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  • September 28th, 2010

    Red Sox 6, White Sox 1:
    Live to Play another Day…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:19 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    The fact that the Sox have STILL not be mathematically eliminated (yeah, I know, the # is 1–so it’s coming) with 6 games to go, is pretty impressive, given the season o’ injuries they have had…

    And, at least some of the pitching is still good–That Clay Person has another brilliant outing for his 17th win of the season, an 8 inning gem where he have up 1 run on 5 hits, lowering his ERA to the 2nd lowest with 2.33 (King Felix is 1st with 2.31)

    Throwing 108 pitches, 70 for strikes, Clay also walked 1, hit a batter, and struck out 5…Another day, another thumb injury: Holy Buckets! Even when we get them from somewhere else they get injured! Apparently, Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been dealing with a bad thumb (UCL ligament and joint damage) for the last several months, an injury that requires surgery, which is scheduled for today. I think this is horribly ironic, that the Rangers probably sent the Sox a catcher with a bad thumb–but backed out of the deal on Mike Lowell because of–a bad thumb…Saltalamacchia has about 4-6 of rehab, then can resume his baseball activities, so he will be ready in plenty of time for Spring Training…

    There is still time to vote for Tim Wakefield for the Roberto Clemente Award–I placed my vote last night–but holy buckets, I felt like I needed to buy a Chevy to vote…weird way they set it up. You have until October 8th to buy a Chevy, er, vote for Wake!

    But for Papelbon, who has saved 37 games this season, the moment did crystallize how he has been unable to shed the yoke of being a mere baseball mortal. He was slapped with that label in the Division Series last October when he blew Game 3 against the Los Angeles Angels.

    Oh, how far they have fallen! Not only is he looking rather PUDGY, Manny Ramirez is such a non-issue anymore. Since coming to the White Sox, in a span of 22 games, he has hit ONE homer, and is batting .266 with 2 RBI’s…I’m thinkin’ there won’t be any massive contract in Man-Ram’s future…

    As we all know, today is the 50th Anniversary of Ted Williams’ last game–the game where he homered in his last at bat, took off his uniform, and walked away from the game we all love so much. The Hardball Times talks about that fateful day, John Updike’s comments about it, as well as why September 28th was a lucky day for the Splendid Splinter. You can read all about it here

    Finally, if you are a student of the game, or just a sports history buff, Strike IX may be a book you want to check out. Based on the 1999 Providence College Friars baseball team, facing elimination at the end of that upcoming season in order for the school to comply with the federal regulation Title IX., they collectively put aside all their emotions and anger and went out and had the best season in the 80-year history of the school’s baseball program, winning the Big East Championship and getting into the NCAA Division I Tournament with a lot more to prove.

    Written to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of PC’s historic season, Strike IX was the result of speaking with a majority of the players on that team, and tells the personal ordeal that these Providence College athletes went through on the field and off the field when they learned that their sport had been cut… For more info, you can go here.

    Coming up: Game 2 of the Final 4 games against the White Sox for 2010 continues with John Lackey taking the mound, opposed by Edwin Jackson. Will the Sox survive another day? 1st pitch 8:10pm…

    6 more games…

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