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  • June 18th, 2018

    Red Sox 9, Mariners 3:
    Not even sure where the heck to begin…

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:02 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    So.

    Facebook tells me it’s been like 54 some odd days since I have posted. OK, so I have no idea where that time went. Sure, my kid finished Kindergarten and is heading to 1st Grade in a couple months (how THAT happened, when I swear she was a baby like 15 minutes ago, is a story for another day), and we had a tornado (??!!) about 5-6 miles from my house that completely decimated like a whole shopping center–fortunately, it occurred at 10:00pm, so no deaths and injuries were minimal.

    So here we are, 1/2 way through June already. The Sox DFA’ed, then released Hanley, who has yet to land anywhere else so far. What a wild ride with him it has been, starting in 2005 off season when they traded him to the Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell (would make THAT deal ANY day of the week), and then spent the next 7-8 years bemoaning what could have been (the fact that he was very good during a lot of that time, probably had something to do with it.).

    He then returned to the fold in 2014 when he opted to become a free agent. Then the Sox signed him for stupid money (4 years/$88 million, with a vesting option for a 5th year at $22 million, which triggered at 1050 plates appearances across the 2017/2018 campaigns.) I suspect this 5th year was what prompted the Sox to cut ties and run, especially since his performance at the plate has been adequate at best…

    However, since his 4 years was guaranteed, he will stil get paid the $22 million for this year–and some other team can pick him up at the league minimum, which is a steal for them…

    The Sox have also managed to hold onto the AL East–sort of. They are currently tied with the Skanks–sort of. The Skanks have a higher win %, but that is based on 67 games (46-21 or .687,) and the Sox have played 6(!) more games, and are 49-24, or .671.

    And everyone else is the division are toast–Tampa Bay and Toronto are 15 GB each, and Baltimore is an astounding 27.5 GB behind–and for those of you who are keeping track at home, that is a W-L record of 20-50.

    Ha Ha Ha Ha –big-time schadenfreude, cause I freaking HATE Buck Showalter…

    And Dustin Pedroia came back from the DL..on May 26th, played 3 games, hitting .091 (yes, like 91 cents), only to go back on the DL on the 31st with continued inflammation of his left knee. He is currently not doing any baseball activities at all, supposedly to let the inflammation continue to decrease.

    This does not look good. AT ALL. Have we seen the end of The Laser Show? He beat the crap out of himself for so long–he is a little guy who played above him level for so many years, and at 34, he is now paying the price. I really don’t know how this is going to play out, but I think his days as as everyday player are at an end…

    Crap…

    Hopefully, the next 54 some odd days will not elapse before I post again….Its too hard to sum things up–not to mention I will probably be at the beach by then, which means the summer will almost be over.

    I just hope the Sox can put some distance between them and the Skanks…cause I really do not want to be doing that nail biting/stressed out/collapse of my nervous system crap those last 3 days of the season…

    Coming up: Today’s an off-day, as the Sox head to Minne-SOTA for 3, which will complete their 10-game road trip. They are going into this series 5-2, so homely they will build on yesterday’s win–and maybe do one of those winning streaks like they had in April…

    Chris Sale, going for his 7th win of the 2018 campaign takes the bump for the Sox, and is opposed by Twins righty Jose Berrios. 1st pitch: 8:15pm…

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