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  • August 20th, 2015

    Red Sox 6, Cleveland 4: Well, that was unexpected…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:51 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comments (2)

    …Except that I guess it really wasn’t.

    I think everyone kinda felt the rumblings (at least I did) that it was certainly possible that once Dave Dombrowski was let go by the Tigers, that he would find a home with the Sox. Especially since he and John Henry have a looooong history–and we all know how much John Henry loves his history.

    So he is in, and Ben is out, despite management saying Ben was going nowhere, and even said that Ben didn’t have to leave. But Ben knew the writing on the wall–Dombrowski is a hands-on guy–hell he even fired GM Randy Smith and Manager Phil Gardner when the Tigers lost their first 6 games of the 2002 campaign and replaced Smith as GM. This is definitely not a guy who is afraid of making hard choices.

    That could be great for the Sox, as we need a salary dump RIGHT NOW, and send Panda and Hanley somewhere–maybe the Dodgers will be suckers…er…trade partners once again? Read more…

    August 11th, 2015

    August 11, 2015: No More Koji…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:51 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    As a result the line drive Ian Kinsler bounced off his writs on Friday night, Koji’s wrist is fractured, leaving him with 25 saves and a 2.23 ERA for the 2015 campaign, as he season is now over. Although based on the current state of affairs, it’s not really going to make a bit of difference. Some games here and there, but when you are on pace to only win 72 games. It really doesn’t matter.

    And I was never one to say “but now they get to play spoiler!” Ugh, please. They sucked this year, they sucked last year, blah blah blah, playing “spoiler” is not going to offer any comfort. At. All.

    At this point, all they can do is play the kids, and hope the hell Ben and Co. can fix what the hell is wrong with this team. And they can start by getting some real starters.

    Speaking of, the brief Justin Masterson Era is over, with his DFA on Sunday–THANK GOD. While I like the guy, what the FRACK was Ben thinking signing a starter with a 5.88 ERA, and averaging LESS than FIVE innings per outing in 2014? WTF? After we lost Jon Lester (sob), and were planning on calling That Clay Person the Ace (which admittedly was working out OK, until he went on the DL–AGAIN!), there should have been less risks, and more signing an ace, or at least a couple decent 3-4 starters. Porcello, with his 5-11 record and his 5.81 ERA? That’s John Lackey, circa 2012 stats–My toddler pitches better than him. Read more…

    August 6th, 2015

    Red Sox 2, Skanks 1:
    Now, Was That Really All That Hard???

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:39 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Holy hell, I am getting tired of this….

    OK, truth be told, I had my fill of this nonsense about June of LAST year, but I think you get to a point (at least I do anyway) where all the losses just keep on piling up, and it gets numbing…

    But I am not sure losing in a spectacular fashion to the Skanks will EVER get numbing. And WTF happened the other night? I know Henry Owens did his job going 5+ innings and only giving up 3 runs on 5 hits with a walk and a strikeout. And his record would have been even been better if Robbie Ross hadn’t allowed BOTH runs he inherited to score. And then the bullpen crapped the bed giving up TEN runs, and EVERYONE except Jean Machi allowed the runners they were entrusted with to score.


    And now there is talk about how the Sox need to get bullpen help. Folks, the BULLPEN is the least of the Sox’s worries. How about a stupendously crappy Starting 5? Or superstars who are doing NOTHING? Or a management team who has done little to help this team, except recite the “they’re going to turn it around–really” mantra OVER and OVER… Read more…

    August 3rd, 2015

    Guest Post: Can the Red Sox Repeat the 88′ Season?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:00 pm in Baseball,Guest Post,Red Sox | No Comments

    By Joe Messineo

    Editors Note:  from time to time we here at Boston Red Thoughts like to hear from other writers.  Thanks to Joe for sending this along.

    Although the Red Sox have won 3 of their last 4 games, their 5 – 12 record since the All Star break makes it a bit challenging to believe October baseball can happen. However, looking back at the run the 88′ Red Sox went on in the second half of the season has rejuvenated my hope that it may not be over yet. In 1988, the Sox were down 9 games at the All-Star break and went on to win the AL East. Currently, the 2015 Red Sox are only 8 games out of the Wild Card race with a full two months of baseball ahead of us.

    The 1988 season was just two years after the devastating World Series loss to the NY Mets, but the Sox had a team that was poised for another title run, with an almost identical lineup to the ’86 squad. Annual batting average king Wade Boggs led the team, while veterans Jim Rice and Dwight Evans put up solid numbers in their mid-30s. But the most important piece was starting pitcher Roger Clemens, who had just won the Cy Young Award two years in a row. The fireballing right-hander was backed by crafty lefty Bruce Hurst. Read more…

    July 28th, 2015

    Red Sox 8, White Sox 10:
    13. Games. Behind.

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:14 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Two weeks ago, the Sox were 5.5 games behind in the AL East. Still dead last, but 5.5 games heading into the All-Star break, while daunting, was possible. Today, after losing NINE OF THEIR LAST ELEVEN, including being swept by Anaheim AND the fracking Astros–who are, inexplicably in second place in the AL West–They are THIRTEEN games behind the Skanks, 7 behind Toronto and Baltimore, and 4.5 behind Tampa Bay with a .440 Winning Percentage.

    And while we are piling it on, they are currently on pace to win 71 games this season–the exact same number of games they won in their horribly awful 2014 campaign.

    And THIS is what they paid stupid money for Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and Rick Porcello?

    Speaking of Hanley and Panda. Honestly, those two are giving me MAJOR flashbacks to two other equally as useful players: Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez… Read more…

    July 17th, 2015

    July 17, 2015: Cheer on Veterans & Families as They Run to Home Base at Fenway Park

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:53 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Red Sox | No Comments

    Run To Home Base 115 (800x533)The Red Sox Foundation & Massachusetts General Hospital to raise funds for military personnel with 9K fund raising run; Registration still available

    Get the family together and head to historic Fenway Park on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Gate B to cheer on runners as they cross home plate at the 6th Annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. Read more…

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