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  • March 13th, 2017

    Red Sox 3, Toronto 4:
    A Win–Despite the loss…

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:15 pm in General | No Comments

    Some random thoughts as the Northeast braces for a blizzard called Stella, which is calling for 15-20(!) inches here in Yankeeland–in Mid-March.  UGH…

    Although the Sox lost to Toronto in today’s contest, this was the first chance Sox fans got to see Stephen Wright since he was sidelined with a shoulder injury while pinch-running last August (which still annoys the crap out of me…)

    And it appears that he is none the worse for the wear, pitching 2 strong and scoreless innings in his Spring Training debut.  Throwing 21 pitches (16 for strikes), the only hitter he did not retire was old friend Jarrod Saltalamacchia (and I can still spell his name without looking it up), who actually got on base due to an error.  The next step is to get him stretched out before the season starts, where the knuckleballer can hopefully contribute as successfully as he did in 2016, where he made the All-Star team for the first time, and went 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA before his injury ended his season…

    And with the beginning of the season, some folks like to start looking into doing some betting on their favorite baseball teams, or perhaps want to do some other type of gambling . While I am not a gambler myself (even though I live about 15 minutes from a casino), if I were, there are certainly many many options out there.  But like everything else, I would want to do research into the best venues to place my bet.  For online options, I would check out as many internet casino reviews as I could, to make sure my selection was the most reputable, and see the pros and cons of them all.  However, whatever selection you make, always remember to gamble responsibly, please. Read more…

    March 10th, 2017

    March 10th, 2017 :
    Too Much Stuff on my Plate…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:17 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    And unfortunately, none of it even remotely resembles or is even close to home plate…

    Holy Buckets. Someone needs to petition whomever it is in charge of time (Father Time? Mother Nature? Someone else?) and see if we can get another 4-8 a day. Because the 24 we currently got, just is not enough these days….and then we have Daylight Savings Time, which taken an hour AWAY this weekend, and leaves me all out of sorts for about a week…

    So we are a little more than 3 weeks until Opening Day, which coincides with the majority of the projects I am working on to be significantly completed, which should..SHOULD free up some time to watch some baseball–because I really want to see this team play…

    Jerry Remy returned Spring Training yesterday, in preparation for his first game on March 25th. He is fully recovered from the surgery he had in January which removed a cancerous growth. Thankfully, not further follow-up treatment, such as radiation or chemo was needed. This was his 4th time battling the disease, and hopefully his last. He is feeling good and ready to start his 29th year as the Red Sox color guy. Read more…

    February 14th, 2017

    February 14, 2017:
    Pitchers and Catchers!

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:38 pm in Baseball,Legal,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Holy Buckets! It’s like 22 degrees here, and summer seems OH SO far away, but the boys of summer have already started arriving in Florida and are gearing up for a gearing up for what I hope to be a GREAT 2017 campaign.

    All indications seem to point in that direction. The Sox were a decent team last year, despite the issues with some of the starters being inconsistent (David Price I’m looking at you, because That Clay Person is no longer our problem.), but Rick Porcello won the Cy Young–even if he melted down in the postseason…and really was the Ace of the team.

    And then Dave Dombrowski went and got Chris Sale, who is an AMAZING pitcher. However, he is also a world-class jerk. So we can hope that we get more of the amazing and less of the jerk. And if that is the case, I really think they will be in the mix for October/November baseball.

    I mean honestly Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, and David Price. And a healthy Steven Wright, And Eduardo Rodriguez, or Drew Pomeranz actually pitching to their potential…

    Even those who do this for a living think so: mytopsportsbooks.com believes “The Boston Red Sox are still strong contenders for the next World Series…” So there is that. Read more…

    January 31st, 2017

    January 31, 2017:
    And I STILL need to order my tickets…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:58 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Holy Buckets! It’s amazing how much time it takes to plan a birthday–for a 5-year old. And of course, said party was on Saturday- the first day the Summer Tickets were on sale. Yeah, I could have jumped on after the party, but have you actually ever BEEN to a party of 15 5-year olds?

    Yeah…

    So I plan on getting my tickets this week, looking at a day game in July or August, but unfortunately there are precious few day games anymore.. Yeah, they suck when I am home and going to watch the games on TV, but it’s just easier to navigate with a 5-year old during the daylight hours…So we’ll see…

    One of the games I would REALLY like to see is on June 23rd against the Angels, when David Ortiz makes it an even dozen–joining the ranks of Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, and Pedro to be the 11th Red Sox Player to have his number retired at Fenway Park. #12 is of course, the universal retired number of #42, Jackie Robinson…The rest of the best: Joe Cronin, Yaz, Jim Ed, Wade Boggs, and Carlton Fisk… Read more…

    January 20th, 2017

    January 20th, 2017:
    Raines, Bagwell and Rodriguez make the Hall…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:46 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Not sure any of the 3 candidates for the Hall are a huge surprise. As part of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), I voted for all 3 of them myself. But getting to the required 75% is a huge deal; just ask Tim Raines, who didn’t get there until his final year on the ballot, garners 86.0% of the vote, a big jump from his 69.8% last year. Jeff Bagwell, in his 7th year on the ballot, and how narrowly missed last year with 71.6%, had the highest vote count this year at 86.2%. Rounding out the 2017 class is Ivan Rodriquez in his 1st year on the ballot, with 76%. Don’t call him Pudge, won’t call him Pudge, there is only ONE Pudge as far as I am concerned…

    Trevor Hoffman (74%) and Vlad Guerrero (71.7%) narrowly missed this year, so we will see if they garner enough voted in 2018 to get the call…

    As we know, players getting less than 5% of the vote in any given year are removed for further consideration. A number of Red Sox players, including Jason Varitek (.5%) Tim Wakefield (.1%), and Orlando Cabrera, JD Drew, and Freddie Sanchez (All 0%) were in this grouping this year. Shockingly, so was Jorge Posada, who only garnered 3.8% of the vote in his 1st year on the ballot. Read more…

    January 13th, 2017

    January 13, 2017:
    Friday the 13th AND a Full Moon?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:26 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    031108_eclipse_jeff_dunn_02While I am not particularly superstitious (I’m a lighting designer, amongst other things, so I walk under ladders, cause it takes too freaking long to walk around. I also own a black cat and my lucky/favorite number is 13), that’s a pretty interesting cosmic double whammy, and apparently will not happen again for like 32 years–or 2049…

    So, after a month of holiday celebrations, parties, far too much fudge from Stone Harbor, Christmas ducks for my kid, and of course, the obligatory holiday sickness that felled both of us (I’m looking at you, stomach “thing”), we are looking at 31 days to Pitchers and Catchers, 40 days to the first “real” Spring Training game–against the Mets, and 79 days to Opening Day…

    Oh, and in case you were wondering, Truck Day is a little more than 2 weeks away. The “unofficial” start of Spring Training for the Sox begins when the Truck leaves Fenway Park and travels to Florida filled with not only baseball stuff–but a million and one things the members of the Red Sox may need…This year’s Truck Day is Monday, February 6th…. Read more…


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