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  • April 7th, 2016

    Red Sox 6, Cleveland 7: Yep, That was all Clay’s Fault…

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:03 pm in General | No Comments

    Yeah, I get it. It takes 25 players to win or lose, and its each players job to pick up their teammates, blah blah blah…But holy hell, does That Clay Person REALLY need to suck immediately? Literally, as he gave up 4 runs in the 1st fracking inning. Really? Who does that? Clay Buchholz apparently.

    But GUESS WHAT everyone? He FELT good! And he also blamed a TWELVE MINUTE RAIN DELAY. Really? Who does THAT? Yeah, I know, asked and answered…

    And how about this GEM: “…That first inning is what stands out. Take that away and we have a lot better chance of winning”

    Wow. Just…WOW. Such INSIGHT! Holy Crap…

    And then there is this line: 4+ innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits (including a 3-run homer in the first to Carlos Santana), while walking 3 and striking out 4. He threw 94 pitches, 54 for strikes, and now has a sparkling 11.25 ERA. Read more…

    April 6th, 2016

    Red Sox 6, Cleveland 2: Only 161 to go!

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

    So the Sox got off to a magnificent start, albeit it a day late, and honestly, if I were to script an Opening Day, I doubt I could have done better.

    David Price was certainly worth the money the Sox spent on him yesterday, going 6 strong, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out TEN. He threw 103 pitches, 71 for strikes. While the pitch count was a bit high it was fracking almost FREEZING in Cleveland (34 degrees and sunny–but feeling like 25), and it was his first start of the season. I expect that will even out as time goes by…

    The bullpen tandem of Tazawa, Koji, and Craig Kimbrel combined for 3 scoreless innings (1 each), with a total of 5 strikeouts and a walk between then…

    And then there was Mookie Betts and David Ortiz, each stroking a 2-run shot, in the 3rd and the 9th, respectively, with The Large Father also contributing a double in the contest. Big Papi’s homer takes him to 26th on the all-time list (tied with Eddie Murray), and his 5th on Opening Day, which is the most by any current player…Certainly a nice way to kick off his farewell tour… Read more…

    April 4th, 2016

    April 4, 2016: Happy Opening Day!

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:14 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Yes, I know, there were 4 contests yesterday, so that was the “official” opening day. However, I consider the first day the Red Sox play (which is today) to be the only Opening Day that matters. And from what I have seen around the horn, there are many other baseball fans who feel the same ways (and many of them are non-Red Sox fans)

    So after a long winter (although, depending on where you live, Mother Nature isn’t quite done with the whole “cold weather and snow thing”, and it probably a good thing the Sox aren’t playing at Fenway until next Monday, or they would be playing in INCHES of snow…and REALLY cold weather. And after 2 month-ish of sunny Florida, that must be a shock.

    Although I don’t suspect it’s going to be all balmy in Cleveland this afternoon anyway.

    Perhaps because I wasn’t so invested in the 2015 campaign (or the fact that I was so busy with school and my daughter and the million and one things that make up my life), the off-season wasn’t as interminable as it has been in years past. Read more…

    March 31st, 2016

    Red Sox 4, Pirates 4, Red Sox 3, Rays 4: What’s with all the 4’s?

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:35 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I know it’s Spring Training, and they are Split Squad games to boot, but even so, tie scores aggravate me. Every contest needs a winner…Probably why I am not a soccer fan….

    So we are at 4 days and counting until Opening Day, with David Price getting the start on Monday afternoon against Cleveland, like there was ANY surprise there. Just like That Clay Person getting the next start on Wednesday. Thankfully, since it will likely not be that warm in Cleveland on Wednesday, we will be spared that greasy hair thing Clay always has going on. Blech…

    And it looks like the Sox will end the Spring Training season on a losing note, going into today’s final Grapefruit League game against the Twins 12-17. I wonder how the Twins will handle Big Papi’s retirement this year. We know he’s not a fan of how they treated him, and the Twins know they blew it big time by releasing him in 2002, so it will be interesting to see…

    In the final roster move (probably) before the season starts, The Sox optioned Roenis Elias to Pawtucket, which means Stephen Wright will be 5th Starter for the foreseeable future. But I fully expect we will be seeing Elias at some point, cause you can never have too much pitching… Read more…

    March 29th, 2016

    Red Sox 3, Oreos 5: Holy Buckets! Less than a week!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:13 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I have no idea why I was convinced Opening Day was Friday, April 1st.

    Wishful thinking? Or maybe it’s because I have done nothing but WRITE for more than 6 weeks straight as part of my Master’s Degree Finals…So I guess it’s not that unexpected that I am a little bit crispy…

    So, anyway, It’s not the 1st, it’s the 4th, which is probably better, cause then I will be able to actually spend some time watching some games next week–although not on Monday, as Monday is my daughter’s dance class, so it looks like Wednesday the 6th will be my first game of the 2016 campaign, and I fully expect to have to watch That Clay Person start, as David Price will be getting the start on Monday. Blech…

    So the celebratory events marking The Large Father’s last year in the bigs have begun, with a street naming in his honor at JetBlue Park. Yes, replacing Canvas Alley is now David Ortiz Way. Nice gesture, but I think the politicos of Lee County (where the Florida version of Fenway lives) could have coughed up a real street, or alley…But that’s just me…

    Although he did get seats from each of the 3 places in Fort Myers he called home over his 20 year career: Hammond Stadium, City of Palms, and JetBlue Park. Read more…

    March 8th, 2016

    Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay 3, In 10…Holy Buckets! It’s Baseball!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:44 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I know, I know, I’m about a week late and $52 short, but I am in final exam mode for my Master’s degree, and until that is done, the boys of summer are taking a back seat to the endless scholarly writing…

    Also I have been keeping up with the day to day, even if I am not writing about it, and last night I had a dream about That Clay Person (no, not THAT kind of dream–Blech). So this dream was that the Sox were in Spring Training, and I was online and I see an article that Clay Buchholz is shutting it down for the season, and will focus on getting ready for next season. Yes, this was occurring in MARCH. Holy Buckets, how freaking SAD is that. But that is how it goes for those of us who are used to his nonsense. And they used to call Nomar glass???

    And speaking of That Clay Person, he got his first start in the win against the Oreos Sunday, annnnnnnnd it went about as well as you can imagine: 1 1/3 innings, 4 Runs (1 earned), and three walks, throwing 42 pitches, 20 for strikes.

    Rusty much? But he FELT GOOD! Gah… Read more…


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