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  • August 13th, 2009

    Red Sox 8, Tigers 2:
    A much calmer game…

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:48 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    While bench clearing brawls, or high tension, and emotional games are very entertaining, sometimes it’s nice to just have a nice, quiet, calm win…gives your nervous system a chance to recover from the drama…

    And last night was such as game; with Josh Beckett notching his league leading 14th win (can the Cy Young talk start now, please? Thanks) and pitching 7 innings of 2 run ball–and took a no hitter in to the 5th inning, when he gave up a homer to Carlos Guillen…

    The rest of his line: 3 hits, with both of the runs coming off solo shots, while striking out 6 and walking 1. Beckett threw 97 pitches, 67 for strikes…

    I thought it would be 6 games, at least…But the punishment was swift–and only a 5 game suspension for both Kevin Youkilis and Rick Porcello, both opted not to appeal the decision, and both began their suspensions last night–Its much less of an impact when a starting pitcher is suspended for 5 games–he just gets an extra day or two of rest, and the team is not as affected. When it’s a position player, 5 complete games are impacted.

    Fortunately, the Sox have Mike Lowell to pick up the slack. Mike Lowell, who has handled this reduction in playing time in a classy manner, who deserves better than to be the odd man out, has been hitting .393 with 4 homers and 18 RBI’s in the 18 games he has played since the All-Star break–and his last 5 hits–3 have been home runs. So the Sox are lucky in that regard–they would really be screwed if Nick Green was suspended…

    And then there was RemDawg. Yes, Jerry Remy, who has been on the DL since the end of April, made an appearance with Eck and DO last night in the booth. Looking better than ever, Jerry talked about his leave of absence, and the reason behind it, and it’s not what you think: It’s not because he is recovering from the cancer in the off-season, or the subsequent infection that had him in the hospital for 10 days, and on all manner of antibiotics for 3 weeks, it was depression. From RemDawg: “…Looking back on it now, it was probably my fault that I went to Spring Training. It was an easy schedule so I didn’t have any problem. Once the season started, I had a big problem. I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t strong enough. Emotionally, I wasn’t ready, and physically, I wasn’t ready…We all decided that a leave of absence would be the best thing to do. With all that, it all finally came crashing down on me…So I’ve been fighting depression for the last couple of months. I’ve been in therapy for that, trying to get the meds right, trying to get all that right. Physically, I’m back. I put the weight back on that I lost because of the infection. Mentally, they’ve been trying to get the right combination of meds. I think I’m on the right path. Doctors told me to expect stuff like that. It was probably going to happen, and some were surprised I didn’t crash before I did.” I am so glad that RemDawg decided to speak out on his depression. While I have never suffered this kind of depression personally, I have seen it–and its effects on people I know. The most important thing is for people to know there is no shame in needing and asking for help, and that they are not alone…

    So, it looks like the John Smoltz experiment is over, as he has decided not to accept a minor league assignment with the Sox. So, now all that is left is for the Sox to either trade him (the Dodgers and the Rangers have supposedly expressed interest), or release him–and either way, the Sox are on the hook for most of the $5.5 million (plus bonuses and incentives) contract they signed him to in the off-season. They have until Sunday to decide…John Smoltz made 8 starts with the Sox, with a 8.33 ERA, and a record of 2-5…I wish he has agreed to the minor league option, and could have helped the Sox in September, and helpfully) the Postseason.

    But it looks like Junichi Tazawa will get another start in the bigs–look for him to pitch in his 1st start on the road, facing Dustin Nippert in Texas on Sunday…Hopefully it will be a calmer experience for him…

    Finally, this Saturday at 9:55am, Boston Red Thoughts will be part of Comcast Sports Net, New England’s The Baseball Show, on a segment called Web Sox Nation. Hosted by Greg Dickerson, this weekly segment spotlights 3 Red Sox Bloggers, talking with them about the hottest Red Sox topic from their sites for the week. So, if you get CCSN, New England, tune in!

    Coming up: The final game with Detroit for the 2009 campaign, as well as the end of this 4 -game series/homestand. Can the Sox finish the Tigers off and get the sweep, or will winning the series have to be good enough—they have beat them every time they have faced them this season, so it would be nice to sweep the season series. Skanks don’t play today, so it would be the opportunity to pick up a 1/2 game on them…That Clay Person takes the mound, opposed by Justin Verlander 1st pitch: 1:35pm

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