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  • July 10th, 2012

    July 10, 2012:
    All-Star Week Random Crankiness…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:39 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So I was thinking that maybe I would do a mid-season report card. I even compiled the list of Red Sox players for 2012, which, I might add, is not an easy feat, as there always seems to be someone going down with an injury, and some new face and name I had never heard of coming in to play.

    And, as I was in the process of that, I started thinking ahead to the justification and analysis I would need to do for each player with respect to their grade, my explanation as to how and why I arrived at the score/grade that I did.

    And my brain hurt just thinking about it. Because really, does this team, at dead .500 at the All-Star Break, deserve that much work? This team who looks and feels like they are wading in molasses most of the time?

    I know, I know, they have 20ish people on the DL, and the fact that they have managed to at least keep their head above water is to be commended.

    So I am just going to sum it up: For the 1st 1/2 of the 2012 campaign, the Red Sox get a C- from me.

    But the bottom line is, if something doesn’t break soon (and I don’t mean yet another player) this 2012 Boston Red Sox team is going to make me stop caring…and wishing for the 2013 campaign…

    Onto some randomness…

    So The Lounge Lizard decided to go with the Giants’ Matt Cain as his starter for the All Star Game, despite the fact that R.A. Dickey has been having a brilliant, and BETTER year than Cain, R.A. is 12-1, with a 2.40 ERA compared with Cain who is 9-3, with a 2.62. And his bullsh*t excuse: “We wanted to reward Matt Cain for a career of excellence. It’s going to get better and better.” WTH?

    And speaking of bad decisions. Apparently, Robinson Cano, on at least 2 separate occasions, stated that, as Captain of the AL Home Run Derby Team, he would select a hometown hero from KC to participate. And, surprise, surprise, when his team was announced–no KC player! Way to be a man of your word, and do the right thing–although I am not super surprised. And then Karma stepped in and he hit a big fat ZERO in the Home Run Derby last night, as was booed vociferously by the KC fans. And rightly so…

    How about a REALLY crappy Stat? The Sox are SUPPOSED to have 2 Aces, right? Josh Beckett and Jon Lester were supposed to be the “go to” guys, the stoppers for this team. How about this for abysmal: Lester and Beckett have made 32 starts between them. And in those 32 starts, the Sox have won 12–and LOST 20, or .375 win percentage for those of you playing at home…Can you imagine if the Sox won even HALF of those games, where they would be now?

    Jonathan Papelbon actually had some GOOD things to say about Terry Francona, and pretty much admitted that once Tito was gone, he wasn’t going to re-sign with the Sox: “I’d have a hard time with no Tito (on the Red Sox). “Tito taught me how to play big league baseball. That (guy busted) my ass sometimes, other times he picked me up when I fell down…“One day when I was a rookie he said something to me that made a lot of sense: ‘You’ve got to learn how to fail before you learn how to succeed.’ He was like a father figure to me, taught me everything from A to Z. To go from having him for manager from 2005 to 2011, then being gone, I don’t think it would be easy for me, I don’t think it would be easy for Dustin (Pedroia), or easy for that clubhouse.” Since Papelbon doesn’t self edit, I would tend to believe these statements…

    Coming up: The 83rd All-Star Game starts tonight at the home of the KC Royals, Kauffman Stadium, with pre-show at 7:30, I expect, if previous years were any indication, the actual game won’t start until about 9:00pm. Justin Verlander gets the start for the American League, with Matt Cain getting the start for the National League. David Ortiz bats 7th for the AL.

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