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  • July 13th, 2011

    American League 1, National League 4:
    More All-Star Randomness:

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:45 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (3)

    We are now on Day #3 of 4 days of no meaningful baseball, the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby is over, and today is the only day of the year where no professional sports are played. So, let’s look at More Random Things:

    1. Josh Beckett + Knee trouble + dropping out of the All-Star Game=VERY Troubling…I know he is slated to pitch for the Sox until Sunday, and that is still 4 days away. But he really wanted to pitch in the contest last night, and was slated to in the 2nd inning, but when he tried to warm up, he experienced soreness and had to bow out. He is downplaying it: “When I came off the long flight, it was a little bit stiff. When I got here, I jogged around a little bit. It got a little bit better, but it wasn’t something I was going to mess with.” I hope he is right–because if the Sox lose him too–they are in a HEAP of trouble….

    2. As part of The Home Run Derby on Monday night, each hitter was paired with a young person from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Raquelle Enos of the Lehi Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, who paired with the winner, Robinson Cano, received $50,000 for her local BGCA. The other 7 each received $10,000 for their local organizations.

    As they have for many years, the partnership of State Farm and MLB has supported BGCA and the local communities they serve. In addition each Gold Ball hit for a home run generated $18,000 from State Farm and MLB. In addition, State Farm donated $3,000 for all non-Gold Ball home runs hit. And the giving does not stop there: Since there is now a team component to the Derby, the winning team (in this case, the AL) will receive a $150,000 donation to Captain David Ortiz’s charity of choice. NL Captain Prince Fielder’s charity of choice receives $25,000. Finally, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America will also be awarded a $100,000 donation in the name of the winning team’s captain…

    If you want to get in on the action, State Farm’s also sponsors a Go To Bat campaign, encouraging people to support their favorite charity and, each week for the next 10 weeks, one charity will be chosen to receive $18,000 and one person who went to bat for the organization will be selected by State Farm to receive a pair of tickets to the 2011 World Series! Support your favorite cause AND have a chance to win World Series tickets? Sounds like a win-win to me…

    3. But Prince Fielder hit the homer when it counted–a 3-Run shot off CJ Wilson in the 4th inning to put the NL ahead for good in last night’s game. Whatever. The Sox have won both their recent World Series with sweeps–home field advantage didn’t seem to make one bit of difference….Personally, I think the whole “it counts” thing is silly–and I always have…

    4. While having this forced hiatus is pretty sucky, it does allow me to do all of the necessary household stuff I need to, including the painting of all of the trim in my house, work on the freakishly huge story of ESPN I am reading, and even find some time to play online blackjack–So it’s not ALL bad–but I will be glad to get back to baseball…

    5. And, I might as well weigh in on the whole “You get selected; you need to go thing” relative to the Skanks who did not go. 95% of the time, I would agree with that. Those people who used their 25 votes for each of their 3 e-mail addresses spent their time clicking on your name–you should go and hang, even if you don’t play. But in this case, I am WAY glad Jeter didn’t go–because I am so FRICKEN SICK of hearing about him, AND his hit, AND the kid who caught the ball, AND his Taxes, etc etc. If he had been there–the whole All-Star game would have been about him…when it shouldn’t be…

    6. Just for the record, it appears that Giants’ closer Brian Wilson’s teammates once again got busy with the Gorilla Glue, and this time threw small farm animals at his face. That beard is ridiculous–and the best description I heard was that it looked like “Weird Al Yankovich’s facial hair in Amish Paradise”

    7. In a disappointing announcement, the 2012 All-Star Game will be in Kansas City. I was hoping, with it being the 100 anniversary of Fenway Park, they would have it there. Tentatively scheduled location for 2013 is Citi Field in New York and Target Field in Minnesota for 2014…

    8. Looks like the punishment of David Ortiz and Baltimore Pitcher, “Whiny Kevin” Gregg for their behavior last weekend will be meted out sometime within the next few days. I personally think Big Papi will get 5 games for charging the mound, Gregg will get 3 or 4, for having crappy aim–and both will get some kind of fines. And I fully expect both to appeal the decision…

    9. Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times wrote great article about late Red Sox skipper Dick Williams. Entitled “Dick Williams Career Highlights,” it chronicles the most interesting, memorable, and important game & events of his managerial career, including the top 20 from his Red Sox days. You can check it out here

    10. Coming up:  One more day of Red Sox-less baseball, as the Sox have their scheduled off-day tomorrow, then head on the road for 6. First to Tampa Bay then to Baltimore (YUK!). To kick the 3-games against Tampa Bay Andrew Miller takes the ball for the Sox, opposed by someone from Tampa Bay–they haven’t decided yet…1st pitch 7:10pm…

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