March 3rd, 2007
So, I sit down at my computer, Red Sox MasterCard (what other kind of card do you think I would use?) in hand, to buy a month of MLB-TV to watch Daisuke pitch his 1st 2 innings in a Red Sox uniform–and MLB.TV is not available because it’s not a “real” Spring Training Game. (Talk about your oxymoron!) So all that IS avialable is MLB Radio, which is the same $14.95–but for the WHOLE YEAR–What the hell am I going to do with a whole year of radio? Although, it may come in handy during Skankee games, so I dont have to listen to the dreck known as YES…hmmmm
Anyway, so I listened to the game, which is not something I do very often, unless I am in the car. It was a very interesting experience. Can you imagine what a challenge it is to listen to a Spring Training game? There are so many players I have never heard of, so I kept getting confused, and 1/2 the time I could not keep track of which team was doing what–How lame is that?
So the point of this whole exercise was to SEE Daisuke picth–which, obviouslyÂ I could not–and hearing him just wasn’t the same–and ya know..as much as I was looking forward to this game for a while, I just cannot get excited about a Spring Training game.
That being said, Daisuke did fairly well againt Boston College, after giving up the 1st pitch double, (the only hit in his 2 innings) he struck out 3 and in total threw 25 picths 19 for strikes.Â Not sure what the expectation was, but he did well–it’s also only a college team, and the 1st week of March–neither a huge indicator of anything.
Kyle pitched pretty well in his 2 innings of work in the loss to Toronto, only giving up 1 hit and striking out 4 but walking 2 on 8 straight pitches. It was Runelvys Hernandez (6 runs on 6 hits in the 3rd) and Juston Sturge in the 10th (4 hits and 3 runs) who killed this game. Also pitching well were Hideki Okajima and Brendan Donnelly with 1 inning a piece and Bryan Corey and Mike Burns each going 2. Manny also made his debut in this game, going 0-1 with a walk, and being lifted in the 3rd for a pinch runner.
Silly AND Stupid:Â Apparently Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who has playedÂ his whole 19-year careerÂ with the same team, has an opinion about the whole Curt Schilling “I am filing for free angency if you don’t sign me before the season starts” brouhaha and have no problem expressing it:Â “Thatâ€™s stupid, in my opinion…the reason Iâ€™ve been here so long, the reason the city is great (to me), the fans are great, is because Iâ€™ve avoided all that silly stuff.” Ya know Curt..John DOES have a point there…
Right Now: Sox are tied with the Phillies, 6 all,Â at the end of the 6th.Â Tim Wakefield, who made his 1st start of the season, gave up 2 runs (1 earned because of an error by Dustin Pedroia) on 3 hits–but also struck out 2 in his 2 innings.Â Papelbon fared well, pitching 2 innings of no hit ball, while striking out 4–is this a surprise to anyone??Â Joel Pineiro’s struggles continued today game, as he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in his 1.1 inning worth of work today…I know it’s uber early, but I don’t have a good feeling about this….