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  • September 26th, 2012

    Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay 5:
    A Study in Contrasts…

    Posted by Christine E. at 3:11 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Boy, was there ever an extreme situation in play last night.   One of (if not THE) WORST Red Sox teams in history, honoring the team that is probably one of (if not THE) BEST Red Sox teams in History, the 2004 squad.

    A good portion of the sacred 25-ish were on hand last night, along with Terry Francona, Brad Mills, et all (and you KNOW Tito has to be getting some small measure of satisfaction about how things fell apart even worse after he left) to be honored as part of the 100 Year Anniversary Season at Fenway Park…

    Nomar was even there, which I thought was a big awkward, as he was traded in July, and then the Sox went on the tear to win it all…

    But again, WHERE THE HELL WAS CURT SCHILLING? I also was hoping to see Curtis Leskanic the Mechanic, Pokey Reese (who had pretty much fallen off the face of the earth) Gabe Kapler, Bill Mueller, Mike Myers and Mark Bellhorn.

    We did get to see perennial favorites, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Millar (who I think would come back to Fenway for pizza–truly) Tim Wakefield, Jason Varitek (who seems to be very close to a deal to work with the Sox organization in some capacity–and NO its not to manage the 2013 Boston Red Sox, Keith Foulke (who, to me, will always be the MVP of the World Series), Alan Embree, Mike Timlin, Trot, and David McCarty…

    Bronson Arroyo, who was unable to attend, sent a video of himself doing a shot of Jack Daniels…Derek Lowe and Dave Roberts also sent video…

    And then you have the random guys who really didn’t do much, other than be in the roster: Adam Hyzdu, Joe Nelson, Jason Schiell, and Phil Seibel…

    And then there was a game after that, where, shockingly (NOT) the Sox lost. That Clay Person did ok, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) in his 6 innings of work–But David Price was brilliant, pitching a complete game, striking out 13 in the process…

    The rest of Clay’s line: 99 pitches, 61 for strikes, giving up 8 hits (including the 3 run homer to Jeff Keppinger) while walking 2 and striking out 5…

    Remember when the Sox used to be ON FIRE at Fenway? Not this year. With 1 game to go, they are 34-46 in the Fens. When is the last time they were this bad at home? Glad you asked. In 1965, they were 34-47. So if they lose tonight, in their last game at Fenway for this year, they will be tied with the worst home team in Red Sox history.

    Wonderful.

    Finally, The Bosox Club has awarded Jarrod Saltalamacchia their Man of the Year Award. Considered one of the team’s top charitable contributors in terms of the time he gives to the community, the award is given to a Red Sox player for his contributions on and off the field.

    Coming up: The Sox play their final game at home in this “I reallyREALLY wish this season would end already” Tour. Jon Lester gets the start, opposed by Alex Cobb. 1st pitch: 7:10pm.

    And, tonight’s celebrations will be the unveiling of the “All Fenway” team, which fans have been voting on all season. Should be something to see–definitely better than what is happening out on the field these days…

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