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  • May 29th, 2012

    Post 1200: Red Sox 7, Tigers 4:
    Back to .500—for the 752nd Time…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:52 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    Actually, its only the 6th time…it just FEELS like 752–and as I have said, repeatedly, we are almost to JUNE, and more than 25% into the season, stepping up and back to a measly .500, and STILL dead last in the division, and the Cookies are STILL in 1st place (Tied with Tampa Bay)…YUK…

    But someone who is SO way not YUK is Felix Doubront, limited the vaunted Tigers offense to 2 runs on 4 hits (including 2 solo home runs) in 6 innings of work yesterday, for his 5th win of the season.

    The rest of his line. Throwing 95 pitches, 64 for strikes, he walked 1 and struck out 6…

    Bobby Valentine weighs in on Felix’s success: “Felix has been a pretty consistent pitcher for us. As we mentioned, when he has his fastball command, that two-seamer on the outside to right-handers and the inside to left-handers, he gets ahead of a lot of counts and seems like he does a pretty good job. He had that going today. He made a couple of mistakes with some power hitters, but other than that, he’s a very good pitcher. He pitched well today. His curveball was pretty good today.”

    Scott Atchison, who is quietly putting together a very nice season for himself, with a 0.93 ERA (yes, like 93 cents–but in this case, that is a good thing), pitched 2 innings of 1 hit ball, with 4 strikeouts…

    Aceves, fresh off a rare (at least recently) blown save against Tampa Bay on Sunday, prevented the Tigers from winning, but still gave up 2 runs on 2 hits (including a homer), and 2 strikeouts, in his 1 inning of work…

    And then there were 6: Ryan Sweeney, activated from the 7 Day DL after getting concussed last weekend, immediately contributed in yesterday’s contest, going 3 for 4 with a double, and scoring 2 runs…Che-Hsuan Lin was optioned to Pawtucket to open a roster spots for Sweeney.

    The bad thing that happened in the game: (and there always seems to be at least ONE bad thing in each Red Sox game these days.) Dustin Pedroia jammed him thumb in the 5th inning on a fielding play, and had to be removed from the game. The story now is that is probably is not that big of a deal–but would they tell us if it was?  He’ll be out for at least tonight’s contest…

    Trot Nixon was the honoree of yesterday’s game, for his contributions to the Red Sox for 10 seasons. He threw out the first pitch, and received his #7 from the scoreboard, and a trophy made of his filthy Red Sox batting helmet. Are they going to honor all of the 2004 players? They should have nights for Curtis Leskanic, and Pokey Reese and Mark Bellhorn and Ricky Gutierrez. I’d love to see all of them again…And if they let “The Mechanic” throw out the first pitch, we may even see his arm FINALLY fall off!

    As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, I finally had the chance to watch the 100 anniversary celebration at Fenway, which was lovely. Dr. Charles once again put on a great event–and I was OH SO glad there wasn’t another song by Terry Cashman to commemorate THIS occasion…(This is) For Teddy Ballgame in 2005 was PLENTY…

    And it was wonderful to see all the old and familiar (and some not so familiar) faces that once played for our beloved ballclub. I wish they had run a graphic for all of them, especially the old timers. And I was surprised that Mike Timlin or Alan Embree or Keith Foulke didn’t get one.

    Bobby Doerr, at 94 still looks great for his age, but I am saddened how frail and old Johnny Pesky looks at 92–it must hurt him deeply not to be able to get to the ballpark everyday…

    But I was completely SHOCKED when I realized there were quite a few players missing. Most notably: Where the HELL was Curt Schilling? Really? The Bloody Sock, and he could not make the time to be there? Holy Hell, Scott Schoeneweis, who pitched for the Sox for about 20 minutes in 2010, took the time to show up, you mean to tell me Curt could not?

    And the more I think about it, What about Trot Nixon and JD Drew? Where was Wade Boggs? Dave Roberts? Ellis Burks? Curtis Leskanic? Mark Bellhorn? Mark Loretta? Brian Dauber? Bill Mueller? Doug Mirabelli?

    And I know Fat Boy Roger Clemens wasn’t there either, which is OK by me; just another slight in the LONG list of slights from the original lying mercenary himself…

    Finally, as I mentioned above, this is the 1200th post for Boston Red Thoughts. Just like I said for BRT’s 6th Birthday, I never thought I would get here, but it’s been a great ride–with no end in sight. Thanks again to everyone who has been part of the journey; you are the ones who make this a trip to remember…

    Coming up: Game 2 of the 4 game series against the Tigers. Daniel Bard gets the start, opposed by Justin Verlander. OH boy…Here’s hoping for a reverse lock…1st pitch: 7:10pm…This will also be an ESPN game as well…

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