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  • July 27th, 2009

    Red Sox 2, Oreos 6:
    Jim Ed Rice, Hall of Famer…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:38 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Jim Rice was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday, taking his rightful place among the baseball greats, and adding to an already impressive group of Hall of Fame Red Sox Left Fielders. If you count Ted Williams, Yaz (who attended the festivities yesterday for the 1st time since 2000–when Carlton Fisk was enshrined), and Jim Ed, that is more than 50 years greatness in left field. And I have to admit, when they announced all the baseball greats that were there (50 out of the 65 living), and Jim Ed made his speech (short and sweet, just like he said) it was very dusty in the house…From his speech: “You always feel that after every great, once-in-a-lifetime moment, there could not be anything else to top it. You find your lifelong partner, that one true love. You have your first child and you spend hours wondering at the perfection of tiny little fingers and toes…right when you thought it couldn’t get better, you have grandchildren and new astonishing love blossoms. And then 15 years later, you get a phone call that you thought you’d never get…To me, it didn’t matter that I got this call this year vs. my first eligible year. What matters is I got it…’’

    And I was a little disappointed that Rickey Henderson wasn’t more flamboyant in his remarks, although his bright white suit with the brocade, white tie and beige silk shirt were certainly stupendous enough…

    And just because: Jim Rice was an 8-Time All Star, leading the American League in RBI’s 2 times, homeruns 3 times, 2 times in slugging, and once in hits. He also had more than 200 hits 4 times (and more than 100 hits 8 times) in his career–16 seasons–all of it being played with the Boston Red Sox. The AL MVP in 1978, Jim Ed was a .298 career hitter with 382 home runs, 2,452 hits and 1,451 RBIs…

    A win would have been the icing on the cake of this spectacular day in Red Sox history, but, despite beating the cookies ELEVEN TIMES IN A ROW at Fenway Park, John Smoltz could not make it an even dozen–there was no “one bad inning” this time, as the “worst” inning was the 3rd, when the Oreos scored 3 times. Now, the focus is on the fact that a great deal of the scoring against John Smoltz since he has been pitching in a Red Sox uniform come with 2 outs (15 out of 24 runs)–and usually when he is one pitch away from getting out of the mess–he just does not seem to be able to close the deal…

    Coupled with the fact that is will apparently take an Act of Congress for the Sox to actually SCORE in runs…this does not bode well…

    And I very bummed about the whole John Smoltz thing, as I reallyREALLY thought he fare better than this–and he may still–its just very painful to watch this great pitcher flounder like this. His line from yesterday: 5 innings, throwing 83 pitches, 58 for strikes, giving up 6 runs on 9 hits (including a home run) while walking 1 and striking out 6…

    One bright spot of this game–looks like the bullpen is over its “thing”–firing 4 innings of 1-hit ball with 3 walks, a wild pitch, and 3 strikeouts…making it 22 innings since returning from the All-Star Break, without allowing a run…

    And at least they won 2 of 3, to maintain the 2.5 game deficit they have behind the Skanks…and Bad Penny! actually WON this weekend (as did Jon Lester), so we’ll take those…

    And its 4 days to the trading deadline, will something happen? I really hope so…This team needs to be shaken up a bit–another pitcher, another hitter, one of each–SOMETHING…And Tom Werner has went on record as saying that Theo is “burning the midnight oil’’ trying to make an impact deal before Friday’s trade deadline: “I think we have a pretty good track record of making deals at the deadline that have some impact, but we’re not going to give away our best prospects,’’

    So Wade Boggs thinks his number (26) should be retired by the Sox? Ahhhhh huh…

    Coming up: Josh Beckett, coming off a complete game loss, takes the mound to kick off the final 3 game series against Oakland for 2009–Yes, Nomar is back to the Fens, for the 2nd time this month. He is opposed by Trevor Cahill, whom fortunately, the Sox have seen before, the last time Oakland was at Fenway–when the Sox were a totally different team…1st pitch 7:10pm.

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