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  • April 19th, 2012

    Red Sox 3, Rangers 6:
    Well, So Much for Momentum…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:37 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Apparently, the Tampa Bay Rays are the only team the Boston Red Sox can beat–and 12 games into the season, the Sox are still 2 games under .500 (.333 to be exact)..Better than the .167 of last week, but not by much…

    At least last night’s contest wasn’t as horrific as the 18-3 beat down the “Dark Bright Blue Team” gave them the night before…but the end result was the same… Josh Beckett pitches well enough to keep the Sox in the game, going 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits (including a home run) while walking 1 and striking out 7. He threw 110 pitches, 68 for strikes…

    But in the “which bullpen member will implode today” sweepstakes, Franklin Morales came up in the contest, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits, while hitting a batter, and walking 3 (including 2 INTENTIONAL)–all in 1/3 of an inning. Matt Albers, (who is quietly compiling a very good season so far, with his 2.08 ERA) stopped the bleeding by throwing 1.2 innings of 1 hit ball–and not letting the 3 runners on base that Franklin left, score…

    I understand the Sox have a bunch of injured players (and Jake makes 10) and that this is not the team they constructed–but this team feels like September of 2011–without the Tito…

    Speaking of Tito, he changed his mind! He WILL be on hand for the 100 year anniversary festivities tomorrow afternoon at Fenway! Yay! How long do you think HIS ovation will go on? He will also call Sunday’s night game for ESPN–and this will be the first time EVER that I will be excited to see a game on ESPN–No Joe Morgan in a pinstriped suit!

    Signed up for NESN for the month, so I can see every minute of the anniversary celebration tomorrow starting at 2:00pm…I am SURE it will get pretty dusty in the home office of Boston Red Thoughts…

    So, Jacoby Ellsbury’s MRI’s results were sent to Dr. Lewis Yocum, and he agrees with the Sox medical staff that it’s a “shoulder subluxation,” or, in English: A partial dislocation. He also felt that surgery will probably not be needed and that rest and rehab should be enough to get Jake back on the field in 6-8 weeks or so. He weighs in: “…Just kind of wanted to see exactly what happened (when the injury happened). I had a pretty good understanding. You’ve got to stay positive. There’s never a good time for an injury. I’ll definitely be back playing…We ruled it (surgery) out. As of right now, I’m focused on getting my work in and getting back as soon as possible. I’ll be playing this year, hopefully sooner than later.”

    I reallyREALLY hope this isn’t a PR thing, and that in 6-8 weeks they are going to say “Oh! We were wrong; he needs surgery, and is done for 2012” Hate to be a cynic, so we’ll see…

    And apparently Carl Crawford may get back at some point, as he took 4 at bats in an extended spring training game yesterday. He went 1-3, with a walk and a homerun (!!), tried to steal a base, and actually made contact with the ball 3 times…If all goes well, he’ll be throwing and playing the outfield soon…Confidence is not high…

    From the “Is this really something the world needs?” Department: “The Joe Girardi Show” was bad enough–but now there is to be a Bobby Valentine Show??? Every Thursday at 6:00pm on NESN, starting tonight. He taped the 1st episode at Fenway with TC. He really needs his own show? I thought every press conference was the Bobby Valentine show…Oooh boy…

    Finally, our friends from eTrue Sports have yet another little anti-Bobby Valentine Nugget for us. A Guest Editorial: History’s Worst All-Time Decisions, by Bobby Valentine

    10. Believing in Berne Madoff

    9. June, 1941 German invasion of Russia

    8. Inviting Ray Lewis to an Atlanta Police Benevolent Association fundraiser

    7. Sony betting the house on Beta VHS

    6. Teaching Brett Favre how to text photos

    I think you know where this is going…You can read the rest of the list here.

    Coming up: And off day for the Sox, then That Clay Person takes the mound in Game 1 against the Skanks. He is opposed by Ivan Nova. 1st pitch is supposed to be 3:05pm, but with all the anniversary festivities, I don’t see that happening…

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