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  • October 11th, 2016

    ALDS Game 3: Red Sox 3, Cleveland 4
    Out With a Whimper…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:48 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Ya know, in some ways I think it would have been better for the Sox NOT to have won the AL East and gotten to the postseason (Stay with me here for a minute). Because the end in the Postseason is often sudden and can’t be planned for (Although in this case, I think the writing was on the wall). And when the season ends suddenly, there was no opportunity to properly honor David Ortiz on the last game of his career. And then there is the whole “let’s try and celebrate his last game while the other team is celebrating in our house…”

    I had my hand on the change channel button for the last 10 minutes of the game, ready to turn it off the instant the Sox lost–because I had no desire to see that nonsense. And my hatred for Jason Kipnis grew more last night when he caught that liner by Xander with 2 on in the 8th inning, ending yet another attempted rally by the Red Sox…I fully expected there would be interviews with that tool, and I had NO desire to see that nonsense…

    And I can’t even blame That Clay Person for this one. Rick Porcello and David Price got lit up, setting the stage for an impossible task for a headcase who hates pressure. And his junior college friend/teammate Josh Tomlin was DEALING last night…so it was a matter of who blinked first… Read more…

    October 10th, 2016

    October 10, 2016:
    Is Today REALLY the Last Day of the Season???

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:38 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Or, even worse, the last day we get to see the Large Father play for the Boston Red Sox? I’m not ready to let go yet! They are a better team than this! How can there be a world without David Ortiz and his clutch performances to save the day????

    I suspect the Sox are done. I know, I know, down 0 and 3 in the 2004 ALCS to the Skanks and no one in baseball has ever come back in the history of baseball, blah, blah, blah. But this year it just feels different. The BEST pitcher on the Red Sox, Rick Porcello (a 22-game winner! Could actually win the Cy Young!) got wrecked last week. And do not even get me started on David Price. And really, if the Sox win tonight, then David Price is in line for Game 5. I think we all can guess what will happen there, IF by some miracle they got that far…

    I just do not want to be swept at Fenway…is that really too much to ask??? So if the baseball gods could just have them win tonight, I will feel much better about the season ending this week.

    Oh hell, who am I kidding???? I will be MASSIVELY disappointed there will be no Cub/Sox World Series–cause that would have been epic…and it will suck out loud that David Ortiz will have his astounding career end with a whimper… Read more…

    October 7th, 2016

    Game 1 ALDS: Red Sox 4, Cleveland 5 :
    Another Day, Another On-Run Loss…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:29 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So Rick Porcello, who has been NAILS all season, decides to channel (of all people), freaking John Wasdin in an ugly, UGLY 3rd Inning, which saw him chased before he could complete the 5th inning (4.1) and left him with an ERA of 10.38 (yes, TEN) for this year’s postseason.

    The rest of his line: 5 runs on 6 hits while walking none, hitting a batter, and striking out 6. He threw 72 pitches, 51 for strikes…

    Yep, complete and utter crap.

    But Drew Pomeranz, someone I didn’t think we would see again this season came out and calmed things down (even if he did let an inherited runner score), pitching 2.1 innings of 3 hit-ball, including 5 strikeouts. He certainly kept the Sox in the game.

    And then there were the 14 strikeouts, including 3 each from JBJ, Xander, and Dustin Pedroia, whose checked swing strikeout ended the game.

    Fourteen. Strikeouts. So more than half of the outs the team had were used up by way of the K. Actually, the ONLY Red Sox player NOT to strike out last night was Brock Holt, whose 8th inning homer brought the Sox within 1 run last night… Read more…

    October 6th, 2016

    Game 1, 2016 ALDS: Red Sox vs. Cleveland:
    11 wins to go…

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:52 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So the Sox are back at the dance after a 3-year hiatus, going from World Series Champions in 2013 to one of the worst teams in all of baseball–for 2 years in a row. We have seen the Sox do stupid things, like let Jon Lester get away–although I think he is doing OK as the Ace of the favored-to-win- it-all Chicago Cubs…

    And we have seen some pretty smart things–even tho some of them didn’t seem so smart at the time, such as signing Hanley Ramirez and Rick Porcello. Although they both had abysmal 2015 seasons, they have both bounced back and have contributed greatly to the Sox’s success in 2016. The Sox have not had a 20 game winner since Josh Beckett in 2007. Rick ended this season with a 22-4 record with a 3.15 ERA, a HUMONGOUS difference from last year when we was 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

    As the saying goes: “Pitching wins championships”. And while the Sox can certainly mash with the best of them, they need good pitching to show up, which includes not only David Price shaking off whatever mojo that has been messing with his cake the last couple starts—not to mention his 0-7 postseason record, but for That Clay Person to continue his “good and effective” streak. Read more…

    September 29th, 2016

    Red Sox 3, Skanks 5:
    The Most Fracked up Clinch in History…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:24 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Honestly, I have never been this pissed about about the Sox getting to the postseason, or by them winning the AL East before…So be warned…LOTS of all caps ahead….

    And this is why baseball is the game where anything can happen and usually does. But this one was weird and bizarre, even by baseball’s standards…Here’s my takeaway from last night’s contest, which should have just been another, normal loss, as the Sox should have WON ON TUESDAY NIGHT, but David Price decided to suck out loud and put up oh so crappy numbers for his ninth loss of the season.

    His line: 6 1/3 giving up six runs on 12 hits, including THREE homers, while walking 1 and striking out 2. He threw 89 pitches, 61 for strikes. This is a That Clay Person Type outing, not one befitting an ace for whom the Sox opted to pay crazy money to, rather than give Jon Lester the deal he deserved. (Yeah, I’m still bitter about that)…

    But Jon Lester is getting his revenge, and if the Cubs beat the Sox in the World Series, I may just feel a little less bad about it, for this very reason…

    ANYWAY….. Read more…

    September 27th, 2016

    September 27, 2016:
    6, 11, and 1…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:38 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Games Left in the Regular Season: 6

    Winning Streak: 11(!!!) Games

    Magic Number to Clinch the Division: ONE…..

    And they already have ensured a place at the dance, when they clinched a postseason berth on Saturday night, when they were in the process of sweeping Tampa Bay…

    Holy Buckets, this is fun to watch!

    So now the Sox head to the Stadium for their final 3 against the Skanks, who have a magic # of 2–but for complete elimination. And since they are 5 games behind in the Wild Card….

    Ha ha ha ha ha…Ahem sorry. Ok, I’m not…

    So this series is likely to be double the fun for the Sox–Clinching the AL East in New York AND seeing them be mathematically eliminated… Read more…


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