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Brandon McCarthy's Teddy Bear

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It's just water weight.
Get in mah belly.
For most of the last 2 months, I've struggled to find topics to write about. I've read practically every word that was written about the Sox, which amounted to maybe 4 or 5 articles a day. That all changed when pitchers and catchers reported on Friday. In the last 48 hours, there has been at least 50 different articles that have crossed my path. We've gone from drizzle to monsoon, and I think I need an umbrella.

Here are the highlights of the articles I bothered to read.

  • There were a couple of articles about Aaron Rowand in the Philly newspapers. The best part was this quote.
    "It seems like everything clicks pretty good here as far as the guys," [Rowand] said. "My first year in big league camp in '99, I walked in and Jeff Abbott and Jaime Navarro are having a fistfight in the clubhouse."
    Either those guys sucked at fighting too, or somebody made the poor decision to break it up.
  • Phil Rogers wrote his annual Cubs-Sox World Series article. Expect to see it at least two more times before the All-Star break.
  • Rogers also opines that Jim Leyland will make the Tigers contenders. -- This is going to be a common, and misguided, theme among many in the traditional media. If the Tigers' improve in '06 it will have little to do with Leyland, and everything to do with a full year of a healthy Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, Curtis Granderson becoming a star, and the rotation starting to come of age.
  • Hardly newsworthy, but it's worth pointing out that Mark Buehrle was named opening day starter, and Bobby Jenks was named closer. -- I doesn't look like Bobby missed any meals this off-season. Dustin Hermanson, however, came into camp about 10 pounds lighter, and with a healthy back.
  • Brandon McCarthy takes a teddy bear named "Mr. B." with him everywhere.
  • George Steinbrenner hypocritically tells Ozzie to shut up.
  • All indications are that the Sox are going to carry 12 pitchers. Although, this quote about the LOOGY situation from pitching coach Don Cooper was at least a little bit encouraging
    "You would like to think there will be a couple of three or four who will jump up and say, 'You really have to give me a look. I'm throwing the ball well and getting guys out,'" Cooper said. "But we aren't going to pin ourselves in a corner, saying we must take a lefty.

    "We are going to be taking the 11 or 12 or whatever number we are set on, the 12 best who can get people out. We won't take a lefty for the sake of having a lefty if he's not showing us anything."