could get an off the record comment from JP Ricciardi about the huge importance of a closer.

Edited by ForKeeps, 12 April 2012 - 11:34 AM.


#1310 Humphrey

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:36 AM

Nick's also got at least 3 pitchers he wants brought up: Cook, Hill and (ugh) Andrew Miller.

Thomas is pretty clearly a short-termer; who else goes? Plus they have 13 pitchers already, and that's 1 or 2 too many to begin with.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:44 AM

What is amusing to me is that for the weeks and weeks and weeks of Damon pimping, Cafardo didn't even get a chance to break the news. You would think that Boras or Damon himself would throw our Globe buddy a crumb to thank him for his efforts.

Didn't happen.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 08:28 AM

A column that he probably wrote last summer while on the vacation at the beach.
  • Long-term deals: sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.
  • Players are more chummy than they used to be.
  • Obligatory Kapstein (pere) and Damon references, with a dollop of first person thrown in ("We've been saying for a while....").
  • Chris Sale practices throwing change-ups before the game! Nick and BFF JIm Rice have been telling people to do stuff like this forever!
  • Nick is really, really hungry. The Moby Dick and Strasburger are mouth-watering contributions to our baseball knowledge.
  • Zach Grienke might be an interesting free agent... but then again he might not.
  • Bard should be a closer, because Neftali Feliz once got nervous during a start. "This one time... at band camp..."
Last, and certainly least, Scott Atchison is

now giving hitters a little different look with a fastball that’s moving in and out of the zone.



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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:09 AM

He couldn't help but go back to his bestie for some insight on the topic:

Jeremy Kapstein was the prominent agent in the old days, and his clients included many of the top players. Yet there was no fraternization among them unless they were on the same team.

Fascinating.

Edited by templeUsox, 15 April 2012 - 09:12 AM.


#1314 backpeddling

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:40 AM

The thought of Cafardo destroying that fish platter is vomit inducing. Is there a Boston sports writers death pool?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:22 PM

Did you guys know that batters who foul off a lot of pitches get a pitcher's pitch count up?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:29 PM

Did you guys know that batters who foul off a lot of pitches get a pitcher's pitch count up?


No I did not. But I read somewhere that Johnny Damon was a great one for fouling off lots of pitches!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:19 PM

A column that he probably wrote last summer while on the vacation at the beach.

  • Long-term deals: sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.
  • Players are more chummy than they used to be.
  • Obligatory Kapstein (pere) and Damon references, with a dollop of first person thrown in ("We've been saying for a while....").
  • Chris Sale practices throwing change-ups before the game! Nick and BFF JIm Rice have been telling people to do stuff like this forever!
  • Nick is really, really hungry. The Moby Dick and Strasburger are mouth-watering contributions to our baseball knowledge.
  • Zach Grienke might be an interesting free agent... but then again he might not.
  • Bard should be a closer, because Neftali Feliz once got nervous during a start. "This one time... at band camp..."
Last, and certainly least, Scott Atchison is


The long-term contract part of the article was another paid political announcement from Scott Boras.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:06 PM

The whole "chummy players not competing as hard" is baffling to me. It's not like this is football where someone might not lay as hard a hit on their buddy. I can't see any baseball player allowing his feelings for his competitor to work against his own self-interests. Or to use his logic, wouldn't he have more friends on his own team, and therefore be more inclined to compete harder?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:34 PM

The sad thing is that I thought the column today was one of his less pathetic efforts of recent vintage.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:40 PM

The whole "chummy players not competing as hard" is baffling to me. It's not like this is football where someone might not lay as hard a hit on their buddy. I can't see any baseball player allowing his feelings for his competitor to work against his own self-interests. Or to use his logic, wouldn't he have more friends on his own team, and therefore be more inclined to compete harder?

More to the point, this has been the case for many years. I don't remember a time when David Ortiz et al weren't yucking it up with opposing players before games. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I'm with Nick and also find it off putting, but it's not as if something happened in the last, say, two years to justify that much space in a notes column today.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:03 AM

A column that he probably wrote last summer while on the vacation at the beach.
* Long-term deals: sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.
* Players are more chummy than they used to be.



You know what would be an interesting article and not at all a complete waste of time, is using facts to back up whether these long-term deals are beneficial to the teams that agree to them. For example, you could look at the five (or so) Red Sox players who got long-term deals before they were set to be free agents and conclude whether it was money well spent. It's actually pretty easy because you can make an arbitrary choice of using the player's numbers prior to signing the deal and see how the same player's numbers compare after the deal is done. After the Red Sox are done, you move on to the Yankees (YAY!), the Mets, etc. until you get a nice little grouping of stats and then you could write something a bit more useful then, "It might be good, it might not be good. Who knows!"

As far as players being chummy, who the fuck cares? I've been reading this bullshit since I started following baseball back in 1986 and Bob Gibson is always used as the barometer. I don't know Bob Gibson, but maybe the guy was a world-class prick. Same with Don Drysdale. I don't think that players should be playing grab ass while they're on the field, but saying hello to a friend (and seriously, if Pedroia saw his BFF Andre Ethier before the game don't you think they'd say hi?) who gives a shit. And furthermore, his example of "playing the game right" in Pedroia kind of falls apart when Pedroia says that he talks to Carlos Pena and Derek Jeter if he reaches first base against the Rays and second against the Yanks.

BTW, getting a scout to question the competitiveness in today's player? Why doesn't he just ask a 10-year-old if he enjoys candy and playing video games because you're going to get the same type of answer.

Nick Cafardo is the god damn worst.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:30 AM

I've been reading this bullshit since I started following baseball back in 1986 and Bob Gibson is always used as the barometer. I don't know Bob Gibson, but maybe the guy was a world-class prick.

Great point. Was going to post the same thing.

Why are Bob Gibson/Drysdale/Cobb the role models for most mainstream baseball (and really, all sports) writers? These guys were clearly type-A tools. Do we really want a sport filled with guys like this? Would that make for a better fan experience and a better quality of play? A game of bean balls, brawls, cheap shots etc. sounds like the kind of things the very same sportswriters sanctimoniously bemoan. Furthermore, why would you want a sport filled with nothing but the same kind of person? Isn't that kind of a limited world view? (And also kind of predictable?) There's a line between playing hard and being a tool. Let's retire the Bob Gibson canard, please.

#1323 nattysez

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:25 PM

Cafardo on Twitter:

Three Ks for Youkilis. Bad defensive play. Bobby V was right.


https://twitter.com/#!/nickcafardo/status/192421901090553856
link to tweet
link to tweet

#1324 ForKeeps

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 09:21 PM

If I had a magic lamp, I would wish for Nick Cafardo to be GM for life of a major league baseball team (preferably in the AL East).

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:50 PM

Holy fuck is that infuriating to read. This man has the Globe Sunday Baseball Notes, one of the most prestigious posts in all of sports journalism, and yet his take on things is so backwards, devoid of logic, and just generally stupid. In this one particular statement he:

1) Draws a result from an worthlessly small sample size. If any result can be drawn about a player because of a 3 K day with a bad play in the field, then by definition whatever that result is should be applied to almost every hitter in MLB, because they've all had days just like that. In fact, Youkilis must have never really cared given that this is the 30th time in his career he's had a 3 K game. And you know who must really not give a shit? Jason Bay, because he's struck out more times than Youkilis this season. I eagerly await his mea culpa on Jason Bay.

2) Completely misrepresents the original statement. The statement had zero to do with results, it only dealt with how "into" the game Youkilis has been compared to past seasons. Seasons in which he routinely did what now supposedly proves something is different.

It's shameful that such intellectual dishonesty and straight-up water carrying comes from someone with such an amazing pulpit. He's gone from old-timey cluelessness to straight up lying to his readership, all while taking on an air of arrogance about his own knowledge of the game.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:08 PM

Holy fuck is that infuriating to read. This man has the Globe Sunday Baseball Notes, one of the most prestigious posts in all of sports journalism, and yet his take on things is so backwards, devoid of logic, and just generally stupid. In this one particular statement he:

1) Draws a result from an worthlessly small sample size. If any result can be drawn about a player because of a 3 K day with a bad play in the field, then by definition whatever that result is should be applied to almost every hitter in MLB, because they've all had days just like that. In fact, Youkilis must have never really cared given that this is the 30th time in his career he's had a 3 K game. And you know who must really not give a shit? Jason Bay, because he's struck out more times than Youkilis this season. I eagerly await his mea culpa on Jason Bay.

2) Completely misrepresents the original statement. The statement had zero to do with results, it only dealt with how "into" the game Youkilis has been compared to past seasons. Seasons in which he routinely did what now supposedly proves something is different.

It's shameful that such intellectual dishonesty and straight-up water carrying comes from someone with such an amazing pulpit. He's gone from old-timey cluelessness to straight up lying to his readership, all while taking on an air of arrogance about his own knowledge of the game.


Not to mention, Cafardo could easily have tweeted something about BV being wrong to have questioned Youk as it's apparently had nothing but a bad effect on him given his performance last night. This would have been equally illogical.

#1327 Laser Show

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:06 PM

You know what Bobby Valentine’s problem is? He needs to find a hobby.


For years Dustin Pedroia and Terry Francona played cribbage before games (he also played with Tim Wakefield, George Kottaras, Mike Lowell and Chris Woodward).
From what I’ve seen, Valentine does none of that.


Maybe Bobby V can break out a scrabble game and play with Dustin and Youk before the game. Or maybe best-out-of seven hangman?


They might like him better.


Maybe he can pass them notes during the game, "Nice swing Youk." Or "Attaboy Dustin, just like we did it in Japan." Or "Thataway we throw that helmet Youk!"


Maybe after a good game, he can put a couple of Bobby V restaurant gift certificates in an envelope and put them in their lockers. Just make sure they’re at least $100 Bobby, or they’ll call you cheap.


Maybe a symbolic back-scratcher with a note, "I have your back."


Big group hug before the game, maybe?


Oh, and make sure in every TV interview, even if the pitcher has walked seven batters, don’t mention it. Just talk about how great he threw.


Would love to hear more suggestions on how Bobby V could improve his relationship with players.



Ugh...

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:17 PM

Wow, Nick is acting like a petulant child.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:19 PM

Wow, Nick is acting like a petulant child.


I'm trying to figure out who he's mad at there. Francona? BV's critics? Pedroia? Everyone?

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:20 PM

BV"s critics, I assume. He's been in bed with Bobby from Day 1. Biggest, creepiest fan.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:31 PM

Cafardo missed his calling, that passive aggressive joke meister needs to be in Hollywood. In other words, Nick Cafardo is Kenny Bania.

That's good, Nicky. GOLD!

#1332 nattysez

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:48 PM

Missed these on his Twitter account last night:


I like what he's trying to do - change the culture in clubhouse. They shouldn't do things their old way as pedroia suggests.



https://twitter.com/...434717482696705


Love the fact David Ortiz just busted down the first base line.



https://twitter.com/...436432881725440

Edited by nattysez, 18 April 2012 - 01:51 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:07 PM

"What does the guy behind home plate with the yellow headset on do? He is at every home game and we have seen him on the field during pregame.

Roger, Stratham, N.H.



That’s Jeremy Kapstein, the pioneer sports agent. He’s the former president/CEO of the San Diego Padres and has served as Larry Lucchino’s senior adviser for more than 10 years with the Red Sox and with the Padres before that."



lol



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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:19 PM

I feel in the last few years, the Sox have lessened the amount they used to work the count during each AB. Maybe I'm just dreaming, but I thought we used to get to bullpens earlier in games. Is there some sort of statistic for batters/teams like Average Pitches Per AB (APPAB) that is used to measure that sort of thing? If there is, might the Globe staff know what is the trend of the Sox in over the last five years or so?
Alex, Philadelphia

The Red Sox work the count better than any team in the game, right up there with the Yankees. That’s their strong suit. There are some very good starting pitchers in baseball right now. Look at the Tampa Bay, Yankees, Texas, Tigers, Toronto staffs. They’re all pretty good. So there’s less chance of getting their middle relievers.


Of course Nick doesn't mention that pitches per plate appearance is a common stat that can be looked up on ESPN.com, or that the 2012 Sox are averaging 3.93 pitches per plate appearance, and the 2011 Sox averaged 3.96 P/PA, compared to the '03 and '04 juggernaut offenses which averaged 3.83 and 3.93 P/PA respectively. But Nick doesn't have the 30 seconds it took me to look that up.

I believe the Red Sox will be trading Kevin Youkilis before the All-Star break. They need to bring up Middlebrooks. Do you agree?
Ted, Warwick, R.I.

Well Ted, it’s going to happen sometime, but not sure it will be this season.


What is going to happen, Nick? A trade, or WMB being promoted? Thanks for being clear.

The other day I was wondering how much money in salary the red sox have on the DL or unable to play list. Bailey, Lackey, Crawford, Dice-K and now Ellsbury. Is this a Sox record or perhaps even a MLB record for salaries of injured players?
Jay, Tequesta, Fla.

I’m not sure we even have to look that one up. Got to be a record. You’re talking well over $60 million on the DL.


Why bother taking the time to look it up when it's "got to be a record"?

Your comment regarding Alex Rodriquez in today's Sunday paper was curious at best. He hits a home run and you say he hasn't lost bat speed. That sounds like the reaction of an emotional fan not a well respected columist. I'd rather let facts be the judge. And we'll not know better by the end of the year. A fairly steady decline since 207.
2007 -- 54 homeruns, 645 OBP, BB 95, 156 RBI's
2011 -- 16 homeruns. 461 OBP, BB 47, 62 RBI's

Paul, Chelmsford
How about injuries Paul? Any consideration of those? How can anyone just look at someone’s stats and indicate someone has declined? You don’t consider the major hip problems he’s had? He looks healthy now, so I guess we’ll just have to see how it ends up.


I was under the impression that injuries might affect bat speed, but Nick says otherwise, so it must be true. A-Rod is clearly a lock to stay healthy and put up 2007 type numbers.

How could you not know what was going on in the clubhouse last year?
Ray, Cape Coral, Fla.

So hostile, Ray. We certainly knew Rome was burning in September. You knew that too, by watching. As far as what goes on in the clubhouse during games, how would we know? Clubhouse closes an hour before the game and doesn’t reopen until about 15 minutes after. We’re in the press box, we’re not watching the game with a beer and package of fried chicken. For the record, fried chicken was never banned from the clubhouse.


So defensive, Nick.

I fucking hate this man.

Edited by tims4wins, 18 April 2012 - 02:46 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:43 PM

FWIW the Prime 9 and Padilla questions appear to be formatting errors: "Wondered what you think about this?... Ralph, Birmingham, Ala." and "Why is it so difficult for the media to pronunce Latino names ... Anonymous, Jamundía" being unbolded questions.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:45 PM

FWIW the Prime 9 and Padilla questions appear to be formatting errors: "Wondered what you think about this?... Ralph, Birmingham, Ala." and "Why is it so difficult for the media to pronunce Latino names ... Anonymous, Jamundía" being unbolded questions.


good point... removing :)

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:48 PM

Cafardo on Twitter:



https://twitter.com/...421901090553856


Evan Longoria made 3 errors last night, 2 of them on consecutive batters. Guess he REALLY isn't in to playing this year.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:44 PM

Love the fact David Ortiz just busted down the first base line.

https://twitter.com/...436432881725440

Except Ortiz did *not* bust down the first base line. He ran a bit harder than he usually does on a grounder to second, but turned in on and visibly increased his speed when the ball was bobbled. If he had been busting as Nick claims he was, he would have been safe.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:09 PM

Except Ortiz did *not* bust down the first base line. He ran a bit harder than he usually does on a grounder to second, but turned in on and visibly increased his speed when the ball was bobbled. If he had been busting as Nick claims he was, he would have been safe.

This.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:15 PM

The other day I was wondering how much money in salary the red sox have on the DL or unable to play list. Bailey, Lackey, Crawford, Dice-K and now Ellsbury. Is this a Sox record or perhaps even a MLB record for salaries of injured players?
Jay, Tequesta, Fla.

I’m not sure we even have to look that one up. Got to be a record. You’re talking well over $60 million on the DL.

Why bother taking the time to look it up when it's "got to be a record"?


This one made me laugh. Apropos of everything.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:22 PM

Just out of curiosity, is anyone aware of a site that lists DL stints for players? I was trying to determine if Jeter and ARod were ever on the DL simultaneously (since that would probably $40mm on the DL just between 2 players) and discovered (in Nick's defense, I guess) that it's harder to figure out than I would've thought.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:32 PM

Just out of curiosity, is anyone aware of a site that lists DL stints for players? I was trying to determine if Jeter and ARod were ever on the DL simultaneously (since that would probably $40mm on the DL just between 2 players) and discovered (in Nick's defense, I guess) that it's harder to figure out than I would've thought.


No, I don't believe there is one.

Finding the answer would actually take, you know, real investigative journalism work to cobble together the information from multiple sources.

#1343 SoxLegacy

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:56 PM

Wow, Nick is acting like a petulant child.


Dead on target here. Hard to fathom his childish animosity--can't believe that Pedroia or Youks would give him a second of their time after that.

Edited by SoxLegacy, 18 April 2012 - 04:56 PM.


#1344 MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:15 AM

How does this Q&A not get you fired if you're a beat reporter covering the Red Sox:

How could you not know what was going on in the clubhouse last year?
Ray, Cape Coral, Fla.

So hostile, Ray. We certainly knew Rome was burning in September. You knew that too, by watching. As far as what goes on in the clubhouse during games, how would we know? Clubhouse closes an hour before the game and doesn’t reopen until about 15 minutes after. We’re in the press box, we’re not watching the game with a beer and package of fried chicken. For the record, fried chicken was never banned from the clubhouse.


What is a beat reporter's primary job? To gather information that fans of the team wouldn't otherwise be able to get and then to serve it back to them in a compelling fashion.

Apparently, the only way that Cafardo can gather information about what's going on in the clubhouse is to actually see it with his own eyes. Look, I know reporting on the Red Sox isn't a job for Woodward and Bernstein, but people care a whole fucking lot about the Red Sox, and where you have passionate fans you have opportunity and mandate for real reporting. Technology reporting isn't W&B either, but tech writers uncover juicy stories all the time. They develop sources and get a drop from time to time.

If the only way Cafardo can get information is to be present for its happening, what the fuck good is he? It's IMPOSSIBLE that he could have a source somewhere in the Sox clubhouse that could drop him a dime? Impossible?

A reader asks a legitimate question about why he dropped the ball and he says, "you saw the same things I did?" Then why do you have a job, Nick? Why would I ever bother reading your columns, Nick? Just so I can hear what you think and feel about the team? What fucking good is that?

Further, no, I did not know why the team was playing like ass in September. In fact, it was a subject of much debate. And it's your job to find out. Why didn't you do your job, Nick? Pretty simple goddamn question.

And there are legitimate ways to answer, too: "You know, Ray, I feel like I should have known. I've got lots of players on the team that I talk with on a regular basis and they never mentioned any discord in the locker room or that they felt any of their teammates were out of shape or not trying hard enough. If that was going on, it was deep seated and a matter of internal player trust that just couldn't be broken. Or, maybe it wasn't as big a deal as we're making it out to be, right? Either way, I wish I'd uncovered that information earlier, but it's out there now and I'm definitely on top of this year's team to see if things have really changed."

What's so hard about that answer? Why can't you have a little respect for those people who are so invested in the team that they actually read your work and ask you questions? He didn't call you a name, or swear, or be hostile at all (though, I'll admit here that it's possible the question wasn't framed in EXACTLY the way he reproduced it).

Man up, Nick. Try harder. Stop being a cowardly water carrier and do some work that you can be proud of.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:47 AM

It's so hard.

1) On one hand, you're absolutely and completely correct. I did a vague impression of a journalist once upon a time (as managing editor of my daily college paper) and his apparent indifference to a legitimate question from a reader shouldn't be acceptable.

2) On the other hand, the less I know about the interpersonal dynamics of the team, the easier it is to root for laundry and professional athletes. The naive and idealistic parts of me wish for a return to the days when baseball was the story and the clubhouse stories stayed in the clubhouse.* I don't want to know what Bobby Valentine thinks of Kevin Youkilis, or how Adrian Gonzalez behaves in the locker room. Save that for the Halberstams of the world, the true narrators and historians who'll write the book years from now, and let me watch my team in peace.

* N.B.: This doesn't include steroids, which was more than simply sewing circle gossip and actually affected on-field play. That said, if I could erase that entire episode from memory? I want to say that I'm happier embracing the sport warts and all, but I'm not sure that's the case.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 11:59 AM

You know, dynomite, I don't necessarily disagree. But that would have been a fine answer, too: "Well, Ray, you and I may just have a differing interest in the Red Sox. I feel like it's my job to report on what happens on the field and that's what I try to focus on. The chicken-and-beer thing kind of blew up on me and other reporters may think that's a bigger story than I do. Hope that answers your question."

Basically anything other than, "how dare you!"

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:04 PM

That's a great point and idea. I wish Cafardo were as thoughtful about his profession as you are: the Globe and their coverage would be better for it.

I know we always talk about him, but I think Mike Reiss is the best example of this attitude. He's a football beat writer, and he writes about football. I don't think his coverage of the Patriots suffers as a result.

#1348 MyDaughterLovesTomGordon

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 08:59 AM

Cafardo is positively gleeful about the bullpen's disarray:






I’ve said for weeks that after Bailey went down, the starting experiment with Daniel Bard had to be scrapped. Bard can be an effective starter and he is Sunday night’s starter, weather permitting.


But given the needs of this team right now, Bard would solidify the bullpen, putting other pieces in the right places.


Then you recall veteran Aaron Cook from Pawtucket and make him the fifth starter.


Doesn’t that work better?



At least he's not using the "we" bullshit, but I suppose he shifts to "I" when he particularly wants to take credit.

As for whether it would work better, I think that's more than a little up for debate. Does it "work better" if Cook gets lit up for 6 runs in four inning and then your bully gets even more taxed and waxed and Bard sits on his hands and twiddles his thumbs during a blowout?

Bard to the pen is hardly a panacea for this team's ills.

#1349 Dick Pole Upside

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 09:40 AM

This plus the fact that while he hammers away on the "move Bard to the 'pen because the pieces fit better" schtick, he provides zero explanation of which pieces he's talking about and how exactly they would fit better. It's completely mindless.

#1350 E5 Yaz


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Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:23 PM

The Sunday Notes appear to be subscription only now.



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