Saturday, September 27, 2008
Game 1 begins on Wednesday night, assuming Lowell and Drew are out what should be the Sox lineup for game 1? Who should pitch? Here's what I want, put your lineup in the comments.
1. Ellsbury RF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. David Ortiz DH
4. Kevin Youkilis 3B
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Jed Lowrie SS
7. Sean Casey 1B
8. Coco Crisp CF
9. Varitek C
Jon Lester SP
Evan's Lineup from Fire Brand of the A.L
The Red Sox will host a rally at Fenway before the playoffs start, here is some of the press release:
Fans are invited to come to Fenway Park at 3:30 on Monday, September 29, 2008 and enter Fenway Park through Gate D. The first 2500 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a coupon good for a free hot dog and soda, compliments of ARAMARK, at the Fenway Park concession stands.
The Rally will be hosted by NESN play-by-play commentator Don Orsillo, NESN on-field reporter Heidi Watney and NESN studio analyst and former Red Sox infielder, and Framingham, MA native, Lou Merloni. The Rally will feature live interviews with Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Larry Lucchino, Manager Terry Francona along with several of the Red Sox coaches and players and Bank of America representatives. Video tributes and montages to the 2008 Red Sox will be shown on the centerfield video board and live entertainment will be presented by local Roxbury band Quest.
Mike Lowell aggravated his hip injury during an at-bat last night. His status for the ALDS is up in the air. He spoke with reporters after the game:
|Gm 1||BOS at LAA||Wed., Oct. 1||TBS|
|Gm 2||BOS at LAA||Fri., Oct. 3||TBS|
|Gm 3||LAA at BOS||Sun., Oct. 5||TBS|
|Gm 4||LAA at BOS||Mon., Oct. 6||TBS|
|Gm 5||BOS at LAA||Wed., Oct. 8||TBS|
|Gm 1||SOX @ TBY||Fri||Oct. 10||8:00 PM||TBS|
|Gm 2||SOX @ TBY||Sat||Oct. 11||7:30 PM||TBS|
|Gm 3||TBY @ SOX||Mon||Oct. 13||4:00 PM||TBS|
|Gm 4||TBY @ SOX||Tue||Oct. 14||7:30 PM||TBS|
|Gm 5*||TBY @ SOX||Thu||Oct. 16||7:30 PM||TBS|
|Gm 6*||SOX @ TBY||Sat||Oct. 18||4:00 PM||TBS|
|Gm 7*||SOX @ TBY||Sun||Oct. 19||7:30 PM||TBS|
Friday, September 26, 2008
The threat of rain today caused Sox officials to announce that the ceremony retiring #6 will be moved to Sunday. Pesky's birthday is on Saturday. He will be 89.
Sunday is a day game, and the ceremony will take place prior to the start of the game.
Happy Birthday Johnny and Congratulations to a true Red Sox hero.
My flight leaves Boston at 10 am and should be back in California before the start of the Red Sox/Yankees game but it is looking like the game will not be played tonight. The rain has already started here in Boston and it could rain more than 2 inches in the next 48 hours.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Red Sox announced the selection of the remaining 45 Governors and I was not one of them. I would like to thank all of you that took the time to vote for me and I congratulate California winner Karen Doherty.
The Tigers had seafood for dinner today, munching on the Ray’s and beating them 7-5.
And in Toronto, the Jay’s knocked the yanks around 8-2 in the battle for 3rd place.
SOX WIN 6-1 BOX SCORE
I'm on my way to Fenway for tonight's game. I'll be at Boston Beer Works for a beer before the game and will be sitting in row 8 of bleacher section 40 if anyone wants to say hi. This could be the last meaningful regular season game for the Red Sox now that Tampa's magic number is down to 1. For any of you that want a free Fenway souvenir, they are doing some renovation on the side of the park on Yawkey Way and chipping away some of the old bricks, you can grab a piece of Fenway brick off of the sidewalk before they clean it all up.
Going into the playoffs the Sox will have Beckett, Lester, and Dice-K as shoe-ins for a start, who will be the fourth guy? I say it has to be Wake. With Wakefield you know what you have early in the start and if Tito is not afraid to pull him right away if he does not have it: there is a lot of upside. When Wake is on, he can totally shut down a team.
Paul Byrd did what he was supposed to do when he joined the Sox; fill in for some injuries and help the team reach the playoffs. Boston has received what they needed from him and the Sox should not expect much more. You know when Byrd starts a game the opposing team is going to score runs, if the offense does not come up big the team is headed for a loss. Picking Wake over Byrd is a gamble but one the Red Sox must take if it is needed.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"Baseball went to a multidivision setup to create more races, rivalries and excitement,'' Steinbrenner wrote. "But it isn't fair. You see it this season, with plenty of people in the media pointing out that Joe Torre and the Dodgers are going to the playoffs while we're not. This is by no means a knock on Torre -- let me make that clear -- but look at the division they're in. If L.A. were in the AL East, it wouldn't be in the playoff discussion.''And if the Yankees played in Japan they might have won 4 more games, and if the Yankees got to use metal bats they could hit more home runs. Funny, I don't remember the Yankees complaining about the playoff system until this year.
Meanwhile in Toronto and Baltimore….
Yankees and Blue Jay’s were tied at 2-2 going into the 10th when the yanks erupted for 4 runs. Sheesh Toronto! Give the Sox headaches and then go belly up on the yanks! WTFiuwTHAT?!
In Baltimore, the O’s went up 5-0 over the Ray’s by the 2nd inning. It is now 7-6 Ray’s in the 8th.
Sox win, 5-4 BOX SCORE
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Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Mark Kotsay, 1B
Jason Varitek, C
Chris Carter, LF
Alex Cora, SS
Paul Byrd, SP
The Boston Red Sox will retire Johnny Pesky's number 6 on Friday before the Yankee game. I meed Pesky 3 years ago at New Hampshire Speedway, he was the nicest guy you could meet; he took the time to write out a long note for my son. It is so great for the Red Sox to amend their rules to let his number be retired for all he has done for the Sox throughout the years.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I have been on the Fenway Park tour every year for the last 5 years and I have to say that today's was not as good as it has been. Usually they try to accommodate the fans and show some unique things but the guide was rushing trough the tour. No press box, no walk on the warning track. The worst part is he told the exact same jokes as last year, even the Manny Ramirez ones. Time for an update. That being said, spending some time at Fenway on a beautiful morning is always fun.
Cliff Lee was good, but not good enough, as he was most likely due for another loss before the season was over: 9 hits, 5 ER's, 3 BB's, 8 K's, and another Youk HR (his 27th this season) into the Monster seats.
This week could be a good time for the Red Sox to get ready for the post-season but they are without two of their starters. Drew has had one of the type of seasons he used to have before joining the Sox; good offense and injuries. His back has been a problem for the entire year from the Japan trip right through September. An epidural will keep him out of the lineup again today and likely until the Yankees series. With Ellsbury, Crisp, Bay, and Kotsay the Sox can easily survive Drew's absense and possibly win the division.
Mike Lowell is having hip problems and will continue to have them for the rest of the season. His Wednesday return may be pushed back, but he should be able to go for the last few games of the regular season. With Lowrie going cold the Red Sox need to get Lowell back in a hurry if they want to catch the Rays.
Tampa plays two today in Baltimore so the Red Sox will know if they have a legitmate chance of winning the division by the end of the night. I'm off to Fenway for a tour, I try to post some pictures tonight.
Monday, September 22, 2008
It was great to be able to catch the last few innings of the Red Sox game at the hotel, but they did not give me a very warm welcome back to Boston. Masterson and Oki both did a great job of relieving Beckett and giving the Red Sox the chance to clinch tonight but it was not to be. The goat of the game has got to be Lowrie who struck out in two key late inning at bats with players in scoring postition. I will be at Fenway at 9 am for a tour tomorrow and will bring some good karma to the team so get your champagne on ice for tomorrow's game.
Sox lose 4-3 BOX SCORE
Every September I am lucky enough to take a school group from California to Boston for a week to visit some historic sites and a few colleges. We are departing for the Hub this morning for a direct flight back to the land of NESN. Red Sox Sonoma will be covering things from the West Coast and I will throw up a few posts throughout the week. Even though not all of the students are baseball fans, I make them all go on the Fenway Park tour; gotta get some culture in 'em. I've done the tour countless times but it is different every time. I'm going to Thursday's game against the Tribe, sitting in bleacher section 40. I'll be the one catching Big Papi's home run ball.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
After tossing 45 pitches in the first 2 innings, Dice-K then went 5 more scoreless innings, throwing only 64 more pitches and issuing only 2 free passes along the way. The win makes Dice-K the first Sox pitcher to win 18 of his first 20 decisions, while going 9-0 on the road.
Sox win 3-0 BOX SCORE
If the Red Sox hold on to win the game today we can be doubly rewarded if Baltimore can beat the Yanks. The Yankees will close the history of their stadium on a low note and to rub some salt in the wound it would guarantee the Red Sox a spot in the post season. We also have to root for Kevin Millar to get the last homer in Yankee Stadium history. Nothing could be finer.
I lived in New Jersey in the late 80's and early 90's and went to a lot of games in Yankee Stadium, I would make a game in almost every Red Sox series. I never liked the stadium very much, it was usually pretty dirty, the beers were unfordable, and the fans were pretty obnoxious. I have been to two playoff games there and witnessed players like George Brett and Cal Ripken hit homers there.
I have had the honor of being thrown out of Yankee Stadium after my brother got into an altercation with an a-hole sitting next to us in a box seat. It wasn't even a Red Sox-Yankee game and the altercation was not even over that, just some loser wanting to fight. My friend was also ejected with us and he is a Yankee fan. The strangest thing was having Yankee fans all high five me on the way out (I was not wearing a Red Sox hat, and I guess this guy had been an a-hole at every game.) It is pretty wierd to see 40,000 people staring at you as you get escorted out, but it was pre YouTube days so we don't get to relive it. We had a cooler full of beers in the car so it wasn't so bad even though we had good seat.
At one game I was at a fan jumped from the upper deck into the screen behind home plate, he got up and started dancing around before he was arrested.
They used to have this really fat guy, I think everyone called him "Chico," who would sit in the first row of the bleachers and take orders for pizza at the start of the game and then around the 5th a couple of pizzas would show up from a Bronx pizzeria. He had some security guard on the take and must have made a ton of cash. He would also take odds on the great subway race on the big screen.
Even though I despise the Yankees and everything they are about, I am a little sad they are taking down Yankee Stadium. I am a big history guy and hate to see when places that ment so much to the game are dismanteled.