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  • March 23rd, 2015

    Red Sox 7, Phillies 6: Why do they always do that?

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:56 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    …Make a big deal about how That Clay Person fared so well in a minor league game. Take yesterday’s contest. He didn’t start against the Phillies as he is likely the Opening Day Starter (Blech), so he threw 5 innings against the minor leaguers.

    And this was his line: 79 pitches, no hits or runs, while walking 1 and striking out 10. Sounds really good–until you remember that he rarely has trouble at that level. They are MINOR LEAGURES, so not only are they a step down, there is no pressure for Clay to perform at this level–and what is the key to a headcase performing well? NO PRESSURE…

    So, forgive me if I am not all impressed by this. DO this on Opening Day against the Phillies–and then do it 10 more times, and then MAYBE…

    Although my prognostication skills are legendarily sucky (But I actually get to use prognostication in a blog post, so that’s something…) I am going to predict That Clay Person’s Opening Day Line: 4.2 IP, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits (including 2 homers) while walking 3 and striking out 6). Read more…

    March 20th, 2015

    Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 6: Closer and Closer…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:57 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So it’s the first day of spring, most of the snow has been cleared from Fenway (I’ve seen pictures), and we got 3-5 inches here in Pennsylvania…

    Outstanding…

    But the boys of summer are still hard at work in sunny and warm Florida, getting reading for Opening Day on April 6th. What a shock it will be to go from THAT to THIS, especially for those who hail from much further south.

    I’ve always wondered about that. Maybe Spring Training should be somewhere more in between, so there isn’t a 30+ degree temperature change from when they leave Florida and arrive in Boston. And the way this winter has been, I completely do not discount the possibility of snow in April–or even May…

    But as along as the weather is good and (That Clay Person isn’t the starter) for June 25th, I’ll be a happy camper…. Read more…

    March 18th, 2015

    Red Sox 3, Atlanta 11: Games! With Real Scores!

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:26 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    I know, I know…

    It’s been a long, hard, cold winter, too much on my plate, a challenging research class, and a 3-year old–but baseball will be here in less than 3 weeks, and I am hopeful all the snow will be cleared at Fenway before the first pitch is thrown there on April 13th…Hopefully…

    But holy buckets, it’s so very nice to have actual scores, and a decent start (8-6, 10-6 if you count the college wins) to the 2015 campaign, and even if it is only Spring training, it is good that there is baseball being played–and they are not sucking right out of the gate…and we can all be excited about warmer days and real live meaningful baseball…

    And I know its only Spring Training, and I know it’s only his 3rd start of the same, and I know his walk count is down (2) , and his strikeout are up (12, including 6 today) and that is great. But giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while throwing 62 pitches in 4 innings? Eh, not so much. Read more…

    February 26th, 2015

    February 26, 2015: 6th Annual Run to Home Base Slated for July 25th

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:43 am in Baseball,Good Deeds,Red Sox | No Comments

    image001Red Sox players Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli and team Chairman Tom Werner joined leaders from the Red Sox Foundation, New Balance and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, runners, Veterans and their Families at JetBlue Park in Ft. Myers yesterday to announce July 25th as the date for this year’s run and commemorate New Balance’s long-standing commitment as presenting sponsor of the event.

    Since the run’s inception in 2010, event participants and sponsors have raised more than $11 million to support the Home Base Program’s efforts to help Post 9/11 Veterans and Families heal from the Invisible Wounds of War – post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – through clinical care, wellness-based programs, community outreach, education and research.

    “It is vital that we continue to support the brave Service Members that protect our freedom and provide the best care possible for them and their families when they return home facing the Invisible Wounds of War,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “Thanks to the generosity of New Balance and area runners, we will continue to honor these courageous men and women for their service for our country and provide top-notch clinical care through the annual Run to Home Base.” Read more…

    January 28th, 2015

    January 28, 2015: Going Back to Fenway!

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:46 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Orioles vs. Red Sox, Thursday, 6/25/15, 1:35pm Grandstand Section G25, Row 11, Seats 1 & 2.  Yay!

    The annual pilgrimage continues! Yay! Although this may be the last year for a while, or at least until my daughter gets a bit older. I am not willing to pay full price for a ticket for a toddler…It should be at least 5 and under, not TWO and under…

    And with all the weather New England got this week, I’m hoping the snow will be melted by then…

    Although I am liking the new ticket venue–you can better make your selections,and see options, rather than click on one game, wait FOREVER in that fracking “virtual waiting room” , only to be told that you cannot buy 2 tickets as there isn’t that many left together, and you need to start all over again. As I am mom to a toddler, I have needed to modify my old ritual of grabbing a coffee and sit at my monitor starting at 10:00am on ticket day, and not moving until I get my tickets. But, with her on my lap, I sat down about about 5:30pm and it took less than 10 minutes to get my tickets this year. Completely painless (except for the ridiculous “convenience fees” and ” order processing” surcharges that added $16.00 to my ticket prices…) Read more…

    January 22nd, 2015

    January 22, 2015: Book Review: Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:20 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews | No Comments

    downloadby Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts

    I have never been a fan of Alex Rodriguez. Always thought he was disingenuous at best (The whole “I’m probably pretty sure it will all work out” statement before he bailed on the Rangers), and a cheater at worst (Slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s glove during the 2004 ALCS). I have also been interested in more information on the whole doping scandal in MLB. So when I was offered a free copy of Blood Sport for review, I jumped at the chance

    There were a number of things I did not know, and found disturbing and fascinating when I read this book. Read more…


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