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  • September 16th, 2009

    Red Sox 4, Angels 1:
    Pitching on 89 days rest…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:02 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    I’ll admit, I had my doubts–sure he did wonderful in his last start–but that was the minors–but he shut the Angels (whom the Sox will more than likely face in the Postseason) completely down, throwing 6+ innings of scoreless, 3-hit ball, while striking out 5 and walking 3–AND all of hits was done on only 93 (yes, NINETY THREE) pitches! (52 for strikes)…

    It’s amazing what 3 months between starts can do for a pitcher…

    But whatever Daisuke has been doing in Florida since being placed on the DL on June 21st, he needs to keep doing it–not just for the remainder of this year, but FOREVER…

    You may have noticed no Victor Martinez or Youk in the lineup last night–and the Sox may not have either back tonight either–Martinez went home to Cleveland to tend to some personal business, and Youk is laid up with back spasms–so Mike Lowell played 3rd, Casey Kotchman played 1st, and Jason Varitek caught….

    Still not much to talk about with regard to Tim Wakefield–he threw a side session on Tuesday, and his back is about the same. If he feels OK today, they Sox may have him start either Sunday in Baltimore, or Monday in KC…

    So, with last night’s win, the Sox have extended their lead to 5.5 games ahead of the Rangers, with a Magic # of 14. They trail the Skanks by 6.5, with a Magic # of 12. All with 20 games to go…

    I’m sorry, but I do not share the common opinion that starting and ending the season against the Skanks is somehow a good thing…UGH…Can’t the Sox (and their fans) EASE into a season, take a couple weeks, before they are faced with the Skanks? At least they are at home–at least for the moment– And the whole ending the Fenway season with them (October 1-3)–again with the UGH–Unless the Sox are about 8 games ahead in the AL East (or completely out of it) this is a Maalox and Jack Daniels Smoothie Weekend, just waiting to happen…

    And what is this crap about starting the season on APRIL 5th? I liked it much better when the season started in March…

    BUT, if Manny is still with the Dodgers, June 18-20 should be very interesting, as the Sox welcome the Dodger to Fenway that weekend….

    And the Left Coast stuff isn’t as good as it was this year, as there is a TEN GAME swing in July (19-28) and then a 5 game swing in September (10-15) YUK…

    Overall, based upon what I have seen so far, this is a pretty crappy season schedule…

    It was announced yesterday that David Ortiz’s Children’s Fund has teamed up with Massachusetts General Hospital, with Big Papi presenting a check for $100,000 to MGH’s President. While Big Papi has funded over 60 children’s heart surgeries, all of those were in his home country of the Dominican Republic. With this partnership, needy children in the Boston area will also benefit from him philanthropy…From Big Papi: “Whenever you provide an open-heart surgery for one of these kids, it changes the whole family’s life situation. It’s an unbelievable change. I started doing this a few years back. I was doing it because I love kids, and I love to see the smile on children’s faces. I had no idea, seriously, what I was walking into.” His big fundraiser, the 2nd Annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Tournament, will take place in the Dominican Republic on December 3-6th…

    And on the field, Big Papi hit his 24th homer of the season in last night’s win, which broke the record held by Frank Thomas of 270 homers by a DH. The Sox are 21-2 for the 2009 campaign in games when David Ortiz homers…

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    Coming up: So….which Paul Byrd do you think it will be? The great one, the crappy one, or the middle of the road one? Pick one; ’cause your guess is as good as anyone else’s…He is opposed by Joe Saunders in game 2 of this final 3 game series against the Angels (at least until the Postseason). 1st pitch 7:10pm…

    One Response to “Red Sox 4, Angels 1:
    Pitching on 89 days rest…”

    1. Clinton Schuch says:

      Makes some intresting reading. I am currently writing a piece on antique oil lamp shades. How do i subscribe?

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