Rookies are the best.

February 9, 2008

Who needs Roger Clemens when you can have these guys?

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I’m convinced these two are bestest buds. I love how much taller Buch looks than Jacoby.

Jed Lowrie, Jacoby, Buchholz, and Justin Masterson. Look how smiley they all are! More on Masterson’s funny-shaped head and my case for WJMSHH (Why Justin Masterson Should Have Hair) later.

Gee, how’d that one slip in there?

Lowrie looks every bit the part of “exuberant minor-leaguer on the first time he stood on the field at Fenway”. Buch and Jacoby look like old, wizened veterans in comparison…

…but who says they are?

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“I see him as a .340, 210-hit, 50-stolen-base guy–by ’09. I see him as being a transcendent player, an all-star player.”

-Bob Ryan

After his stellar game 3 of the World Series–4-for-5, including 3 doubles, two in one inning–during his press conference, there were a few priceless, adorable rookie moments.

One was that he began talking sitting up ramrod-straight, and talked for maybe 20 seconds like that before realizing nobody could hear him and leaned forward to talk into the mike.

Another was at the very end, right as he was leaving. The woman who was directing the whole affair said, “Thank you for coming in.” He just sort of looks around, not understanding that it’s over. “Thank you, Jacoby,” the woman repeats. He looks around more. He looks kind of confused. “That’s good. Thank you.” He suddenly gets it, leans forward as if to speak into the mike again, smiles embarrassedly, and hurries away.

After the Santana deal was finalized, he said he’s “happy to be a Red Sock.” Well, Jacoby, I’m happy you know your singular from your plural.

And, um…

No idea where this one’s from.

Or this one.

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Don’t know where this one came from either.

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Or, uh, this one.

Is it just me or could he be a model in that last one?

I had a nice long post all typed up and then WordPress went and flipped out on me.

Basically, I’m glad Santana’s in the NL, I’m glad Sean “Mr. Nice Guy” Casey is on our team, and Jacoby Ellsbury is good-looking. Also, what is Beckett throwing here?

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11 days until pitchers and catchers report.