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  • March 10th, 2010

    Red Sox 9, Marlins 0:
    Nomar is Back!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:02 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Hold Buckets! Nomar is retiring–OK, not so big news–But Nomar is retiring as a member of the Boston Red Sox! Yep. The Sox held a new conference this morning, and signed Nomar to a 1-Day, minor league Deal (Couldn’t they at least made it a major league deal? For one day?) Immediately after, Nomar retired…You can see his press conference here…and it was getting pretty dusty in here when I watched it…

    While I regret that Nomar never got to be what he should have been with the injuries–and that he had to be traded in 2004–I am Oh So Happy that he will end his career where he started–and where he always belonged…

    And now, about that show that he and Lou Merloni should have on NESN–it would certainly be must see TV…But, for now, Nomar will be heading to ESPN as a baseball analyst…

    Tim Wakefield was downright brilliant in his 2nd outing of the season yesterday, throwing 3 scoreless frames of 30 pitches (22 for strikes) while giving up 2 hits, walking none, and striking out 1…A bunch of prospects (and the “other” Ramon Ramirez” combined for the remaining 6 shutout innings…His next outing, 4-5 innings, will be next Monday against the Oreos…

    So it looks like another great beginning for Tim Wakefield–unfortunately, its the end of the season that has been messing with his cake the last few years–it seems he gets to about the All-Star break with all kinds of good stuff, and then something happens…Like in 2009: If he had continued the All-Star caliber dominance he has at the beginning of the season, there would have definitely been Cy Young talk…

    While it’s still not certain that Jerry Remy will be the everyday color man in the NESN booth during Sox games, he has been calling the Spring Training games since they started last week. And this is a tough call. While I think DO and Rem-Dawg has extraordinary chemistry in the booth–I reallyREALLY enjoyed Eck’s perspective and commentary as well. Maybe they could have Eck come in 1 or 2 days a week, give Jerry some time off?

    Injury updates: Daisuke had another bullpen session today, and will probably pitch in his 1st game sometime mid/end of next week.

    Mike Lowell, receiving a clean bill of health from his doctors earlier hits week, will play in a game over the weekend…It seems more and more likely that Mike will break camp with the Sox, as a bench player…

    The #1 pick in baseball this year, touted as “the best pitching prospect in 20 years” who plays for the worst team in baseball (isn’t it always that way?)Stephen Strasburg got his 1st start yesterday against the Tigers, going 2 innings, throwing 27 pitches, 15 for strikes, giving up 2 hits and zero runs while striking out 2. Coming from San Diego State, Strasburg signed with the Nationals for 4-years–and $15.1 million dollars. But for a young kid, he seems to not be influenced by the hype: “…and I can honestly say it’s not necessarily earned. It’s something you have to deal with when you’re the No. 1 pick. But I haven’t really proved anything at the pro level. There are guys here who have had long, successful, big league careers who don’t get this type of attention. Kind of a shame, but it’s out of my control.” Looking forward to seeing more of this kid…

    Jon Lester got his 2nd start of the season today, in the 6-8 loss against the Rays at home, opposed by fellow-lefthander David Price. After allowing the 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks, today’s outing was MUCH better 2 2/3 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 2 hits while walking and striking out 4…Which was certainly good enough to get a win, if Adam Mills (Don’t know who he is either…) didn’t get lit up to the tune of 6 runs on 7 hits while walking 1–all in 1 inning of work…wonderful…

    This loss brings the Sox Grapefruit Record to a very respectable 5-3…

    Coming up: John Lackey will make his 2nd start of the season against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. This will also be the 1st time the Sox face Jason Bay since he left…1st pitch is at 1:10pm…

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