Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

When did I start drinking Bud Light?

When Keith Foulke went on the DL, I believe.

Before then I was strictly a straight Budweiser or Corona chick (when it had to be beer).

Now it’s pretty much any beer that isn’t dark.  Apparently the demise of the Red Sox bullpen is contributing to my burgeoning alcoholism.

And then, Mike Timlin goes and makes me proud.

Chick mode on for one moment.  I love  Mike Timlin.  He’s one amazing MAN.

Just so manly.  Whether he’s striking someone out or giving up a hit.  He’s all man.

Grrrr, baby!

Chick  mode off now.

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August 26, 2005 Posted by | Rants | Leave a comment

Dear Curt Schilling:

If at all possible, do you think you could STOP using Major League Baseball games as your own version of rehab?

That would be great.

Sincerely,

The vast majority of Red Sox Nation

August 25, 2005 Posted by | Rants | 3 Comments

Welcome back, Curt!

8:29pm:  Even though Mike Sweeney seemingly owns him, the first inning ended relatively uneventfully (two strikeouts is nice)….here’s hoping our offense gives him the help he freaking needs.

(As an aside, is Kansas City where old players go to fade away and young players go to have any hopes of playing on a playoff-contention team dashed?)

8:41pm:  And of course, I speak too soon.

August 25, 2005 Posted by | Ballgames | 3 Comments

Monday’s are bad enough…without my having to go without a Sox game!

I hate off-nights.

I especially hate off-nights when I have to watch Jaret Wright pitch like Cy Young.

But dang…here comes my boy Alan Embree.

Let’s see what he can do with a 6-0 lead in the seventh inning.

(I hate wishing Embree to pitch poorly.  I especially hate taking joy out of his pitching poorly…which he just did.  Gave up a leadoff double to Aaron Hill…thank you Alan….anyway, as sad as it makes me – man Torre is taking Embree out already – I want him to help the Yankees lose.  I can’t help it.  It’s in my blood.  Sorry Al.)

I’m also watching Cleveland stomp the Devil Rays into the ground.  Which is nice (not so much for the stomping of the DRays…I just want to see Cleveland in the race)

Tanyon Sturtze is in the game and he just struck out the first batter he faced.  Well, if the Yanks win tonight, the Sox are 3.5 games ahead.  Not so bad.  I’ll take it over 3.5 games behind.

I still have faith the Blue Jays’ll come back.

Who the heck am I kidding?

August 22, 2005 Posted by | Rants | Leave a comment

A split is better than a loss

Well, I was hoping the Sox would leave California having won at least 2 out of the four games against the Angels…and they did.  So I’m happy.  Today’s game made me the happiest.  Jonathan Papelbon looks great.  He could be the boost our pitching needs. Big Papi bunted for a single.

That needs its own paragraph.  Big Papi bunted for a single.

Brilliant.  Freaking brilliant.

Renteria came up big for us, after spending four days being compared to Orlando Cabrera.  I love OC and he was huge for us, but people need to let go.  He’s with the Angels now and Edgar is our shortstop.  Deal.

Huge props to Mike Timlin.  2 innings of relief, 1 walk and two strikeouts.

That’s the way to come in from the bullpen.  Can’t wait to see him as our (we aren’t using the word but it’s what he will be) closer.  How’s that 1.73 era, Mike?

Speaking of which, Jonathan Papelbon’s era is 2.25.  2 freaking 25. 

Yanks lost (say thank you to Randy Johnson, kids…thanks Randy Johnson)…so the Sox are up 4 yet again.

And all is right with the world.

Of course, until Tuesday night when anything can happen against the Royals.  😀

August 21, 2005 Posted by | Ballgames | Leave a comment

Thus far…three bunts

THREE bunts.

From the Boston Red Sox.

(Message from my dad:  "Maybe Tito got struck by lightning on the way to the park?")

Maybe with the DFAing of Bellhorn, the Keith Foulke elbow hit and the plummeting average of Kevin Millar…Tito figured he needed to shake up the mojo?

August 19, 2005 Posted by | Ballgames | Leave a comment

What up, White Sox?

I was harrassed for all of the better part of last week by white sox fans via email, on various message boards and in person at the Sox/Sox games.

All I heard was "No one can beat our pitching"…"Our bats will knock you out of the game"…all kinds of trash talk.

From White Sox fans.

So what happens?  The Red Sox make their number one and number two pitchers (Buehrle and Garland for those not following along) look like nobodies…and tonight…Garland went 7 innings, gave up 3 runs – 2 of them earned – on seven hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts…not exactly intimidating, eh?

Oh yes…my favorite excuse from many fans on the White Sox fan forum is that Ozzie Guillen isn’t really putting out his best team.  He’s experimenting to see what is going to work for the playoffs.

Are you kidding me?

As I type this, the White Sox are a Geoff Blum out away from losing to the Yankees 3-1.  The Yankees.  The team that just lost two in a row to the Devil Rays.

Thus giving me more proof that the White Sox play in a pi*s poor division.  They look great against the likes of the Indians and the Twins…but once they see the Red Sox or the Yankees…nothing.

It’s disappointing for many reasons.  Not the least of which is I really want the Yankees to continue to fall back in the standings.

August 19, 2005 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 1 Comment

I’m so fickle…

After posting last night about how I dislike intentionally walking someone….Tito has Wakefield intentionally walk Vlad to get to Bengie Molina, who hits into a double play to end the inning.

And there is much rejoicing by me.

Fickle…God I’m fickle.

Good job proving why you’re the manager and I’m not, Tito.

(Dam…Millar just hit into another double play.  What is wrong with my guy?)

August 18, 2005 Posted by | Rants | Leave a comment

Hit Me

Okay, so I’m scouting the Angels by watching their game against the Blue Jays tonight. (It’s been a while since I watched the Angels)

(Why not? Sox lost, Yanks lost so that’s a wash….now I’d like to see the Jays win and find out what the Angels have in waiting for the Sox this weekend.)

Anyway, I’m watching the game and Bengie Molina gets hit. Which gets me to thinking about the four times this week the Yankees hit Devil Rays rookie Jonny Gomes.

I know hit batsmen is no big deal. But I’ve been watching baseball (Frank Menechino is a bonehead, way to run into an out, Frank…but I digress) an awfully long time and year after year more players are getting hit. I know most of the time it’s a control issue on the part of the pitcher…and other times it is the pitcher just wanting to brush the batter off the plate….but there are some times when it just seems too convenient. I mean Jonny Gomes? He wasn’t exactly leaning over the plate.

One of the Rays announcers mentioned that, for a rookie, Gomes is very self-assured and has an air about him that betrays his rookie status. I wonder if that’s a reason for going at him?

I don’t mean to single out the Yankees…the Red Sox hit more than their fair share of batters. It’s easy to see when it’s due to a batter who crowds the plate or a pitcher who has no control…but what about the others? What about the guys who get hit because they hit a homerun in their last at bat, or the last time they faced the pitcher? What happens when one of these guys gets really hurt because a pitcher’s ego was wounded?

I’m not a big fan of putting a man on base for ANY reason. I hate intentional walks…I don’t care who you’re pitching to (one of the many reasons I could never be a MLB manager)….

Slight pause while I revel in the Blue Jays making the Angels defense look like they are sponsored by Chico’s Bail Bonds.

…I don’t see the point in intentionally hitting a guy and getting him on base. 1) You could hurt a guy if you miss your spot and 2) YOU PUT A GUY ON BASE.

Just makes me crazy.

Then again, I’ll admit that I’m a bit two-faced on this issue. Early in the year when Bronson Arroyo purposely hit Tampa Bay’s Chris Singleton (and regardless of what is said about it, we all know it was intentional. I called it a half-inning before it happened)…I was thrilled that Bronson had the stones to defend his teammates KNOWING he would not only get kicked out of game but that he’d most likely get suspended as well. So the fan in me that wants blood thinks hitting a batter in retaliation is great…but the fan in me that wants the game to go as smoothly as possible wants there to be as few men on base as possible at all times. Yes, I want to have my cake and eat it as well.

Random trivia for the night: Chone Figgins is up. When I first saw his name, years ago, I thought you pronounced it “Choh-nee”, which, in my family, is an Italian slang word for a female body part. So no matter how many times they say “Shawn”, I read it as “Choh-nee”.

Choh-nee popped out, thus preserving the Jays lead.

Here’s hoping this is how the Angels are going to play this weekend.

August 17, 2005 Posted by | Rants | 1 Comment

One other thing…

…I know it is totally irrational of me to be mad that Curt blew the game…but to state that it would have been fine had Bronson stunk up the place and lost the game (I mean he DID give up 10 freaking hits).

Losing a game in the standings isn’t the end of the world.  And I have faith that this team will come back from one loss and do fine.  They’ve been playing really good ball and are bound to lose a game here and there.  So it isn’t THAT they lost…it’s HOW they lost.

It isn’t fair to Curt, but HE’S the one who raised the bar.  HE’S the one who wants to be an ace…he wants to be THE guy on the team.  So HE’S the one who gets my wrath when he doesn’t perform.  The Yankees are only 3.5 games behind us now.  And Curt needs to be the one to say, "I’m going to help the team".  Whether that is by getting back into the starting rotation or just admitting he ISN’T a closer, I don’t know.  But he needs to do something soon.  August is no time to start experimenting.

August 16, 2005 Posted by | Rants | 12 Comments