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  • August 3rd, 2015

    Guest Post: Can the Red Sox Repeat the 88′ Season?

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:00 pm in Baseball,Guest Post,Red Sox | No Comments

    By Joe Messineo

    Editors Note:  from time to time we here at Boston Red Thoughts like to hear from other writers.  Thanks to Joe for sending this along.

    Although the Red Sox have won 3 of their last 4 games, their 5 – 12 record since the All Star break makes it a bit challenging to believe October baseball can happen. However, looking back at the run the 88′ Red Sox went on in the second half of the season has rejuvenated my hope that it may not be over yet. In 1988, the Sox were down 9 games at the All-Star break and went on to win the AL East. Currently, the 2015 Red Sox are only 8 games out of the Wild Card race with a full two months of baseball ahead of us.

    The 1988 season was just two years after the devastating World Series loss to the NY Mets, but the Sox had a team that was poised for another title run, with an almost identical lineup to the ’86 squad. Annual batting average king Wade Boggs led the team, while veterans Jim Rice and Dwight Evans put up solid numbers in their mid-30s. But the most important piece was starting pitcher Roger Clemens, who had just won the Cy Young Award two years in a row. The fireballing right-hander was backed by crafty lefty Bruce Hurst. Read more…

    July 28th, 2015

    Red Sox 8, White Sox 10:
    13. Games. Behind.

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:14 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Two weeks ago, the Sox were 5.5 games behind in the AL East. Still dead last, but 5.5 games heading into the All-Star break, while daunting, was possible. Today, after losing NINE OF THEIR LAST ELEVEN, including being swept by Anaheim AND the fracking Astros–who are, inexplicably in second place in the AL West–They are THIRTEEN games behind the Skanks, 7 behind Toronto and Baltimore, and 4.5 behind Tampa Bay with a .440 Winning Percentage.

    And while we are piling it on, they are currently on pace to win 71 games this season–the exact same number of games they won in their horribly awful 2014 campaign.

    And THIS is what they paid stupid money for Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and Rick Porcello?

    Speaking of Hanley and Panda. Honestly, those two are giving me MAJOR flashbacks to two other equally as useful players: Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez… Read more…

    July 17th, 2015

    July 17, 2015: Cheer on Veterans & Families as They Run to Home Base at Fenway Park

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:53 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Red Sox | No Comments

    Run To Home Base 115 (800x533)The Red Sox Foundation & Massachusetts General Hospital to raise funds for military personnel with 9K fund raising run; Registration still available

    Get the family together and head to historic Fenway Park on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Gate B to cheer on runners as they cross home plate at the 6th Annual Run to Home Base presented by New Balance. Read more…

    July 10th, 2015

    July 10, 2015: Closing out the First Half of 2015.

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:19 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comments (2)

    So the Sox are riding a 4-game winning streak, Ric Porcello actually WON a game, and brought his ERA under 6 (yes, check for pods…), and the Sox have won 8 out of their last 10 contests, which puts the Sox in a very interesting position for this weekend’s series against the first place Skanks.

    But before we get to that…

    So. I get that the KC Royals are having a great season this year, and their fans went kinda nuts and voted in 82 of their players to start next week’s All-Star game, most of which the rest of the world has never heard of (Lorenzo Cain? Alcides Escobar? Nope, me either), so why the FRACK did they get ANOTHER player (3rd baseman Mike Moustakas) for the Final Vote? WTF? Because SIX wasn’t enough? Interestingly, Alex Gordon is on the DL, so Final Vote Skankee Brett Gardner got his spot, so there are really only 4 left. And Xander Bogaerts, who REALLY should be there (come of think of it, so should Mookie Betts, but that’s a conversation for another day) was last in the voting. W…T…F…? Read more…

    July 8th, 2015

    Red Sox 4, Marlins 3: Beating the Fish…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:31 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Yeah, that sounds dirty, sort of like how “gesticulate” sounds like a dirty word, but it isn’t…

    So the Sox have 2 quick games with the Marlins, in between off days, before they get 4 days off next week for the All-Star Break. This has bothered me every year, except for this one, probably because I am watching so little baseball, and reading too much mind-numbing neuropsych…

    Speaking of All-Star Game, love love LOVE the fact that Brock Holt was selected to be on the team by Ned Yost, the kid has worked his tail off and earned it. Let’s hope Xander Bogaerts will get the votes he needs in the Final Vote (LINK) to join him there. If he does, at 22, he will be the youngest Red Sox player to go since 1967. Who went in 1967? You may have heard of him: Tony Conigliaro…You can vote until 4:00pm on Friday. Already took care of mine…

    And he certainly made a compelling case for his inclusion last night with his base-clearing single in the 7th inning to get the Sox the win on this one… Read more…

    July 7th, 2015

    July 7, 2015: Greater Boston Food Bank Fundraiser Slated for July 10th and 11th

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:28 pm in Baseball,Good Deeds,Red Sox | No Comments

    logo gbfbWhen the Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees, Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th at Fenway Park, their wives and girlfriends will take on hunger in the Bay State.

    To help end hunger in Massachusetts, the Red Sox wives and girlfriends are teaming up with The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) for the 24th annual Strike Out Hunger fundraiser prior to both Friday and Saturday night’s contests.

    Here’s how it works:

    The Ladies of the Boson Red Sox will be collecting $10 donations at the games in exchange for autographed photos of Red Sox players.

    Sox fans looking to give a bit more can also try their luck in the VIP Red Sox Experience Raffle, now live on GBFB’s website. Read more…

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