“America” as the new “God Bless America??”
During the Neil Diamond concert at Fenway Park this past Saturday, there was a groundswell of support (stemming from some folks who will go unnamed) to have Neil’s classic song “America” replace “God Bless America” on Sunday Red Sox games. While this will obviously never happen at Fenway, I can’t imagine I’m alone in saying I would love to see it happen. Some minor league club needs to start doing this. Immediately. They can hold auditions, and have Neil Diamond impersonators sing “America” in the middle of the seventh. I defy you to watch this video and then tell me this is not a good idea.
These “kids” here might have to have first crack at it.
Anyhow, here’s what’s putting dents in the Green Monster this week…
Hot off the presses today is news that we have acquired outfielder Mark Kotsay from the Atlanta Braves. This move seems to have been made, in part, because of the injury to J.D. Drew. The 32 year old Kotsay, an established major league veteran, should be able to help shore up our outfield down the stretch. The left-handed Kotsay has a .305 batting average against right-handers this year, and on-base-percentage of .361 against righties. Kotsay will wear #11 and will join the team in New York. In exchange, we sent minor leaguer Luis Somoza (who was playing for the Lowell Spinners) to the Braves. To me, this seems like a good move which will hopefully ensure that our outfielders stay fresh and are not overworked as we battle for the AL East title over the last month of the season.
Also, as I’m sure you’ve heard, this week MLB will officially start using instant replay. How do you feel about this? Every other major sport (with the exception of FIFA Soccer, I believe) currently has some form of Instant Replay. Technology and video replays have certainly benefited the fans over the years…The never-ending replays of the pizza toss incident…Pedro’s Zim toss…the Manny high-five…Orlando Cabrera’s elaborate handshakes…Varitek’s mitt in A-Rod’s face…
Anyhow, as of now, from my understanding, Instant Replay for baseball will only determine close home run calls. Do you think it should be expanded to close calls on the base paths? For example, what would life be like right now, if for some reason Dave Roberts was called out on his famous steal? Or what if they were able to use replay Brita Meng Outzen/Boston Red Sox on the Bartman incident – in addition to saving the poor kid from years of torment, would the Cubs have finally ended their curse?
Point being, while a poor umpire call on a homerun can drastically change the outcome of a game, so can a close play at the plate. So what do you think? Is it good in its current form? Does it need to be expanded? Or is baseball too much of a national pastime, too rooted in tradition, and human judgment (balls and strikes for example) to be aided by video assistance? I’d be very interested to see what all of you think..
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All the best from inside the Front Office!
“The Voice of the Nation”
PS – Because I firmly believe you should know what’s going around the Front Office at all times, I feel it is my duty to inform you that Cheez-Its were added to our Front Office breakroom earlier this week. They were a big hit, and gone within a mere 1.5 hrs. They have not made a return appearance. I promise to keep you up-to-date if anything changes on this front.