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  • October 20th, 2009

    October 20th, 2009:
    Well, at least it’s getting a little bit interesting…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:42 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    I thought the Angels were done–as the innings grew and the gridlock stayed at 4, I thought they would blink: another stupid error, or missed opportunity, and the Skanks would be sitting on top of a 0-3 lead–Fortunately, backup catcher Jeff Mathis saved the day with a RBI double in the 11th inning to give the Angels the win, and put them very much back into this ALCS.

    And FINALLY Vlad Guererro did something, hitting the 2 run shot in the 6th inning to tie the game at 3…It was only his 2nd homer in 26 postseason games….

    And an added perk to this win, and the tie that lead up to it–It removed Skankee starter Andy Pettitte from the equation for the win. If he has won, he would have been the winningest postseason pitcher in history–now he just has to keep sharing the record of 15 with John Smoltz….and hopefully he won’t get another chance….

    Looks like Jesus, Acts like Judas, and Throws like Mary: In yesterday’s contest, Joe Girardi pulled Johnny Damon out of the game in the middle of the 10th inning, replacing him with Jerry Hairston, Jr, as Hairston had a better shot at the potential play at the plate. Doing this also lost the Skanks their DH for the remainder of the game…HA HA

    And its looking pretty bleak for the Dodgers, although for a while last night it looked like they would even the series at 2 games apiece. But then the 2nd walkoff of the day, a 2-out, 9th inning 2-run double by Jimmy Rollins gave the Phillies the win, and a 3-1 record in the NLCS…Their next game is Wednesday night, and it looks like the Phillies will be winning their 2nd pennant in as many years–UGH…

    Since Papelbon’s meltdown last Sunday, the big question is whether the Sox will trade him, and anoint Daniel Bard the closer. I think that will eventually happen, just not today. Everyone knows that for Papelbon, its all about the money–and when Mariano Rivera retires, the Skanks will be more than happy to pay him just about anything he wants–and he will be gone. But until then, the Sox still have him under control for a couple more years, so it will be year to year contracts for Papelbon until then…

    So Red Sox Bench Coach Brad Mills, and 1st Base coach Tim Bogar both interviewed for the Houston Astros’ Manager position yesterday, rounding out 10 candidates the Astros are looking at for the job….

    Looking at the Calendar for the 2010 campaign, I found some dates that were of interest:

    February 18th is the voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players, with February 23 being the voluntary reporting date for other players, and March 3rd is the 1st Spring Training game. And while its not meaningful baseball, its at least a start–and a 4 month wait is a little more palatable than a 6 month wait for Opening Day (April 5). Also on the calendar is next year’s All-Star Game, to be played on July 13th–my wedding anniversary…

    Coming up: The Skanks are bringing CC Sabathia back on 3 days rest to pitch Game 4 tonight, he is opposed by Scott Kazmir. 1st pitch is 8:07pm…

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