Saturday, July 30, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
FORMER RED SOX PLAYERS TODAY
After Red Sox major leaguers are past their prime, what exactly do they do? Some go off and spend their millions, albeit some spend them more wisely than others. Others play semipro ball if they have a true passion for the National Pastime. A lucky few (such as Remy) get broadcasting deals. But the most loyal Red Sox STAY with the Red Sox. For instance, did you know that Johnny Pesky's official job title for the Red Sox is "Special Assignment Instructor"? This means that he goes to Red Sox minor league games to look for key prospects, then he helps these future big-leaguers perfect their skills, particularly in the infield. The best way to describe his job is "half scout and half coach." Jim Rice holds a similar post, although he specializes in showing young hitters how it's done. Also, keep an eye out for Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski. He's a "Player Development Consultant", which is sort of the minor league version of a hitting coach. It is through these greats of yesterday that the greats of tomorrow learn what makes the Red Sox a special team, both on and off the field.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
GOOD WORK, JOHNNY DAMON
After twenty-nine* consecutive games, Johnny Damon's hitting streak has come to an end. Although he did not smash any records, he did take a nice spot in the top ten for the team. Here's the franchise records (for all Red Sox since 1902):
BOSTON RED SOX HITTING STREAKS OF TWENTY-FIVE OR MORE GAMES
First Place: Dom DiMaggio (1949) 34 games
Tied for 2nd: Tris Speaker (1912) and Nomar Garciaparra (1997) 30 games
Third Place: JOHNNY DAMON (2005) 29 games
Fourth Place: Wade Boggs (1985) 28 games
Fifth Place: Dom DiMaggio (1951) 27 games
Tied for 6th: Buck Freeman (1902), Johnny Pesky (1947), Nomar Garciaparra (2003) 26 games
Tied for 7th: George Metkovich (1944) and Wade Boggs (1987) 25 games
Yes, the holder of 1st place IS indeed Joe DiMaggio's brother, Dom. I guess hitting streaks run in the family!
(Source: Baseball Digest)
Not bad at all, Damon!
*30 if you count the All-Star Game, but it doesn't count for official MLB records
Sunday, July 17, 2005
ADVISE ALL NOT TO TUNE IN TO ESPN, IMPARTIALITY QUESTIONED
It seems that the national broadcasts of Red Sox-Yankees games on ESPN (cable) are flawed. The commentary seems to be biased towards the Yankees. Whenever a great defensive play in favor of the Yankees occurs, ESPN makes a big show about it. No such fanfare for the Red Sox, offensively or defensively. When Johnny Damon hit safely in his 29th consecutive game, there was so little Boston emphasis that I had to sub in for them (see previous audio post). Instances such as the safe/out call in the bottom of the 9th tonight are quickly dismissed once ESPN is sure that the Yankees got the call. Something is fishy about this. Aren't games supposed to be broadcast in a FAIR and BALANCED manner? Isn't there an MLB regulation of some kind to keep broadcasters on the up and up? I invite readers to post comments regarding this matter. For or against, it matters not.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
SECOND TIME'S THE CHARM
Last night, the Red Sox killed the Yankees 17-1 in a display featuring Trot Nixon hitting a home run that didn't make it over the fence. In a play that was almost scored an error, Nixon scored three runs on an inside-the-park homer to center field. This all happened while I was watching the game on a 5-inch black and white television set in the back of my van!
Friday, July 08, 2005
BALTIMORE 3, BOSTON 1 (6 innings)
Last night's partial game:
|BOS||0||0||1|| ||0||0||0|| ||0||- 1|
|BAL||0||0||2|| ||0||0||1|| ||x||- 3|
(called, middle of 7th: rain)RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY
I thought that called games were pretty much obsolete. More often, games are postponed if rain is expected during the evening. But instead, the Sox lose, rendering their renowned comeback strategies useless, and the fans get cheated out of 2½ innings of baseball!
And what's this I here about Nixon getting picked off with the bases loaded, ending the inning? Tonight we shall avenge this ridiculous excuse for an away game!
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
WELL, THAT'S WELLS FOR YA
Being a former Yankee, David Wells can sometimes be difficult to deal with, as his last start illustrated, when he was ejected for arguing with an umpire. It's not Wells' fault entirely. It's just the only remaining taint from his time with the New York Yankees. This goes back a long way with the Yankees, as the black-and-white photo illustrates in 1940.
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