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  • April 13th, 2007

    You can’t lose if you don’t play!

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:50 am in Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (6)

    While I do live smack dab in the middle of the Yankeeland, there is still a decent contingent of Red Sox fans–although I would say the breakdown is probably 45% Skankee, 30% Phillies, 15% Red Sox and 10% Anybody Else. Case in point. For nearly 20 years the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (the Phillies AAA Club) lived in Moosic, PA, which is about 1/2 way between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Just about on any given day, you could get tickets 2-3 rows behind home plate–even if you called THAT DAY. Now that the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are here–pretty much the whole season is SOLD OUT…

    I don’t even have to tell you how revolting this is…and if it comes up in conversation with anyone who is not a Skankee fan, I get pretty much the same reaction–some sort of disgusted gesture or sound, and a quick “Don’t want to talk about it”. This is how we smart baseball fans in NE PA (i.e.: non-yankee) deal with it…

    Anyway, I have been taking to a few of the Sox fans locally and it’s funny how different their perspectives are on how Daisuke did in his outing on Wednesday. A couple of them thought he did very well, and put the whole day in perspective. Others actually thought he did poorly, based on the fact that he did not win. Folks, he gave up 3 runs–any other day of the week, that would be a very good outing–and enough to get a win. But the only way to beat a one-hitter is to throw a no-no…and eventually SOMEONE is going to give up a run.

    Personally, I think Daisuke did fairly well. Was he as good as he was during the KC game? No, I could tell he was having some command problems. But have have command problems and only give up 3 runs-that is certainly commendable…I still stand behind my original prediction of 15-16 wins this year..But I’ll tell you what–I think 20+ is not unreasonable for 2008.

    I can’t remember the last time the Sox had a SNOW OUT….but that is what happened yesterday to call the game, requiring the final game of this series to be played in May 3rd, right before Seattle moves on to New York to face the Skankees…

    So, J.D. Drew’s day off was supposed to come yesterday, with Wily Mo getting his 1st start of the season, playing in his stead. Since the game was cancelled, will Wily Mo lose his turn? Apparently so, according to Tito, J.D will be the starting right fielder on Friday night…

    So, maybe, they can give Coco Crisp some days off, and let Wily Mo take his place?

    Remember Devern Hansack, the call up who pitched the final game of the 2006 campaign, and who took a no hitter into the 5th inning, when it was called because of weather? Well, the potential no hitter may not have been a fluke: Since he started at Pawtucket this season he has had 2 starts–and has had 10 strikeouts in EACH GAME. His record? I am glad you asked: 1-0 with a minuscule .84 ERA (yes, like 84 cents…)

    Coming up: Let’s try this again: Tim Wakefield will toe the muddy mound at 7:05pm tonight to begin a 4-game series. Pitching for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, USA, Plant Earth, and a partridge-in-a-pear-tree is John Lackey.

    6 Responses to “You can’t lose if you don’t play!”

    1. Ted D says:

      Hi Christine: great post as usual. I’m right there with you on Daisuke, and if Tavarez continues to struggle, I don’t think they wait long to call up Hansack to bridge the gap until Lester is ready.

      No rain tonight in Boston: WE GET BASEBALL!

      Have a great night,

      Ted

    2. michleg says:

      & The Skankees could use fielding help, as Jeets commited 6 Errors this year:

      Yesterday, the Red Sox won 8-0, but if one listened to some Grecian Formula Using Baboon, Derek Jeter was the Big Topic, on FOX.

    3. laura says:

      Good to see Hansack is doing well, I liked that guy when we saw him briefly last season. He could be useful down the stretch..

    4. Kaylee says:

      hopefully we get a game in tomorrow:-)

    5. Christine E. says:

      I hope we do get in a game tomorrow, but its not looking good–and even if there IS a game, I’ll be at work at 10:00am…:-( So it’s like not having one anyway…

      Thanks for the update Michael–Because Of where I live, we got the Phillies game yesterday–I had to watch the Sox game online…Sounds like that was a good choice, if only not to hear that moron–But I am SURE the CAPT-ain of the Skanks will be RIGHT in there for the golden glove, despite his obvious shortcomings…

      Hope everyone is well!

      Go Sox!

    6. Kaylee says:

      well they say the rain is supposed to subside by 8 am but I am not sure that is gunna happen and they also said that its not supposed to rain in the afternoon so they will hold out as long ass possible to get it in according to MLB.COM;-)

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