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  • April 7th, 2014

    Post 1402: Red Sox 0, Brewers 4:
    The weekend of Black Dots…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:16 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    And I did it AGAIN!  Completely missed the boat in terms of my 1400th post…Maybe I’ll get it right for 1500…But I doubt it…

    As part of my Red Sox “thing”, I put black dots on my baseball calendar for every game the Sox lose, and red for when they win. And there were far too many black freaking dots for this weekend, especially in light of the fact it was Ring Day and the Fenway Season opener on Friday…

    They are 6 games into the season, and already Edward Mujica is making me cranky, as he has screwed the pooch twice. He lost Friday’s contest single-handedly, giving up 4 runs in the 9th inning, and he allowed an inherited runner to score in yesterday’s loss. And you know what I think about inherited runners and the lack of accountability in terms of who’s stats take a hit with that…I think the Sox may need to rethink this, and soon…

    But another option may be on its way, as Craig Breslow has been doing very well in his rehab assignment with Pawtucket, and could be activated any day now…

    Jon Lester has another great outing yesterday, just like he did not Opening Day. But, once again, the bats were quiet, handing him his 2nd loss of the season. I reallyREALLY hope he isn’t going to be this year’s version of Tim Wakefield, like Lackey was last year (i.e.: pitches good enough to win, but the bats go on vaca when he starts…)

    Lester’s line: 7 1/3 IP, throwing 108 pitches, 71 for strikes, giving up 4 runs (2 unearned–thanks to an error by Daniel Nava) on 7 hits while walking 1 an striking out 7…So while he has a lovely 2.51 ERA, he’s got the yucky 0-2 record to show for it…

    And for the record, I think what pisses me off most about losing to the Milwaukee freaking Brewers this weekend (well, besides the losing part…) is the fact that they actually have a 2nd baseman named Scooter. Yes, on purpose…And then there is outfielder Khris Davis. How contrived. Guess he is related to the Kardassians. And that will be the first and only time that train wreck of a family will be mentioned here, have no fear…

    But the weekend wasn’t ALL suckage–just the crappy play. But the Sox did have a great ring ceremony on Friday, which I TiVo‘ed and watched with my daughter on Saturday. I want that video that chronicled the 2013 Season, and I even looked on YouTube for it, but no dice. So if anyone knows where I can get that, let me know…

    Some other thoughts from the day:

    Watching the 2004 Banner, then the 2007 Banner, and finally the 2013 World Series Champion Banner fall from the top of the Green Monster? Never. Gets. Old…

    It frosts my bananas that Alfredo Aceves got a ring for the 15 minutes he spent with the Sox last year. Blech…

    I am forever thankful Dr. Steinberg did not bring back Terry Cashman for another stab at (This is for) Teddy Ballgame, or any other Red Sox legend for that matter. Don’t remember Terry Cashman? Luck you. But, In case you had forgotten—or blocked it out…

    I was SO happy to see my beloved Mike Lowell, Jason Varitek and Pedro carrying in the World Series trophies.

    And the whole time I was watching the ceremony, all I kept thinking was “Johnny Pesky should be here for this…” And the room got a little dusty…

    Interesting choice of Baba O’Riley for the entrance music. I totally got Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds, as that was Shane Victorino’s anthem last season, but Teenage Wasteland? Really?

    Speaking of The Flyin Hawaiian, apparently calf strain is contagious. Cause now Will Middlebrooks has it. Yep, he came up lame this weekend, necessitating a 15 day DL stint to let it calm down. Brock Holt has been called up to man the Hot Corner in his stead.

    Finally, MLB made up upgrades to the drug policy last week, which is kind of surprising the players union would actually let them do that. Some of the changes include increased penalties for violation with a first offense going from 50 to 80 games, 2nd offenses get a whole season off, rather than 100 games, and 3rd time offenses are banned from baseball permanently…They are also more than doubling the random testing throughout the season from 1400 to 3200…

    Coming up: The 2nd series at Fenway for 2014, as the Sox take on the “Dark Bright Blue Team”, aka the Rangers for 3. John Lackey takes the bump tonight, opposed by Tanner Scheppers (Bless you). 1st pitch 7:10pm.

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