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  • July 19th, 2010

    Red Sox 2, Rangers 4:
    3 out of 4 goes WAY beyond Bad…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:06 pm in Baseball,BBA,Good Deeds,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (2)

    I go on vacation, and come back to this….Ugh…

    4 games into the 2nd 1/2 of the 2010 campaign, the Sox have lost the last 75% of their games, and the only reason they are not more games behind is that the Skanks and the Rays beat up on each other over the weekend…

    Jon Lester certainly pitched well enough to win, throwing 118 pitches, 75 for strikes, going 8 strong, giving up 4 runs (3 earned, thanks to-yep–Adrian Beltre’s 15th error of the season) on 9 hits while walking 3 and striking out 6. But the Sox defense was shut down by Ranger pitcher C. J. Wilson who kept the Sox to 3 hits and 1 run over 6 2/3, and managed to get 10 strikeouts….

    And the 1-4 record isn’t even the worst part: Since the 4th of July, the Sox have only won THREE games in their last 11–which is an abysmal .273 winning percentage…And did I mention the 6.5 games behind the Skanks (and 3.5 behind the Rays for the Wild Card) in the standings?

    Crap…

    And now they head off to the Left Coast for 8 games in the middle of the night (10 games total) and if they don’t right the ship RIGHT NOW, they will be coming home to a season that will be pretty much over for them…

    Some good news on the horizon though–I think: Looks like Josh Beckett will be back this week, after a 2nd start for Pawtucket where he threw 81 pitches (51 for strikes) over 4 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3. He will throw a side session on Tuesday, and return to the lineup on Friday night against Seattle. I know the Sox want him back, but I am not feeling super confident based on that pitching line from this weekend’s outing…Let’s hope a big league game ramps him up enough to fare better…

    Also look for Jeremy Hermida to return to the lineup this week, after he has a couple more days of hitting with Pawtucket…which probably means buh-bye for Darnell McDonald or Daniel Nava…

    And Jed Lowrie, despite going 0-4 with 2 strikeouts in his last game with Pawtucket, has been hitting .370 during his rehab stint–They will probably let the timer run out and then decide what to do with him…

    While I would never wish pain and injury on anyone, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved to hear that Andy Pettitte is out for 4-6 weeks with a groin tear (He left Sunday’s game with the injury) and the nuclear meltdown of AJ Burnett during Saturday’s game, where he chose to channel Kevin Brown and cut up both of his hands because we was frustrated….and the best part about it? He tried LYING about it, saying he fell up the stairs, when in fact he slammed some doors, and cut both hands on the plastic…PUNK…

    As part of Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) commitment to spreading the word about great causes, a number of us have chosen to run PSA’s on our blogs (You can see it on the top of the page). Pitch in For Baseball in an organization who mission is to share the gift of baseball by collecting new and gently used equipment and shipping it to children all over the world, as well as here in the U.S. Anyone is eligible, so long as the community has a genuine need for youth baseball and softball equipment and the kids want to have fun. Pitch in for Baseball normally works with leagues and programs in the community that have the ability to distribute the equipment and have a demonstrated track record of working with kids.

    During the Home Run Derby last week Pitch In For Baseball was selected to participate in State Farm’s Go To Bat campaign. This initiative gives you the opportunity to win tickets to the World Series, as well as help out your favorite charity! It’s a win-win!

    Here’s how it works:

    • Register for your chance to win World Series tickets.
    • When you register, you will get a chance to designate a charity that could win up to $25,000/week.
    • To designate Pitch In For Baseball as your charity, select PUBLIC GOOD as the charity category and then choose Pitch In For Baseball from the drop down list.
    • Revisit each day (you only have to register the 1st time) and play the ‘Go To Bat’ online game to increase your chances for tickets and Pitch In For Baseball’s chance at financial support
    • That’s it! And you can help young people from all over the world have the chance to play the greatest game on earth…
    • Play often–and good luck!

    Finally, our friends over at eTrueSports, have chosen to honor the passing of King George, by putting together a Top 11 of George Steinbrenner Quotes–yes, these are things George actually said:

    11. “Some guys lead through genuine respect. I’m not that kind of leader.”

    10. “I wasn’t any good at baseball, I never played it.”

    9. “I pay the bills around here, I’ll say whatever I want.”

    8. “You will never make it in this league” (to Ron Guidry)

    7. “I sold my egg company to my sisters for three times what it was worth. They’ve never liked me since.”

    6. “I’ve never read such irresponsible crap.” (on reports about Don Mattingly’s career-ending back injury)

    7. “Well, he wasn’t perfect but he did have some good things to say.” (on Attila the Hun)

    6. “There has to be a heavy in everything. This country didn’t get to where it is without a lot of heavies.

    5. “There’s nothing more American than Mickey Mouse, Billy Martin, George Steinbrenner and Goofy.”

    4. “I don’t think anyone should be suspended [from baseball] for life for anything other than murder.”

    3. “We needed a left-handed pitcher and we got one.” (on acquisition of right-handed pitcher Pat Dobson)

    2. “I could sing better than him.” (on songwriter Stephen Sondheim)

    1. “Sometimes – as much as I don’t want to – I have to inflict pain. But I also inflict joy.”

    You can read more here

    Coming up: Over the next 10 days, the Sox will be playing 8, yes, EIGHT games in the middle of the night–only exceptions are the Wednesday games, which are both at 3:30ish…Tonight, as the Sox kick off their 10 game road trip with 3 at Oakland, the Nation looks to, of all people, Daisuke to help pull the Sox out of this downward spiral. Oooooooooh Boy…He is opposed by Ben Sheets for the A’s. 1st pitch: 10:07pm…

    2 Responses to “Red Sox 2, Rangers 4:
    3 out of 4 goes WAY beyond Bad…”

    1. Cliff says:

      Don’t jump off the nearest tall building just yet. You’ve been decimated by injuries and the season is still young enough for you to come back. I’m reminded of the 1973 Mets. It was the “You gotta believe!” year; and they got healthy just in time to make it to the World Series. They took the powerhouse Oakland team, that was in the middle of a three-peat, to 7 games. Pitching, pitching, pitching.

      But if that doesn’t work out, you can still root for them to finish in the 1st Tier in the pennant race league. I believe it adds satisfation to a non-post-season year.

      Good work on the Pitch in For Baseball stuff. I need to do something on my blog.

      As far as negative Steinbrenner stuff, I’m laying off for now. Maybe during the off-season I’ll mention some Yankee and baseball fan gripes.

    2. herveleger says:

      Any person who is eligible, as long as the community has a youth baseball and softball equipment and the kids really need to want to have fun

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