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Waking up to a win…

Feels good, albeit slightly strange, when you wake up to Game Day on your computer citing Bobby Jenks as a WINNING pitcher after the other day’s atrocities

And an old school win in the final hours…

Happy thoughts and observations:

Beckett is back. There are haters. Doubters. Fluke sayers. And they are wrong. Beckett hurled out his third consecutive power appearance, albeit with a minor two-run slip-up. 2009 Beckett is back and he’s actually starting to look a lot like 2007 Beckett. Clearly someone followed my advice and killed the time machine. You’re never getting back to your world now, 2009 Beckett. Might as well enjoy the 2011 ride… And 125 pitches? Stellar anyway you slice it. No one can call you broken.

The Gonz is worth the G’s. Seriously. With a tie-breaking double in the 11th, Gonz ponied up an offense worthy of the questionable cash. It’s no longer questionable. Gonz has been consistently great or okay throughout an otherwise atrocious start for the Sox. It’s interesting, since we as a nation were wayyyyy more excited about the not-so-impressive Carl Crawford. Gonz, you’re part of the family and you’re already shining. With you at the plate I’m starting to feel that Mike Lowell confidence… and it’s a nice change from the, “sigh… Crawford again? Damnit”s we’ve been experiencing lately.

JD Drew. A spark? With a vital single at the end, we’re starting to see him do SOMETHING. I’m encouraged that our power hitter is in there somewhere. It just might take something drastic like shock therapy to get him out…

K-Youk. I’m concerned. Majorly concerned. And his bats were just starting to come around. Getting 2010 Pedroia flashbacks. If we’re going to be contenders, we need his old school consistency and fortitude. Even the haters have to see that. But Tito says he’s okay…

Jacoby. Just as fun to watch as ever. Pounding ‘em through and wiping the bases. I said this before- this could be your year, Jacoby. He’s like old school Johnny Damon (but without the beard and with a soul), spry and fast, and this year he’s upping the power.

Speaking of dodging bullets- check out this little gem about the ownership that could have been…

Tonight’s another late doozy… don’t think I have enough caffeine.

~L

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  1. scooterb1
    April 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Soxy, the Sox aren’t hitting well with men on base, but their pitching is supposed to be awesome…and it hasn’t been. IMHO, it’s because they were trusting Salty to call a good game behind the plate…and he can’t…yet. They win with Varitek catching (just ask Josh Beckett). And even though Varitek is batting something like negative.025, it’s worth it to get a decent pitching performance, isn’t it?

  2. April 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I think so. But I don’t know if it’s a long term solution. Tek’s somebody we want in the post season. I want him to last. I’m with Tito- we just can’t play him all the time. It’s risky.

    But the neat thing about Tek is surprises happen. Like remember when everyone, absolutely everyone, said get rid of Tek? And he hit stacked homeruns and a grand slam? I think he can do it- I just don’t think it’s going to be consistent.

    And our pitching is getting much better. Each of our pitchers has delivered a solid, quality performance. Even John Lackey. That’s the one that astounds me. And some of them did it without Tek… It kind of makes me optimistic about Curt Young. We are seeing definite improvement. It’s definitely not the same team that got crushed on the road the first week. And we’re hitting. Last night, pitching on both sides was good. Beckett’s was great. We’re starting to find the holes (I’m not, of course, talking about Crawford). I feel a lot better about our offense…

    But I agree. Salty’s the weak link. If this continues, I don’t think he’ll last past May.
    I just don’t know what the solution is. I can’t really think of another Tek-like catcher- well-rounded and a rock solid hitter. We need a one-man band…

  3. firedannyainge
    April 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Salty is not to blame for the pitchers missing their spots. At least not all by himself. Why is it the pitchers never get the blame for anything? All these guys ahve been in the league for years. They need to adjust.

    Even the haters have to see.lol Do you mean me TooSoxy:) Like I said before I have NO problems with Youkilis as a player. It’s his mouth that annoys me. He does nothing but bad mouth Boston and I as a BOSTONIAN am allowed to be pissed about it.

  4. firedannyainge
    April 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Rock solid hitters do not hit .49

  5. April 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    i think kevin youkilis’ mouth is great.

    and if you compare pitch outings with salty and pitch outings with tek… there’s a definite something…
    pitchers get oodles of blame. just oodles. look at the crap we both give lackey. the well deserved crap, i might add.
    but there’s something more than just the throwing going on here.
    but… maybe it’s moot, what with all our amazingness of late.
    speaking of amazing, kevin youkilis. sigh.
    just wait.

  6. FireDannyAinge
    April 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    As far as I am concerned all the pitchers get away with so much. Someone is always making excuses when someone sucks especially Beckett. I want to know why it is only the sox that can’t win one run games?

    I give the whole team heck. They deserve it sometimes but I consider them all family Youkilis is the hated Uncle Kevin who we invite to dinner every holiday even though he’s an ass but we still invite him cuz he’s family)

    Just because you love someone doesn’t mean you can’t see they have faults.

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