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  • September 23rd, 2013

    Red Sox 5, Toronto 2:
    We’re Goin’ to the Dance!

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:03 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Some random thoughts on the first of TWO off days for the Sox between now and the end of the season on Sunday…

    So they finally managed to beat the Oreos on Thursday night, thereby locking up a postseason berth, then on Friday night, with their first win again Toronto, they claimed the AL East for the first time since 2007.

    And watching these guys celebrate, it really brought back memories of another postseason Red Sox team: The Idiots of 2004. I am just hoping they have the same results…

    So there are 5 games left to go (with the 2 off days this week), and then almost a week off until they play their first game of the ALDS. While I think the rest can be good for some of the ailing–there is always the concern they will get rusty, or lose momentum…

    But right now, they still have the best record in baseball, and have won 95 games (so far) for the first time since 2009…and while it would be very cool for them to hit 100 wins for the 2013 campaign, they would need to win every one of those last 5–and right now, the priority is more about having all the pieces in place for the postseason, rather than winning a 100 games…

    Could it happen? Absolutely–I just don’t think it’s gonna. Sorry Steve…

    Felix Doubront obviously benefited from the 16 days rest he got, pitching 7 strong for his 11th win of the season, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits (including a homer), while walking and striking out 2. He threw 97 pitches, 61 for strikes…

    Before yesterday’s game, the status of Yaz was unveiled outside the right field entrance of Fenway. Depicting the famed cap tip after his final at bat in 1993, Yaz’s likeness joins statues of Ted Williams and “The Teammates” (Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio and John Pesky) located around the ballpark. He weighs in on the honor: “I’m deeply honored to stand before you today, seeing this statue in front of the place that I called home for 23 years. This statue means as much to me as being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having my number retired.”

    And Holy Buckets! There is a distinct possibility that Jacoby Ellsbury will be in the line-up, at least for a little while, for one of the Colorado games, most likely the Wednesday. Personally, I think they should wait until Friday, against Baltimore, as then he could DH. Expecting him to hit, AND play CF, on his 1st day back, probably too much to ask, especially since he has been out nearly 3 weeks–and gets no rehab assignment…

    Finally, we all know how the rookie hazing thing goes–they dress up in ridiculous outfits for their final road trip of the season and travel to their final destination. In past years they have done drag, the Wizard of Oz, etc etc. This year was something different: Red Scottish Kilts and hats–but no shirts. Just the sash, skirt, footwear and the hat. Ah huh. And one would think for professional athletes, we would have seen more 6 packs, thank 12 packs…Ugh…

    Coming up: Today’s off-day, and then strangely, the last games of interleague play for the Red Sox–2 against Colorado. At Colorado, which means no DH–at the end of the season. Fracking stupid. John Lackey going for his 11th win of the season, takes the bump, opposed by Tyler Chatwood. And another strange thing: First pitch: 8:40pm.

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