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  • April 21st, 2010

    Red Sox 7, Rangers 6:
    Uh…Who is Darnell McDonald?

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:59 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    HOLY…BUCKETS…that was one ugly-assed game!

    I have to admit, I watched the 1st 3 innings, and I had to turn it off for a while (I turned it back on when the score was 6-4…)I couldn’t stand the constant stealing of bases anymore. NINE in ONE GAME??? Are you @&#@&(#*&@)(*&KIDDING me? And Vlad Guerrero stole TWO of them–CRAP–I didn’t even think he could move that fast–but apparently, against Victor Martinez, even geriatric is fast enough…

    I know that Wake, with his 67 MPH pitches, is easy to run on, but 5 times in 1 inning? It’s never been this bad–teams are running at will. And of the 33 attempts made against the Sox this year–ONE base stealer has been caught-Robinson Cano on April 7th–boy, he must feel stupid…HA HA

    And poor Tim Wakefield, this was one of those starts that is best forgotten the moment you are in the showers: 6 innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits while walking 5 (1 intentional), and striking out 3. And if that wasn’t enough, he had a hit batsman, a balk, and 2 wild pitches–but I blame the wild pitches on Victor Martinez, who tried to back hand them, not stop them with his body–and both lead to runs scoring…

    With both Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury going on the DL yesterday (something that should have happened about a week ago), Josh Reddick and Darnell McDonald were called up from Pawtucket, and immediately made an impact on this team, with Josh contributing a double that scored 2 and Darnell, coming in to pinch hit in the 8th inning, and stroking a 2 run shot to tie the game. And his heroics didn’t end there. With the bases loaded with 2 outs in the 9th, he hit a walk-off, wall ball single (which I thought for a few seconds was going to go out…) to win the game for the Sox…

    Hopefully he’ll be able to play tonight, as his teammates beat the crap out of him in the post game celebration, even giving him a split lip…

    For the record, I became a fan of Darnell’s on Facebook last night after the game (although Facebook did something totally retarded–so now instead of “fans”, you are “likes”–and I am not really sure what that means…) and he had about 150 “Likes”, and was bemoaning the fact that, on April 2nd he only had TWO! This morning when I checked? Over 500…and I expect that number to continue to grow today…

    Watched last night’s game on my Roku for the 1st time. It’s only the Beta version of MLB.TV on Roku, but I am overall very happy with the quality of the picture and of the sound. They are still working out some buffering issues, but I think it will be just as good as MLB Extra inning was–and about $80.00 cheaper…

    And it was good to see that Tito pulled the struggling David Ortiz out of the order, and Mike Lowell was put in his place–he worked 2 walks in the contest, and will be the DH for Game 2 tonight, as the Rangers starter is a lefthander–AND perhaps even tomorrow, as tomorrow’s starter is a lefty as well…Yay!

    And it’s that time of year again, All-Star Balloting. And, based on their play since the season started, I am not really in the right frame of mind to be voting for anyone to go to the All-Star Game. No surprises, and since its being played in an AL Park, David Ortiz is on the ballot as DH…As always, you can vote up to 25 times per e-mail address online at MLB.com, where the deadline is 11:59pm on Thursday, July 1st, or fill out a paper ballot at any of the 30 major league ballparks–deadline for Paper ballots is June 15th. The starters will then be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4th. Then there is the last man ballot, which will be held that week…The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, South America, United States, Paraguay will be hosting the All-Star game this year, to be held on Tuesday, July 13th…

    Finally, FilmBuff wanted me to let you know that Luis Tiant’s movie The Lost Son of Havana, which was televised on ESPN in 2009, is now available at Amazon VOD, and you can read all about the movie at its FilmBuff Page. I saw this on ESPN last year, and if you haven’t seen it, you need to…

    Coming up: Josh Beckett will hope to continue the winning trend (hopefully with A LOT less ugliness–and running) with his 4th start of the season. He is opposed by Matt Harrison for the “Dark Bright Blue Team” 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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