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  • September 28th, 2011

    Red Sox 8, Oreos 7:
    Walking in the Snow Barefoot….

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:35 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comments (6)

    …Uphill–Both Ways…

    Holy Buckets! Really feels like that, the way the Sox have chosen to get to the postseason–or not…

    And it’s not over yet, the Sox still have to win tonight, and if Tampa Bay also wins tonight, or, even more bizarrely, both LOSE, there will be a 163rd game at the Trop, tomorrow, at 4:07pm…

    But since the the Skanks have the luxury of calling it in, because, as much as I hate to say it, they earned that right by not playing crap baseball for the month of September, I would be very surprised if the Rays lost…

    And on the other side of the fence, if Baltimore played with this much intensity and focus the rest of the year, they might not be in last place all the time. The tenacity with which they are playing spoiler is remarkable.

    And the Sox have won 6 games in the last MONTH–and NONE of them 2 in a row…Feh…

    So let’s dispense with the “Maybe THIS is the Spark the Sox need” nonsense–that was nice last week, or the week before, or maybe even Sunday when Jacoby Ellsbury came up big when the Sox needed him to–but it’s getting old.

    Also,  let’s dispense with the “You are not a good Red Sox fan unless you blindly believe and support the team, no matter how horribly they are playing…” I have been a Red Sox fan for nearly 30 years–if I want to bitch that they are sucking out loud–I can. And no “fan” who has been following the team since October 2004 is going to tell me I am not a good fan…Capice?

    The Sox Have to, Have to, HAVE TO fire on all cylinders tonight: Jon Lester needs to get it together to pitch like we know he can. The Sox offense needs to get hits–lots of them, and score lots of runs. The defense needs to play a clean game, no errors, no mental mistakes. Bottom line: They need to play like a professional baseball team of their calibre…And win at least 2, possibly 3, in a row…

    And go back and read that last sentence: Can you actually believe it has come to that?  And the worst part about it is that there is a VERY good chance they cannot make that happen…UGH

    And yes, while this “race to the finish” is exciting, and “good for baseball” It’s only worth it if you come out on top. None of this is going to matter if today or tomorrow is the last day the Sox play in 2011…

    As far as last night’s contest, there are a few reasons the Sox are still alive. Biggest of them all are rookie Ryan Lavarnway 2 homers which scored 1/2 of the 8 runs the Sox had…

    Another is Alfredo Aceves, who keeps on going out there and throwing a bunch of innings, often every day (last night was his 3rd game in a row) to pick up the abysmal starting pitching. Erik Bedard was the latest crappy starter, going 3 1/3 and giving up 3 runs. And asked last night if he would be available to pitch tonight, Aceves has this to say: “‘If I wake up tomorrow, I’m good…” Honestly, the only way he could be more of a teammate is if he was Tim Wakefield.

    Note to David Ortiz, you were wrong–Aceves is EXACTLY where the Sox need him to be.

    But I fear how much longer this dominance can go on. Even the best pitcher in the world has a bad night, and you know this guy must be tiring. I just hope the Sox can give him a break. I don’t want the season to rest in Aceves’ hands, and because he has been SO overused, and if he cannot get it done, and then people beat up on him…

    Finally, some more interesting historical stuff from our friends at The Hardball Times, specifically, today is the 70th anniversary of Ted Williams hitting.406, when he went 6-8 in the last game of the 1941 campaign. Other notable event include: Johnny Pesky’s #6 was retired, and Joe Cronin manages his last game. You can read the full article here

    Coming up: Jon Lester will take the mound on 3 days rest to try and extend the Sox season at least another day. What he has going for him: He OWNS Baltimore (14-0 lifetime against them–and is 7-0 at Camden Yards) What he has going against him: He is 0-3 with a 10.54 ERA in his last 3 starts–and the last time he went on 3 days rest in 2008 he gave up 4 runs in 5 innings of work…He is opposed by Alfredo Simon. 1st pitch 7:05pm.

    Oh, and if Jon Lester gets in a jam and they need to pull him–I think Tito needs to put That Clay Person in–and damn the consequences…

    Let’s do this…

    6 Responses to “Red Sox 8, Oreos 7:
    Walking in the Snow Barefoot….”

    1. Mike C says:

      Ironic on the 70th anniversary of Teddy ballgame insisting on playing a double header when he went into the game at .3995, Jose Reyes pulls himself after going 1-1 so that Ryan Braun has to go 3-4 to win the batting title.

    2. Christine E. says:

      I agree, Mike. I hope Ryan Braun does it, as I think it was crappy of Reyes to ask to be removed as to not muss up his average. I feel bad for his fans who came to see him play, and got 1 AB and that was it…

      And I hope its over tonight–one way or the other…:-)

      Go Sox!

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