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  • July 31st, 2008

    Red Sox 2, Angels 9:
    I don’t even know where to begin…

    Posted by Christine E. at 2:32 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    I have been a Red Sox fan since 1982, a very rabid one since 1999, and a writer of a Red Sox Blog since 2006. And never ONCE, even with all the crazy permutations of this team in the past, been so flummoxed at what is going on with this team…

    I don’t even know where to begin. Last night’s game was a MESS, from beginning to end. Josh Beckett, who must have been channeling Clay Buchholtz (or “that Clay person”, as my husband has taken to calling him…) with THIS outing: 5.1 IP, giving up 8 (yes, EIGHT) runs (7 earned) on 11 hits (including a homer), while walking 1 and striking out 8. Certainly not one of Josh’s proudest moments…

    But let’s give credit where credit is due: Inherited runners—2 of those runs on Josh Beckett are because MDC allowed them to score. And then, Justin Masterson (who is one of the few bright spots in this bullpen) comes in during the 8th with the bases loaded–and NONE of those runners score….

    And the only offense? A 2-run shot from COCO CRISP of all people. Holy Buckets–I think this might be a sign of the apocalypse….

    And let’s not even talk about the FOUR errors–in a game without Julio Lugo–K???

    And this whole Manny thing…*&(&#@&()#@&*#@&*(&#@()*&#(…HOW can the Sox possibly keep him after all of this? Here are the latest comments from last night: “The Red Sox don’t deserve a player like me. During my years here I’ve seen how they have mistreated other great players when they didn’t want them to try to turn the fans against them. The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy. I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don’t deserve me. I’m not talking about money. Mental peace has no price and I don’t have peace here.”

    F**K you very much, Manny. I am sure that Tito, who has supported you and covered and your ass from the moment he got here is REALLY happy you chose to say that…

    So, exactly, does the legion of Manny apologists respond to THAT? From what I have been seeing, ALOT of them (at least the ones who don’t wear pink hats) are moving away from Manny in DROVES, saying he has finally crossed the line.

    Part of me (its crazy I know) thinks the FO should say “Screw you Manny, we are not trading you, and you have a choice–shut your mouth and try to help us win, or keep on doing what you are doing and we will fine/suspend the ever living CRAP out of you–see how effective its is trying to get a contract when YOUR NOT PLAYING…”

    But then I think: Yeah, like Manny CARES if he plays or not–and the players union would never stand for fining and suspension…and it would not surprise me in the least that if the Sox do not trade him, he will make everyone’s life utterly miserable for the rest of the year…

    So the big thing right now is a potential deal to the Marlins (who’s WHOLE PAYROLL is $22 million this year) who would then send some prospects to Pittsburgh, who would then send Jason Bay (who’s numbers are comparable to Manny’s this year) and lefty Josh Grabow, who is 5-3 with a 3.19 ERA fro the 2008 campaign and was 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in July and can help the horrid bullpen situation (maybe get rid of Craig Hansen???) The Sox would also pick up the rest of Manny’s contract for this year (about $7 million), as there is no way in hell the Marlins could afford it…Then he would be a free agent at the end of the year….

    And here is a HORRIBLE thought. Manny has to approve any trade because he is a 10 and 5 guy (10 years in MLB, with 5 for the same team) What if all the teams involved get together, come up with a deal, and then Manny says “Nope, don’t want to play for that team either” I think he would go anywhere to get out of Boston–but you never know with him…

    Update: Apparently Manny has agreed to go to the Marlins, if the deal happens, as long as the (2) option years are off the table, so he can be a free agent at the end of this year.

    Bottom line–this team, right now, is in shambles–3 games out of the 1st place, only 1 game stands between the Sox, the Skanks and 3rd place, and I don’t see it getting better…unless Manny goes. And, maybe, MAYBE the Sox don’t get into the Postseason without Manny. They sure as hell aren’t going to get there playing like this either…

    So something has to give…and in less than 2 hours, we will know for what that is…

    Doing what the Skanks do so well: When the Skanks lose a player to injury and the like, what do they do? They go and get an aging superstar. So Jorge Posada is out for the season, and the Skanks go out an get Ivan Rodriguez (There is only 1 “Pudge” as far as I am concerned–and he ain’t it) from the Tigers, in exchange for 8th inning set up man Kyle Farnsworth…The 36 year old catcher, a 13-time gold glove winner, is hitting .295 with 5 homers and 32 RBI’s in 82 games this season…

    Coming up: After a day off today, where hopefully the whole trade brouhaha will be resolved–one way or the other–and where the Sox can regroup and get their sh*t together–then the Sox start the final games of this home stand with 3 against Oakland. Tim Wakefield gets the 7:05 start, opposed by Justin Duchscherer…

    One Response to “Red Sox 2, Angels 9:
    I don’t even know where to begin…”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine,

      As much as Manny has acted like a horses ass the past few weeks, tonight is a sad night for me. I think a lot of this recent stuff is Boras and not Manny, although he did it. The guy made me laugh, cheer, and go downright nuts too much to hate him; yes, I’m sad he chose to end it the way he did and he went about it the wrong way.

      But I can’t do much more than wish him well and hope Jason Bay is a quick learner when it comes to playing balls off the Monster.

      BTW, that three game sweep by the Halo’s?

      Never happened. ;)

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