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  • October 4th, 2012

    Red Sox 2, Skanks 14:
    Slinking off into the Night…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:13 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    It’s funny, because after this game there were quite a few people who were actually SURPRISED that the Sox lost this one.

    Uh, WHY?????

    Freaking Daisuke was on the mound, and did pretty much what we expected he would, 2.1 innings, giving up 5 runs–although, surprising, he only threw 43 pitches (27 for strikes) Usually it would have take him about 75 to get this result…

    The rest of his line: 6 Hits (including 2 homers) while walking 1 and striking out 2. And the kicker? In the 1st inning (which ironically is most often his WORST inning) he retired all 3 batters he faced on 6, yes SIX, pitches…

    And with that, Daisuke ends his 2012 Campaign 1-7, with an 8.28 ERA…

    And the weird thing is, if you look at his 6 years with the Sox as a whole, his record is 50-37 with a 4.52, which isn’t horrible. Until you look deeper, and see he averaged 111 innings a year. So that is about $2 million a win…And he weighs in: “I didn’t expect my six years to end the way it did. It’s really hard on me mentally for a while now…But there were some great memories . . . I’m really disappointed and very apologetic that I wasn’t able to perform to my expectations.” Yeah, Daisuke, us too…

    So that’s it. 162 games and the Sox end their season 69-93, dead last in the AL East, and 26 (yeah, TWENTY SIX) games behind the Skanks…

    But the Oreos are in the playoff! They play a 1 game sudden death match tomorrow against the Rangers at 8:30pm on TBS. The winner of this contest will face the Skanks in the ALDS. I think the Rangers will probably win, but I would like to see the Cookies go, because a Nationals/Oreos World Series defies logic, and would be the weirdest thing ever…

    So, the Sox wasted NO time in firing Bobby Valentine–it happened today. How could they not? Honestly, if he was back next year, I wouldn’t have been…I barely watched the last couple of months, and the last couple of weeks, not at all. These Red Sox hold NO joy for me, and I know I am not the only one who feels this way…

    And how about him, never missing the opportunity to throw someone else under the bus, pretty much accusing the coaching staff of undermining him, and not giving him their full loyalty. But I love how Ben Cherington shuts him down: “…I’m sorry he feels that way. It’s hard for me to comment on. I don’t know of any example. That’s his feeling. I’m not in his office the whole time. I’m not in the clubhouse the whole time. I don’t know what exactly he’s referring to, but he’s got a right to his opinion and he expressed it. If he feels that way, then I feel bad.”

    Yeah, Ben enjoyed firing him…

    But now the question is, who replaces him? My friend Paul from Boston wants Tito back. And as lovely as that would be, he would never agree, and ownership would never eat that much crow. And besides, he is on the short list for Cleveland. Some of the guys from last year are still available: Pete Mackanin, Sandy Alomar Jr. (another possibility for the job in Cleveland), Gene Lamont, and Torey Lovullo. And then there are dark horses such as Joey Cora from the Marlins, Jim Wallach from the Dodgers, and Dave Martinez from the Rays. Current Bench Coach Tim Bogar is also possibility, and they could have him in place very fast (which is something Ben wanted to happen). And then there is the Holy Grail: Prying John Farrell away from Toronto, which probably has no real chance of happening…

    And from the “How Far Have They Fallen” Department:    Curt Schilling, who has millions of dollars in unpaid loans he took out to cover his video game company 38 Studios, may actually have to sell THE SOCK to cover his debt.  It’s actually listed as collateral in his assets…That is OH SO sad…

    Finally, from our friends at eTrueSports, we offer you this insight into the psyche of Bobby Valentine with a Top 5 List…and once again The Smartest Man In The Room (Not sure who coined that phrase, but I LIKE it!) doesn’t disappoint. Check it out!

    Coming up: Hopefully, the very quick firing of Bobby Valentine, and the naming of a new Manager for the Boston Red Sox. Oh, and if they can get on re-signing Big Papi and my beloved Cody Ross, that would be great…

    How many days to Pitchers and Catchers?

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