Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Mike Lowell scored himself another 5 RBIs last night, and now he is in the record books. At 116 RBIs this season, he is now the Red Sox All Time 3rd base RBI record holder. The record was previous held by that other good looking 3rd baseman from back in 1977, Butch Hobson.
Mike's year has been outstanding. Who would argue that he is the Red Sox's MVP for '07? He's been the most reliable, most clutch, and most dependable guy so far this year. Put him in the 6th sport, 4th spot, 5th spot, it doesn't matter. He just goes out there and will PRODUCE. Thanks to a guy like this, pitchers have HAD to pitch to Papi. Simply put, he's had a his best season yet. Its awful to think that a guy like this, having been such a significant part of the team this year, may not be back for '08.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Tonite was an especially good evening of baseball...
- Manny is back.
Curt pitched well, and got run support.
The Red Sox Won, and are now 3 games up on the Yankees.
Yanks lost in the 10th, spoiling their playoff celebration for another day.
Don't know if any of you noticed, I think in the 7th or 8th inning tonite. Lugo got to hit against his younger brother, Ruddy Lugo. Ruddy is about 5 years younger, and a relief pitcher for the A's.
Can you imagine? I am sure many times as kids, the two of them played lots of baseball together. I would bet they even talked about playing in the majors. Maybe even playing against each other. I am sure over the years, the two have shared a lot of good humored smack talk.
The sibling rivalry was pretty obvious. Julio Lugo was down in the count, and came back to draw a walk. As he started strolling down first base, his eyes pointed straight at the mound, and Julio was trying to hold back a wiry little smirk on his face. As if to say, "Hey man, you are still my little brother."
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sad that these seats are part of our beloved ballpark, eh?
Well, we've clinched a spot in the playoffs, and as of today, we are 2 games up on the Yankees, for the AL East title. With the Yankees losing 4-1 to the Blue Jays this afternoon, our magic number to take the East title now sits at 5.
To all of you fans out there, who whined about wanting a close race at the end of the season, I sure hope you're happy!
I realize there is lots of talk out there, that the AL East title doesn't matter, with all the stats to prove that a Wild Card contender is just as likely to win a World Series, etc. There are two schools of thought out there right now. 1. The Sox care, and are just blowing it. 2. The Sox are in, and now it doesn't matter, now is the time to rest and align for the postseason. I think the answer is likely a mix of both.
Let's hope our guys are getting good and rested today, so we can finish the week off strong. Manny and Youk are both spending some time in the batting cages today, so the coaching staff can assess their progress and (hopefully) make plans for their return.
I should hope Manny is coming back soon. He's been taking batting practice since the Yankee series, but we have yet to see him even pinch hit for anyone.
Here's a quick video of Chris Russo Mad Dog, and his take on the American League race. I listen to Mike a lot on WFAN. Pretty funny guy.
Rumor has it that Curt Schilling has put his Massachusetts house on the market. I wonder if behind closed doors, he and Theo have already had a conversation, and his return to the big leagues next year is NOT in a Boston uniform? This is one that will hurt me, just a bit. I've followed this guy since he and I both lived in the Philly area, and his contributions to the 2004 season are beyond measure. The bloody sock, his leadership, all of it. Sure, he can be a blowhole at times, and his big mouth has had his sock in it on more than one occasion. But he's been a great ballplayer in a Red Sox uniform. But, while my heart says don't go, my head understands that this team needs the youth for its success.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Before you all go out and buy your one-way tickets to "Whineville", remember that its not over. No matter what a Yankee fan will tell you today.
Ask the '97 Florida Marlins. They went 2-7 in their last nine regular season games, and still won the World Series.
Ask the 2000 Yankees. Yankee fans won't tell you that they lost 18 of their final 21 games. They will only remind you that in 2000, they won the World Series.
Ask the 2002 Anaheim Angels. They ended their '02 season 4-7 and whaddya know? They went on to win the World Series.
Two years ago, the '05 White Sox went from 15-games ahead on July 31 to a mere 1.5 games ahead (sound familiar?) Yep, you got it; they won the World Series in '05.
Don't you guys remember JUST LAST SEASON? The '06 Cardinals were up seven games exactly 1 year ago today, and in 8 days saw their lead plummet to .5 up in an EIGHT DAY SPAN. THIS IS YOUR CURRENT WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, folks.
My point is this. Teams go up, teams go down. Chill out. Believe me, I am not pleased with anyone's performance out there these past 2 weeks. We've been dealt with our own share of baseball injuries and fatigue; it just happens to be right now. I don't want to see us lose the AL East lead. But guess what? It just might happen. But remember, it ain't over 'til its over. Ask Mark Bellhorn, Kevin Millar, Keith Foulke, or Varitek for that matter. Hang in there. Today we are STILL IN FIRST PLACE.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I have absolutely nothing to say, no words. Anyone who knows me, knows that my being speechless is a rare occasion.
If I comment right now, I will throw this guy under the bus, with the accelerator on.
I need to go listen to the postgame show, and get more info as to WHY Tito kept this flippin' guy in. Sorry, but Now is not the time of year to experiment, and see if a guy can prove his worth. Even from my couch, I could see Gagne didn't have it. Even my cat could tell this guy absolutely STUNK.
2 1/2 games up. All I can say is, if we blow it, tonite's game will be one that will be analyzed, over analyzed and critiqued all winter.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Well, somebody took 2 of 3, just like I predicted.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the Red Sox.
Friday, Sox lose 8-7
Just when you think its all over, the other team reminds you how there are no definitives in baseball.
Our seats on Friday were standing room, up top, between home and the Yankee dugout. Dice-K had a decent outing, a nice lead. At the end of the 7th, my husband noticed a bunch of empty seats, real close to the action. He thought it might be fun to sit a bit closer. Why not?
It took us 10 mins. to get there, as we tried to first sneak into the .406 club... unsuccessfully. When we sat down, I noticed the score had changed... it wasn't 7-2 anymore, it was 7-4. Uh oh. We missed the 2 homers by Giambi and Cano altogether. What happened, and why were there Yankee players on 2nd and 3rd with 0 outs? Then when Papelbon came in, well, of course he would get us out of the jam, right?
Not. 3 hits later, we were down, and would stay that way.
I'm a Sox fan. I told my husband that it was our fault. We moved, and changed the charma. There was no way on God's good earth that I would EVER move my seat again.
Saturday, Sox win 10-1
The hyped up pitching duel between 2 Cy Young wannabes only lasted 6 innings. After that, Beckett grabbed the horns and ran, giving the Sox a 10-1 win, and stopping a 5 game losing streak to the Yankees.
You Bet I stayed in my seat this time.
This game was not without its drama. I'd like to know what it is about Youkilis that the Yankees hate him so much. On this day, he gets hit by a Wang pitch right on the wrist. Thankfully, its not broken, just bruised. Looks like Hinske will cover at first, which will give Ellsbury more time in left field, which is always a good thing.
Speaking of Hinske, Yankee catcher Posada found out the hard way that Hinske played football in pre baseball days. In the 6th, trying to get to a blocked home plate, Hinske bowled over Posada, but was out trying to score. Posada looked like he thought he was Batman for a few minutes, there dazed and confused. Luckily, all tests for concussions were negative.
Even Beckett got in on the controversy, as he popped Giambi once he got over 100 pitches. Retribution? Probably. As a result, he and the others got their warnings, and he retired the rest to end the inning.
Sunday, Sox lose 4-3
This is the game that to me, was going to be most interesting. Two guys who have seen their better days. And both guys pitched quite well. For Curt, it was two pitches that did him in. Other than that, his control was great, his location was good, and he hit speeds up to 93 mph, the highest we've seen in about a month.
Jeter, Jeter, Jeter.
Joba paid us a visit as well. Thanks to Mike Lowell, he no longer has a 0.00 ERA, as he belted a solo homer into the monster.
I know many people have been critical of Torre this year, in his management of his pitchers, and always relying on the veterans. But I have to say, Torre's smartest move was playing Mientkiewicz at first for Sunday's game. Giambi's defense was a disaster at first base on Friday night. I can think of 3 times during Sunday night's game where, had Giambi been playing that position, we would have either been save at first, or the ball would have raced by him, into right field.
To me, Giambi not at first was one of the major reasons the Sox did not score more runs. It may have been the difference in this game.
Yeah, we only took one. We're 4.5 games out. But hey, these were great games to watch, I must admit.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Clay Buchholtz' family is staying at our hotel...
I Met and talked with Gordon Edes from the Globe... very nice guy...
Rode in another elevator with Peter Gammons, but got too tongue tied and just
embarrassed myself... anyone who knows me, knows its pretty easy for me to do.
Great watching A-Rod get some K's... in person.
Crap, it was really really painful watching them $%@!%$! Yankees come back in the 8th. My only solace was meeting a Yankee fan friend of mine after the game on the street. He explained to us that "for No reason" he got ejected from the game, in the 6th inning, so he missed all the hoop-la. Pretty long drive, to watch it from a bar!
Sorry, David, but that was pretty funny!
I'll write more soon, gettin' ready for Game Two; hopefully the rain will let up by then.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I can believe it, but I did it.
I lost it last night. For a little while, I actually gave up on our Sox. And I promised Jim that I would apologize to the Red Sox, right here on my blog for being such a terrible, terrible fan.
The top of the 5th saw a score of 9-5. After trailing 8-1, the fact that the Sox rallied to get to 5 was great. But once the Rays scored again to make it 9-5, I made the mistake of switching to YES, and saw their score. The Yanks were on mark to win again, and with Manny down, and J.D. Drew and Kevin Cash in the lineup, I admit, gulp!, that I lost the faith.
Jim sat calmly in the recliner, watching me cuss, pace, and pull my hair out. "C'mon, Chris, don't give up. The Rays starter is coming out soon, and we'll come back." Just how could he be so calm, no emotion? What, is there icewater in his veins?
I couldn't bear to look. I needed a break. I went upstairs and started cleaning up a mess that has been there for longer than I want to admit. I even put on the History Channel, and had 9/11 stories on, instead of NESN. How's that for depressing?
But, as always, I can't stay away from my boys for long. I switched back and it was the 6th. Wha? Tied up 9-9? What the heck happened? Youk is up? Oh, man, bases loaded, this looks pretty good. Yeah! Smacked a triple off the green monster, and cleared the bases! Whoopie!
As I reached the bottom of the stairs, stepping with glee, my ever faithful husband was waiting. He knew I'd be back. And he reminded me of my shame from a mere inning ago. I had cheated on the likes of Pedroia, Youk, Coco and even Ellsbury... all guys who didn't give up in the 6th when things had gotten tough.
So now, I apologize. I've been rooting for these guys for a long, long time. And unfortunately some of these years have been heartbreaking. But I have to remember that the days of Bill Buckner and Bob Stanley are behind us. This is a new day. There is no more curse; probably there never was.
Like a good marriage, you have to take the good and the bad. And show support for that loved one, especially when times are tough. I tripped last night, and don't worry boys, I will never do it again!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Matt Clement is just one more ingredient in the Red Sox's soup. The question is whether or not Theo's recipe calls for him or not.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Theo and the Gang over in baseball Development have had one hell of a week showcasing their recent minor league graduates...
Pedroia continues to demonstrate why he is a viable candidate for AL Rookie of the Year.
Buckholz pitches a no hitter Saturday.
Lester gives up only 2 runs as he gets the win on Sunday.
Jacoby Ellsbury steps right into the outfield on Friday as if he was always there. His speed, defensive prowess, and lively bat sparks this team.
Brandon Moss comes in for Manny during his aches and pains, and shows all of us why he was worth keeping during the '07 trading deadline...
Every team gets to bring up the young guns this time of year. But it isn't often that the new guys come up and show contribution so quickly. Red Sox Nation is fortunate because we have several of them.
We can castrate Theo for overspending for J.D. Drew, but we have to pat him on the back for keeping his composure and thinking about long term;and NOT trading some of these young prospects away for short term reasons. These are real players who can be true contributors to our team in the near future.
Hats off to our managers and coaches in Portland and Pawtucket. They seem to have done a wonderful job, preparing these guys for their chance to earn their spots on the roster.
In '06, guys like Hansen came up too early out of necessity, and they weren't ready for the big field. Hansen was a bust, and you won't hear his name anytime soon. I think Theo and the Gang learned from that experience, unfortunately it was at Hansen's expense.