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  • October 23rd, 2009

    October 23, 2009:
    Tim Wakefield is right again!

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:51 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Or, as right as a 43 year old athlete can ever be…. BUT, Wake had his surgery on Wednesday at Massachusetts General, where his herniated disc was repaired and the fragment removed from where it was sitting on the nerve. This fragment was the main cause of the weakness in his leg. Apparently, he can start rehab immediately, and within 6 weeks, should be back to 100%. From Wake after his surgery: “…..I was very ecstatic to get this thing done and get on the other side of the rehab. Talking with the surgeons today, everything looks awesome. I’m up moving around. I’m not very sore at all. I’m looking forward to getting to my rehab and getting ready for next year…”I still feel like I can contribute. I still feel like I can compete at the highest level. I want to continue to play as long as my body allows me and as long as the Red Sox want me around. I do have those goals in mind. That’s not the only reason I’m playing. I’m playing because I think I can still contribute to us winning a championship…”

    The Sox have until 5 days after the World Series ends to exercise the $4 million annual lifetime option they hold on Wakefield, who went 11-5 with a 4.58 ERA in 21 starts in 2009, making the All-Star team for the 1st time in his career. He is also 17 wins short of tying both Cy Young and Fat Boy Roger for the club record of 192. Wake has 189 total career wins….

    Looks like there maybe some switching between the Sox and the Padres. The Padres are closed to naming Red Sox assistant GM Jed Hoyer as their new GM, replacing Kevin Towers, who was fired earlier this month. But, apparently, Kevin Towers has a long-standing offer to join Theo’s staff anytime he wants, so he may actually show up in Boston…

    And another one of the fold could be leaving as well: Rumor has it that Bench Coach Brad Mills is on the short list to be the next Astros Manager. He and Manny Acta have been called back for their 2nd interviews. 1st Base Coach Tim Bogar, who also interviewed for the position, has not been asked back for round 2…

    So the Phillies beat the Dodgers in 5 games and are now playing in their 2nd World Series in as many years….YUK….Despite the fact that I live about 2 hours from Citizens Bank Park, I have always disliked the team. And now, if the Skanks advance, it looks like I will be in the unenviable position of actually having to ROOT for the Phillies, but its like the lesser of 2 evils–and its not like I will watch even a second of this game–OK, I take that back…If they look like they will beat the Skanks, I will watch that….but that’s it…

    The World Series Starts next Wednesday, the 28th….

    But the Skanks still need to finish of the Angels 1st–and could the Angels, specifically, closer Brian Fuentes (think Scott Williamson) have dangled the team ANY closer to the elimination precipice that he did last night? Holy Buckets! The Angels take a 6-7 lead into the top of the 9th inning) having held a 4-0 lead until John Lackey/Darren Oliver/et al, imploded in the 7th inning to allow the Skanks to score 6 runs. Fortunately, The Angels answered with 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. THEN, top of the 9th inning, 2 outs, Fuentes proceeds to load the bases without giving up a hit by issuing 2 walks (1 intentional pass to A-Fraud) and hitting Robinson Cano. Then Nick Swisher comes up, has a 7-pitch at bat, going from 0-2 to 3-2. I was watching the last 10 minutes of this game, and I said to myself: “Self, if this moron blinks and walks Nick Swisher, this team does not deserve to win”. But, miraculously, Fuentes gets him to pop out to require a game 6….

    So now the Angels go back to New York–Can they pull a rabbit out of a hat and actually win this series and advance? Doubtful. BUT, if they can win Game 6–I think the pressure (and the thoughts of 2004) will revert back to the Skanks–and then anything is possible…

    And, let’s “go there” for a minute–could you imagine the psychological DAMAGE another Skankee choke would do to the team–and their fans–Wow…That is so cool, I don’t even dare to think about it…

    Coming up: Saturday night, Game 6 of the ALCS–The Skanks hold the series lead of 3-2–and the teams return to New York for the next 2 (if there is a next 2…) Andy Pettitte vs Joe Saunders–and heavy rains and winds are expected all day tomorrow. 1st pitch 7:57pm…

    Go Angels!

    One Response to “October 23, 2009:
    Tim Wakefield is right again!”

    1. Mark Goldstein says:

      I just hope that Tim can get through the 2010 season without any physical issues, so he can help take the Sox to the 2010 World Series

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