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  • May 21st, 2012

    Red Sox 5, Phillies 1:
    2 out of 3 is More than Acceptable…

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:20 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Could have went with “Ain’t Bad”, and while I am a fan of Meatloaf (although I am a “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights” kind of a girl) thought that was the easy way out…And did you know that Meatloaf’s actual name is Meatloaf? Yep, he had it legally changed a bunch of years ago…

    Truth be told, I would have been happier with a sweep, because then they probably wouldn’t had to deal with Jonathan Papelbon, cause THAT is the last person I think anyone wants to hear anything from…

    But at least the Sox didn’t have their colective a**es handed to them this weekend. That is pessimistic I know, but I don’t totally trust this team not to put the “sprags” to us (as my friend Clair would say) just when we get lulled into the idea that this team is the real deal…

    But Josh Beckett put up AND shut up yesterday, pitching 7 2/3 of 1 run ball for his 4th win of the season. Throwing 103 pitches, 72 for strikes, Josh gave up 7 hits (NO homers) while walking 2 and striking out 5…

    Can I just say that if there was anyone to replace Jason Varitek as the starting backstop of the Boston Red Sox, it IS Jarrod Saltalamacchia? He gets smashed in the ear on Friday night, has to go to the hospital to get 12 stitches in his earlobe, and then sends a text to Bobby Valentine: ‘Hey Bobby, this is Salty. Everything came back good. Doctor cleared me to play, and I’m good for tomorrow. Plus, I’m due to hit a bomb.” And then HE DOES… a solo shot of Joe Blanton in the 4th inning–and he went 3-4 in the contest. And then on Sunday, he does it AGAIN, this time a 3-run shot off Cliff Lee in the 3rd inning…This is the kind of stuff that legend is made of…

    Kevin Youkilis made his 1st rehab start at 3rd base on Saturday, playing 7 innings, and going 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, then, he was off on Sunday, and will probably play another game with the PawSox, this time a complete 9 innings, before he gets activated, probably Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest, unless his back falls off or something…THEN we’ll see what is done with Will Middlebrooks, whose bat has cooled off as of late…

    And then there is Daisuke, who now has a strained lat, and is back on the DL. So now when he is ready, he just bought himself another 30 days in the minors–it’s not surprising, Bobby Valentine was talking last week about how Daisuke didn’t feel he was ready, and that there were reports over the weekend of him getting a shot in his neck…Take all the time in the world–the last thing on earth the Sox need is to mess with a rotation that, for the moment, is working…The original 30 days would have run out tomorrow…

    The Oreos have the best record in the ENTIRE AL? Near the end of May? Really? Holy Buckets, between this and Dick Clark, the Mayans might be right about this whole world ending in 2012 thing…

    Finally, fellow BBA-er Steve from The Greatest 21 Days, which focuses on minor league players from 1990 on, and what happened to them after they left the game sent this interview along; its focus is on John Leister, a Red Sox pitcher for 10 games split between 1987 and 1990. Really good read, check it out!

    Coming up: The Sox, who are in a much better place than they were the last time they played the Oreos, hope to gain some ground in the AL East (or at least get to .500) as they kick off 3 against the Cookies. That Clay Person gets the start, opposed by Tommy Hunter. 1st pitch 7:05pm…I’m just glad they are back to AL rules–pitchers hitting, and Adrian Gonzales in the outfield is just too weird for me…

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