July 11th, 2007
J. J. Putz almost cooked his own bacon–and the rest of the AL, when he gave up the 2-run homer to Soriano before Francisco Rodriguez came out and saved it by getting the final out–but not before loading the bases by walking 2… And if I were J. J. Putz, I would have changed my name the SECOND I legally could–I know they pronounce it “puts” like “put out” but it’s still “Putz” to the rest of the world…
Because of the craziness that is the days before my wedding, I watched about 90 seconds of last nights game–and none of the homer run derby. I am glad Vlad Guererro won–I like him–he is extremely good, and has managed to fly under the radar for so long–wish he played for the Red Sox…But as far as the home run derby having any appeal other than that–there was none–but I saw that while everyone else was wearing their All-Star Jerseys and the like, I saw some pictures that show A-Fraud was in a suit and tie–WHAT is UP with him? UGH, what an idiot….
And my fiance’ and I were talking about it last night. A-Fraud is the ripping the cover off the ball, leading the AL in homers and such–for a team that DOES NOT MATTER. Last year, when the Skanks were in contention and they actually NEEDED him to pony up and have a good year, he did pretty poorly in the clutch. But this year, he is hitting very well. I don’t know if you can get more anti-clutch than that… Anyone else agree with me that this will be A-Fraud’s last year with the Skanks?
While Dan Haren got the nod to start, Josh Beckett pitched the 2nd 2 innings, giving up only 1 hit , 0 walks, and striking out 2. And because of Ichiro’s historic two-run inside-the-park homer (the 1st inside-the-park HR in the history of the All-Star Game) Josh Beckett became the 1st Red Sox pitcher to win an All-Star game since Pedro did it at Fenway in 1999. And apparently, Josh said to Mike Lowell right before Ichiro’s hit: “What are the odds of us putting two on the board and getting me the (win)” And I think three pitches later, Ichiro hits that ball. Pretty good moment.”
Papelbon did not get the closer call (which I am betting Leyland wished he went to him, rather than Putz) he got to pitch this the 8th inning this year, only giving up a single, while striking out 2…From Jonathan about his experience: “It was huge…for me, it was a big growing and learning experience to get out there in those situations and obviously represent the Red Sox in a good way and have Beckett win it and me throw up a zero and everything else.”
The reason for Big Papi’s decline in power numbers could have another reason besides good and more careful pitching–chances are he will need knee surgery at some point in the near future. He is expected to have an MRI when he returns to Boston after the All-Star break, and they will determine a path forward. From Big Papi: “Iâ€™m not sure, but probably (will need surgery)…I have to talk to the doctor about it and see what they want to do about it…Iâ€™m trying to fight through it, but some days it isn’t easy.”
As if the world needs another reason why Albert Pujols is a jerk: Pujols and Michael Young were the only 2 position players not to play for the NL in last night’s game. Here is what Prince Albert had to say about it” “It’s the All-Star Game. He can do what he wants…He does whatever he wants. If I wasn’t expecting to play, I wouldn’t have come up here.” He also griped that the Lounge Singer, who also happen to be his OWN manager, didn’t talk to him the entire game. What is this, freaking high school? Did he expect a snuggle in the dugout? Or perhaps a note in his locker at lunchtime? JERK…
Coming up: The answer to the trivia question: What is the ONLY day of the year no professional sport is play? Nuthin–no baseball, basketball, football hockey, etc… That, is TODAY….Then Wake vs Halladay tomorrow when meaningful baseball returns….