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Kevin Youkils vs Mark Teixeira–a friendly comparison

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For those of you that did not already know, I have a research paper coming up. We are supposed to focus on a certain kind of liberty or “space” that was created during America’s Gilded Age. And what better space to talk about than baseball: America’s past time! It’s a new cultural space, that provided lots of liberties, and even took some away. Last night, we had to e-mail our ideas to our teacher, and his response started with: ‘I should’ve known!’.

Luckily, the thinks that it will be a good topic. The best part is–I love researching about baseball. There are so many great sources that I can consult, and I’ll be able to use Ken Burns’ baseball movies as a guiding tool. 
I’ll be posting my ideas, thesis statement, rough draft(s), etc. for your pleasure and critique!
Apparently, the Red Sox “swapped” right handers with the Orioles. Pauley was removed (is that synonymous with designated for assignment?) from Boston’s 40-man roster earlier this month to make room for John Smoltz. I vaguely Pauley’s name a couple of times this season. I knew he was a prospect and I remembered one terrible start that he had. Let’s just say his ERA was 11.68. 
For some reason, I’m also imagining a decent start by him (he did start two games after all), but maybe I’m just imagining things. In exchange, the Red Sox got Randor Bierd. I looked up Randor Bierd, and was not impressed. Then again, maybe if we give him some more time to develop in the minors, he’ll be worth something.
My only question is, why would the Red Sox and Orioles swap right handers with the same, relatively mediocre stats? Was it really necessary? 
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I was inspired to do a Youkilis-Teixeira comparison seeing that I was told that Youkilis is no where near as good as Teixeira. 
The thing is, I’m not really counting Youkilis’ first two years because he had no where near as many at-bats as Teixeira did in his first two years. I think it would be unfair if we measured Teixeira vs Youkilis with unfair statistics. 
2006 was the first year that Youkilis had over 500 at-bats, 2003 was Mark Teixeira’s. In that year, Youkilis batted .279 with 159 hits and 72 RBIs. In 2003, Teixeira batted .259 with 137 hits and 84 RBIs. 
Believe me, I know that Teixeira is more of a power hitter than Youkilis, but moving along…
In Youkilis’ second year with over 500 at-bats he batted .288 with 152 hits and 83 RBI’s. In Teixeira’s second year with over 500 at-bats, he batted .283 with 153 hits and 112 RBIs. 
And in Youkilis’ third year with over 500 at-bats, he batted .312 with 168 hits and 115 RBIs, in Teixeira’s third year with over 500 at-bats, he batted .301 with 194 hits and 144 RBIs. 
Now in this comparison I’m not looking to say that one is better than the other, I’m just saying that they are very comparable and are of equal caliber because 
1. Youkilis is just getting into his prime. Give the guy time! 
2. The reason his RBIs aren’t as impressive is because he didn’t start batting fourth in the lineup until this year. 
Regardless, it’s still going to be a great matchup!
In my last post, I asked you guys to give me your one true sentence, and I got some great ones:
Julia“The greatest joy in my life is waking in the morning, sun streaming in the window, and knowing that I have a loving family to face the challenges, obstacles and rewards of the day ahead.” 
I love how Julia is able to look on the bright side of the obstacles that face her everyday. I think if we all tried to do that, we’d get things done a lot easier
Bringing Diamondback:In Manhattan there is a North End Avenue, which is somewhere in the southern region of the island. 
Ah, the simplicity of life. 
Jen: “If you don’t tell someone you love them, you may never get the chance because life is short.”
Life really is too short, and I think that sometimes we have to swallow our pride, that that risk, and maybe get everything.
Jimmy: “When all else fails ‘pray to God’, as He has all the answers.”
God will always be there for us– to lead and guide us through all of our troubles
Hyun Young: “Realizing you can’t do everything you want, makes you realize grasping what you have now is enough.”
I think we all have to make do, and be thankful with what we have. It’s one of the most important things that we have. If we strive to only do things that we want, we may forget what we already have.
Jeff: “The Cardinals win the pennant! The Cardinals win the pennant!”
How does this not surprise me? LOL
Thank you all for your sentences!! Also, if you didn’t give me one last time, I’d still love to hear from you! 
You guys also helped me to define a MLBlog:
MLBlog: A MLB sponsered web page in which diverse, hard core baseball fans express their thoughts, comments, ideas, and opinions about their respective teams
regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender, political views, religious views or sense of humor. 
-Elizabeth

I forgot how depressing the offseason is…

Now that baseball season is over, I’m pretty bored. I actually have to do my homework in my room now, not while watching a baseball game. Maybe that explains the sudden escalation in my geometry grade (except for Friday’s test). Ironically, I’m behind on my AP US History reading now. Forget outlining, I’ve just got to finish the antebellum period! 

So I just found out on the MLB Pro-Blog ‘Brownie Points’ that Jason Varitek has been going through a divorce throughout the year. Perhaps that explains his offensive numbers. Even though players shouldn’t let their personal life interfere with their professional life, it’s hard not to. Plus, perhaps he was trying too hard to have a stellar year since it is a contract year. Nevertheless, I think the Sox should re-sign him. Remember JD Drew in 2007 how is offensive numbers were disappointing? Well, I’m pretty sure that his son was ill throughout the entire year, and then in 2008, look at the year he’s had! Wasn’t he player of the month in June or something like that? Maybe Varitek can turn it around next year. You can’t just give up on a guy because he has a down year. 
I also think that Jacoby Ellsbury and Jed Lowrie will do better next year. The problem with Jacoby was that everybody expected him to have an amazing year because of what he did September-October of ’07. But remember all of the amazing plays he made in the outfield? He didn’t have an error all season! It’d be a mistake to let him go. And as far as Jed Lowrie, even though his offensive numbers fell towards the end of the season to about .256, he was pretty solid at shortstop. And Julio Lugo didn’t do much better offensively, and don’t even get me started defensively. Lugo is a nice guy, don’t get me wrong. He threw me a ball after all (and then I started crying of course, I’m so pathetic), but I think we should develop Lowrie into a great player. 
Besides Varitek being a free agent, Curt Schilling also filed for free agency. I think he wants to pitch in the second half of the ’09 season. But, in my opinion, I don’t think anyone is going to sign him. He’s had a great career with the Red Sox, and I remember the look on his face as he walked off the field in ’07, perhaps the last time he pitched for the Red Sox. I think he should just retire, continue his blog, and punch anyone in the face who tries to say that his famous bloody sock is fake. Alex Cora and David Ross also filed for free agency. Alex Cora has been a somewhat important factor in the organization, seeing that he is a utility infielder. Maybe we can use him to get some bullpen depth though? And I’m sure some of you are asking yourself right now, who is this David Ross guy? He was Kevin Cash’s backup catcher (and Cash was Varitek’s back up catcher) so no wonder he didn’t get any action. 
As far as the AFL goes, Clay Buchholz is “regaining his confidence”, but he still has a lot to prove in spring training. He’ll probably be in competition (agian) for the fifth starting spot since Paul Byrd will soon be filing for free agency.
The Red Sox exercised their option on Tim Wakefield, as I expected. Perhaps they’ll use him in the bullpen as they did in 2003. He can go anywhere. Maybe they’ll use him like they did Mike Timlin. 
Zink is also doing well in the minor leagues, so expect to see him in spring training. Also expect Dave Pauley and Chris Smith (at least, I think it’s Chris). Maybe we can use them for bullpen depth. 
Bartolo Colon is basically gone, the Red Sox suspended him when he basically left the team. Whatever, that was probably more of a gain than it was a loss. 
Some good news: The Red Sox are going to remain in Fort Myers for a little while at City of Palms Park, but a new stadium is going to be built by 2012 (the 100 year anniversary of Fenway Park!!! I’m so excited). It’ll probably have a mock green monster, and other similarities to the antiquated, but beautiful park in the great city of Boston. 
As far as free agent pitchers go, I love the idea of Jake Peavy, but the problem is, who do we give up for him? He’s basically the face of the Padres organization. There’s also Derek Lowe, who I’m sure would love to come back to Boston. And I still love that guy, so why not? There’s also AJ Burnett, who appears to be a great pitcher, and I think that he is, but with all of his injuries, it’s hard to know weather or not he is reliable. 
I wish I could debate about this instead of felon disenfranchisement. Why must I listen to the NFL (no, not football, National Forensics League). I might as well drop debate. 
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