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  • April 24th, 2014

    Red Sox 5, Skanks 1:
    Holy Buckets! It’s Pine Tar!

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:56 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    We all are aware of the use of “foreign substances” by pitchers in cold weather to assist with the grip on the ball. And most of the time, the only people who complain about it are the fans and the media, as they did two weeks when Pineda dominated the Sox, and there appeared to be some sort of substance on his palm, which disappeared before John Farrell could report. And since the Red Sox did not complain, the matter went no further.

    HOWEVER, just because you got away with it last time, doesn’t mean you get to be super blatantly obvious and that will be OK. Cause this time it wasn’t. After appearing to have nothing up his sleeve (or anywhere else) in the 1st inning, but 2 outs into the 2nd inning, he was bounced from the game with a huge honking gob of pine tar on his neck. And chances are he will also be suspending for this–historically it has been about 8 games, or 2 starts, so we will see. He is saying he did it all himself that he was having trouble gripping the ball in the 1st…blah blah blah…

    And lost in the shuffle of all that brouhaha, John Lackey was brilliant last night, with an 8-inning gem where he gave up 1 run on 7 hits, while walking 0 and striking out 11. He threw 111 pitches, 84 for strikes…. Read more…

    April 11th, 2014

    April 11, 2014: Giveaway: Kicking off the 2014 Baseball Season, with Specially Priced World-Series Films, Bloopers, TV Series, and Documentaries, Available NOW on iTunes

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:04 am in Baseball,Giveaways,Red Sox | No Comments

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    April 7th, 2014

    Post 1402: Red Sox 0, Brewers 4:
    The weekend of Black Dots…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:16 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    And I did it AGAIN!  Completely missed the boat in terms of my 1400th post…Maybe I’ll get it right for 1500…But I doubt it…

    As part of my Red Sox “thing”, I put black dots on my baseball calendar for every game the Sox lose, and red for when they win. And there were far too many black freaking dots for this weekend, especially in light of the fact it was Ring Day and the Fenway Season opener on Friday…

    They are 6 games into the season, and already Edward Mujica is making me cranky, as he has screwed the pooch twice. He lost Friday’s contest single-handedly, giving up 4 runs in the 9th inning, and he allowed an inherited runner to score in yesterday’s loss. And you know what I think about inherited runners and the lack of accountability in terms of who’s stats take a hit with that…I think the Sox may need to rethink this, and soon…

    But another option may be on its way, as Craig Breslow has been doing very well in his rehab assignment with Pawtucket, and could be activated any day now… Read more…

    April 5th, 2014

    April 05, 2014: Book Review: The Devil’s Snake Curve: A Fan’s Notes from Left Field, by Josh Ostergaard

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:54 am in Baseball,Book Reviews | No Comments

    Baseball can be a very funny sport. As many of us are fond of saying, “Its baseball, anything can happen–and usually does” We have all heard the stories of the player who went on the DL because he fell out of bed and hurt himself, or how a team can have the best record in baseball for months, and then crazy and burn the final weeks of the season. Baseball is a million and one stories weaved into the fabric of hte sport, which makes it both universal and highly personal for each fan.

    A lifelong KC Royals Fan, and hater of the Yankees, Joel Ostergaard weaves a tale intertwining personal experiences, pop culture, politics, and quirks of our national pastime. While The Devil’s Snake Curve is a more subjective study of the sport, and how it applies to the life and times of US History, it provides a thoughtful alternate perspective on how much influence baseball has… Read more…

    April 3rd, 2014

    Red Sox 6, Oreos 2:
    They’re baaaaaack…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:03 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    I love Mike Napoli. Not as much as I love Mike Lowell, but I love him nonetheless. While Jake Peavey bought a duck boat (and that is WAY cool), Mike Napoli walked through the streets of Boston, shirtless and drunk, mingling with the people the night the Sox had their victory parade.  Oh, and he hits BIG homers in big moments

    WHAT is not to love about that kind of a guy???

    And yesterday, he picked up right where he left off last season, with a 4-RBI day, including a 2-run jack in the 5th inning to put the Sox ahead for good, and a 2-run SINGLE for a little bit of insurance…

    John Lackey put in a fine effort, with Lackey getting his first win of hte season with an strong 6-inning outing, 2 runs on 3-hits (including a 2-run shot to Nelson Cruz–who homered off Lester on Opening Day) while walking 1 an striking out 6. He threw 90 pitches, 68 for strikes. Read more…

    April 1st, 2014

    Red Sox 1, Oreos 2:
    Well, so much for 162-0

    Posted by Christine E. at 5:58 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    As IF…But it is fun to think about…

    So the Sox dropped the first game of the 2014 Campaign against the Cookies, despite the fact that Jon Lester pitched a gem, going 7 strong, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. He threw 104 pitches, 73 for strikes. And Junichi Tazawa threw a perfect 8th with a strikeout.

    No, this one falls firmly in the hands of the offense, for which Grady Sizemore was responsible for the only Sox scoring, hitting a broken bat solo shot off Chris Tillman in the 4th inning. Otherwise, the Sox were 0-10 with RISP…NOT GOOD.

    Looks like the way things are lining up, Jake Peavey will get the start against Milwaukee on Friday afternoon in the Fenway Opening. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jake (and the duck boat purchase was a nice touch), but I think as the newest guys on the roster, one of the veterans (such as Lackey or That Clay Person) should get the honor. Especially since it IS Ring Day… Read more…

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