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  • April 2nd, 2013

    Red Sox 8, Skanks 2:
    Now THAT’S the Way to Start a Season…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:47 am in Baseball,Giveaways,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Truth be told, you never know how things are going to go. In 2010, the Sox were locked, stocked, loaded, and expected to play the Phillies in the World Series–before a single pitch was even thrown. And we all know how THAT turned out: a horrible 11-15 start, followed by the best record in baseball for 4 months, until the epic collapse in September (The Phillies didn’t fare much better that year, either)

    And then there was such high hopes for 2012, despite the fact that Bobby Valentine was the manager–and then2012 turned out to be the WORST season I can remember–93 LOSES–and I was thoroughly disgusted and disillusioned with my beloved Red Sox.

    But yesterday afternoon, the Sox kicked off the 2013 campaign with a great win against the very old, and pretty banged up, New York Skankees…and best of all? THEY WERE FUN AGAIN…

    And the fact that the Sox lit up Joba Chamberlain in the 9th inning, scoring 3 runs off the reliever (giving him a nifty 40.50 ERA), is just icing on the cake.

    And, as these things go, Kevin Youkilis, his first day in pinstripes, drove in one of the 2 Skankee runs…

    John Lester put in 5 innings of more than competent work, throwing 96 pitches (63 for strikes), giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 7. He only labored a bit in the 4th inning, where it took him 34 pitches to retire the side…He weighs in on the outing: “I felt good. I had good fastball command and a good cutter today and just really didn’t have anything else. It took me until the fifth inning to get a feel for a curveball or a changeup, and I just really had to battle with my fastball and cutter. With that being said, I’m really pleased with the outcome with just those two pitches. It was good.”

    The bullpen, expected to be one of the Sox strengths for this season, didn’t disappoint, combining to throw 4 innings of 1 hit ball, walking 2 and striking out 3…

    The much anticipated start of rookie phenom Jackie Bradley, Jr, was all that and a bag of chips: He had 3 walks and a great catch in left battling the wind the whole time.

    The Sox are no longer #2–in payroll, that is. The Boston Red Sox, with their $150.65 million payroll of the 25-man, is #4, preceded by the Phillies ($165.38), the Dodgers (No Surprise there $216.59), and the Skanks ($228.83)…

    Interesting to note that A-Fraud decided to NOT be introduced with his teammates on Opening Day. WHATEVER…

    Some more link love for fellow BBA‘ers:

    Arne over at Misc Baseball is asking the question: “Which MLB Franchise do you most Respect?” You can answer him here

    Bullpenbanter has completed their Top 100 Prospect List–and impressive contribution of over 50,000 words– Xander Bogaerts cracks the list at #20 for the Sox. You can see it all here

    Instream Sports has a great interview with former NL Rookie of the Year pitcher, John D’Acquisto, who pitched for the Giants, Cardinals, Padres, Expos, Angels and Athletics from 1973-1982. He shares his strong, personal relationship with the volatile Billy Martin, his love for “Boston” and what goes through a player’s mind during the final days of spring training. You can read it all here

    Finally, Congratulations to Lisa, Cameron, and Michael, who were Boston Red Thought’s winners of the DVD Knuckleball Congratulations-and enjoy!

    Coming up: Another day to enjoy being at the top of the AL East, with a perfect record, and then back to business: Game 2 of this 3 game series against the Skanks. That Clay Person gets his first start of the season, opposed by Hiroki Kuroda. 1st pitch: 7:05pm…

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