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Papi, my Papi

April 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Oh, Lester…

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“Obviously it’s not what I wanted to do. Do I want it to be better? Yeah, I wanted it to be better yesterday,” Lester said. “I just have to take the same mind-set that I’ve been taking, the same work ethic that I’ve been doing the past four years and just go out and pitch. I sat here last year and said it’s going to get better eventually, and I still believe that. I don’t think it has anything to do with the month, or the time of year or anything. It’s about executing pitches, and I wasn’t able to do that today.”

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Bad news and more bad news.

Let’s try to focus on the positive, k? Jacoby’s not broken. That’s something.

Did you guys see this load?

Sorry. I forgot. We’re focusing on the positive.

Like how Ortiz made us leap out our seats… just like old times.

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“That was a real good swing,” manager Terry Francona said. “I actually thought he was going to hit the ball out of the ballpark. You’re always looking for reasons to be encouraged.

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“I just have to keep swinging the bat, man,’’ Ortiz said. “Just battle every day and hope things start to turn.’’

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Here’s for positive thinking: Lackey’s back!

Happy Soxing.

L

Categories: Sox Game Recaps

Adults don’t have Youk posters on their mirrors.

April 12, 2010 2 comments

 I am 26-years-old. That’s adult, right? It’s more than adult on paper. It’s practically thirty, really, and thirty-year-olds should have adult dwellings, yes?

As real-life buds know… I just moved into the new house. It’s all mine. (well, half of it. It’s a duplex). It has adult things like a garage, washer-dryer, fenced in yard, creek, driveway, yard…

I have an adult job, adult car payments and now an adult house.

Why then, does it look like a teenager lives there?

It could be the occasional stuffed animal. Or… and this is a big or, it could be the incessant Sox paraphernalia. Seriously, it’s in danger of looking like a college dorm room. It’s bad. And yet, I can’t bring myself to get rid of any of it, even (especially) the pink stuff.

Joel offered some advice while carrying couches for me Saturday- “confine the Sox stuff to the bedroom.”

Okay, sure.

Clippings, old Sox calendar pages with images of Yaz, of Williams… and the Youk. All the Youk paraphernalia. And the hats… the hats. Add that to my adult furniture, my antique secretary with the glass windows… and it looks like Jimmy Fallon took over his grandma’s bedroom.

Whether I confine it to one room or just scatter it like Green Monster vomit all over my house, it’s excessive. And I’m painfully aware of it.

I’m 26-years-old, I tell myself. An adult.

How does one compromise fanhood with style? Because when you walk into my house, I really don’t want you to think a seventeen-year-old lives here. My face and pigtails make my age difficult enough to buy… I get carded at movies, after all… don’t card me in my own house…

Any suggestions?

Categories: Scary Red Sox Rants

Tek, Check!

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

 This weekend was good for the spirit… unless you were a farmer. Double losses for Kansas, 8-3 and 8-6, respectively Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday was especially pretty,watching Beckett battle his way (literally) back to the top. Unfortunately- didn’t get to catch it live (moving day! In the new house!), but did catch the highlights… including the five home runs- including… let’s see if I can say it without tearing up- the TWO from Tek.

Even my other favorite guy got play:

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Mike Lowell …made a dazzling back-handed diving stop to rob Yuniesky Betancourt of a hit in the second.

“I believe we have good depth on the team,” said Lowell. “But it definitely feels good when guys that haven’t gotten at-bats have quality at-bats and help score some runs. This was a nice win for us. Hopefully we can finish off the series tomorrow and then we head off to Minnesota on a good note.”

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And finish it out they did…

“It just goes to show if you make pitches, you get outs,” said Beckett.

 Bill Hall came out swinging… and swinging. 0-3 yesterday. He did prove himself a triple threat defensively, however, playing shortstop, right field and left field yesterday.

Yeah, Clay gave us a few worries… and Jacoby made me forget to breathe there for a sec… but it just feels good to win again, no? Beckett bombed opening day- and played through 7 innings Saturday… I’m holding out hope for Clay to put his first day behind him.

And Ortiz? Well…

 Tonight’s game marks the premiere of baseball at the Twins’ new Target Field.

Hopefully Lester can pull a Beckett…

 

In sad news- Lowell? Retiring?!

 “No, I don’t [look ahead], because this probably is my last year,” said Lowell.

Hope it’s in a Sox uniform…

L

Categories: Sox Game Recaps

Kansas, Schmansas

April 10, 2010 1 comment

4-3… Kansas?

Problems Defense.

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Coming on the heels of a similar defeat against the Yankees – Bard allowed an inherited runner to tie that game, too – the early returns are not good.

“It’s tough,” Bard said. “Wake did a heck of a job. (John) Lackey did a heck of a job (Wednesday against the Yankees), and we haven’t gotten them wins. I carry a lot of that on my shoulders. I’m going to keep trucking, not let it affect me too much. I feel like I’m still making pitches. I’m not going to look at it as anything more than that.”

Problems Offense.

Six of Boston’s nine starters are hitting .250 or lower through the first four games.

Oh, Jason Bay…

Okay, that might be a little dramatic. It’s not like our boys aren’t trying…

“We’ll do a better job,” said Pedroia. “I’ll do a better job. We’ve got to get on base more. We have to score more runs, and we will. I promise you that.”

There is some good news

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“Francona strongly hinted that backup catcher Jason Varitek [stats] will make his first start of the season tonight…

Francona would prefer that Varitek catch right-hander Josh Beckett [stats] tonight and have Victor Martinez catch right-hander Clay Buchholz tomorrow.”

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Tek’s back, baby. And, we’re assured Lowell will see some play this weekend.

Can Beckett step it up from Sunday?

Can Ortiz hit and NOT be ejected from a game (even thought I’m with him on that strike zone)?

Will JD Drew hit another homer? Will anyone but me notice?

Will I ever forgive Daniel Bard?

Find out tonight in Kansas City.

PS- The Yankees lost. To Tampa. :)

L

Categories: Sox Game Recaps

Same to you, Manny

April 9, 2010 2 comments

Manny just can’t get us out of his head.

“He hates Boston more than any other city…”

Move on, Manny. Because we are soooooo over.

Okay- thanks to LEESHA for pointing out the hoax- (I really can’t stop laughing)

But here’s something interesting that’s true- this article on Manny’s next impending breakup.

A strikezone ‘the size of a thumbtack’

April 9, 2010 Leave a comment

 By now everyone’s heard about Joe West.

Thanks, Michael, for shooting me the 411 yesterday.

If you haven’t, check out that link from the Times. I think Tyler Kepner sums it up nicely. As does Nick Scala in a delightful column headlined, “Hey, Cowboy Joe, What’s your hurry?”

Joe West, umpire extraordinaire, decided to steal his own headlines yesterday by criticizing both the Red Sox and the Yankees. My favorite part is where he calls the pace “a disgrace to baseball… pathetic and embarrassing.”

I think it’s interesting that his comments came literally hours after some seriously suspect calls by his own, ie: Angel Hernandez. Maybe if Hernandez had… oh, I don’t know… taken more time… we would have had a different ball game Tuesday.

 I have a theory that Mr. West has forgotten what we watch baseball to see. Watch him. Watch certain other umpires. Anyone else get the keen idea they think they’re performing for us? That we’re just on pins and needles to see what they, the glorious umps, will do next? Oh, awesome, kids! It’s time for the Joe West show! You know what TV guide would call that show? PATHETIC and EMBARRASSING.

 Yes, Stankee-Sox battles tend to swell… but don’t we expect that? We should. This isn’t our first Empire standoff. And look at the commercial breaks! So many of these contests hit national television, and, as Kepner points out, commercial breaks are extended accordingly. That means networks make more money- but it adds to the length of the product.

 It’s not that West doesn’t make a good point. Maybe they should be encouraged to move plays faster- but the fact that these comments came from West of all people, and after some exceptionally horrendous umping by Hernandez… I was irked. And I think he could have chosen a few better workds than “pathetic and embarrassing.”

 I wasn’t alone. Yankees, players and the fans, seem to have taken particular offense to West’s terminology.

 “If he has places to go, let him do something else. What does he want us (the players) to do, swing at balls? … He has a job to do. He should do his job. We don’t want to play four-hour games, but that’s what it takes. We respect and love the fans and do what we have to do, and that’s play our game,” Mariano Rivera said to the New York Post.

 The Post warns Rivera should expect a strike zone the size of a “thumbtack” when he meets West next… but consequences aside- what do you think?

 Speaking of Rivera- you kids see what he said about Ortiz?

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 Take Mariano Rivera. The best closer of all-time said the thought of facing Big Papi in the ninth inning of a close game still makes him uncomfortable.

“David’s always dangerous, always dangerous,” Rivera said before recording his second save of the series. “You don’t want to face him in a tough situation.”

Rivera paused and laughed.

“I don’t know what the big deal is,” he said. “It’s two games. It’s ridiculous – for me, anyway.”

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 Ignore the part where Tomase calls Rivera “the best closer of all-time,” k?

Oh god, it could all be a ploy.

 Keep the faith, Boston, Ortiz is going to come back with a vengeance (I hope).

 And… there’s always Lowell…

 Tonight’s Kansas City match-up brings back the knuckleballer himself. I’m excited to see what Wake’s going to bring to the mound without his catcher…

Categories: Scary Red Sox Rants

Stop nailing rocks at my husband’s head, damn it.

April 8, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Dear Terry Francona,

Why?

Tell me the truth. Is it because I stepped out for those two minutes? Gwen needed a cigarette break. I was gone two minutes. Less than two minutes. A minute and a freaking half, Terry.

 Is this Gwen’s fault? Is this the tobacco industry’s fault? Is this my friend Joel’s fault for poking me in the face during the 8th inning?

 Curtis Granderson. Oh, Curtis Grandersnake. Curtis Grandersnob. Curtis Grandershit.

 No, Lackey outpitched Pettitte. That was fun to see, Terry. Kudos to team Theo. You kids had a plan. And this week, your plan was 1-2.

 And Ortiz… oh, I’ve never jumped up and down like that for a single. I think he still has it. I’m keeping the faith, just like you said, Terry..

It was fun to watch for awhile, Terry. You had all the makings of a classic Sox standoff. The characters were there (Hah, Pettitte, Jacoby), the setting, even Nomah.

Where did it turn into a bad Nicholas Cage movie?

 “Ah, but then the hidden horror of 2010 reared its ugly head—our woefully sub-par bullpen. The “Not So Great Scott” brigade (Schoeneweis and Atchison) were sandwiched around Daniel Bard and Papelbon, who coughed up a mammoth “no-doubter” home run to Curtis Granderson in the 10th.”

 Oh, Paps…

What is going on with him, Terry? It’s okay. You can tell me. Is it trouble at home? Is it the pollen? Is it because I’m not in Boston? It’s because I’m not in Boston, isn’t it? Is it because I wore a sundress instead of my Yankee-hater shirt? Because my friend Melanie said I looked cute in the sundress.

 And did you see that ass nail a rock at my husband?

No wonder he was hitless! A ball caught him in the freaking head.

And WHAT is up with JD Drew? That’s a problem. That’s a big problem. Do you know that’s a problem, Terry? Are we on the same page here?

 You know who I miss? Jason Bay.

Yeah, the Mets lost last night… (to the Marlins. Yay) but their opening day was pretty… and I couldn’t have been the only one wishing he was up next in the batting order last night. He misses us too. I can tell.

Excuse me, I have “Break” by the Script in my head for some reason…

How’s he doing, Terry? Did he ask about me?

 At least it’s an off day. Because I need a day.

 Could you work on your pep talks? Get up with that Sacco kid. Bet he’s got some ideas. Find out whatever they said to Park before shoving him to the mound, then get Sacco to say it in his “Screw ‘em” voice.

Thanks,

 Lauren

PS: Have you read this?  Can you confirm or deny? Is Jason Varitek still alive? Thanks.

 You know what would make us feel better? I know what would make us feel better.

 

In the grand scheme of things, it’s just two games. Two games against the Stankees’ offense. That’s about as rock hard as it gets. It will only get better from here. And, the next time we meet, we’ll have a lot more to talk about, Yanks.

In other news, Red Sox just surpassed the Mets in over-all value, says Forbes Magazine.

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