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  • April 18th, 2016

    April 18, 2016: Book Review:
    Petey Porcupine Rocks the Sox

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:45 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews | No Comments

    51DjTdNETsLWritten by Franklin Black, with Illustrations by Christy Little

    One of the best things about being a blogger is the ability to combine two of my passions: Reading and the Red Sox, allowing me the opportunity to review some of the great books out there, not only on the Red Sox, but on various aspects of baseball as well.

    And having the chance to review a Red Sox book with my 4-year old is even more of a treat–for both of us.

    So when children’s author Franklin Black reached out to me about his new book, Petey Porcupine Rocks the Sox , which was inspired by a porcupine he saw in the woods, I was excited that my daughter and I would have an opportunity to read it together. Read more…

    April 13th, 2016

    Red Sox 5, Oreos 9: This is Starting to Feel Like the Same Old, Same Old…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:05 pm in General | No Comments

    OK, so now the fracking cookies are like 7-0 to start the season, and the Sox have once again, claimed their place at the under .500 mark, and 4 games behind the cookies in the AL East (who have to lose SOMETIME), and

    Of course, with That Clay Person on the mound, I suppose it’s not THAT much of a surprise. Another day, another crappy start. While he got a no decision in his last start, he took this loss in this contest, and with a lovely 10.00 ERA to boot.

    The line: 5 inning, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits (including TWO homers) while walking 3, hitting a batter, and striking out 5. He threw 98 pitches, 70 for strikes.

    And I wonder what the excuse will be THIS time…Honestly he could take a few tips from Craig Kimbrel about accountability, as evidenced by his comments after he gave up the first 3-run homer of his career to Chris David on Monday during the home opener: “I went out there and kind of beat myself. I can’t be walking guys in that situation. Davis put a good swing on the pitch and it went a long ways…He’s a great low-ball hitter and he got the barrel of the bat to it and he did what he does. I missed. He hit it over the fence. It was a bad pitch.” Read more…

    April 11th, 2016

    Red Sox 0, Toronto 3: Happy Fenway Opening Day!

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:54 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    While I would have liked the Sox to win yesterday’s contest as they had won the first two of the series, including an amazing come from behind win on Friday, complete with a Grand Slam from Brock-Star (His 1st of his career), as long as they win more than they lose, that is always a recipe for success…

    So far so, good, as the Sox are currently tied for 2nd place with the Skanks, with a winning record of 3-2. I cannot even remember how long it has been since the Sox had one of those…

    I was glad to see Stephen Wright was more than competent in the Red Sox loss yesterday, going 6 2/3 innings and only giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits while walking 3 and striking out 5. He threw 118 pitches, 78 for strikes.

    Unfortunately, despite the fact that Hanley went 3-4 (and is currently sitting on a .445 BA), the Sox could not string together any runs. Read more…

    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…

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