With the good usually comes the bad which is definitely the case on this Tuesday afternoon for the Boston Red Sox. You always have to start with the good news which involves a risky move paying off for the Sox Brass as Dustin Pedroia will be in tonight’s starting lineup, avoiding a DL stint which about a week ago seemed imminent. Because of his importance to the team, Bobby V and company decided to play the last week a man down, (24 out of 25 active roster spots) to allow the muddy chicken’s thumb to heal with hopes that a little rest will be all the doctor ordered as opposed to losing him for 3 to 4 weeks. With 16 players having sported the title of disabled in the 2012 season, this was a questionable move that could have backfired for the Sox as they crossed their fingers hoping that the extra roster spot did not become necessary to fill. Pedroia’s torn abductor muscle is an injury that is similar to the one that ended Kevin Youkilis’s 2010 season, but the severities of the two differ which luckily only forced Pedroia to miss 6 games. The cancellation of laser shows is something that could have mightily hurt this already condensed lineup of talent over a long period of time. That being said, there is still a chance (especially with the way the wind has been blowing regarding injuries in 2012) that Pedy might need to go on the shelf if he can’t produce the way he is accustomed to doing so. Patience is a virtue and only time will tell.
Then there’s the bad news on the home front regarding Daniel Bard and his future (if there is any) in the starting rotation. According to reports, he has been sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket this afternoon. Bard’s start on Saturday against the Blue Jays was one that reminisced “The Challenger” space shuttle’s launch in January of 1986; Horrific, diminutive and painful. Bard didn’t even make it out of the second inning before allowing 5 earned runs, 6 walks, 1 hit; and a three run blast from Jose Bautista that may or may not have chipped away at the polar ice caps. Bard has become an absolute mess every fifth day which some may present the argument that is what is somewhat expected from a fifth starter but not in these proportions. In my opinion, this entire situation has done a lot of damage to the well being and future of Daniel Bard as a pitcher, not just a starter. His mechanics are being blamed as the problem for the poor results but the fundamental problem is his head. Pitching is an art form that is hard to master. Being able to produce at a high level while trying to battle your conscious and subconscious is damn near impossible. That is the war that Red Sox fans have watched Daniel Bard fight during his 10 starts this season. This whole situation could have been easily avoided if the brain trust could have properly assessed what they have in Daniel Bard which is a dominant bullpen pitcher that can blow a 98mph fastball by hitters while keeping them off balance with a dangerous slider. He Is NOT and has not had success as a starter in his major league career. The numbers are there for all fans and especially team management to see as I clearly showed in the presented article. (http://www.prosportsblogging.com/2012/05/24/is-it-time-to-pull-the-plug-on-the-daniel-bard-experiment/) Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson as well as other free agent starters where readily available for the Red Sox to pick up in the offseason had they not gone over their “budget.” So without further ado… CONGRADULATIONS! JOHN HENRY, LARRY LUCCHINO AND TOM WARNER! Your not baseball fans. Your businessmen. Everyone knows this and it has reared its ugly head in your tenure. The funny thing is about this Daniel Bard situation is it was strictly a business converting him into a starter. The so called brain trust failed at doing what they supposedly do best which is business investments. They took the cheap way out by not wanting to spend a little money in pursuing a free agent starter to secure the back end of their rotation and because of this, they very well might have just ruined what was a very promising 26 year old pitcher in Daniel Bard.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.