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  • July 6th, 2009

    Red Sox 8, Seattle 4:
    Tim Wakefield, 2009 All-Star…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:33 am in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Yay! After playing 17 major league seasons, (15 with the Sox) the ultimate team player, and probably one of the classiest guys in the game, Tim Wakefield, has made his 1st All-Star Team…and, at 42, he is also the oldest player to make the All-Star team for the first time since Satchel Paige, who went to the All-Stars in 1956 at 46…From Wake: “I’m very happy today. It’s been a long time…I feel very honored and humbled at the same time…When you go and play professional baseball, you always want to make an All-Star team. I’ve had opportunities, but have just never gotten the chance. Obviously, when I see (Joe) Maddon, I’ll thank him deeply for the opportunity to represent not only the Red Sox but the American League at the All-Star Game. I’m very excited about it.”

    And, joining him for the festivities, is the largest contingent of all the teams: Starters Dustin Pedroia and Jason Bay, Backup Kevin Youkilis (HOW he lost to Toxemia is BEYOND me) and pitchers Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon…The game will be played on July 14th at Busch Stadium in St Louis…

    And after this weekend, we needed some good news–I even had to go out and get a new freaking black marker this weekend, after the crappy display of whatever the hell that was–losing 2 out of 3 to Seattle? Are you kidding me? UGH…fortunately, the Sox managed to scrape at least one win together, to avoid being swept for the 1st time at Fenway Park (Hasn’t happened yet)

    Despite a solid outing from Jon Lester, who went 6 2/3 innings, throwing 122 pitches, 82 for strikes (but too many pitches–ouch…), while giving up 4 runs (Only 1 earned–on 2 errors–one by JD Drew and on by Dustin Pedroia…UGH) on 8 hits while walking 3 and striking out 9, it was Justin Masterson who got the win, with his perfect 1 1/3 frame, striking out 3. Okajima also contributed his own perfect inning…

    Also contributing to the win: Big Papi (only 2 more to 300!), Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury all hit homers in yesterday contest…The game will be played on July 14 at 8:00pm in St Louis…

    Yes, John Smoltz is making his debut at Fenway Park in a Red Sox uniform tonight–but tonight also marks the 1st time in 5 years that Nomar Garciaparra will step out onto the field at Fenway Park–he has not been back since he left in July of 2004, when he was traded to the Cubs…From Nomar: “That’ll be strange. I look forward to it, just because of the fans and to see some old friends and everything. I always loved the fans, and that city will always have a special place in my heart.”

    Jacoby Ellsbury swiped his 35th base of the season yesterday, making it the 2nd season in a row he had reached that milestone–only 2 other players in Red Sox history have done that: Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper–nearly 100 years ago…

    At exactly 1/2 through the season, at 81 games, and despite the crappy weekend, which with the Skanks winning all the time these days, the lead in the AL East standings has narrowed to ONE game, the Sox still hold the best record in the American League, at 49-32…

    Mike Lowell will start hitting again, off a tee, as he rehabs his ailing hip. Then, it may be onto Pawtucket to play a few games with them…There is no reason to believe he will not be back when he is eligible to be on July 17th…

    Jed Lowrie is still taking it slow, although he did play in 1 of the games in Pawtucket’s doubleheader yesterday. It’s looking more and more like the Sox will not see him until AFTER the All-Star break….CRAP…

    Coming up: John Smoltz makes his 3rd start in a Red Sox uniform, but his 1st at Fenway Park, kicking off 3 against Oakland. Let’s hope he is as dominant as he was last week against the Oreos, that there is no rain delay, and that the bullpen doesn’t completely explode again…Smoltz is opposed by Brett Anderson for the A’s. 1st pitch: 7:10pm

    And don’t forget, tonight at midnight is the deadline to be eligible for the Boston Red Thoughts contest: The 3rd edition of The Red Sox Coloring and Activity Book. Details are up above on this page, on the top right corner. So enter for your chance to win–and Good Luck!

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