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  • September 4th, 2015

    September 4, 2015: Countdown to the End…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:17 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    28 games left in a season that pretty much ended before it got started, and honestly this has been a pretty lost season for me. I just COULD NOT get up any kind of enthusiasm for this team.

    I guess it started when they yanked Jon Lester’s chain for the better part of 2014, THEN traded him, and THEN tried to make some big pretend show of offering him a competitive deal. And THEN they acted all surprised and shocked and saddened that he signed with the Cubs.

    The Cubs, who I might add, are still neck deep in the postseason wild card race, and with a record of 75-57 (.564) and doing OH SO MUCH better than the Sox, with their 61-72 (.459) record.

    While Jon Lester did not have a super spectacular year (8-10, with a 3.59 ERA), he is still in this career range in terms of ERA and WHIP and the like. And, this was the first year in the NL, and he pitches far fewer games (26) than he has in the past couple years (30+). But yeah, he’s washed up caused he’s 30. I wonder what the handicapping software would say about that…

    And then there were Hanley and Pablo Sandoval, whom I swear still give me flashbacks to Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzales, two the ABSOLUTELY WORST signings I can remember in a very long time. Both underperformed at the plate, while Hanley make Manny Ramirez looked like a defensive genius out in left field. To be fair, not sure WHAT Sox management was thinking when they decided to sign a 3-Time All-Star shortstop, who played his whole career as a shortstop, and move him to the outfield, where he had never played a game in his life. WTF? So now, he will be heading to first base, where the hope is he will be the next Mike Napoli and be a competent defender of the bag…

    But there WAS an amazing thing that happened this year. Jackie Bradley Jr. finally became a hitter. Yes, this year’s sample size is way smaller than last year (45 vs 127 games), but he has already hit 6 homers (as opposed to 1 last year) and a slash line of .286/.366/.563. Last year’s? .198/.265/.266. Yeah, we’ll take that.

    And with Hanley’s move to first, we will have Rusney Castillo, JBJ and Mookie Betts (LOVE HIM!) in the outfield. Much love and good stuff there. AND they are 28, 25 and 22 years old, respectively…

    Oh, and apparently That Clay Person has been cleared to begin throwing, and still wants to pitch before the end of the season. Torey Lovullo weighs in: “It would be great if he could throw one inning just to see where he’s at from a mental standpoint, just to give him some confidence moving into the offseason. That’s all contingent on him feeling good, getting the right amount of time and building him up to that moment.” Uh huh. The guy hasn’t thrown in 2 months…

    Dave Dombrowski, PLEASE do us a solid and do not pick up his option for 2016. Although I know you probably will…

    Finally, Curt Schilling will not be part of ESPN for the remainder of the 2015 campaign, as a result of his pretty awful tweet from a couple weeks ago. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you can google it, but it was pretty inappropriate. He deleted it almost immediately, but as we all know: once it’s on the internet, it’s out there FOR-EV-A, so shame on you Curt. This is what ESPN had to say: “At all times during the course of their engagement with us, our commentators are directly linked to ESPN and are the face of our brand. We are a sports media company. Curt’s actions have not been consistent with his contractual obligations nor have they been professionally handled; they have obviously not reflected well on the company. As a result, he will not appear on ESPN through the remainder of the regular season and our Wild Card playoff game.” If this ban is permanent, remains to be seen.

    Coming up: 3 against the Phillies, which means I probably won’t get to see any of them, as I am part of their blackout zone. Joe Kelly, who has really managed to make a season out of it, goes for his 9th win. He is opposed by Adam Morgan. 1st pitch 7:10pm…

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