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  • April 5th, 2010

    Red Sox 9, Skankees 7:
    One Down, 161 to Go…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:18 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    Yay! The Red Sox Won! Yay! The Red Sox Won!

    Ahem….sorry…

    Its funny, but within 5 minutes of watching last night’s game, It was like there was never any 6 month hiatus–all the drama and the angst were all back, in full force

    Probably not helped by the fact that I had to watch the whole game called by the YES team–and while they are still HORRIBLY slanted–The guys in the booth are much better than they used to be when “kitty” (UGH) and his posse did the games–and I have always like Al Leiter, and I think his analysis are thoughtful and entertaining–Not as good as Eck, but who could be?

    This was almost a perfect game–the Skanks BILLION dollar starter could not get it done, their bullpen imploded, the 3 news guys in the starting 9 of the Sox went 5-for-9 with three RBI and two runs scored, Jonathan Papelbon closed out the 9th, and the Sox won–Perfect, right?

    All, except for the fact that Josh Beckett got as lit up worse than CC Sabathia…in 4 2/3 innings, (throwing 94 pitches, 54 for strikes, he gave up 5 runs on 8 hits (including 2 homers) while striking out 1 and walking 3…

    But, if thoughts of contract stuff was in any way to blame for his less than stellar outing, that is all laid to rest today, as the Sox have signed Josh Beckett to a 4-year, $68 million contract, which now keeps him in a Red Sox uniform for the next 5 years…So now, at least we can all stop talking about THAT…

    And do I need to mention that the Demonic Bullpen tandem is off to a great start? Ramon S., with his 1/3 of an inning (+2 batters in the 7th), giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk perfectly suited to his resulting 54.00 ERA. To be fair though–Okajima did allow both runners to score. but still gets to keep his sparkling 0.00 ERA–I think they should have to split the ERA at 27.00 each or something, since they were both complicit in the scoring…

    But Scott Schoeneweis, in his 1st appearance in a Red Sox uniform, pitched a perfect inning, with 1 strikeout and 1 wild pitch…

    And for the record, It appears Chan Ho Park still can’t handle high pressure situations…He ain’t in Seattle anymore…

    I have to tell you, based on what I have seen so far–I am majorly digging Marco Scutaro–he reminds me of Dustin Pedroia, or Mike Lowell, in so far as if something is going on, he is right there, making it happen…

    And, I know, when these 2 teams get together the games are LONG….But I fell asleep about 6 times in the 8th inning last night, and that was before midnight–and we still have 409 left coast (and 17 more with the Skanks….) I need to start taking nap or something…

    Walking wounded: As part of the rules, Daisuke must wait a week to pitch after being placed in the DL, so his 1st minor league start will come this Saturday with the PawSox. Boof Bonser, also on the DL will get the start for the PawSox season opener this Thursday…

    Finally: In honor of the Red Sox/Yankee series, and for those of you who are students of the game, there is a new biography out about one of the best (and enigmatic) players ever: Roger Maris. The book is Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero, by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary, this biography chronicles the story of the man who hit 61 homers in 1961, and the ensuing controversy that ensued. With research drawn from more than 130 interviews with Maris’s teammates, opponents, family, and friends, as well as 16 pages of photos (some never before seen) Roger Maris reveals a man who in twelve major league seasons accumulated not only two American League MVP awards, four All Star nods, and three World Series Championship rings-but the respect and love of those who knew him best. Even though I am in no way a Yankee fan, this seems like a book I may need to check out–and if I do, I will let you know… In the meantime, you can get more info here…. Or order it on Amazon

    Coming up: A Day off ALREADY! Then Game #2 at the Fens, with Jon Lester getting the start against punk AJ Burnett–1st pitch 7:10pm…Yay! More meaningful baseball!

    2 Responses to “Red Sox 9, Skankees 7:
    One Down, 161 to Go…”

    1. Lauren says:

      I’m pretty excited. And Jorge Posada surprised even me with his catching ability. Yeah, so he hit a home run. His infield errors more than evened it out…

      What do you think about Victor? I go back and forth. Was optimistic last week… but Sunday night found myself missing Tek. A lot.

      And Ortiz has me a bit concerned…

      But yay, 9-7.

    2. Christine E says:

      Hey Lauren:

      Thanks for your comments..:-)

      Yeah Posada was pretty dreadful defensively the other night…But everyone gets older and he is injured (his neck I believe)

      And while I am disappointed about Victor Martinez’s misstep in the game, and bummed that Jason Varitek is no longer the every day catcher–I think that the .303BA (based on 2009) is going to help us out much better than ‘Tek’s .212 BA (based on 2009)

      Yeah, Big Papi–but at least if he struggles the Sox have held onto Mike Lowell, and even if he is diminished on the field–there is nothing wrong with his bat…

      Game #2 tonight..Go Sox!

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