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  • 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…

    February 8th, 2016

    February 8, 2016: 10…More…Days…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:49 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Pitchers and Catchers report next Thursday the 18, with the first workout the next day. The reaming players need to be in camp the following Tuesday the 23th, with the first workout for everyone being the next day (the 24th) I wonder if anyone will be late this year, although that really hasn’t been too much of a thing since the Manny Ramirez days…

    Other important dates include the doubleheader annual drubbing of Northeastern University and Boston College on leap year, and the first “real” baseball game against, you guess it, the Sox dreaded rival (ah huh) the Minnesota Twins, which is the afternoon of March 2nd…

    As I mentioned before, this really hasn’t been that bad of a an off-season, likely due to the fact that the weather hasn’t been completely abysmal (although supposedly it’s going to get REALLY cold) this week, and stay that way for a while), and the fact that I didn’t watch a ton of baseball in 2015 (cause they SUCKED), so I was prepared for long stretches of no baseball… Read more…

    January 27th, 2016

    January 27, 2016: 22 Days…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:34 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Some random thoughts as I take a break before my last class of graduate school, celebrate my daughter’s birthday, and wonder why NE Pennsylvania never seems to get those really big snowstorms we got when I was a kid…

    And actually, this off-season really hasn’t been all that bad. Dave Dombrowski has picked up some good pitching (David Price and Craig Kimbrel), and the weather has been downright balmy until pretty much the beginning of 2016. So now we are getting the cold, and in a short time, the Sox will report to Fort Meyers and start getting ready…

    Someone is already chomping at the bit to get started is Christian Vazquez, who says he will be 100% ready to go when Spring Training starts, despite the fact that he had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2015. But he is working hard and will try to get his spot back after missing so much time: I’m working hard. My shoulder is more important now. My elbow is fixed. I’m working hard to get strong.” Read more…

    January 7th, 2016

    January 7, 2016: ZERO Votes for Mike Lowell?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:16 pm in General | No Comments

    And NOMAR leaves the ballot after two years because he did not get the prerequisite 5%?  Holy Buckets! While I know neither was probably going to get in, the fact that they were out so soon, is just shocking to me.

    But it looks like Schill may have what it takes to get there, if he can keep his mouth and stay out of trouble that is.  He got a nice bump to 52.3% this year, his 4th on the ballot.  He has six more chances to get the additional 22.7% to get to the magic 75% mark.

    And for those of you who think:  “Eh, is Schilling really Hall-worthy?”  I got three words for you:

    Bloody Sock.  TWICE.

    And Holy Buckets, what is it going to take for the BBWAA to unanimously vote someone in????  Ken Griffey, Jr., got the most votes EVER yesterday, 99.3% (or 437/440).  So three troglodytes didn’t.  Uh, WHY????

    Congratulations are in order as well to Mike Piazza, garnering 83% of the vote.  Let the debate continue about what hat he should wear when inducted into the hall in July.  Mets?  Or Dodgers? Read more…


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