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  • March 25th, 2014

    March 25, 2014:
    6…More…Days…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:59 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Alright, ENOUGH already!

    The Sox currently have an 8-15 grapefruit league record, and I KNOW that shouldn’t bother me, as they ended up with a .500 record in Spring Training LAST year, and everything ended up pretty ok for them. But it still aggravates the snot out of me every time I get a text that says “Sox have been defeated by X…”

    And despite the fact the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks played a couple of games Down Under, I refuse to consider that the beginning of hte baseball season. Which is Monday, when the Sox take the field at Camden Yards and the first pitch is thrown by Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles at 3:05pm? THAT’S Opening Day. And if you are the gambling type, you can check out Sportbet.com for the latest MLB lines and odds

    So David Ortiz has gotten his wish for a contract extension, a 1 year deal for 2015 worth $16 million. And there is also a club option for 2016 which vests on plate appearances, and one for 2017 which is just a straight club option. OK, so he is locked up, potentially, for the next 4 years, or until he is 41 years old. Will this be enough? Or will we heard whining about “respect” at some point in the future? Or can we stop talking about this now? Read more…

    March 19th, 2014

    Red Sox 1, Skanks 8:
    Its Only Spring Training…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:31 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    As I keep telling myself OVER AND OVER. Right Now the Sox are losing more than they are winning (8-11), but I fully expect that once Opening Day happens, the intensity that we know and love will be there, and our Sox will be BACK!

    Until then, it’s just grit our teeth, and keep telling ourselves it’s only Spring Training…and there are 11 days to Opening Day.

    Speaking of, MLB is trying to say that the Actual Opening Day is Saturday the 22nd when the Dodgers play Arizona in Australia. Technically, I GUESS that is true, but as far as I am concerned, you can’t play a couple games, take a week or so off, and then start the rest of the season. That’s just weird. Opening Day is March 31st.

    And while I am at it, I guess I should probably throw out my prediction for the 2014 Campaign. As always, my prognostication skill suck (although I got the whole “Win the World Series in 6 right–ok, so did everyone else too), so whether or not it will happen, well…

    ANYWAY, Sox will win 97 games, and the AL East. And while I am not sure if they can repeat this year, I certainly think they will be in contention…So we will see… Read more…

    March 11th, 2014

    Red Sox 8, Tampa Bay 2:
    20…More…Days…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:57 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Holy Buckets! It’s in the 60′s here in northeastern PA, daylight savings time has happened, and Red Sox baseball is less than 3 weeks away.

    Opening Day. On my Birthday. WHAT a present. Whoo Hoo!

    So Jon Lester made his first start of the 2014 campaign yesterday, and he delivered 3 strong innings of 1 hit ball with 4 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.

    Shane Victorino, recovering from his thumb surgery in the offseason, also made his 2014 debut in yesterday’s contest. And he weighs in on how things went: “I felt great. It’s nice to be back out there with the guys. It was a good runaround. Get a ball on defense, run the bases. And obviously being back out on the field. That’s what it’s all about. This is what you prepare for. I’ve been itchy and antsy to get out there.” He went 0-1, with a strike out, was hit by a pitch, and scored a run.

    The Sox actually won this one (They are 5-8 so far this season), with a little help from Big Papi and Mike Napoli., who both hit homers in the 8-2 win. And it was pretty much the first time we saw how the Sox will look on Opening Day. I expect the cuts will start happening soon… Read more…

    March 9th, 2014

    March 9, 2014: Win A Chance to Meet and Play Catch with Shane Victorino!

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:10 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Red Sox | No Comments

    Want the chance to hang out and play catch with the “Flyin’ Hawaian”, all while helping to raise money for kids in need? Sounds like a win-win to me!

    Here is what you have to do: Donate as little as $1 to be automatically entered to have a VIP experience with Shane. The lucky winner and their guest will receive round trip tickets for two to Ft. Myers, Fla, a two night stay at Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Ft. Myers, and meet Shane on the field at jetBlue Park to play catch with the three-time Gold Glove winner, talk tips on how to steal bases, and spend time in the dugout. After the meeting, the winner and guest will continue their VIP experience, as guests of Shane at jetBlue Park to enjoy the Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays game on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Read more…

    February 26th, 2014

    February 26, 2014:
    One…More…Day…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:35 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    And not a moment too soon–I started to type “April”…Holy Hell, I need baseball…

    So tomorrow the Sox play their fist games of the 2014 Campaign. Yes, they are the annual doubleheader slaughtering of the college teams (Northwestern and Boston College), but it is actual, structured baseball with innings and everything.

    And it looks like Jon Lester will once again make the Opening Day Start, his 4th year in a row for the honor (Pedro holds the record for 7). I think it’s a tossup who gets the Fenway start on April 4th. But I am thinking it will either be That Clay Person or Jon Lackey. With Ryan Dempster leaving the team, there would have to be some sort of crazy ass shake up to change the starting 5 from Lester, Buchholz, Lackey, Peavy and Doubront…

    But, it goes without saying (which is why I am going to say it) the Sox. Need. More. Pitching. Although, these are the 5 (ish) the Sox got it done with last year, so I like their chances. It’s interesting to note that the MLB Futures Odds so far are clocking the Sox in at #6 to win the World Series. Who is #1 you ask? The Dodgers, with the Tigers at #2. Read more…

    February 24th, 2014

    February 24, 2014: Book Review:
    The Most Wonderful Week of the Year,
    by Roy Berger.

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:01 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews | Comment (1)

    Most Wonderul Week of the Year Book CoverWhen I was younger, I played Little League, where I pitched some, played some infield and outfield, and even caught a couple of times. I wasn’t the worst, but I was certainly not a superstar.

    Today, my interest in the sport has grown to a more sedentary perspective. I love to watch my beloved Sox play, live and on TV, and will watch other games, if the Sox are not available.

    And every year, I see the Sox offering their Fantasy Week, where people can go down to Fort Myers in January before Spring Training starts and spend a week playing baseball at mini Fenway and rubbing elbows with such Red Sox legends as Luis Tiant, Dewey Evans, Trot Nixon, Butch Hobson, Wade Boggs, to name a few.  You get authentic uniforms to keep and an experience of a lifetime. But it’s not cheap. The experiences differ from team to team (The Sox are on the high end at a little under 5K), but if you have had a lifelong dream to play in the bigs, this might be just the thing for you. Read more…


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