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Lucky 13!


14 July 2009 ~ Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO


American League 4 – National League 3


I’m so delighted that the American League will, once again, begin the World Series on home turf. Being a Red Sox fan, that truly makes all the difference…I think. Afterall, we’ll be in Boston to get that Mo-Jo working. Maybe we won’t be hosting the final party, but in 2004 or 2007 we didn’t either, and it still was all good.


Yes, I am taking the liberty of knowing that the Red Sox will be in this year’s final event. What can I say? I’m a Red Sox fan.


Congratulations goes out to all that either participated or hung out at the game last night. It was a fun game. I’m a little bit ambivalent about it’s usefullness but one thing it does provide is for the guys to have some much-needed time off to regroup for the rest of the season.


It was very cool seeing our president show his colors, even if his Sox weren’t the same as my Sox. It’s the passion I love! Though he really needs to work on that throwing since I’m thinking I have a better arm than him. I’m presuming he was just going through the motion. Let’s hope so.


Now that is over and done with we can look forward to a bunch of things: The July trading deadline; the old, over-paid players to fizzle as we approach the second-half; the young-stud players to sizzle as we approach the second-half. We’ll know if Halliday is coming or going, if Pedro will show up on someone’s roster; if Buccholz will make stay in our line-up; if Wake will keep his knuckleball tricky. Oh, there is so many unanswered questions! 


When all is said and done, bottomline is: PITCHING WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. Who’s pitching will hold up?


Let the second half of the games begin.




Seeing John Smolz Pitch A Winning Game

Game 86 – At Fenway Park – July 11


Red Sox vs. Kansas City Royals


Game 3 of the Series:  W ~ 15 – 9


John Smoltz vs. Gil Meche


DSC_0935.JPGSince I was at the game this past Monday looking too see John Smoltz’s first win in a Red Sox uniform (and didn’t), I decide I’m going to go to see Saturday’s game virtually at the last minute. And, yes Sport’s Fans, a Red Sox fan can get tickets to Fenway Park at the last minute. Well, I can anyway. I am a huge fan of John Smolz. I want to see him get a win.


I also am a big fan of a couple of Kansas City pitchers: Both Zack Greinke and Gil Meche. No, I’m not a band-wagon Greinke fan; I can spot a pitcher with something special a mile away. But what on earth ever happened to Gil Meche? For a few seasons past, he had something remotely special, especially against the Red Sox. Oh, what these teams do to their pitchers.


DSC_0921.JPGAnyhoo, the game starts out as a virtual slug-fest. Gotta love those bats coming alive early and often. My boy Youk, having some recent trouble at the plate nails two, I say two, homers! Varitek, knowing I had my camera, decides to show off and give me a home run treat. I know he did it for
DSC_0975.JPGme to show his appreciation of my support for him in the off-season. No, really; I know he did. And, BIG PAPI! I’m loving the comeback, dude! Not to forget, the little man, Pedroia, hits a triple.


So we sail into the top of the fifth with a 9 – 0 lead. One would think, yea(!), Smoltz has this one wrapped up: His first Red Sox win. Wrong! By the seventh inning stretch, I’m ready to throw up. With the
DSC_0993.JPGcombined efforts of MDC and my boy Masterson (who incidentially gets my free-pass on this one), the KCR have come within two runs of tying this one up!  


Well, when all is said and done, the Red Sox get back into the game and pull a win out of the blue. Ya know? Ya gotta’ love these guys but it really
DSC_0982.JPGstill takes a lotta effort to love them unconditionally.


Glad the All-Star break is here. We could use some regrouping. Let the second half of the season begin. I’m definately psyched for some October-like baseball! 



Smoltz at Fenway

Game 81 (I think) – At the Fens – July 6


Red Sox vs. Oakland A’s


Game 1 of the Series:  L ~ 0 – 6


DSC_0895.JPGJohn Smoltz on the hill for the 1st time (going in with an 0 – 1, and one no-decision)


Staging was set for a perfect evening at Fenway. Driving in, saw it was 85-degrees; Smoltz on the mound for his first Fenway appearance. We were coming off the Seattle series on a high note. Nomar’s first return to Fenway since July of 2004. Orlando Cabrera in the house. What more could we ask for? 


Well, that is a loaded question. What more could we ask for? How about some offense…how about Lugo actually playing like a major league short stop? How about an outing that resembles something decent from our ‘new’ Hall of Fame pitcher? Should I continue?


We can’t let those A’s get us down. Beckett’s taking over tonight. Tek better be catching him because I’m thinkin’ the last couple of Beckett starts that Tek DIDN’T catch were nothing short of disastrous.


Just of note: Tonight was Nomar’s first visit back to Fenway since July 2004. I was never a big Nomar fan so when reports say everyone welcomed him back, they really don’t mean everyone. I think he shut down worse than manny ever did. I saw him as a Cubbie play the Red Sox so that was my “thanks for your service, Nomar; now you’re the enemy” gig, and that was many years ago.


One upside to last night’s game was that I was able to score a ton of decent pictures of some of our boys of summer. In quest of John Smoltz pictures, I was able to score this Tek shot that, in my less-than-humble-opinion, is close to award-winning. Got a great temporary seat for a ton of on the mound Smoltz shots, some Youk shots at third, but that’s about it, afterall our A-squad was somewhere else other than on the field.



It’s Over With

Games 69, 70 & 71 – At National’s Park, Washington DC – June 23, 24 & 25 Interleague Play


Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals


Game 1 of the Series: W ~ 11 – 3 – Brad Penny


Game 2 of the Series: W ~ 6 – 4 – Jon Lester


Game 3 of the Series: L ~ 3 – 9 – John Smoltz


Thumbnail image for smoltzandtek.JPGO.K.; it’s over with. John Smoltz, now officially has pitched for the Red Sox. It wasn’t at Fenway, and of course, that will be another big deal. But, it’s over with.


His outing ended much better than it started, that’s for sure. He lasted five innings, although they had Bard warming up in the bullpen in the 1, 3 and 5th innings. Smoltz retired the last eight batters he faced. Overall in the 92 pitches he threw, he struck out five, walked one.


It was a painful first inning as the Nationals scored four runs on four hits…and they were hits alright. It wasn’t even so much the hits as it was the anguish 
and dispair on the poor guy’s face. I felt terrible.  He has so much baseball-passion and it shows. But he does have Tek, and I trust him.


Funny thing about Smoltzie last night: he pitched against a young stud pitcher that was born AFTER John started in the majors. How do you like that?


John Smoltz, of course, is a legend. Having spent his over 20-year career
jsmoltz.JPG with the Atlanta Braves. He’s an eight-time All Star; Cy Young Award winner; MVP; holds a Pitcher’s Silver Slugger; he’s the 16th member of the 3,000 StrikeOut Club, just to name a few of his accomplishments. He’s only the second pitcher in baseball history to top 20 wins and 50 saves in one season, second of course to our buddy, Dennis Eckersley. He’s the only one to top 200 career wins AND 150 saves. He throws a fastball, slider, high-80’s split-finger fastball, a curve and a change-up.The guy is a beast. And that’s a good thing!


I’m happy to have Smoltzie on our team. When I was in Philly last weekend I was able to witness some baseball magic in action. Smoltz’s last rehab start was rained out Thursday (or was it Friday) and rescheduled for Saturday. After the Saturday rehab game, he must have drove like mad to Philly because I was on the sidelines when he came out to the field, for what was probably the first time in public in a Red Sox uniform. The boys were doing their stretches and when John came out onto the field, everyone stopped and he took center attention. The youngin’s especially, had a glow as they stopped to shake howdy. It was amazing to watch. And right in front of me, no less.



Hopefully everybody in Boston will have some patience. I know I will. I’m very excited to see what he’s got. Location was a huge problem last night but I know the best is yet to come.


Welcome to the Red Sox, John! 

Our New Toy

Game 57 – At the Fens – June 9


Red Sox vs. That NY Team


Game 1 of the Series:  W ~ 7-0


I had to comment on this one…


Knew we’d have the Beckett of ‘ol. Caught him smilin’ before the game


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for joshsmile.jpg O.K. this isn’t the picture from last night…but I saw him….I did; really. I’m sure it will show up on youtube or something…


He pitched great! I love this guy; have I ever said that before?



Thumbnail image for beckett.JPGBut, more (or at least equally) important — hey pinstripers — meet our new toy. His name is Daniel Bard.


bard.JPGI’m sure the pleasure is all yours. He surely gave those radar guns a workout.




Sitting Out Big Papi

I have a lot of catching up to do but I’m not going to right now. I had an amazing weekend (last weekend) at Fenway that I have started to write about but other things took over. Again, I will try to catch up because I have some great pictures but, I’m lazy and in a serious funk this week so I’ve put that task by the way-side. <big sigh>

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Everyone is talking about it. Everyone has been talking about it. I’ve been

talking about it. So now I have to write about it but I really have nothing to say. How weird is that? I find solace in writing and can usually get out what is on my mind, which I have found to be (lately) both a blessing and a curse. But anyway…..



David Ortiz. Big Papi. What’s up with him?


SLUMP – (pronounced: sluhmp) noun


11:  A period during which a person performs slowly, inefficiently, or ineffectively, esp. a period during which an athlete or team fails to play or score as well as usual.


By definition, David Ortiz is in a slump. We’re talking a serious slum, but a slump none-the-less. I look at a bunch of factors. First, and foremost, I don’t know why Terry let it go this long by not adjusting him (moving him
ortiz.JPGdown) in the line up. A week or so ago that should have been done and wasn’t. Now, since it wasn’t done, he’s now taking a couple of mental health days. Yea, we all need them once and a while; Big Papi needs one (or two, or three). I kept my kid out of school a few weeks ago because he was needing one seriously. Being twelve years old is tough and I recognize that. Hey, I’m a nice mom, what can I say?  


Now, next. Why the slump? Well, that’s one of life’s great mysteries. No answer to that one.  This actually seems like a quite extensive slump but would it be so bad if he had been moved earlier. I look at Tek. The guy is doing just fine after his slump at the end of last season, right? But, on the other hand, Tek’s job is catching; no slump there. Big Papi’s job is hitting. What happens when you don’t do your job?ortizbat.JPG


Here is the world according to me: I say rest Ortiz. Put him in the 7 or 8 slot when he returns. See what happens. I’m not ready to throw him under the bus. I want a rested and rejuvenated Big Papi. Afterall, he was awarded the best clutch hitter award a couple years back. I know he has it in him. Right now it’s a game of wait and see but not at the teams expense. Especially once Youk gets back in the lineup, we’ll be fine. We’ll get through this, I know we will. Good luck Big Papi. I still love ya.

I Think I’m Going To Be Sick

It’s a(nother) sad day in baseball.


Open letter to Manny: Manny, I can’t tell you how disappointed I am. I am speechless.


I, just yesterday, apologized to several of my friends for being supporting Manny about his last days wearing a Red Sox uniform. I just experienced my son, pulling a Manny. I’m going to publish a letter I dreaded writing (or even having to acknowledge) but when I’m wrong, I admit it. I don’t always see the perspective that is common ground. I never drink the kool-aid. I like to always try to put a positive spin on things because I truly, in my heart believe people are born good. Now, with that being said:


As you probably know, my 12-year old Elliott, plays Little League. He’s in the Majors Division and up until now has held his own when it comes to ability. Probably doesn’t have inherent talent but works very hard and that is apparent watching him play. This season, for whatever reason, he’s in a funk, a slump or whatever you’d call it. This has taken this very positive player in to negative territory. What I witnessed at his last game was purely despicable. He was in the dugout bitchin’, moaning, complaining, not to mention, going up to bat, not swinging at pitches, not running for the ball that he was fielding, etc. This behavior made me want to vomit.
When this kid left his game, his mother gave him the talking to of a lifetime. I gave him 24-hours to come up with a solution to this disgusting behavior regarding baseball. We’re hoping the situation turns around and we’ll see since he has two games this week.
OK. The reason I tell this to you is because I wanted to apologize since I was your biggest critic for you expressing your disdain for the number 24. I now see at a very low level how this must have impacted our players last year. This is a perspective I never saw before. I probably won’t go as far as to say I hate him for this, but I clearly can see now how people can. I thought you’d enjoy my recent revelation.


I am so sad. That’s all I have to say right now because I am speechless. I feel like crying but instead I think I’ll go throw up.

At the Trop

It’s the Red Sox versus the Rays but this time it’s in Tampa at the Trop. The Trop always seems to be a nightmare for the Red Sox. Other than Wakefield, nobody is consistant or even does well there. It’s a four-game stand. I don’t get to see Kazmir pitch but that’s just as well because at the end of the week, the Rays will be in Boston again and I’ll see him pitch there.


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for rsvrays.JPGGames 23, 24, 25 & 26 – At the Trop – April 30, May 1, 2 & 3

Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay “Devil” Rays


Game 1 of the Series: L ~ 0 – 13


This one was ugly; I mean really ugly. It had all the makings of a good game: Beckett vs Garza. I love to see Beckett and I can’t stand Garza: Perfect. What has happened to our Josh Beckett? I will be forever-indebted to Jacoby Ellsbury for messing up Garza’s no-hitter. Thank you, sir. That’s the only good thing that happened this game. Tampa got 18 hits! We even pulled our right fielder, Jonathan Van Every and put him in to pitch. Ugly. Time to move on.


Game 2 of the Series:  L ~ 2-6


O.K., admittedly this one wasn’t as bad as yesterday but I’m sort of becoming a sore loser when it’s against the Rays. It just isn’t supposed to be this way. Justin Masterson vs. Sonnanstine. Masterson had a terrible fifth inning, in fact, a six run fifth. Yuck. Pedroia got three hits and other than that, it was a losing game.


Game 3 of the Series:  W ~ 10 – 6


Wake vs Niemann. Niemann did terrible, thankfully for us. We jumped on him early scoring six runs in the first three innings. Lots of hits from both teams. Mike Lowell homered; yea, Mike! Not much else other than the Rays walked Pedroia to get to Ortiz. That is sad. Though Big Papi is hitting .215, he has no home runs this season at all. Not good.


Game 4 of the Series:  L ~ 5 – 3


Brad Penney is pitching against James Shields. Shields hasn’t been doing that well this season, of course one of his losses coming against the Red Sox earlier in the season. He didn’t look great. But Penny has been 50/50 – won 2, lost 2. The two he’s lost have been as terrible as a game could get. Luckily, though we lose this one, it wasn’t that Horrible Brad we’ve seen. Oh, those devils. They have our number, especially in Tampa. They take three out of four from us. Now it’s on to the new Yankee Stadium for a two-game stop before going home. There’s no place like home.


A Long Week

sweep.JPGI lost my voice last week. Still hasn’t recovered 100%. I was up at Fenway with no voice, perhaps it’s permanent damage. The remnants is a lower, grainy voice. My chief announcer at the station says it’s a desired radio voice. I want my old voice back.


I suppose since I couldn’t talk, I also couldn’t write. Yea, good excuse; right? Works for me.


Note: Red Sox have seventeen games in a row between the start of this and their next day off.


bosvny.JPGGames 17, 18 & 19 – Fenway Park – April 24, 25 & 26

Red Sox vs. That New York Team




Game 1 of the Series: W ~ 3-1


Long, long, roller coaster game. Lester vs. Chamberlain. Red Sox score first. Jason Bay hit a two-run homer to tie it up in the ninth. YOUK(!) slams a walk-off in the 11th. Nuf ‘ced.


Game 2 of the Series:  L ~ 16-11


I was at this game with my favorite Red Sox fans. Couldn’t talk. The NY fans were lucky for that. Beckett vs A.J. Burnett. First time we see Burnett in pinstripes. He pitched better than Beckett. Wonder what’s going on with that #19. We were down 0-6 in the beginning. Another roller coaster game that we win! Long game.


Game 3 of the Series:  W ~ 2-1


Nice short, get it done kind of game. Young pitching vs. old guy: Masterson versus Pettitte. Highlight of this game, Jacoby Ellsbury steals home. HOW COOL WAS THAT? Plus, we sweep that NY team. It doesn’t get better than this. Winning streak at 10 in a row!!!!!


We head west, well, west of Boston to Cleveland.


rsvsind.JPGGames 20, 21 & 22 – Progressive Field – April 27, 28 & 29

Red Sox vs. Indians



Game 1 of the Series:  W~ 3-1


Tim Wakefield pitches another gem. It’s Wake vs. Cliff Lee, who goes eight innings. Tight, I mean zero, zero game until the ninth when Jason Bay smashes a three-run homer. That’s all it took. Winning streak extended to 11 in a row!!!!


Game 2 of the Series:  L~ 8-9


With eight runs, fourteen hits and a tied ninth inning, you know the Red Sox are up to the challenge of making it twelve in a row. But, no. Youk makes a great catch, throws it to Lopez who’s covering first, and what happens, Lopez misses it. Game ends and so does the streak. 


Game 3 of the Series:  W~ 6-5 (in 10 innings)


Lester vs. Carmona.  Looks like we were getting eaten up early. Man, that Carmona can pitch. J.D. Drew out (again?). In Jonathan Van Every. Not a household name until he starts a Red Sox rally. Then in the tenth, with his first major league career homer, he helps the Red Sox secure the lead to a win. Yea! On to Tampa!