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  • March 12th, 2010

    Red Sox 8, Mets 2:
    Random Friday Stuff…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:44 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    John Lackey did very well in his 2nd start of 2010, getting his 1st win in the a Red Sox uniform (I know, it’s Spring Training, but a win is a win), continuing his dominance with another 3 scoreless frames of work, bringing his total to 5 scoreless so far this year, His line for the outing: 30 pitches (17 for strikes) giving up 3 hits, while walking and striking out none.

    Lackey weighs in on the difference in doing Spring Training in Florida rather than Arizona (where Anaheim, the only other team he has ever played for, prepares for the season): “I like the humidity over here. That’s one good thing about it. Feel like you get loose a little bit easier on this side, feel the ball a little better.” Wait until you go to Boston in April and its 42 degrees for 1st pitch, and you are used to California weather…You’ll be loving THAT–NOT…

    Junichi Tazawa closed out the game with 2 scoreless/hitless innings of his own, while walking 1, throwing a wild pitch, and striking out 2…

    This win brings the Sox Grapefruit record to 6-3…

    And of course “the big story” was the fact that the Sox would be facing Jason Bay for the 1st time since he left the Sox and signed with the Mets in the offseason. Whatever…

    So at Jason Bay’s 1st at bat in yesterday’s contest against the Mets, there were actually a few folks who BOOED him. Uh, WHY? He didn’t lie to anyone (like Johnny Damon), or act like a jerk to get run out of town (like Manny) He came to Boston, gave the team a good year and a half, was always polite and a good citizen and just could not come to an agreement with management and went to the Mets. He never once trashed the fans, or even the team for that matter. So what’s with the boos? Frankly, Nomar left under far worse circumstances and he got a 5 minute standing O when he came back to Fenway with Oakland last year…

    Now, I know Jason Bat isn’t Nomar, but STILL…Red Sox Nation is better than that…

    Speaking of #5, if you have not gotten enough of Nomar retiring as a Member of the Boston Red Sox, Comcast SportsNet New England’s Lou Merloni scored an interview with Nomar Garciaparra after the Red Sox press conference. This 2 part, more extensive interview (over 15 minutes) can be found here. Maybe CSNNE will consider a Lou and Nomar show–’cause I really think this needs to happen…

    Still on schedule for a start at the end of next week, Daisuke will throw to live hitters this week, and be evaluated from there…

    Today’s game against the Cardinals at their home in Jupiter, was postponed due to rain, but will be made up on March 22nd with split squad games/ Clay Buchholz, who was supposed to start today, will get a start in against the Pirates tomorrow…

    Chad Fox wrong a GREAT article on Random Lists of 5, you can read it here….

    Finally, our friends at Celebrities for Charities are running another very cool raffle. The Jason Varitek Spring Training Raffle, valued at over $2500, consists of the following:

    • Winner and a guest will enjoy 2 tickets (1 each) to the Boston Red Sox March 27, 2010 Spring Training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Field in Sarasota Florida and 2 tickets (1 each) to the March 28, 2010 game against the Minnesota Twins at Palms Park Field in Fort Myers, Florida (Game Times 1:05 PM)
    • Winner and a guest will enjoy dinner with Jason Varitek in Florida
    • Winner will receive $1,500 for travel and other expenses
    • Winner and guest will each receive an autographed Jason Varitek 8 X 10 Photo
    • Winner will receive a cash prize in the amount of $816.75 to mitigate the tax liability that results from winning the raffle. This prize is withheld and paid, on behalf of the Winner, directly to the IRS ($675.00) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ($141.75)

    AS always, raffle tickets are only $2 each with a minimum of 5 required, and can be purchased here. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Deadline for all entries is Monday, March 22nd at 11:00am EST, with the drawing later that day.

    All proceeds will benefit Journey Forward, a non profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of those who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury through an intense exercise program, which is designed to assists those with Spinal Cord Injuries so that they can achieve basic lifelong functions and receive the benefits. For more information about Journey Forward check out their website.

    Coming up: The Sox stay home tomorrow for the contest against Pittsburgh, Clay Buchholz gets the start, followed by Michael Bowden. 1st pitch: 1:05pm.

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