6. Julian Tavarez's unique brand of crazy will be missed around here - I'm pretty sure we'll never see a pitcher roll the ball to first base again, at least on Francona's watch - but the hideous 6.39 ERA and 67 ERA+ will easily be replaced, most likely by Mike Timlin. If Manny, Tavarez's brother in lunacy, is okay with him leaving, so am I.
7. It's a good thing footage of Manny's catch (the "7-High 5-4-3 double play," as the Herald cleverly called it) and the ensuing hilarity is all over the internet, because Dale Arnold still hasn't told me exactly what happened.
9. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:
I have no idea who this guy is, but the shades suggest to me that he is all different kinds of awesome.
About Touching All The Bases
Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.