A Short Stop in Boston

Moving Day

Moving Day for Rent-a-Wreck

(BDD Photo Illustration)

The End of An Error


Edgar Renteria lays down a bunt in September

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

The Long Swinging, Weak Hitting, Slow Running, Bumbling Fielding, Lacking in Leadership
$40 Million Shortstop is No Longer Our Problem

Thanks for That Big Weekend in New York and ... ...

The Globe's Gordon Edes is reporting that "the Sox and Braves have agreed to a deal sending Edgar Renteria to Atlanta in exchange for top prospect Andy Marte (third baseman). The deal will be finalized as soon as commissioner Bud Selig OKs the money exchanging hands between the teams. The Red Sox are expected to pick up part of the $29 million remaining on Renteria�s contract over the next three years." -- Story

From the Ridiculous to Sublime

Sung to Santeria, by Sublime

I don't malice Renteria
He ain't gonna hit the ball
Had $40 million dollars but he
Theo spend it all
If we had Miguel Tejada
Another leader we�d have found
Oh well, I'll pop a note to Tito and he�ll move Edgar down.

What I really wanna know
La Russa
mmm What you really want to say
He�s sensitive
Well his glove, that we neeeeed, oh
ER will have to -
Hide till he get back
Find handshake of his own
Tito's gonna love one and all

He hears the boos, hears the boos,
heeeears the boos
And he got to suck it up, oh yea huh
Well I swear that he

What I really wanna know
La Russa
What you really want to say
He�s sensitive
That glove make it go-woh
Rent-a-Wreck will have to...

What he really wanna say
La Russa
What he really wanna say
Is I've got mine
Edgar, will he make it?
oh Yes, Hanley comin' up.

Tell shy guy that if he knows what is good for him
he best go run and hide
Fans got a new No. 45
And they won't think twice to stick that signing straight down Theo's throat
Believe me when I say we could get something for his slumping ass

What I really wanna know
La Russa
What he really wanna say
He�s not the one
Look back, and he'll ma-e-a-e-ake it, yeah
But we will have to wait yeah, yeah, yeah, yeeea, yeah, yeaah

A Short Stop in Boston

Nowhere to hide at Fenway

(Boston Dirt Dogs Photo Illustration / Brian Shamis)

Rent May Be Looking to Hide at Fenway Next Season
if They Can't Run Him Out of Town Today

Not Exactly Votes of Confidence
in Theo's Big Signings:

'Sox Work on Renteria Deal'
and Try to Toss Clement to the Brewers

"As midnight came and went last night, representatives of the Red Sox and Braves were talking about a deal that would send Edgar Renteria to Atlanta for third baseman Andy Marte, the Braves' top prospect, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks. The sides intend to talk again today, the fourth and final day of baseball's winter meetings."

"The Sox were in the running for Overbay, a lefthanded-hitting first baseman (.276, 19 HRs, 72 RBIs in '05), offering pitcher Matt Clement. But Boston's refusal to pick up any of the remaining $19.25 million on Clement's contract, a Brewers source said, led the Brewers to accept a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays." -- 12.8.05, Chris Snow and Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

La Russa Laid It Out for Us

"He�s a sensitive and shy guy and this is why a lot of us worry about him coming into Boston. You know Boston, there�s a lot of expectation here, the fans are very passionate. And they�re not going to be as forgiving as they were in St. Louis. So we�re concerned that if he doesn�t really play to their expectations and they start hootin� on him, and I know fans don�t want to hear this, but it will not help an Edgar Renteria. I think it will hurt his feelings, and I�m just telling you he�s a really great guy, he�s very good player and I think it�s gonna be hard for him to hide here and I think it takes a special type to play in Boston. Somebody who really likes the attention. Not being able to hide will really bother Edgar." -- 5.17.05, Tony "I told you so" La Russa

Clement and the Confidence Issues

"The Red Sox have $25.5 million invested in Clement, under the terms of a contract that has another two years to run. They will not simply yank him from the rotation without some attempt at allowing him to save face. Maybe he comes out of the bullpen tomorrow, gets a couple of outs, and puts to rest, at least temporarily, the growing conviction that when the spotlight is brightest, he fades into the shadows.

"'That's always been the rap,' said one major league scout who watched Clement labor through 3 1/3 excruciating innings Tuesday, allowing eight runs while consistently missing his target by a wide margin. When Clement, head lowered, walked off the mound to the sound of what has been for years the White Sox national anthem, 'Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Kiss Him Goodbye,' you half-expected a hooded executioner waiting for him on the top step of the dugout." -- 10.6.05, Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

Wilbur: Market Correction on Theo's Signings

"A year ago, we fell for press conferences introducing David Wells, Edgar Renteria, Matt Clement, and John Halama (yes, they actually had one for him), trying to convince ourselves these guys were the answers to the question as to whether the Red Sox could repeat. Wells and Clement would easily replace Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe, and Renteria, well yeah it was a lot of money, but this was a Gold Glove-winning on-base machine we were talking about.
"As it turns out, not one of them has what it takes to succeed in Boston." -- 12.7.05, Eric Wilbur, Boston.com

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