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  • July 28th, 2009

    Red Sox 8, Oakland 3:
    Stopper, thy name is Josh Beckett…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:18 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (6)

    Even tho he did not get his 3rd complete game in a row, Josh Beckett did one better, he gave the Sox 7+ strong innings of 3-run ball and a WIN (although one of the runs was one inherited by Daniel Bard and allowed to score) while walking 1 and striking out 3. Beckett threw 103 pitches, 77 for strikes-an impressive 75%.

    Beckett kept the game within reach, though the bats were much more alive last night, with 8 runs crossing the plate for the Sox during the contest. And Adam LaRoche, getting the start at 1st base again last night (Mike Lowell sat again, while Youk played 3rd) is certainly making his mark for the Sox, with 2 doubles, and is hitting .417 in the 3 games he has played since his arrival…

    And it’s not looking good for the Reactivation of Tim Wakefield on August 2nd–despite the fact that he said he is feeling better, his scheduled day to start throwing yesterday was cancelled by the training staff…

    And, in case you were wondering: The 2010 Hall of Fame Ballot will consist of: Andre Dawson (9th time on the ballot) and Bert Blyleven. (13th time on the ballot). Also returning are Lee Smith, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Mark McGwire (which is a surprise). And the 1st timers: Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Robin Ventura, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Ray Lankford, Pat Hentgen, Todd Zeile, Eric Karros, Mark McLemore, Andres Galarraga, Fernando Vina, Mike Jackson, Shane Reynolds, Dave Burba, David Segui and Andy Ashby…Will the 14th and 10th time be the charm for Dawson and Blyleven? Who of the 1st timers will advance? Who will be off the ballot after the 1st year?

    On the Veteran’s Committee Ballot: Ron Santo, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva and Tommy John. Good luck, as the Veterans don’t like to vote for anyone after 1943…

    3…more …days: And Tito says the world “has no idea” what Theo is working on…Could it be a bat? Could it be a pitcher? One of each? Rumor has it that Cleveland offered Victor Martinez for Clay Buchholz, straight up, but Theo declined. Another rumor is that Theo s trying to get Victor Martinez AND Cliff Lee form Cleveland, which would be WAY cool–but at what cost? And yet another rumor is Adrian Gonzales (ANOTHER 1st baseman) form the Padres, which means that Adam LaRoche would probably be gone–And the biggest rumor of all: The Sox are in the hunt for Doc Halladay–and would have to give up Buchholz, Daniel Bard, and a bunch of prospects for the pitcher….I guess its all conjecture until 4:00pm on Friday…and while its an exciting time, I’ll be glad when its over–I can’t believe its not a distraction for the players…

    Did you know that the televising of the Sunday’s Hall of Fame Induction by the MLB Network was the 1st time EVER that the ceremony was on TV? How cool is that? Have already saved that one for posterity on the TiVo…

    Another one for posterity on the TiVo: Tonight is the night that The Red Sox will retire Jim Rice’s number #14, placing it along side the other greats of the Boston Red Sox, most recently, Johnny Pesky. The ceremony will be televised on NESN before the 7:10 start of tonight’s game–I hope I get the chance to see some of it–Direct TV will not link up to NESN until 7:00–and since having NESN as part of the sports package is a waste (I can watch all the Charlie Moore I want, just not anything remotely Red Sox oriented…) I am not going to shell out the $12-$13 a month to watch Charlie Moore, even if Gabe Kapler is fishing with him…

    Speaking of Jim Ed, if you are going to be around the Fens tomorrow, newly minted Hall of Famer and Red Sox Legend Jim Rice will be at Game On!Fenway,  82 Lansdowne St, on Wednesday, July 29, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Admission is FREE. He will be doing a Q & A Session with TC (Tom Caron), signing autographs, and making an announcement about a newly sponsored initiative form RCN for a Boston Centers for Youth and Family (BCYF) Citywide Baseball League. For more information, call (617)351-7001

    Coming up: Clay Buchholz makes his 3rd start of the season, going for his 2nd win, in game 2 of this 4 game series against Oakland. This is his 1st time back to the Fens in nearly a year. He is opposed by rookie Vin Mazzaro–great another . 1st pitch: 7:10pm

    6 Responses to “Red Sox 8, Oakland 3:
    Stopper, thy name is Josh Beckett…”

    1. Charley says:

      Let’s get The Hawk in. Andre Dawson for the Hall of Fame, hawk4thehall blogspot

    2. Mitch says:

      I can’t believe Andre Dawson hasn’t been picked yet; that one just stuns me. Tony Oliva also stuns me. As for the rest of them,… well, hard to say “great” for any of them.

      And what’s up with Papelbon recently? He hasn’t looked good since the All Star game. He looks like he’s lost his confidence.

    3. Christine E. says:

      Hey Mitch: Thanks for your comments–I don’t think Papelbon has looked good all year, so I haven’t really noticed any more drop off since the All-star break–and I think both Dawson and Blyleven deserve the call–but I am not entirely sure it will happen…

      Hey Charley: Thanks for your comments and welcome to Boston Red Thoughts! Hope to see you around here again!

      Go Sox!

    4. Uskmos says:

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    5. loopdoop says:

      you just got yourself a place in my bookmarks

    6. Sava? oyunlar? says:

      Very nice , thanks.

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