Abraham seems like a smart guy, consistent in his approach. I have read a lot of his stuff on EB, including chats. He's sometimes criticized for taking a condescending tone toward fans who panic too easily, propose unreasonable trades, or speculate about next season before this one is over. I've been OK with that tone for the most part.
But yesterday he pissed me off. Before the game, he dedicated a post to Drew's coming out of the lineup, writing, "J.D. Drew has added to his MLB record of most times scratched from the lineup because of a hamstring strain."
I suppose he's trying to be a bit funny, and I suppose he's referring to the fact when Drew misses games, he often is scratched at the last moment. But as RS has pointed out, Drew's right up there in terms of games started for the year. Why should Abraham, whose calling card is skewering boneheaded fan notions, encourage the notion of Drew as fragile? Many the Sox fans in the Oakland stands last week were loudly calling him "Nancy". It's probably too late -- the label's not going away.
Having said all that, DJ is not in the lineup for today's game (12:35 PST / 3:35 EST).
RED SOX (57-44)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 6.66)
Pitching: RHP Joel Pineiro (10-7, 4.18)In other news, Edes has a good article on Okajima's social and language issues, and Sons of Sam Horn a good discussion on the same.