September 4th, 2006
With the exception of Big Papi, I cannot think of another person I would have rathered to have hit that walk-off homer run than Carlos Pena…and did you see how Big Papi was climbing the walls in the dugout, wishing he could be the one who could go out there and end it? But Big Papi has had a ton of these moments, and will (hopefully) have many more…And, for tonight, it was the perfect ending to a great game….”You have dreams,” Pena said “…When I was 13, 12, and as soon as I got to this area, the Red Sox were everything to me.“Do you know how many times I’ve done this in my backyard? It’s amazing. It’s a true story now….”It was definitely the most exciting moment of my whole entire career hands down…I’m grateful. Very grateful.”
I am now going to say 4 words I never thought I would ever say together: Julian Tavarez was outstanding…His line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, throwing 91 pitches, 60 for strikes…Holy Buckets! Where the HELL did that come from??? And, at this point, it looks like Tavarez may be starting for a while–Curt Schilling, out with a strained lat muscle, is unlikely to start on Saturday, his next turn in the rotation. Schilling still doesn’t feel well enough to play catch, let alone make a side session. “…I don’t think it’s looking very encouraging,” Tito said.
Slowly…step by step, inch by inch…’Tek , Trot and Manny returned to their places in the starting lineup, and Youk reclaimed his rightful spot–leadoff…The team is 49-35 when Youkilis leads off and 24-29 when he doesn’t. Let’s see if this influx of leadership and talent helps the team end this season with dignity and class…
And if this was going to be the case, why did they not say so?: Due to the Labor Day holiday, Jonathan Papelbon’s MRI on his right shoulder has been pushed back to today. Said Papelbon. “I feel a little bit better, a little bit more serene. You just try to think everything is good. Hopefully, tomorrow we’ll see what happens and go from there. Just try to stay positive. Like I said earlier, they just wanted the swelling to go down so they could get a better reading.” I think we all know that the possibility of Papelbon pitching again this season is remote, especially since our chances of making it to the post season are all but gone…
A beautiful sight to see: David Ortiz took batting practice yesterday, the 1st since being admitted to the hospital last week…Big Papi is hopeful he will be cleared for play for tonight’s game. “I feel good, I’m going to be out there working out today, doing hitting and all my stuff,” said Ortiz. “If everything goes well, maybe I’ll be in there tomorrow…Everything is good. I think everybody was missing me out there.”
And because Jon Lester is never far from our thoughts: You might want to check this out…even if you can’t get to the game, you can send your positive vibe, prayers, love and support to Jon Lester–What a GREAT idea Cyn
Tonight: Kason Gabbard vs Javier Vazquez, 7:05pm