Way to go, Okajima!!! Our setup man was the final player selected to the 32 man roster for the 2007 AL Roster for Tuesday's All Star Game. He is one of 6 Red Sox players who were voted in, and will accompany Beckett, Ortiz, Lowell, Papelbon, and Manny.
It is so awesome that he was voted in. This is the guy in the offseason that everyone joked was simply a translater for Dice-K, and would make no impact on our team. Boy were we wrong about that!! He currently has a 0.88 ERA in 28 appearances. He and Papelbon are the 1-2 punch that has made our club very successful, so far.
We were fortunate enough to be at the game last night, on a bus trip (thanks, Lisbon Rec Committee!) with our fellow Red Sox Nation fans from Lisbon. I have to say it is a lot of fun when your team is up 6-0 and there is only 1 out in the entire game. It quickly became batting practice. Coco (grand slam) had 5 RBIs Ortiz went 3-5 with 4 RBIs, Lowell went 5-6 with 5 RBIs. We even got a chance to see Jacoby Ellsbury in the second half of the game. Man, is he quick! I heard this morning that he has been sent back down to Pawtucket. Not because he wasn't productive, but they want him to continue to get every day work. He leaves us after having gone 6-16, batting an impressive .375.
Our seats were out in left field area, so had a chance to get pretty close to Willie Mo Pena. Couldn't help but wonder if it's the last time I will see him in a Red Sox uniform, in person. I really feel bad for him. He's young and needs the chance to play a lot, and isn't getting that chance here. And his batting average shows it. There are always trade rumors out there, I would hope there is a team out there that could give him the opportunity to work on his stuff and get more playing time. He will make a great DH somewhere in a few years, once he figures out how to hit anything other than the fastball. But with Papi here, Pena has little opportunity. Add to that, this Jacoby Ellsbury guy, and Willie Mo can pretty much forget about much opportunity here in Boston.