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  • April 6th, 2009

    April 6, 2009:
    Happy Opening Day…er…Not so fast…

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:46 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! The day has arrived! I have taken the vacation time, my Mike Lowell jersey is all ready to go, and at 2:05 pm, I will be sitting in front of my 42″ plasma with GD, tuned into NESN, getting ready to watch the Boston Red Sox kick off their 109th season of play–and I get the call that the game has been called due to the 100% chance of torrential downpours this afternoon in the Boston Area. So now the game is rescheduled until 4:05 tomorrow–which means there is no way I will get to see 1st pitch–although I will probably catch it from the 3rd inning or so…

    Although I am glad they called it early enough so that people dont have to sit in the freezing cold rain for hours, only to find out the game is not going to happen. And now, they don’t play 1 day and then immediately get a day off–its sill not an auspicious way to start the season…Crap…

    In a completely non-surprising move, Chris Carter and Nick Green are the final 2 men on the Red Sox opening day 25 man roster which consists of 2 catchers, 6 infielders, 5 outfielders, and 12 pitchers, including the starting 5 of Josh Beckett, Daisuke, Tim Wakefield, Brad Penny and Jon Lester. Mark Kotsay, John Smoltz and Julio Lugo all begin the season on the 15 day DL…

    And when there is baseball tomorrow–a lucky family of 4 will be the recipient of 4 right field box seats, a $50 food voucher, and a Red Sox gift pack. And for every one of the other 80 home games, the same thing will happen. Why? Because this is David Ortiz’s gift to the fans. Called “Papi Cares 2009″ this ticket program will allow families that normally would not be able to afford to attend a Red Sox game, the opportunity to go, and not worry about the financial burden. From John Henry: “David’s generosity is legendary among his family, friends and fans. No one is surprised that when he saw a need, he decided to do something about it and do it in a big way. The ‘Papi Cares 2009′ program represents the true spirit of what it means to be a Boston Red Sox, and we are proud to play a small part in David’s effort to bring joy to families in need.”

    Speaking of bringing joy: One of the greatest of tomorrow’s game will be seeing Jed Lowrie as the starting shortstop, as Julio Lugo is still about 2 weeks away from playing. I am reallyREALLY not looking forward to a season of crappy offense with tons of errors, and a sucking gaping hole in the lineup, but for now, the Sox are better, and will be, at least for the next 2 weeks…

    And the predictions have already started with at least 2 Boston writers predicting the Sox will their 3rd world series in 6 years…I usually suck at predications, so I am going to hold off on that for a while…

    Coming up: The Red Sox will be donning their home whites and taking their positions on the field, as we kick off the 2009 campaign against Tampa Bay–TOMORROW. Doesn’t it feel like they just played them? Probably because they did…Senator Ted Kennedy, who is battling a brain tumor, will throw the 1st pitch if he is up to it. Josh Beckett on the mound, 1st pitch (hopefully) at 4:05pm. James Shields gets the nod for the Rays…Sox Tat

    And, as I promised, here it is: The tattoo I said I would get if the Red Sox won the World Series in 2007. It is on my left shoulder. Yeah, I know, took me long enough…

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