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Monday, wurst day.

Hey, what's the "Manny Special" you're advertising?


Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
Just a plain hot dog on a bun. You know, just a hot dog being a hot dog. Heh. It is what it is.


OK, let me have a couple Big Papi's …


Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
2 all beefs with mango salsa comin' up.


So you think Manny's going anywhere?


Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
Not a chance in hell. No way this front office is going to risk the potential negative PR fallout just on the heels of Theogate.


Hope you're right. But I gotta say I'm getting tiahed of the "I love Boston … no, wait, I hate Boston" Manny Show, aren't you?


Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
Me, naw. I appreciate his fickleness.


Really? I figured you'd take the old school line, you know, he should be happy to be making his salary and stop whining et cetera et cetera.


Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
Well, it's like Kaspar Gutman says to Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon: "I like a man who can go in either direction or none at all. You can't trust a man who's sure of himself. He's hard and brittle and runs the risk of falling apart on you."


Yeah, kinda like what happened with Nomah. The dude was determined to be miserable, now look at him.


Author's Notes

Man, it's getting tough to do Monday strips when not much happens over the weekend. Came really close to calling in "Lisa the Temp" and giving up on today. Hopefully, the Winter Meetings will stir up the hot stove embers a bit.

Oh, made some CSS changes (to account for the new right sidebar), so you'll probably need to do a force refresh in your browser or things will look screwy.


This is somewhat difficult for a yanks fan to say, but this site rules after the Maltese Falcon reference today...I'm gonna walk around like Peter Lorre in the office as a tribute....

(different movie, but:) "Save me, Rick!!!"

Looking at the Bill James 2006 handbook hitter projections, I see only 5 guys that Ramirez could conceivably be traded for:
A. Jones

I think that when/if the RS get Mark Loretta for Welsie and Mirabelli, the corner will have been turned. We are gonna love Loretta.

I gues I'll just stick with vintage Rockford:

Jim Rockford: I will need a diversion so I can get back to Bloomberg's room and try to talk to him.

Angel Martin: Ohh. Now we're getting to the nitty-gritty. Now it's beginning to make sense. 'Come on over to Rocky's, Angel.' Serve my favorite food. First time I been invited over here for so much as a glass of water.

Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: I could use a little help in the kitchen with the coffee and dessert.

Angel Martin: Forget about the dessert, you don't buy Angel Martin with a couple of drumsticks and some redeye gravy.

Normally I would send this to the webmaster, but that would be you in this case right? Do you mean to have the new ads sort of fly over the cask and flagon. I am using Firefox 1.5 beta.

I'm slowly becoming convinced that Manny is not going anywhere. Sure he "demanded" a trade again and says he "won't show up" if he isn't sent somewhere else, but who really believes that? I'm picturing a lot of (continued) talk about where he might be going and for who, with minute-by-minute developments courtesy of the Globe, but no real action. Considering that the Sox aren't a club that frets over payroll (see picking up the Lowell albatross) you cannot justify trading away one of the top five hitters in the Majors for anything less that an equal or a top-of-the-rotation starter. Hopefully Manny is reading the articles about how the committee will be doing everything they can to meet his wishes, and when nothing happens we'll all be back for Manny being Manny, round 3.

Do you mean to have the new ads sort of fly over the cask and flagon.


This is the first step in a long overdue redo that, among other things, will mean the end of the Cask sign in the background.

I've yet to figure out what I'm going to replace it with, hence this in-between period.

I'm not so sure about the "Wells & Belli for Loretta" trade rumors - that really doesn't seem to reach full value for the Pads, and the subsequent rumors that the Sox are trying to wedge in Aki Otsuka make me feel like Murph from Dorcester drives this particular rumor more than Kevin T. in A Whale's Vagina.

I mean, I don't know for certain - but it feels like wishcasting to an extent, unless the Sox are sending cash to help the Pads resign Hoffman.

As for Manny - as the Mets continue to ship the farm to the Marlins, the Sox are pushed closer and closer to the Arte Moreno Show. Would Stoneman ever be able to give 'equal value', and would JWHenry adhere to his stance against paying players to play for another team?

Survey Says: See you at Fenway in the spring, Manny - d56 still loves you, you crazy bastard, as long as you post ridiculous VORP values. After all, being a headcase is nothing, when others are hacking servants to bits and lighting them on fire.

Bud Man here.

I would just like to thank you for the years of free advertising from the old Cask'n Flagon sign that's graced your page until now.

That's all for now, Sox fans. Keep drinking Budweiser, King of Beers.

Sign me up for the following background:

Rodin's "Thinker" with a circa 1975 Painter's cap with BIGFOOT, DEWEY, PUDGE ,etc. on it. I'll send you a picture of mine (with the crease from where I slapped the TV with it in Game 6 of the '86 Series) if you want.

If you get get a little pink belly-T on the thinker dude, I support that as well.

"Kevin T. in A Whale's Vagina."

Priceless- not nearly enough has been wrung out of that movie here.

I'm trying to remember when the Wells deal went from Scott Linebrink to Roberts to Otsuka. Roberts would be out of his mind to return to Boston for what inevitably would ammount in a tarinished view of him. From what I saw at PetCo this year, Linebrink was the man for the Pads- 8-1, 1.83era, 1.06whip, .206 baa. The list goes on. Unfortunately, those stats are probably what's keeping Towers from throwing him in to the Boomer deal. Otsuka is ok, but I wouldn't trust him as a setup man, which is what he was for Hoffman. SOmetimes good, often not isn't the kind of bullpen help we need, esp. after seeing what it could do for us last year. Loretta would be a prefect pickup tough. Solid veteran nearing the end of his career. Beginning of last year and for most of the '04 season you could not get that guy out. Line drive machine, slick with the glove, leadership kinda guy. He'd fit in perfectly with the club and possibly serve to mentor Pedroia. We will see.

hb, some ideas building on lclinton:

Augustus's Prima Porta statue in the Vatican.
lost Warhol silkscreen of Ted Williams.
Picasso sketch of a slowly rocking francona.
If he remains in BOS, Damon's face on Michelangelo's Pieta
Munch's scream, except the guy has a BOS hat on in front of Yankee Standium.

I have to say that it's a little busy, but I've become partial to this background:


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