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  • August 27th, 2009

    Red Sox 3, White Sox 2:
    Flashback to 2004, 2007, etc etc…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:27 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    It was JUST like old times! Tim Wakefield pitched brilliantly (7 innings, throwing 94 pitches, 73 for strikes(!!!) giving up 1 run on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3–and no wild pitches, OR passed balls!) He also threw his 1st 17 pitches for strikes–every last one…And then someone from the bullpen comes in (The role of Mike Timlin is now being played by Ramon Ramirez) and gives up the tying run, taking Wake out of the equation…

    It’s ironic, Jeff Parker, who writes a KC Royals Blog , Royally Speaking just e-mailed me the other day, asking my opinion about the Ramon Ramirez for Coco Crisp trade–I told him I thought it was a good one (Coco is on the DL–again) While I am glad Coco is gone (he really descended into a gaping black hole, offensively) I am not so sure I am happy that Ramon Ramirez is here…

    But Daniel Bard, who came in relief of Ramirez, got his 1st major league win, pitching 1 1/3 perfect innings, striking out 3…

    And Daniel Bard was able to get this win because Big Papi, who has already hit a homer earlier in the game, stroked a solo shot around Pesky’s Pole with 1 out in the 9th inning, for his 1st walk off homer of 2009 (hard to believe, but its true), and the 9th of his career–feels like there has been ALOT more than that…All of the offense on the Red Sox part was as a result of the long ball yesterday–with the 3rd coming off the bat of, of all people, Alex Gonzales…

    So Billy Wagner, who took a couple days off and went home to Virginia, will be in a Red Sox uniform for this evening’s contest, and may very well make his debut with the club. From Wagner: “Really, Boston is a team I always wanted to play for. I saw my first big league game in Boston when I played for Brewster in the Cape Cod League and I can still [picture] the seat where I sat. It’ll be neat to see it when I get there…It’s going to be an honor for me to play with these guys. The Red Sox have a great bullpen and I certainly don’t want to come in and make it worse. I don’t want to be a headache to anyone. I want to make it better…The Red Sox took a leap of faith with me. They saw me for two innings and they took a chance on me. I’m excited, thrilled, and I can’t wait to get in there.’’

    And of course, to add someone to the 40 man, you need to remove someone–and this was a pretty easy choice: Bad Penny!, who made the choice even easier by requesting his release after last night’s game…From Penny: “I played for a great manager on a great team. I had a great time . . . I wish things had worked out better, but that happens.’’ In his time with the Sox, he went 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA…Good Luck Bad Penny!

    So a court ruling came down yesterday that government investigators illegally seized the list of players who allegedly failed drug tests in 2003. From Chief Judge Alex Kozinski: “This was an obvious case of deliberate overreaching by the government in an effort to seize data as to which it lacked probable cause…Some players appear to have already suffered this very harm as a result of the government’s seizure.” And this matters now WHY? The people who have been released already have already been harmed by this. I am not saying they were right, if they did take PED’s, but this illegal release is bogus. Just release the damn list and let everyone move on already…

    So, you may have noticed a new addition to BRT’s Blogroll: The Baseball Bloggers Alliance. The brainchild of Daniel Shoptaw, who blogs for the St Louis Cardinals. Daniel is assembling bloggers from all 30 teams, and hopes to have at least 2 per. He hopes that the Baseball Bloggers Alliance will operate in the same vein as the Baseball Writers, voting on things, and offering our own opinions. It also opens the lines of communication between bloggers of different teams. So, if the Sox are playing Minnesota, I could get in touch with the bloggers for commentary, opinions, etc. I am thrilled that Boston Red Thoughts is to be a part of this very neat organization, and will keep you posted as things progress…

    Finally, as you know, the 8th Annual WEEI-NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon began this morning at 9:00am, and will run for 36 hours, taking place at Fenway Park. This annual event, which raises money for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, has a great lineup again this year, including comedians/actors Lenny Clarke, Jimmy Kimmel and Denis Leary; actor Ben Affleck; and business magnate Donald Trump. Many Red Sox players will also participate, including Jonathan Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, Terry Francona and Tim Wakefield. Cancer survivors Jon Lester, Mike Lowell will also be on hand to share their stories.

    This year’s goal is $5 million dollars, a bit more than the record breaking $4.8 million the Telethon raised last year. In the last 8 years, the Jimmy Fund has raised nearly $17 million to aid in cancer treatments and research. To make a donation during the telethon, or for more information, please call, toll free, 877-738-1234, or to contribute online, go to Here

    I would have loved to have been at Fenway for this–unfortunately, we are not arriving until Saturday afternoon–and the weather is calling for rain–lots of it…

    Coming up: Junichi Tazawa gets the nod for this 4th game of the series against Chicago, as the Sox go for the sweep. He is opposed by John Danks. 1st pitch 7:10pm….If he can pitch as well as he did on Saturday (the only day the Sox beat the Skanks last weekend) the Sox will be in VERY good shape…

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