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2:26
Chad Finn: 
Good afternoon, chatters. Chad will be here momentarily, but feel free to submit questions now.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:26 Chad Finn
2:37
Chad Finn: 
Hey gang -- Thanks for stopping by on this rainy Friday (at least here on Morrissey Blvd). Lots of questions in the queue already, so let's get to it.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:37 Chad Finn
2:37
[Comment From Shane VereenShane Vereen: ] 
What's McDaniels' obsession with Woodhead? Especially on 3rd down?
Friday September 28, 2012 2:37 Shane Vereen
2:39
Chad Finn: 
Well, one of the explanations for why he played so much -- what was it, 15 carries and two catches -- against Baltimore was because he has a better grasp of the hurry-up, and a lot of his action came during that. But beyond that, I don't really get it. He's a nice change-of-pace player, but it seems like the more you see him, the less effective he is. And anytime he's getting more touches than Gronk by a 17-2 ratio, you're doing something wrong.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:39 Chad Finn
2:40
[Comment From SeanSean: ] 
Does Bobby really believe he's coming back next year, or is he just saying the right things (for once) and going through the motions?
Friday September 28, 2012 2:40 Sean
2:41
Chad Finn: 
Well, if he heard Ben Cherington's interesting choice of words when he was on with D&C the other day, he can't possibly believe it, though I suppose he's capable of deluding himself. Really, I think he's saying that to force their hand to some degree, sending a message that he's not going to quit and they're going to have to fire him. I wouldn't be shocked if he's worried that the Sox are going to try to get out of paying him for that second year.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:41 Chad Finn
2:41
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Don't feel confident that any of the current pitchers are truly number 1 starters. Don't like what's available through free agency. Can't bet on anything in the minors. That brings us back to King Felix. Any chance we can pry him away from Seattle?
Friday September 28, 2012 2:41 Guest
2:44
Chad Finn: 
Yeah, I'd agree with that. Lester has pitched like a No. 1 in the past, but certainly not for a while now. I think he can and will get back to that level, but you can't count on it. As good as Buchholz has been after his miserable first 5-6 starts, I'm not sure anyone looks at him and his 4.22 ERA this year as a true No. 1.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:44 Chad Finn
2:46
Chad Finn: 
Felix seems to be the Holy Grail for Sox fans, and understandably. But he's got two years left on that deal in Seattle, so I think it may be another year before they shop him. He's awesome, but this price will be nuts, and he's going to have about 2,000 innings on that arm two years from now. We'd all love to see him here, but if the price starts with Bogaerts, Bradley, Middlebrooks, Barnes, etc., it might be counterproductive to pull off.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:46 Chad Finn
2:46
[Comment From PetePete: ] 
Can you explain the 8-year anniversary celebration of the 2004 championship team? I thought it was shameless. What was the point?
Friday September 28, 2012 2:46 Pete
2:48
Chad Finn: 
A total misdirection play, a Wag-the-dog moment by Dr. Charles, trying to get us to look over at the duck boats and the shiny trophy and not notice the lemon of a product they've put on the field this year. I'll never complain about seeing that crew from '04, especially Pedro, and it's nice that Foulke is finally getting his due here. But it does cheapen the 10-year anniversary a bit.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:48 Chad Finn
2:48
[Comment From CBA82CBA82: ] 
And the next manager of the Boston Red Sox is...?
Friday September 28, 2012 2:48 CBA82
2:49
Chad Finn: 
I think they'll work something out for Farrell if he makes it known to the Blue Jays that this is where he wants to be. If not Farrell, Torey Lovullo. I do wonder if a small reason the Indians fired Manny Acta now was concern that Sandy Alomar may end up here. Doubt it, but it's possible.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:49 Chad Finn
2:51
Who should manage the Red Sox in 2013?
Bobby Valentine
 ( 14% )
John Farrell
 ( 30% )
Torey Lovullo
 ( 38% )
Millsy!
 ( 14% )
Gene Lamont
 ( 5% )

Friday September 28, 2012 2:51 
2:51
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
If the Pats lose this weekend, do I have permission to officially be worried?
Friday September 28, 2012 2:51 Guest
2:51
Chad Finn: 
Sure, but you shouldn't be. That's Mazz's job.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:51 Chad Finn
2:52
Chad Finn: 
Seriously, 1-3 would be strange, and the Bills would gain some legitimacy by beating the Pats (though we said the same thing in Week 3 last year, and then the Bills got Fitzpatricked). This team is going to be fine, though. They've lost two games against good teams by a field goal.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:52 Chad Finn
2:53
[Comment From Jon in PhoenixJon in Phoenix: ] 
I still think the Patriots will win 11-12 games this year, so I am not panicking with the first 3 games. My concern is Bill Belichick's inability to repair and fix the defense. Its been 6-7 years and he still hasn't been able to recapture the magic of '03-'04. We win 11-12 games, make the playoffs, game a home playoff game and we get bounced because we can't get off of the field on 3rd down and we can't stop teams at the end of a game. You score 30 points on the Ravens, you ought to win the game.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:53 Jon in Phoenix
2:56
Chad Finn: 
Well, bounced is an interesting word. Twice they've lost on the final drive of the Super Bowl, essentially. Another time in the closing seconds of the AFC Championship game. It's frustrating that they don't have 2-3 more Super Bowls, because they easily could. But it's incredible that they've been so close, and that they are a favorite yet again a dozen years into this run. They did set themselves back by missing on some relatively high picks -- Darius Butler and Terrance Wheatley, to name two, and Ty Law and Willie McGinest have proven extremely difficult to replace. I'd give this D more time -- it's young, fast, and I think it will come into its own, despite some of those same old problems cropping up against the Ravens.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:56 Chad Finn
2:56
[Comment From scrumhalfstevescrumhalfsteve: ] 
How much blame does Goodell shouder in this ref debacle?
Friday September 28, 2012 2:56 scrumhalfsteve
2:57
Chad Finn: 
I'm going to blame him for all of it, just because he seems like such an insincere, inauthentic person who says one thing and does another, especially in regard to player safety. (I cannot believe the Ravens were playing last night after playing Sunday night.)
Friday September 28, 2012 2:57 Chad Finn
2:57
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
2013 Sox' record? I say 81-81. Sadly, that will be a big improvement over this year.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:57 Guest
2:59
Chad Finn: 
I'm skeptical that they're going to be a contender next year, but all you have to do is look at the Orioles this year to realize it can change quickly. If Lester, Buchholz, Ellsbury, and Pedroia all play to something close to their peak levels, Ortiz and Middlebrooks are both healthy, and Cherington hits on a couple of mid-level free agents this offseason, they could be in the wild card mix for sure, and maybe more than that. But right now, it feels like that's asking a lot.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:59 Chad Finn
2:59
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
I'm hoping the O's sweep the Sox and then the Sox sweep the Yanks.
Friday September 28, 2012 2:59 Guest
3:00
Chad Finn: 
Me too. So the opposite will probably happen.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:00 Chad Finn
3:00
[Comment From terpsforsoxterpsforsox: ] 
1-2 isn't the disaster it seems like it could be, but the Patriots really have a slim margin of error for the forseeable future. I hate to say any game in Week 4 is must-win but it sure seems like that this week, right?
Friday September 28, 2012 3:00 terpsforsox
3:01
Chad Finn: 
Nah, it's not must-win, though it's an important game because it's in the division and the conference. But if they lose, I might agree that beating Denver and Peyton Pennington next week is must-win.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:01 Chad Finn
3:02
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Kevin Faulk was a much better Kevin Faulk than Woodhead. I miss Kevin Faulk.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:02 Guest
3:03
Chad Finn: 
Truth. And Faulk somehow managed to be a great pass blocker. Woodhead gets tossed aside like a bag of trash getting thrown into a dump truck.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:03 Chad Finn
3:03
[Comment From terpsforsoxterpsforsox: ] 
Am I the only one that's a little encouraged despite 1-2? The defense struggled Sunday, but they're so young they are going to have some growing pains and get better by December and January. And despite all that (and the refs, and a maybe-missed FG), they still almost won in a very hostile environment. I still think this is the best team in the AFC, their margin of error is just slimmer
Friday September 28, 2012 3:03 terpsforsox
3:05
Chad Finn: 
I'd generally agree with that, though Houston's impressive start probably gives them bragging rights as the best team right now. (Hell, I always think of the Patriots as the favorite and go from there. That thinking doesn't go over well at the Lodge.) One encouraging thing to come out of the Ravens game was the play of the line -- they weren't perfect, but Brady got rid of the ball quick and generally avoided any cringe-inducing plays.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:05 Chad Finn
3:05
[Comment From Chad in Dallas UMaine96Chad in Dallas UMaine96: ] 
The Pats pass rush looks identical to last years, 4 guys rushing, no one getting to the QB, how does Belichek let this slide every year without addressing it?
Friday September 28, 2012 3:05 Chad in Dallas UMaine96
3:07
Chad Finn: 
To me, drafting Chandler Jones in the first round probably counts as addressing it. He was great the first two weeks, got held so much by Michael Oher Sunday that he'll be playing his Siamese twin in the sequel to "The Blind Side,'' and still managed four hurries. They don't blitz much because if it gets picked up, their cornerbacks are on an island. Sometimes I wish they were more aggressive too, but generally, I think this is going to be a much better defense than the one they had last year.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:07 Chad Finn
3:08
[Comment From WJMurrayWJMurray: ] 
Don't you think the Bills would be better off with a quarterback like Tebow to develop the running game?
Friday September 28, 2012 3:08 WJMurray
3:08
Chad Finn: 
You lost me at quarterback like Tebow. They *have* a quarterback like Tebow -- Brad Smith, a situational player who would be completely exposed playing QB every down.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:08 Chad Finn
3:09
[Comment From Sons_of_NomarSons_of_Nomar: ] 
Did you catch the ESPN/Twitter debate between Keith Law and Rob Parker on AL MVP – Parker caused a little kerfuffle by making the standard hacky nerd stats jokes. I also noticed, though, that again Law comes off as (politely) “doesn’t suffer fools” and (accurately) “kind of an arrogant jerk”. I agree with his argument 100%, but when many of the more visible SABR-inclined writers act like that, I think it detracts from the legitimacy of their argument and makes them easy to dismiss. Not all are like that, obviously, but it feels like a lot of higher profile guys are.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:09 Sons_of_Nomar
3:13
Chad Finn: 
I missed that. I'll have to go look it up, but I agree with your premise. I really like Law -- he's extremely smart, has an opinion but is willing to listen to counter-arguments, and is a much nicer guy than he seems in his snarky chats and so on. (Same for me! Honest!) But there is a real dismissiveness by a lot of the sabermetric crowd that probably is a turn-off to some fans who want to understand where they are coming from but don't yet have the base of knowledge and give up because they are made to feel dumb or small. Seems counterproductive and exclusionary to me, which probably happens because they were made to feel that way by the mainstream when they were first starting out. I mean, there's no doubt -- no doubt -- Mike Trout should be the AL MVP this year, even if you think WAR gives too much weight to defense. But man, Miguel Cabrera could win the Triple Crown, and he made an unselfish move to the third base, and at the very least the argument should be a fun one to have. No need for either side to be dismissive or condescending.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:13 Chad Finn
3:13
[Comment From Bobby5Bobby5: ] 
Odds on me sticking around after Ben Cherington talked about how fast he wanted to find a new manager if a search were to occur this off season?
Friday September 28, 2012 3:13 Bobby5
3:14
Chad Finn: 
You mean before or after security shows up with a cardboard box for his things?
Friday September 28, 2012 3:14 Chad Finn
3:14
[Comment From Sons_of_NomarSons_of_Nomar: ] 
Who are you adopting to root for in the playoffs? I wouldn’t be bummed to see the Nats, O’s or Braves (Chipper) take it. I’d love to see the A’s win as well to put an end to all the “Billy Beane never won a thing” rhetoric– either way, at least it’ll be a fun playoffs to follow even without the Red Sox
Friday September 28, 2012 3:14 Sons_of_Nomar
3:18
Chad Finn: 
Nats would be a great story, and I'd like to see my boy Adam Kilgore cover a champ. Same for the A's, because no one thought that team was going to be good this year, and they have a few players I thought were great guys when they played here in Reddick, Coco, and Brandon Moss. I can't root for the Orioles, because I've already had my fill of revisionist "We shoulda kept Duquette!" emails. And personally, I'll root for the Braves. Back in the '80s and early '90s, we got TBS at my house but not NESN, so I adopted them as my NL team. Oddibe McDowell, Dion James, Gerald Perry, guys like that, and then Gant, Avery, Justice and that crew. Chipper is one of my favorite current players, and I suspect he's not about to go out with a whimper.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:18 Chad Finn
3:18
[Comment From terpsforsoxterpsforsox: ] 
Who's your Sox manager on Pitchers and Catchers day in February? I'm still hoping Torey Lovullo gets an honest chance at it (like last year, when he didn't really). Still wouldn't mind seeing them take a look at Tony Pena Jr. from the Yankees as well, but that seems unrealistic
Friday September 28, 2012 3:18 terpsforsox
3:19
Chad Finn: 
Not sure why Pena hasn't gotten longer looks from teams. Did good work in KC, but left under weird circumstances. He doesn't strike me as someone who the Sox front office would covet, though, probably because he had about .300 career on-base percentage.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:19 Chad Finn
3:19
[Comment From Ricky RomaRicky Roma: ] 
What is up with AGonzalez? Do you think he may be hurt or is he in an awful declne? Scary to think we may have had to pay him for all the years remaining on his contract. What a fortunate trade.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:19 Ricky Roma
3:21
Chad Finn: 
Total mystery to me. I wonder whether there's something the Red Sox know that made them more comfortable in sending him to the Dodgers than we know. I mean, I kept waiting for the home run power to come back, and it's been about a year and a half now that it's been gone.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:21 Chad Finn
3:21
[Comment From Bobby V PoisonBobby V Poison: ] 
How much has Bobby V's defeatist, "there's nothing you can do", "what difference will it make" attitude poisoned the players on the 2012 Red Sox? A 34-47 record at Fenway including 0-7 in Extra Innings and only 1 walkoff win all year, speaks to very deep-rooted psychological problems and a losing mentality, something that could limit the potential of very promising players going forward and damage the Red Sox for years to come.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:21 Bobby V Poison
3:23
Chad Finn: 
I think that attitude settled in after everything had gone wrong rather than it being a reason this year has been a mess, though his generally sarcastic attitude has been an issue from the beginning. There are enough hard-working, right-minded players leading that team that a "who cares?'' attitude isn't going to be pervasive. And besides, any young player who takes that attitude when given a chance to establish himself in the major leagues probably isn't anyone you want around anyway.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:23 Chad Finn
3:23
[Comment From lou merlonilou merloni: ] 
Still think Ciriaco is just a "meh" ??
Friday September 28, 2012 3:23 lou merloni
3:26
Chad Finn: 
Yes. Has something happened that should convince me otherwise? He's 27, has a .694 OPS, and has walked 7 times to 44 strikeouts. He's a decent utility guy, a Punto replacement with better speed, nothing more. Which reminds me, I still need to respond to the guy who castigated me for blaming Bobby V, then in his next email suggested Ciriaco should start at first, Mauro Gomez at third, and Daniel Nava in left.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:26 Chad Finn
3:27
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
It's been asked before but I'll ask again: what has Farrell done in his Blue Jays managing stint to even remotely suggest that he'd be a good manager -- for the Sox or anyone else? Never mind that we'd have to cough up some sort of compensation to get him.
Friday September 28, 2012 3:27 Guest
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