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  • March 4th, 2011

    Red Sox 0, Phillies 2:
    Post 1,000

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:49 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (5)

    When I wrote my first post in May, 2006, never in a million years did I ever think I would actually get to a thousand posts–it seemed like impossibility. But then again, so did the fact that the Sox would come from 0-3 in the 2004 ALCS, and then sweep the Cardinals to win the World Series in 2004. And then, to add even a deeper level of impossibility, the Sox managed to get to the World Series in 2007, and AGAIN sweep to become World Champions for the 2nd time in 4 years…

    So, thank you to my Batterymates,  my Advertisers, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, and, most of all, the folks who take time out of their busy day to read Boston Red Thoughts. It’s been a ton of fun, and I look forward to watching and writing about Boston Red Sox baseball for a long time to come!

    So, the Sox have played 5 games so far this Spring Training, and have won 2–both against Minnesota, whom they have played against 3 times thus far. Yeah, I know, Spring Training means nothing, but when it’s the only baseball there is, a winning record would be nice…

    Thankfully, Josh Beckett passed all the tests he needed to after being hit in the head with a baseball this week, and suffering from a mild concussion. While he did not make his start against the Phillies yesterday,  it appears that he will be taking his next turn in the rotation, which is Tuesday against Houston. Tito weights in: “He’s allowed to do some activity. Now again, they have to kind of monitor his activity. He’ll do some biking and some light throwing and see how he progresses from there….we’ll just keep him on his schedule to pitch his next time out. How he gets to that start is up to how he feels and how he and [pitching coach] Curt [Young] decide to do it.”

    Hopefully this will be just one of those blips from Spring Training…because you know that is he struggles AT ALL this year, it will all be traced back to this whole concussion thing…

    Taking the place of Josh Beckett against the Phillies, prospect Stolmy Pimentel fared OK in his 2 innings of work yesterday, giving up the only 3 hits, including the 2 run double that was all the scoring in the contest. He also walked and struck out 1…Phillies lefty Cole Hamels answered with 4 innings of perfect pitching…Mike Cameron, sans hole in his stomach, hit a double in the 3rd inning, thereby saving the Sox from being no-hit in the game…

    Adrian Gonzales is making super progress, upping his swings to about 70, and mixing up where they come from: some from a T, some soft tossed at him–and arm is still firmly attached. If all continues as it should, look for him to be making his 1st appearance in a Red Sox uniform sometime next week…

    Tom Werner, who before he was known as the Chairman of the Board for the Boston Red Sox, was a television producer who was part of Carsey-Werner Productions–you may remember some of the shows they produced: Roseanne, The Cosby Show, etc etc. In recognition of his contributions to the entertainment industry, Tom Werner has been selected for The National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He will be inducted during the NAB Show in Las Vegas later this year….

    We all know Jed Lowrie went to Stanford, and was studying to get his Poly Sci degree when he stopped going in 2005 because of baseball. Apparently he decided to finish and get his degree–hell, with only 3 electives left, he’d be nuts not to…Guess he is taking a photograph course, as well as an independent study on labor relations in sports…Now, if his baseball career doesn’t work out, he’ll have something to fall back on….

    So, the word around town is that it will be a Red Sox and Phillies World Series. Now, you won’t find me doing any online betting on BetUS on this, but hey, if it happens to work out that way, you’re not going to get any argument from me. HOWEVER, baseball being the crazy unpredictable game it is–if it turned out to be an Orioles and Pirates World Series that would be totally nuts-but not completely and utterly impossible…OK, yeah, that IS completely and utterly impossible…

    So, Coco Crisp was arrested this week in Arizona for allegedly driving under the influence. Brilliant buddy–you, Miguel Cabrera, and Cleveland’s Austin Kearns can trade jail stories–all of them have been busted in the last month or so. With all the money you have, can’t you hire a driver? Dummyheads…

    Finally, Looking for a very cool vacation sunny Florida with the Sox in 2012? Of course you can book the flights and the hotels and get the tickets, but what if you could get all that, AND more, for free? Well, one lucky winner and his or her guest will win round-trip airfare for two to Fort Myers, Florida, hotel accommodation, dolphin cruise tickets, tickets to 2012 Opening Day, and a VIP tour of the new Red Sox stadium in Fort Myers. Sponsored by The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, the contest requirements are that you wear your Red Sox. To enter, submit a photo of yourself showing you Red Sox pride by wearing red socks in unexpected places. For example: a photo of a fan working at their desk with no shoes, only red socks, or a fan sun tanning at the beach in their swim suit and red socks. But hurry, the contest deadline is next week, March 13th, at 10:00am EST…

    For more info and all the contest rules, you can check out their website. Good Luck, and if you need someone to go with…

    Coming up: The Sox head to Tampa to face the Skanks for the 1st time in 2011. But dont expect much–the Sox have split squad games on Saturday, so most of the regulars will not be making the trip…So basically you will be seeing the 2010 lineup (Jed and Kalish and Darnell, et al…)That Clay Person gets the nod, opposed by…hehehehehe…ahem… hehehe…AHEM! Bartolo Colon….1st pitch 7:05PM–and it’s on MLB.TV, so I will actually get to watch it–although I find watching Spring Training games to be odd and awkward….

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