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  • June 3rd, 2010

    Red Sox 6, Oakland 4:
    A Crazy Day in Baseball…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:21 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy Buckets! Was yesterday not one of the strangest baseball has been in a long time? We all know anything can happen (and usually does) but yesterday was bizarre, even by baseball standards…

    Where else but in baseball can you see an icon retire, a perfect game ruined by a bad ump call with 2 outs in the 9th, and Daisuke actually did not walk anyone?

    All in 1 day…

    I swear Daisuke has a horrible evil twin that goes out and pitches horribly, so then when the good Daisuke pitches OK, it makes him look like he is brilliant…

    Now, don’t get me wrong, 6 2/3 innings, of 3 run ball, all given up in the “OBE” is a good outing–but in stark contrast to the horrendous outing over the weekend…

    The rest of his line: 109 pitches, 84 for strikes (!!) 10 hits (including a homer), ZERO walks, a hit batter, and 7 strikeouts…

    And of course, Jonathan Papelbon just cannot help himself, giving up a solo homer in the 9th inning for his 13th save…and a perfect MORTAL 3.13 ERA

    But another day, another perfect inning for Daniel Bard–actual 1 1/3rd this time, with 2 strike outs…His ERA? 1.91

    And if anyone wants a Daisuke Daiquiri, I have plenty left over that I didn’t need to drink last night–they should still be ok…Its only Jack and Maalox…

    By now, everyone has heard, and most people have seen the video on the Perfect Game that wasn’t–Tigers Pitcher Armando Galarraga got to the 2nd out of the 9th inning, and then a BAAAAAAD call on the 27th out by umpire Jim Joyce broke up the Perfect Game. So, instead of making history by being the 1st Tiger to ever throw a perfect game, Galarraga had to console himself with the shut out and the win… I am heartbroken for the guy–the perfect game was HIS. And the MLB is going to have instant replays THIS is the type of plays I want to see it on…

    At least Jim Joyce wasn’t a d*ck about it–he actually went right into the Tigers clubhouse after the game and, with tears in his eyes, apologized to Galarraga for the bad call: “It was the biggest call of my career, and I kicked the (stuff) out of it. I just cost that kid a perfect game.”

    And yesterday was the day that Ken Griffey, Jr, decided to hang up the spikes and call it a career: “I’ve come to a decision (Wednesday) to retire from Major League Baseball as an active player. This has been on my mind recently, but it’s not an easy decision to come by. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to have played Major League Baseball for so long and thankful for all the friendships I have made, while also being proud of my accomplishments.” One of the greats of baseball today, Griffey won 10 Gold Gloves, was on 10 All-Star teams, ranks in the Top 5 of most offensive categories, and in 1989 was selected as the youngest player on the Major League All-Century team…The game shines a little less bright today…

    As expected Josh Beckett won’t be activated from the DL today–as a matter of fact, they have pretty much shut him down, and will not have him throwing for about 10 days. The concern is that he will change his delivery in some way to compensate for pain, or fear of pain, further messing things up. There is already issues in his mechanics that he and pitching coach John Farrell are trying to work through (e.g.: his in effectiveness out of the stretch, etc etc), so let’s not make them worse, shall we? Thankfully, that means Tim Wakefield will take his starts, and hopefully get back to where he can be. Look for John to return late June–at the earliest…

    Apparently, Mike Cameron’s pain isn’t the sign of something worse–the results of his MRI this week indicated a “deep inflammation”, which means that once he starts feeling better, he can play without fear that he is causing more damage to the original injury, which, according to the MRI has healed.

    Hardware Alert: Since the Sox started out so poorly this season, there hasn’t been too much to cheer about, or celebrate. But they turned it on in May, and are finally starting to play to the level they are expected to. So it’s really no surprise that the awards then take care of themselves, with Big Papi being selected AL Player of the Month, and Jon Lester, AL Pitcher of the month…Its the 4th such honor for David Ortiz, and 3rd for Jon Lester…Runners up for the honors were DH Vladimir Guerrero for the Rangers, and Toronto’s Shaun Marcum…

    Today: While Tim Wakefield fared a little better this outing (if you can call only giving up 6 runs better)  the Sox could not sweep the series, losing 9-8…

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