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  • April 23rd, 2012

    April 23, 2012:
    The Day After the Rainout…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:40 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Holy…Buckets…

    I have NEVER been so happy to have a rainout as I was yesterday. After the indescribably AWFUL day on Saturday, the only reason I was even going to watch on Sunday night is I wanted to see Terry Francona call the game, and see what HE had to say about the nonsense that was Saturday’s contest.

    And it started out brilliantly. I turned on the game, and the Sox we up 5-0, in the 2nd inning, and I thought “Cool! This is going to be a fun game to watch, and with the added benefit that Fox is actually palatable when the Sox are beating the Skanks”–although Tim McCarver did this whole “What was the world like before Jeter thing” that made me want to vomit…

    So, the score is 9-0, and I am all happy, and decide to get in a workout, and come back and watch the rest of the game.

    That was my mistake.

    45 minutes later, I turn on Fox, and I actually did a real live TRIPLE TAKE, and no I was not hallucinating: The score was 9-8, with the Sox clinging to the slimmest of margins, and I am like: “W…T…F…???” So then I am watching, and when Nick Swisher did that THING, I wanted to take my television set throw it right out the freaking window. He was unprofessional and uncool, and if a Red Sox player had done that, there would have been a HUGE outcry.

    And the worst part is, it’s like the Sox players didn’t even seem to care that they were being shown up like that.

    Next time Josh Beckett pitches against the Skanks, he needs to drill Shankapotomous in the ass with a pitch…

    When the score hit 9-12–I turned off the TV…

    WHAT a freaking cluster. But I will say this: It’s not Bobby Valentine’s fault. It’s well known I am not a fan, but the score was 9-1, Felix Doubront had thrown 99 pitches, I would have taken the kid out and let him enjoy his win. Padilla and Albers both had been pitching well as of late, as had Aceves. It’s not his fault they SUCKED. And I honestly think he is completely flummoxed on what to do…

    No, I think the blame falls squarely on the shoulder of the players, and management. Ben Cherington should have done better than exclusively scraping the bottom of the bargain bin…

    But the $64,000 question has to be asked: What the HELL do the Sox do now? Fire Bobby Valentine? And get who? Find some pitching? In APRIL? Where? Roy Oswalt is an option, but he would have to be cajoled, and if there is one thing I have learned, having to persuade someone to do something, rarely ends well…

    Right now, what they are doing to skipping Bard’s start, and putting him in the bullpen, saying that he could pitch an inning or 2 this week, like his side work, and then still be able to start on Friday. Personally, I think Bard is going to be stuck in the bullpen until something gives. And while I have not been a fan of the “Daniel Bard Experiment”, he hasn’t been too bad, and it’s not fair that his chance suffers because everyone else in the bullpen is horrendous…

    And I am still not sure how I feel about the Michael Bowden to the Cubs for Marlon Byrd–probably because it seems like every deal Ben Cherington makes with Theo, benefits Theo, and screws the Sox…

    And it reallyREALLY sucks that after 6 months of no baseball, I hate baseball this season–14 games in…YUK…

    Finally, the documentary KNUCKLEBALL!, which was show to a full house and solid reviews on Saturday night at the ESPN/Tribeca Film Festival in New York (Wake, and R. A. Dickey were there), will be shown as part of the 10th annual Independent Film Festival Boston taking place April 25-May 2 at the Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, and Coolidge Corner Theatre.

    The documentary, which features Red Sox Tim Wakefield, Mets R.A. Dickey, former MLBer’s Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough, Jim Bouton, and Tom Candiotti will join 98 other films as part of the week-long festival

    KNUCKLEBALL! will screen on Saturday April 28th at 4:00pm at the Somerville Theatre. A Q&A will follow with acclaimed documentarians Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg, and special guests.

    Appropriate for teens and up, Tickets are $10 online in advance, $11 at the door. The Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) is considered Boston’s premier film festival and one of the top 20 film festivals in the United States.

    You can get more info, and buy tickets here. You can see part of the movie, here

    Coming up: Hoping to stop the reeling Red Sox, Jon Lester also hopes to fare better than his oh so crappy 2 inning outing of last week, where he gave up 7 runs on 8 hits, when he faces Minnesota tonight at Target Field. He is opposed by Jason Marquis. 1st pitch 8:10pm…

    Should be an interesting game–Minnesota is sucking as bad (5-11) as the Sox (4-10) are so far…But SOMEONE had to win…

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