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What We Learned This Week: The Wrong Carpenter, Jeremynsanity, & Adios Wake

DJ Kitty, Rays mascot

It’s official: Theo Epstein is only worth a mopup reliever who had a terrible, John Lackey-esque ERA in AAA. Apparently, the Wrong Chris Carpenter is Significant Compensation for a GM who delivered two World Series to a franchise that hadn’t won one for 86 years.

So who will be the next Harvard basketball player to take the NBA by storm? Who’s got the Wright Stuff? Will the NBA have a Basket Casey? Get Rivarded NBA! Look out for the Max Hooper of all! Or… not.

The Linsanity almost happened here in Boston, rather than New York: the Celtics tried to claim Jeremy Lin on waivers two times but were foiled both times. So now the Knicks have the guy who might end racism, if only he can cut down on the turnovers.

Tim Wakefield retired. He had a great career, beating out players like Cy Young, Luis Tiant and Roger Clemens to become the team’s all-time leader in innings pitched and games started. But beyond that, according to Bill James (does he still work for the Red Sox or what?) he would probably have pitched better this year than the other candidates for the Red Sox 5th starter job.

Bill James projections for 2012:
Tim Wakefield: 80 IP, 12 starts. 4.16 ERA in AL East
Aaron Cook: 116 IP, 20 starts, 4.73 ERA in NL West
Ross Ohlendorf: 64 IP, 14 starts, 4.92 ERA in NL Central
Vicente Padilla, Carlos Silva, John Maine: not projected to be in the majors.

The Devil Rays have a new mascot: DJ Kitty. This is in addition to their other obnoxious costumed mascot, Raymond. And in addition to their newest promotion, a disturbing Don Zimmer/teddy bear mutant. This is the organization that beat you out for the playoffs, Boston.

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