July 29th, 2009
Red Sox 8, Oakland 9, In 11 Innings:
What IS it with the Sox losing on Jim Rice’s
Wow…What a reallyREALLY crappy day in Red Sox Nation yesterday, on a day that should have been wonderful, as Jim Ed was honored for the 2nd time this week, with his #14 being retired from the Boston Red Sox. Johnny Pesky did the honors, which I was fortunate to see, as all the best stuff happened after 7:00pm when MLB Extra Innings (and TiVo kicked in…). It was a great moment–not as dusty in the house as when Pesky’s retired, but it was pretty moving…
After that, the night went RIGHT into the dumpster…
Not that Clay Buchholz did not pitch well, he did OK, didn’t really pitch long enough (5 2/3 innings, throwing 107 pitches, 67 for strikes), but he only gave up 2 runs on 9 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2–certainly well enough for the win…
And when he left the game, the Sox were winning 5-2–and it was handed to the best bullpen in baseball, the bullpen who went through a tough time for a couple of games, but then righted themselves and have been lights out every since–Game’s a lock? Right?
Ah….NO…5 1/3 innings later, this was the Red Sox Bullpen line: 107 pitches, 72 for strikes, 7 runs (6 earned) on 12 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. Jonathan Papelbon had another blow save (although, to be fair, the TWO throwing errors by Nick Green in the 9th inning, which lead to the tie, certainly did not help matters) and Manny Delcarmen took the loss after giving up the 2 go-ahead runs in the 11th inning…
So I am thinking we’ll see Jed Lowrie at shortstop tonight….We’ll definitely see Adam LaRoche, probably playing 1st, with Youk DH-ing, and Mike Lowell playing 3rd…
In case you were wondering where Big Papi went during last night’s game–his daughter was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons, which means he will not be in tonight’s game as well. Hopefully she will be fine, very, very soon!
Some progress was made in the Activation of Tim Wakefield, as he finally played catch yesterday. And his back did not even fall off. Actually, Wake said that while the soreness is still there, it has now been reduced to “tolerable discomfort”–whatever that means….
And, you knew it was coming….wait for it….WHAT THE *@#()&#^(*@%#&* @^#&*%^#@&* %^#@&*^#*&*^#@&*$^&*@^&*$^* &^^@&*$^@&*(^ DOES DAISUKE THINK HE IS DOING?
This is what Daisuke said to a Japanese newspaper: “If I’m forced to continue to train in this environment, I may no longer be able to pitch like I did in Japan. The only reason why I managed to win games during the first and second years (in the U.S.) was because I used the savings of the shoulder I built up in Japan. Since I came to the Major Leagues, I couldn’t train in my own way, so now I’ve lost all those savings.”
Are you KIDDING me? I have never professed to be a pitching coach or guru, but he NEVER pitched here like he did in Japan–yeah, sure, he got wins, but he got 18 wins last year and broke a record all at the same time: the 1st major league pitcher to win 18 games while only pitching 167-2/3 innings!!! And his average outing last year? 5 2/3…He wants to be able to throw all he wants, and thinks that will improve his game…well, you got to throw all you wanted while prepping for the WBC, and then come back to the Sox (WHO PAY YOU) All tired and out of shape…and promptly went 1-5, with a 8.23 ERA–and two DL stints…
And what makes me the angriest? This week should have been all about Jim Rice–and Daisuke made it all about him with his whining…He needs to go–the Sox don’t need that kind of crap and distraction….
But I think Tito handled it will all the class and restraint that he has shown in the past: “I thought we made huge strides in communicating through some of his frustrations and maybe ours, so to hear him say that is disappointing. Not disappointing that he has an opinion, that’s very welcome. Disappointing that he took a meeting that was confidential and decided to air it publicly. Yeah, we’re very disappointed.”
Well, yesterday was the day JP Ricciardi set as the deadline to get a Roy Halladay deal done–and deal was not done…so is it a dead issue? Probably. But you never know…Things happen quickly sometimes, right out of the blue. And the Sox are still looking at Adrian Gonzalez (Padres) Victor Martinez , and Cliff Lee (Cleveland)
Well, the Mark Kotsay Era is officially over: Having been designated for assignment last week so Adam LaRoche could get on the roster, Kotsay was traded to the White Sox with cash (to cover some of Kotsay’s salary) for outfielder Brian Anderson, who he has been optioned to Pawtucket for the time being…
Finally, here is a WAY cool raffle: How would you and 9 of your closest friends like MONSTER SEATS? Net Raffle is currently raffled off 10 Monster Seat tickets to the Sunday, August 23rd Yankee game, with a 1:35 start. And not only do you get the 10 tickets, you get this stuff as well:
Dinner before or during the game
A private wait staff throughout the game
A special Red Sox gift bag.
A cash prize to mitigate taxes as a result of winning the raffle.
And the best part is that it’s for a great cause: The Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation, set up to aid young men and women. Mark, a former BU Hockey player and NHL Assistant was killed on September 11th, as he was one of the passengers aboard United Airlines flight 175 which struck the south tower of the World Trade Center.
Tickets for the raffle start at just $2 a piece with a minimum purchase of 5 tickets. The entry deadline is August 20th, 2009 at 11:00am eastern time. Good Luck!
Coming up: Bad Penny! takes the mound in game 3 against Oakland, against Brett Anderson, the kid who completely shut down the Sox the last time Oakland was in town (a complete game 2-hitter) Hopefully, now that the Sox have seen him once, they’ll be able to figure him out. 1st pitch 7:10pm….