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  • April 11th, 2011

    Red Sox 4, Skanks 0:
    Welcome Back, Josh Beckett!

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:16 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    This was the first complete game I was able to see this year, as I have been directing the wildly successful The Drowsy Chaperone at Misericordia, and can I tell you how happy I am I did not miss this one…

    Holy Buckets! Josh Beckett was DOMINANT–8 brilliant innings of 2-hit (both singles), shutout ball, striking out 10, which he hasn’t done since 2009, while only walking one…Beckett threw 103 pitches, 68 for strikes. And Papelbon did his job, giving up no hits, while striking out 2 in his inning of work….

    And Macro Scutaro, who is 9-16 with the bases loaded since signing with the Sox last year, once again came up HUGE, with a 2-run double in the 7th inning to give the Sox a bit of breathing room…Big Papi contributed an RBI double of his own in the 8th to bring the scoring to 4-0…CC Sabathia, while not completely sucky, was certainly not on his game–and I think he has gotten even LARGER… What is he, about 350 lbs–in each leg now? Yikes!

    So, while a sweep would have been nice, the fact that the Sox managed to take 2 of 3 from the Skanks, is certainly acceptable–also very nice is that the Sox actually HAVE some wins now, because I was getting very tired of just marking my calendar with black dots…

    Something worrisome from the weekend though–what exactly is wrong with That Clay Person? Again he gets roughed up, this time on Saturday against the Skanks–he couldn’t even get out of the 4th inning, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2. And for 2011, he is currently 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA…

    And of course, this means that the Sox announce the signing of his 4-year/ $28.7 million contract extension on the day he gets chewed up by the Skanks…Who are the PR people who do this? Couldn’t you time it better?

    I guess it’s time for me to weigh in on the whole Manny Ramirez retiring-because-he-was-caught-cheating-for-the-2nd-time debacle. I reallyREALLY hope that this puts to rest all of clamoring by folks who actually THOUGHT Manny cared one iota about the Sox, or baseball, or anything but himself for that matter. Manny was a selfish, childish, jackass who cared about money–and doing whatever he wanted. Period. Yes, he did a lot of great things for the Sox–for which the Boston Red Sox paid him handsomely for. But as far as I am concerned, Manny Ramirez left this Boston Red Sox a long time ago–when he quit on the team, the faked injuries, the forcing the team to trade him, all of it. And if I never hear “Manny being Manny” again in my life, I WILL die a happy woman….

    Neato stat: With Friday night’s win against the Skanks, the Sox are now 15-13 all time in home openers against the team. And since there are precious few historical stats where the Sox come out on top against the Skanks–we celebrate each one that does…

    Finally, The Hardball Times, as always, have been hard at work writing the great baseball info we all know and love (and honestly, how can you NOT love a bunch of guys who actually use the word “slew”?) And today is no different. As we all know, today is the 50th anniversary of Yaz’s major League Baseball debut, but it’s also the 5,000 day anniversary of Curt Schilling stealing his only base. These auspicious occasions, and more are the topic of today’s Golden Anniversary for a Slew of Debuts. article. Also featured is a story about retired numbers increasing, and the fact that the Sox have the highest standards of any team for this honor… Check them out!

    Coming up: The 2-7 Sox take on the only team that is actually off to a worse start than them, Tampa Bay. It’s also the 1st item Skeezy Bastard (aka Johnny Damon) returns to Fenway in a Ray’s uniform. But alas, we will not be seeing Manny, which is A-ok by me. Daisuke gets his 2nd start of the season, hopefully doing better than his last “vintage Daisuke” outing. He is opposed by rookie Jeremy Hellickson for the Rays. 1st pitch 7:05pm/…

    One Response to “Red Sox 4, Skanks 0:
    Welcome Back, Josh Beckett!”

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