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  • July 31st, 2009

    Red Sox 8, Oakland 5:
    So I guess this is how it feels…

    Posted by Christine E. at 2:39 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I apologize in advance for the randomness (and probably more than a little rambling…) of this post–there is so much, too much, to say about this, so many things swirling around–its more than a bit overwhelming…Not even sure where to begin…

    Now I know what other teams fans go through. The fans of Mark McGwire, and Barry Bonds (believe it or not, he has/had fans) and Sammy Sosa, and Paul Byrd, and the countless other players (both known and unknown) who tested positive for some performance enhancing drug.

    Up to this point, the Sox had managed to skirt the issue. Brendan Donnelly? Only with the team a few months, Paul Byrd, same thing. We were even able to dodge the whole Manny Ramirez thing, after all, he was a jerk, and he wasn’t with the Sox anymore–and he probably started taking them when he went to LA…Yada yada…

    And it’s much easier to deal with when the player is a notorious character to begin with: A-Fraud, Bonds, Manny, et al…Of course they are cheaters; they are crappy teammates/human beings, so it makes perfect sense…

    Until it doesn’t…

    Until it’s a beloved and mythical figure like David Ortiz, the Big Papi of Red Sox Nation, The greatest clutch hitter in the history of the franchise, was found to be on the dreaded list of 104 names. Do you know how many times I have said to people, “Watch this, Big Papi is going to win the game here” and then IT WOULD HAPPEN…?

    And the worst thing? I dont think its over–I think someone will continue to, one or two names at a time, release the results of that dreaded list. Probably for the 1st time ever, I agree with the Skankees who said that whoever has the list should just release it, so that baseball can deal with it all at once, and move on–the way it’s going now, its killing baseball by degrees…

    And I have so many questions. Like what is this whole “I am going to find out what I tested positive for and let everyone know” This happened 6 years ago–didn’t they tell you that you were on the list, and why? That seems way weird…Here is more of the statement: “The news blindsided me…Based on the way I have lived my life, I am surprised to learn I tested positive. I will find out what I tested positive for. And, based on whatever I learn, I will share this information with my club and the public. You know me – I will not hide and I will not make excuses.”

    I give him credit for that–did he really not know? I can’t imagine–but that Players Association has always played fast and loose, so you never really can tell…but the fact of the matter is, if people on that list DO NOT know they tested positive, how can it be said that the Players UNION–the folks who are supposed to “protect them” are doing their job???

    Of course, all of this completely overshadows the fact that in about 2 hours, the trading deadline will be over (4:00pm) and hopefully, the Sox will have made a deal that can make this team better, and makes sense for the long-term as well…The same names are still in the mix (Doc Halladay, Victor Martinez, and Adrian Gonzalez) so we will see if Theo can once again work his magic…

    Jon Lester, while not at his best, pitched well enough to keep the Sox in the game–if they hit, and fortunately they did…His line: 5 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2. He threw 104 pitches, 58 for strikes…

    Fortunately, Papelbon and MDC were able to bounce back from their atrocious outing on Tuesday, throwing 2 1/3 between them and only giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking one…Daniel Bard also was in a mix, with a perfect inning with 1 strikeout….

    And, in a wonderful/horrible bit of irony, on the day Big Papi is tarnished, he hits a 3-run homer (off former Sox relieve Craig Breslow, for ever more irony) in the 7th inning for a desperately needed win for the Sox…

    So the Sox gained a 1/2 game on the idle Skanks, to 3 GB, and leaving Fenway, having only won 4 of 7, and 5–count ‘em FIVE games since the All-Star break (a span of 13 games)…UGH

    And Daisuke released the following statement, with regard to the whole brouhaha of earlier in the week, which all of a sudden, does not seem like that big of a deal anymore: I had no intention of criticizing the team and we are, in fact, working together to communicate, to exchange ideas, and to try to understand one another’s baseball culture as we move forward. The team and I have had many meetings and conversations, and after shaking hands with the general manager, manager, and coaches on the 24th, I was able to resume my training in a good state of mind. My goal is to put myself into a position where I can contribute to this team. I look forward to rejoining my teammates and playing in front of the fans at Fenway Park.” Yeah, OK–Damage control much???

    Coming up: The aftermath will continue as the Sox take it on the road for NINE, including FOUR against the Skanks next weekend—oooooh boy….John Smoltz kicks it all off at Camden Yards this evening, starting the 3 game series against the Oreos, opposed by Jeremy Guthrie for the cookies. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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