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  • July 15th, 2009

    American League 4, National League 3:
    And how many in a row is that now?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:02 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So the American League beat the National League AGAIN for the 12th  time out of 13 tries (The last time the National League won, it was 1996…)Ad once again, the American League team in the World Series will have home field advantage…

    Of course, home field advantage in the World Series never really mattered to the Sox, as they swept their opponents in both 2004 and 2007…it just meant that when they won the World Series, they did it somewhere other than Fenway Park, which is probably a good thing, as the craziness in the streets was bad enough when they were on the road–could you IMAGINE how the fans would be if the Sox actually WON the World Series in Boston? Maybe not as much now, as the Sox have won 2 in the last 5, but I think it still would be significant…

    So Papelbon gets the win, thanks to All-Star MVP’s Carl Crawford’s brilliant catch to rob Brad Hawpe of a home run in the bottom of the 7th inning, with Mariano Rivera getting the save. Both Jason Bay and Kevin Youkilis got hits (singles) in the contest. So, again, this year, a Red Sox player figured prominently in the victory…From Cinco Ocho: “Things like that will probably be at the top of my memory list throughout my career, for sure. Obviously, for me to be the winning pitcher and Rivera)to lock down that save, that’s pretty special. I think I’m going to get the lineup card and get that one framed and put it up in the game room, for sure.”

    Josh Beckett and Tim Wakefield, who were told they would only be used “late” (i.e.: if the game went into extra innings) never saw game time. Since Josh Beckett has been their before, and pitched that complete game shutout on Sunday, that was certainly understandable–I just wish that Wake had gotten in the game, as this was his 1st (and probably only) All-Star appearance…

    And there were a couple Holy Buckets moments during the game last night–how ’bout The President, the leader of the free world, is sitting in the booth with McCarver and Buck, in jeans and a ChiSox jacket, just shooting the breeze? Completely and utterly surreal…

    Another weird thing? Buck and McCarver were going on and on about how one of the most valuable players in the game right now is…wait for it…KEVIN YOUKILIS! Of course, it happens to be true–but for Tim “Jeter has the eyes of a champion” McCarver to say it–that’s pretty amazing…

    So Ichiro has went on record saying that fellow countryman and WBC teammate Daisuke is not all messed up because of the WBC…he also said that Daisuke gave “…everything he had. We all did, everyone on that Japan team. That’s why we could win.” and: “…If you think that’s the reason he’s struggling right now, if people are blaming the WBC, that’s not very smart. People who are saying that are using it for a reason just to have a reason. They’re not really thinking it through. I believe he thinks it’s not due to the WBC, too. People who say that are just grasping for a reason.”…Uh, OK….as if anyone expected Ichiro to come out and say “Yeah, you’re right; it is the WBC’s fault” Like that would EVER happen…

    In what was probably the best thing he has EVER said, Commissioner Bud Selig agreed with the masses with regard to players who were suspended for 50 games for taking PED, be allowed to take rehab assignments in the minor leagues before their suspension is completed…

    And how bout THESE apples? Pedro is going to the Phillies, having signed a $1 million, 1 year contract, with incentives up to an additional $1.5 million…The announcement will probably happen today or tomorrow, with Pedro going to the minors to get himself major league game ready…

    Coming up: Another Off day today, AND tomorrow, then the much anticipated 1st start of the 2009 campaign in the bigs for Clay Buchholz–and he will be meeting a most formidable opponent: All-Star Starter, and Blue Jay Ace, Roy “Doc” Halladay–this should be VERY interesting. 1st pitch: 7:07pm

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