“If it was up to me, obviously we would have went through with this whole thing because I don’t think I deserve even one game,” Beckett said. “(But) when your boss tells you that something is best for the whole group then that’s what we do.”
This is where pitching versus principles are in conflict. One oversight in my last blog was to acknowledge the reduction of Josh Beckett’s six-game suspension to “just” five games. This reduction allows Beckett not to miss a start and to be scheduled to pitch Saturday against that NY team when they play this coming weekend at Fenway.
It’s a tough one. I understand Beckett’s passion for getting the facts straight since I am probably the most principled person I know, but…. As I commented earlier, it’s a fine case of an outside source trying to determine the intentional versus the unintentional, which is entirely impossible. I just don’t like precedent setting decisions made to appease the boss. But I do understand what is at stake…I think.
Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins
Game 1 of the Series: W ~ 10-1
What started out as a beautiful day around here, ended in a cold, rainy, call-the- game kind of day. The Tuesday night game versus the Minnesota Twins was rained out and will be played as a day / night double header tomorrow. This is the only time the Twins will be in Boston so they did what they could to get these two games in.
My days are pretty much reserved for a little play and a lot of work. Whether it be for my ‘real’ job or just work around the house, I do need to get things done. Between Easter and school vacation, my kids have been out of school for what seems like forever, forcing me to put things off until this week. Now, these darn day games (Patriot’s Day and now
this) have put me behind again. O.K., I’m really not complaining since many of you are at work every day and don’t get to see the games, I’m stating fact. I suppose I could work and listen, right?
Wake was on the mound and the RS offense once again went into action early. Youk sets the pace by clobbering a two-out, two-run homer in the first; Nick Green clocks a two-run shot in the second; and
Mike Lowell gets a two-out, two-run homer in the third.
Our bats went silent until the seventh when Big Papi got a rally started
with a double. Then Youk, J.D. Drew and Jason Bay walk, which forces in Ortiz. Again, with loaded bases, Mike Lowell singles, Kottaras gets a sac fly and Nick Green gets an RBI double. Then it clouds up and starts to rain. By now the score is 10 – 1 and they halt the game. With no break in sight, they call it a game after seven and we win.
Game 2 of the Series: W ~ 7-3
I was pretty convinced they’d get this game in because it had stopped raining pretty early here in Connecticut. Though 7:00 p.m. came around and it was still looking pretty dismal in Boston, they did see a break and began the game shortly before 8:00 p.m.
With the anticipation of Brad Penny taking the mound, I put my head into a positive vibes state of mind. Though I’m not a big fan of the Penny signing to begin with, I try to keep myself from cringing when he’s set to pitch, especially in light of his previous disastrous start, because that doesn’t help anyone. That’s not to say the Twins weren’t hitting him, our defense, especially Ellsbury, were getting a full workout. Penny did give up one home run to Justin Morneau, who went 2 for three and scored two of
the three Minnesota runs.
Our smokin’ offense pitched in as well. Jeff Bailey got us on the board in the bottom of the second by hitting a three-run homer. Bailey had just been called up from AAA Pawtucket to fill the void that Rocco Baldelli created when he was listed on the DL. (I’m not going to say I told you so; I’ll save that for later in the season on this one.)
Luckily we were able to get this game in. It surely looked cold in Boston but it is April in New England; anything is possible
How’s the song go: Train kept a rolling, all night long. Man, these boys are hot!
This game concludes the mere two game series with the Twins. Now it’s six in a row at home, and throwing in the win in Oakland, it’s seven. How ’bout makin’ it ten, guys? A day off, a rested bullpen, and being at home….what more can we ask for when those pinstriped, overpaid boys come to town? It’s suppose to be a beautiful (and warm) weekend in Boston for the next three games when that NY team comes to town. Lester v Joba the Gut; Beckett v A.J Burnett; and young v old (I mean Masterson v Pettitte). All I can say is, “go get ’em boys!”
There’s a new guy in town. When the Red Sox set the 2009 Opening Day roster, it included Nick Green. This is the guy that so impressed me during this year’s Spring Training. This is why I watch / listen to ST games, so I can pick out and following the ‘new’ guys.
He’s not new to the Major Leagues, not by any stretch of the imagination. Nick Green is a 30-year old infielder; throws and bats righty. Green was drafted by Atlanta in 1998. He was called up to the majors in 2004 where he hit .273 with the Braves, and was subsequently traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for pitcher Jorge Sosa. From there he went to that NY team’s minor system, where he later got called up in 2006.
After becoming a free agent in 2006, he played with the Pirates, Mariners and, again the NY team’s organizations, but mostly in their minors. At the end of the 2008 season, Green again became a free agent. In January 2009, he signed a minor league deal with the RS that included an invitation to Spring Training, only to win a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Green has played 275 major league games and has a little over 700 at-bats. He’s has ten home runs, 59 RBI’s and 5 stolen bases. He’s a .240 career hitter.
I’ve got a good feeling about the contribution Nick Green will be able to make on the Red Sox. It’s a vibe-thing. I wish him luck.
I’m really enjoying Spring Training this year. Not that I’m enjoying it more than last or the year before or the year before because I don’t remember how much I’ve enjoyed it in the past. It sure is fun to have our youngin’s out there doing
their stuff. Trying to prove something; playing with their hearts. (What a concept in baseball, huh?) You’ll be hearing names like Nick Green sooner than later, I believe.
One year, several years ago, I really(!) enjoyed Spring Training. I booked a Red Sox Destinations package, spent a week in Ft. Myers, was treated like a VIP, and watched baseball before baseball really began for the season. I suppose I could have been anywhere and when you’re treated like a VIP it’s a good thing, but throw baseball in the mix and life is good.
I had a blast. The “Destination” I took was the inaugural trip from Red Sox Destination’s. Red Sox Destinations are planned trips/events offered by Fenway Sports Group. They offer experiences you usually don’t get by being the typical fan. You pay dearly for them but what do
they say, you can’t take it with you, right?
I went on trip the week of St. Paddy’s Day; the perfect week to attend ST, in my opinion. Of course, the Red Sox wore their green shirts. The weather was great. I went down two days earlier than the rest of the Destinations group, as I needed to leave two days earlier. That’s how flexible these folks are, or at least, were. I got a private tour because of this. I got great seats to a couple of games because they weren’t part of the group tickets. When the rest of the folks joined us, we were able to do batting practice on the field. What an
experience. I was even able to bat with Mark Bellhorn’s old bat.
So, I’m a bit reminiscent of that year’s Spring Training. Every t
ime I see the City of Palms Park, I think of good times. Though all the regular season players weren’t playing when I was at ST, they were all there. Well, all except Varitek. He was at the World Baseball Classic. Though I don’t agree that ‘our’ players should be in the WBC, I’m not certain the players that are there would be playing too much this early in Spring Training anyway. I understand why they want to play but I’m not a big fan of September burn-out (or injury).
So, I will enjoy the next couple weeks of Spring Training. I don’t have a MLB-TV.com package, nor do I have digital cable so I am unable to watch baseball; I have to listen to it. It’s not too bad if it’s on the radio but it’s stretching it having it on the computer only. The sound system in my house is far superior to my computer capacity so when a game is on the radio I just crank it up and can go about my business and listen to a game, where as if a game is only on the computer on Gameday Audio, I need to be within reach of the computer. Sometimes I get something done, other times I just play and frankly, I have way too much to do to sit to just play day after day.
So let the ST games continue. I’m lovin’ them.