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  • May 24th, 2012

    Red Sox 6, Oreos 5:
    Back and Forth to .500…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:47 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    I reallyREALLY hope the 2012 campaign isn’t a dance around .500, with one day they are there, and the next they are not….and about a 1/4 of the way through the season, I never in a million years would have thought that the Sox would be 22-22. But then again, I never thought the Cookies would still be in first place this late in the game…

    But Daniel Bard did OK in yesterday’s outing, certainly well enough for his 4th win of the season: 5 1/3 innings, throwing 90 pitches, 49 for strikes, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits (including a homer) while striking out 2. The 5 free passes (4 walks and a hit batter) are a bit troubling, and that is something he really needs to work on. In 48 innings of work over 9 outings (8 starts), he has struck out 28, but walked 29–and hit 5…

    Darnell McDonald has started swinging a bat, as he rehabs his ailing oblique…Hopefully all goes well, and he is back soon, as its too scary having Adrian Gonzales playing the outfield. I know he is willing, and has done a good job thus far, and it’s good the Sox are being creative) But I think having player continued to play out of position is just asking for trouble…

    But how bout the Scott Posednik story? Out of MLB since September 2010, he was recently signed by the Sox, and has been playing at Pawtucket. Because of the 7, (yes SEVEN) outfielders currently on the DL for the Sox, they called him up. And he hits a solo shot in the 8th inning, which wins the game for the Sox…I love it when stuff like this happens…

    I was scanning headlines the other day, and I saw something like “Ben Cherington has nothing but respect for David Ortiz”, and I am thinking? What is THAT all about? Well, apparently, Big Papi is on the “I don’t get no respect” bandwagon AGAIN. On Monday night he and Gordo were having a conversation, and it’s not really clear on what the question was, probably something about being a leader, and this is part of what he said (I am not going to put the whole quote in, as its pretty long, and really doesn’t make a ton of sense…): “What they call leaders is not what a leader is all about. They need to go to the dictionary and find out what the word ‘leader’ means. You know what I’m saying? The leaders they call leaders are the ones who get in front of the crowd and try to lead them. But that’s not the case here…I don’t give a [expletive] if they want to call me a leader. I don’t give a [expletive] if they want to call me a captain….I don’t get no respect. Not from the media. Not from the front office. What I do is never the right thing. It’s always hiding, for somebody to find out.”

    Uh…WHAT? I’m sorry, how exactly are you not respected? Because you didn’t get the multiyear deal, at exactly what you wanted to be paid? Someone missed an ass kissing on some alternate Tuesday? What?

    The Neato Stat for today: On August 3, 2003, #7, 8 and 9 hitters, Trot Nixon, Bill Mueller, and Doug Mirabelli, all hit a homer in a game. That hasn’t happened since–until yesterday, when #7, 8 and 9 hitters, Daniel Nava, Scott Posednik and Kelly Shoppach, all hit a homer in a game. And BOTH have happened at Camden Yards…

    So I get these e-mails from the “Red Sox Insider”; I am sure some of you do as well–it’s supposed to be this “mole” in the front office of the Sox who is imparting all this inside info. Do they really expect us to believe that this is super secret stuff that is being leaked by this guy? Really? The Boston Red Sox are a carefully calculated PR machine; NOTHING gets out without their blessing…

    Coming up: A much needed day off for the Sox, after playing 20 games in a row (and going 11-9 in that span). They will resume baseball activities at the Fens tomorrow with a 7 game homestand. First up: 3 with Tampa Bay. Jon Lester gets the nod in game 1 of the series, opposed by Alex Cobb for Tampa Bay. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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