Saturday, August 27, 2005
Curt Schilling finally pitched a start after all this time in the bullpen. Even though we lost that game, give the guy a break! It's been a while for him, and he will undoubtedly fall back into place very soon. Until then, keep an eye on "Little Schill"! Jon Papelbon! For a rookie, Papelbon has done extraordinarily well and definetly has a future.
However, in order for the pitchers to help us win games, we need run support
. This means than we have to stop leaving runners on base
. Far too many times, I have seen bases-loaded, no-out situations only to have everyone strike out. The best Red Sox triple is worthless if nobody gets a hit to score him.
Monday, August 22, 2005
YAY! He's back in the rotation! Today is an off-day (have a safe flight!) but tomorrow Schilling is scheduled to pitch against the Kansas City Royals! (BTW, KC finally broke their 19-game losing streak the other night!) Now, as Red Sox fans, we must remember that we are still susceptible to jinxes, so we must be careful...
CARDINAL RULE: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS ANYONE TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT SCHILLING'S PERFORMANCE UNTIL THE SCORE IS FINAL.
Warmup comments such as "Get ready to throw some HEAT!" are OK, however.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
When I went to the Fisher Cats-Sea Dogs game, the Sea Dogs won. I personally think that both teams are great, even though thr Fisher Cats were the home team. I noticed an up-and-coming Red Sox prospect wearing number 2 at shortstop. His name is Hanley Ramirez. I have confirmed with Fenway Ambassador Drew Thurlow that he is NOT related to Manny Ramirez, although both are from the Dominican Republic. Hanley made some amazing plays look routine! I've even heard rumors about moving Renteria to 3B and putting Hanley in as a shortstop next year! Keep an eye on Hanley...
Friday, August 19, 2005
THE RED SOX OF THE FUTURE
Tonight I am going to a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game in Manchester, NH. The Fisher Cats will be facing the Portland Sea Dogs, AA affiliates of the Boston Red Sox! These players are the big-leaguers of tomorrow, and now I have a chance to see them today! (I will take pictures to post soon!)
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Of late it seems that Schilling has been going through a slump as a closer. Somtimes thia can cost us a game, but I stand behind Curt, no matter what happens. Curt Schilling went against all odds last autumn, and there is no reason that he cannot once again become the "Schil" that we all know and love. Despite the last few games, I do believe that Schilling will trimph once again. I stand behind Schilling 110% of the way!
Monday, August 15, 2005
Yesterday's game was called on account of rain. Since only four innings were played, this game does NOT count in the official standings. Right now, it looks like the game will not be replayed, meaning that the Sox will simply play a 161-game season this year. (Of course, if the final game has playoff implications, the game will have to be somehow squeezed in.) Imagine having to wait over four hours for rain that never stopped! That's what the fans in attendance had to do.
Tickets for last night's game may be redeemed for unsold tickets of equal value at the ticket window. If all tickets are sold out, unless the Sox replay the game, you're out of luck.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
More Fenway pics
Here's the plaque from when Fenway was remodeled back in 1934.
Here's a view from the .406 club (you can see it before the game if you take the Red Sox Tour)
And here's batting practice! Note how Renteria (SS) has taken the field!
Pictures from Fenway
This is the outside of Fenway Park.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
When we were getting ready to go to the game, it was discovered that the tickets were for the previous night's game! Although we didn't get those seats, we did find two other tickets for sale for the correct game. These were in the bleachers, but we could see the outfield just fine. Manny went into the scoreboard during the seventh inning, during which the Rangers scored five runs. The Red Sox won 8-7 in 10 innings--leaving only 41 minutes to catch the last train to leave Boston at North Station! (We managed to catch that train, which left one minute before midnight, with 3 or 4 minutes to spare--what a race!) I'm not quite sure what we would have done had we missed that train... Anyway, it was a 4-hour, 13-minute 8-7 Red Sox victory in front of ourselves and 35,306 of our fellow fans. Pictures will be posted soon.
Answer to last post's question: Lower- $90.00
Monday, August 08, 2005
Finally, the day I've been waiting for is tomorrow! I'm going to Fenway, and I have a very nice camera to prove it! Yes, tomorrow's night game against the Texas Rangers will feature ME in the front row of the grandstand! Barring any unforseen circumstances (injury or suspension) the Texas pitcher will be Joaquin Benoit, and Matt Clement will start for the Sox. As you know, Clement is new to the Sox this year, signed as a free agent during the offseason from the Chicago Cubs. Considering he has gone 11-3 so far this year, he apparently has had no problem adjusting to the AL rules. (The DH rule is twofold: In the NL, the pitcher must bat, meaning that the other pitcher has an easy strikeout most of the time. With the DH, this is eliminated, and the pitcher no longer has a chance to pad his record.) Now, for a little game...
THE PRICE IS RIGHT
How much do you think I paid for my two grandstand tickets?
My total bill (before taxes and shipping) was NOT $105.00. Do you think that it was higher or lower? The answer will be in the next post.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
MANNY RAMIREZ REMAINS IN BOSTON
Last week, I took a vacation to Provincetown, MA, the last town on Cape Cod. (latitude 42°03.771' N, longitude 70°08.970' W for all you GPS heads out there.) The Boston traffic wasn't too bad, but it still took nearly four hours to get there from Merrimack, New Hampshire. On the way there, I listened to the radio. The sportscasters were talking about Manny Ramirez being traded to the Mets. Deals would be made. Deals were all set, ready to be signed. Commercials aired. Commercials would end. Deals would die. I counted down the time left until the trade deadline using my watch (which is radio-synched to the US atom clock) and I am happy to report that Manny Ramirez WAS NOT TRADED!
Not only that, but he took back all of the talk of trades, and it's the first time I've heard Manny use the line, "Manny Being Manny"! WHAT HAPPENS IN BOSTON, STAYS IN BOSTON!
Thursday, August 04, 2005
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