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  • February 26th, 2009

    Red Sox 7, Boston College 1
    Red Sox 2, Twins 5:
    Not exactly how I envisioned…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:23 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Well, THAT could have gone better…

    Yes, the Sox got a victory, but has there ever been a time when one of the college teams has actually beaten the Sox? Anyone? Bueller? They are SUPPOSED to win those games–that is why they play major league baseball…

    And what is worth its weigh in gold is the fact that Josh Beckett threw without pain–and was damn near perfect in his 1st game, throwing 22 pitches (15 for strikes) over 2 innings of no-hit work, while walking none, and striking out 2…He will face the Twins on Sunday for his 2nd game of Spring Training, and his 1st against a major league team.

    Remember in 2007 when Beckett would go to the mound, and we pretty much expected a win? And when he lost, we were shocked. I really miss those days….

    Tim Wakefield also threw without pain, but his results were less than spectacular, giving up 3 runs (2 earned–1 was from an error by a Brad Wilkerson…) on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out none. He threw 42 pitches in his 2 innings of work. But the thing of beauty was that there were no passed balls for Josh Bard. This is what Wake had to say about his outing: “I felt really good out of the windup, but out of the stretch I felt a little rusty. I think I just need to get the rust off a little bit. . . . It’s just a matter of (getting) more repetition.”

    Well, it looks like another stomach upsetting/Tums popping year on tap for the Daisuke show. Pitching in an exhibit game as part of his prep work with Japan’s WBC team, did pretty much as bad as Wake, throwing 38 pitches in 1 2/3 innings, and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 3–the only thing he did not do is walk anyone…Anyone have any Maalox this early in the season? Thought I might stock up so I am ready for the season….UGH….

    Rocco Baldelli got his 1st start with the Sox yesterday–a 5-inning stint in the Boston College Game–and the path forward seems to shorter spans of work, rather than longer. He will be the DH against the Rays in tomorrow’s game…

    So, the Dodgers have made some more tweaks to their offer to Manny: So now it’s a 2 years deal, $24 million the 1st, $20 million the 2nd, but the 2nd year is a player option year, which means Manny could opt to again be a free agent at the end of 2009. Since he and Satan FINALLY realized he wasn’t getting A-fraud money for 6 years, his 2nd choice was 3 years, guaranteed money, with a vesting option…At this point, the Dodger are betting against themselves, as the only team that even has a passing interest is the Giants–and that they are not all that interested at this option, so lets hope Frank McCourt and Co aren’t TOTAL idiots and give him more…

    Does anyone else think it’s a riot that Spring Training started over a week ago, and games have already been played–that Manny Ramirez STILL does not have a job? HA HA

    Coming up: Jon Lester and his very 1st start of the 2009 Campaign, vs the Pirates, at home, 1st pitch: 1:05pm

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