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  • August 31st, 2009

    Red Sox 6, Toronto 5,
    Red Sox 3, Toronto 2,
    Red Sox 7, Toronto 0:
    And the Sweep is Complete…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:40 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Picture 033What a GREAT time in the Holy Land this weekend! And here are some random thoughts from the game I saw Saturday, and the game I did not on Sunday, as I was traveling home…

    Despite the fact that it was cold and rainy on Saturday night– a crappy night at Fenway Park is better than just about any other place on earth…

    Something I learned this weekend, my 1st time in the Bleacher section of Fenway–they really are a totally different breed, these bleacher folks…

    Another thing I learned, that when Toronto plays, in addition to the Star Spangled Banner (Yeah, I choked up, as always) “Oh Canada” is sung as well–and all things being equal, the SSB is a way better National Anthem. I mean no disrespect to Canada, and have no desire to cause an international incident, but you have to admit that the SSB is the gold standard, as farPicture 048 as National Anthems’ go–at least I think so…

    I also learned that when there is a pitching change, all of the outfielder usually congregate in center field, chatting with each other–and I saw this alot with Toronto the other night, as they made 4 pitching changes in one inning…

    Picture 002I also had the pleasure of meeting Gary Waslewski the right-hander who pitched for the Sox in 1967…meeting Johnny Pesky is still, hands down, the best…

    There is a sign in the bullpen: Please refrain from Picture 035seeking autographs from the bullpen during the game…Well, DUH, they are kinda BUSY…But even the sign (and good old fashioned common sense) didn’t stop the folks who STILL asked the players in the bullpen for autographs!

    And how bout the pitching this weekend! With the exception of Josh Beckett and the home run derby (5ip, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits (including the 2 homers) while walking FIVE and striking out 9–how does someone get a line like that? Or the better question: How does JOSH BECKETT get a line like that?

    I would have expected Clay Bucholtz, or Paul Byrd to have that type of line, but no…Here are THEIR lines for the weekend:Picture 015

    That Clay Person: 8 1/3 Innings pitched, giving up 1 run on 3 hits (although the 1 run was as a result of Okajima allowing the inherited runner to score…) while walking 2 and striking out 3. He threw 107 pitches, 67 for strikes….

    Paul Byrd: 6 innings of scoreless, 3 hit pitching while walking 3 and striking out 1, throwing 83 pitches, 53 for strikes. And, it should be interesting to note some things about yesterday’s game:

    All he had done, pitching-wise, this season up to yesterday’ start, was throw BP to Little Leaguers (and a couple of rehab starts–4 to be exact)

    He beat Roy Halladay. Let me repeat that, in case you missed it: HE BEAT ROY HALLADAY!!!

    Billy Wagner, making his debut in a Red Sox Uniform, pitched a beautiful inning yesterday giving up 1 hit (a double to Lind), but striking out the side. He threw 16 pitches, 11 for strikes…

    And I am so glad that Mike Lowell got the start when I was at the game–it was the only one he’s gotten out of the last 4…’Tek did not tho, as Buchholz was caught by Victor Martinez…

    Unfortunately, the Skanks won all 3 of their games this weekend, so no ground was made up there (still 6 GB in the AL EAST) BUT, since the Rangers lost, the Sox enjoy a nice 3.5 game lead in the Wild Card race–and a perfectly respectable 3-7 homestand this time around…

    I was heartbroken to learn that Wake’s back went out AGAIN, taking him out of the rotation for the 2nd time this year, and this was after his great outing last week (7 innings of 1 run ball)–but apparently, the pain began in the middle of that outing, and has gotten worse from there. He is slated to have a cortisone injection today, and if his body responds, he could be back within the week…and more and more it seems like off-season back surgery will be required…

    And it doesn’t look like Daisuke will be ready anytime soon. He made his 1st minor league rehab start with the Sea Dogs, going 2 innings (including a 49 pitch 1st inning) giving up 5 runs on 4 hits (including a homer) while walking 3, and striking out 2..But, to be fair, all of this happened in the 1st inning–his 2nd was a 9-pitch, 3 up, 30 down one…

    HolyBullet FINALAn advantage to a 12 hour car ride to the Fens over the weekend: I was able to finish this one of the books I am reading: The Holy Bullet, by Portuguese writer Luis M Rocha, who also penned the smash bestseller The Last Pope.

    Picking up where The Last Pope left off, this sequel chronicles the assignation attempt on Pope John Paul II, and the myriad of events leading up to the event. This book weaves an intriguing and thrilling account of May 1981, offering a different perspective on the attempt to murder one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the 21st century.

    From the author: “It’s important that we have a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to what we learn in the news media, what our government tells us, what we think we know. Not everything is black and white. The world in which we live is much more complicated than that…”

    Expertly weaving fact and fiction, and extremely well researched, you will be hard pressed to discern where history ends—and the story starts.

    If you are a fan of Dan Brown’s books, you will love “The Holy Bullet” Check it out!

    Finally, the final tally is in for this weekend’s WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, I wanted to let you know that the event raised more than $4.55 million this year, and while it was a little less than the $5 million goal, I think its exceptional in these economic times. Over 20,000 individual gifts were sent in during the telethon

    In the last 8 years, the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon has raised over $21 million in the fight against cancer.

    Coming up: The Sox head back to Tampa Bay, for 3, and hafta, hafta, HAFTA take 2 out of 3 from them–but with a 2-15 record at the Trop–it doesn’t look good. Jon Lester gets the nod to kick off this 7 game road-trip (4 with the White Sox follow). Opposed by Andy Sonnanstine. 1st pitch 7:10pm

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