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  • October 10th, 2018

    Red Sox 4, Skanks 3:
    And the Sox win the ALDS!!!!! Yay!!!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:35 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Admittedly, I have watched very little Red Sox baseball during the regular season–with a 1st grader who has more of a social life than me, it’s not surprising…

    But holy hell, this series caught me RIGHT up with all the stress and the cursing, and the pacing, and the yelling, and the jumping up and down. I was having flashbacks to 2003 and 2004, especially in the 9th inning when Kimbrel could not throw a strike to save his life and I thought they we going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory…And then there were the Papelbon flashback and his manyMANY meltdowns on the mound. Thankfully we got that groundball out to end the series (and sent the Skankees the hell home…)

    Since I am very sleep deprived, and pretty much all over the map today, I am going to go with 10 Random Boston Red Thoughts on the Series in General…Because it is after all 10/10…

    These are in no particular order…just a stream of consciousness (such as it is…)

    1. Aaron Judge is an arrogant punk who needs to SHUT IT. One of the BEST things about beating the Skanks (Other than, you know BEATING THE SKANKS!!!!!!) was sending this guy home. Poking the bear after you had won ONE game–well, that’s just bush league…

    2. Honestly are there announcers ANYWHERE in the free world that do not fangirl over the Skanks? Holy crap! They were bitching when Benintendi swung at 3-0 in Game 3 when the Sox were crushing the Skanks, and other moves they perceived as “rubbing it in”. But there is a 10 second mention about the oh-so-classy Skankee fan who threw a beer can at Craig Kimbrel when he was coming in for the 9th inning last night. I thought we were past this when Buck and McCarver were no more. Obviously not.

    3. And how bout Bucky Dent throwing out the first pitch last night? Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Was that supposed to psyche the Sox out? Hello, most of these players were not even BORN YET when Bucky Dent was around. Hell, I’m surprised they didn’t bring out Ronan Tynan to sing the extended dance remix of God Bless America last night during the 7th inning…

    4. This series really was a testament to good vs. not so good management. I have always been a fan of Alex Cora, and he really made all the right moves. Aaron Boone seemed a bit out of his depth, which is not surprising because he had absolutely NO MANAGERIAL EXPERIENCE coming into this season. And he, better than anyone, should know that Postseason play is a whole different kettle of fish…

    5. And BROCK HOLT???? I have always been a fan of his–he is versatile, knows how to play the game correctly, can hit well (sometimes), and is generally a good citizen of the nation. And I know there were many times when folks wanted the Sox to get rid of him, replace him with someone else. But holy buckets. NO ONE has ever hit for the cycle in post season play. Ev-VA. Until Monday night, when Brock Holt did it. He also made history sitting on the bench the game AFTER hitting for the cycle. Probably the less desirable history-making feats of the two…

    6. Alex Cora took a chance on Nate Eovaldi to start game 3, and it was yet another one of those great choices. Not only did he pitch very well (although it is MUCH easier to do when your team stakes you a 11-run lead), he gave them 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 5-hits, while striking out 5. Going deep allowed the Sox to preserve their bullpen.

    7. Not that they needed it. Rick Porcello was, well, Rick Porcello, and also did what the Sox needed him to do. Kept them in the game, gave them 5 strong, and helped preserved the bullpen, in case there was a game 5.

    8. But holy hell, DAVID PRICE. Not sure what else there is to be said. 16.20 ERA 3 runs (including 2 homers and 2 walks in 1.2 innings. Icky postseason performances continue for Price (now he is 0-9). And WHY did they sign him again? And to think, he still has 4 years and $127 million left on that contract.

    And WHOSE bright idea was this again?

    9. While I want the Sox to go all the way, because its been far too long between WS wins (heh, look how spoiled we are now–it’s been 5 years–how the hell did we last 86?). But honestly, Houston is a formidable opponent. Their series this year was 3-4, Houston, AND they knocked them out last year in 4 games in the ALDS. So, yes I think the Sox can beat them, but if they don’t, I’m OK with that. Cause the Skanks are playing golf today–and the Sox are the ones who put them there…Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha…

    10. I know this has nothing to do with the ALDS, but I would be remiss if I did not mention it. I love love LOVE the fact that Baltimore not only SUCKED really bad this year (47-115!!) , but that Buck Showalter was FIRED. Of course, he will end up somewhere else, eventually, but I have always thought he was a world-class JERK, and I am glad he’s gone.

    10a. Although, Aaron Boone may soon be joining him on the unemployment line. Depends on how Brian Cashman (how HE is still there, I’ll never know) wants to play it. But you KNOW that somewhere, Joe Girardi is totally laughing his ass off…

    Coming up: The Sox have a couple days off, and then start the ALCS, playing the Defending WS Champions, beginning on Saturday. Chris Sales takes the bump for game one of this potentialy 7-game series, opposed by Justin Verlander. Very strong potential of a pitchers duel on this one. 1st pitch 8:09pm…

    Let’s do this…

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