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Bedard is a good gamble for Red Sox

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  August 2, 2011 11:38 AM

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6. One request, dear readers: If you feel the urge to write off Carl Crawford as a bust/compare him to J.D. Drew/suggest the Red Sox should trade him for [fill-in-the-less-accomplished-player here], from now on, please send any such missives to more receptive outlets, such as the Trot 4-Evah fan club. Yes, his season has been disappointing. He's probably never going to justify that contract. But he plays hard, he cares (probably to his detriment), and Red Sox fans have no excuse for not being familiar with his capabilities. Let's give the guy a real chance.

7. Mark Mulder was joking -- I think -- on Twitter a few days ago that his fellow ESPN "Baseball Tonight" analyst wants to come back and play right field for the Red Sox. It's a funny sentiment, and one you almost wish could happen if he hadn't just turned 38 and didn't leave the game with reputation as one of the few players more brittle than his former Dodger teammate Drew.

8. Because I forgot to post it and I get regular complaints that it can't be found on the website (it's almost always a prominent "headline" on the right hand side), here's my most recent media column, leading with my sincere lamentation that the lockout is one reason there will probably be no "Hard Knocks" on HBO this season. As for two media questions I've been asked a lot this week that I did not touch on in the column, yes, I think the cell phone should be turned off once ones walk between the doors of a place of worship, and yes, I think Jerry Remy will take extra precautions to make sure the microphone is turned off before he unveils his grumpier side.

9. I'll watch HBO's documentary on Derek Jeter's road to 3,000 hits, and based on the positive reviews I've heard from objective viewers, even a Red Sox fan might enjoy it. But I have to admit, I'm a bit confused: You're telling me those Fox baseball broadcasts for all those years weren't Jeter documentaries? (By the way, Jeter this season: 4 homers, 36 RBIs, 85 OPS+. Mike Aviles this season: 5 homers, 31 RBIs, 82 OPS+. What?)

10. As for today's Completely Random Baseball Card:


Because sometimes, it really is random. (Oh, of course it's not! Jack Brohamer is never random! Frank Duffy . . . now he would be random.)

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