Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Our bullpen…

…looked dam fine tonight!

Congratulations to Jermaine VanBuren on his first major league win.

And congrats to David Pauley too.  It wasn’t the greatest of outings…but, for the most part, he did keep the team in the game, and, at the very least, he got his first major league game in without any major disasters.

Little Manny and Jermaine have looked very good thus far.  That makes me very happy.

Foulke and Pap looked great too.

Again, super night for the bullpen!

Here’s hoping Mike Lowell isn’t hurt too badly!

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Ballgames | 2 Comments

Our bullpen…

…looked dam fine tonight!

Congratulations to Jermaine VanBuren on his first major league win.

And congrats to David Pauley too.  It wasn’t the greatest of outings…but, for the most part, he did keep the team in the game, and, at the very least, he got his first major league game in without any major disasters.

Little Manny and Jermaine have looked very good thus far.  That makes me very happy.

Foulke and Pap looked great too.

Again, super night for the bullpen!

Here’s hoping Mike Lowell isn’t hurt too badly!

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Ballgames | 5 Comments

My panic button is lost

DpauleyOn May 24-26, 2005, in Toronto, the Blue Jays swept the Red Sox.

How did things end up? (A reminder, if not for losing the season series to the Yankees, the Red Sox would have won the division…numerically, they tied the Yankees for the division in 2005…with a far inferior team than we have this year.)

The Blue Jays have a great team…but so do the Sox.  We have the best infield we’ve probably ever had (as long as the Jays don’t continue to take potshots at them) and we have some great pitching (Matt Clement’s current woes aside).  We aren’t going to be hobbling on 3/4 starters for long, in that I have total faith, so I’m not going to freak out because we’re tied for first place with the Yankees on May 31st.

We had 27 wins and 23 losses on this morning last year.  This morning?  30-20.

So you all will have to pardon me for not turning gray over a couple of lousy nights in Toronto.

David Pauley is starting for the Sox tonight against Ted Lilly.  Sure, this doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but the young guns have been the guys getting it done lately.  This could be a really fun game to watch tonight.  I can’t wait!

(Quick note to Steve, my Blue Jays fan bud.  I was exaggerating to make a point about Blue Jays attendance.  Your team won back to back World Series titles in the early nineties and had one of the best pitchers alive on your team AFTER that, and Blue Jays fans seemed to have forgotten that rather quickly.  As I said, you all have a good team and they deserve a better fan showing.)

Don’t forget to send your postcards to Matty!

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 6 Comments

My panic button is lost

DpauleyOn May 24-26, 2005, in Toronto, the Blue Jays swept the Red Sox.

How did things end up? (A reminder, if not for losing the season series to the Yankees, the Red Sox would have won the division…numerically, they tied the Yankees for the division in 2005…with a far inferior team than we have this year.)

The Blue Jays have a great team…but so do the Sox.  We have the best infield we’ve probably ever had (as long as the Jays don’t continue to take potshots at them) and we have some great pitching (Matt Clement’s current woes aside).  We aren’t going to be hobbling on 3/4 starters for long, in that I have total faith, so I’m not going to freak out because we’re tied for first place with the Yankees on May 31st.

We had 27 wins and 23 losses on this morning last year.  This morning?  30-20.

So you all will have to pardon me for not turning gray over a couple of lousy nights in Toronto.

David Pauley is starting for the Sox tonight against Ted Lilly.  Sure, this doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, but the young guns have been the guys getting it done lately.  This could be a really fun game to watch tonight.  I can’t wait!

(Quick note to Steve, my Blue Jays fan bud.  I was exaggerating to make a point about Blue Jays attendance.  Your team won back to back World Series titles in the early nineties and had one of the best pitchers alive on your team AFTER that, and Blue Jays fans seemed to have forgotten that rather quickly.  As I said, you all have a good team and they deserve a better fan showing.)

Don’t forget to send your postcards to Matty!

May 31, 2006 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 13 Comments

Ugh

That pretty much sums it up.

Sox and Yanks are tied for first with the Sox bringing in a AA pitcher for the game tomorrow and the Yanks going against a Detroit team that is finally showing it’s true self.

S’gonna be an interesting night, tomorrow is.

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Ballgames | 28 Comments

Matt Clement – Part Deux

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned ‘postcard showers’ on this blog before.  A few years back, starting in, I believe, 2003, a group of us from the Red Sox Fan Forum decided we needed to override the constant negativity whenever a player is doing poorly…and we got together and ‘showered’ specific players with postcards bearing positive messages.  At the time, we called ourselves "The BOSTONS" (Babes Offering Support To Our Needed Sox).  We even used to have a website.  Here’s a blurb from it:

The BOSTONS was formed to show the guys on the team how much the fans support them.  The definition of our "postcard shower" was to get at least 10 of the women to send out 10 postcards with positive messages of support written on them to the player we all agreed needed it the most.

We started in August 2003 with Todd Walker who was in the middle of his worst slump of the season.

According to the Boston Globe:  "(As of September 8th) Since Todd returned to the second spot in the order Aug. 21, he is batting .333 (18 for 54) after hitting .177 in the previous 37 games" .

We BOSTONS know the truth!  🙂  By that week of August 21st Todd was already receiving his postcards!

With the players all playing so well, we decided on Kevin Millar next since he was getting a bit of a hammering from the media.  Following Kevin we chose Billy Mueller and Nomar Garciaparra.  Two guys doing well for most of the season – both had been toying with slumps in the late stages of 2003.

We firmly believe that the vocal support of The BOSTONS was a major factor in the wonderful way the guys came through for us in 2003  and ESPECIALLY the way they came through for us in 2004 and we know that tradition will continue in 2005!

Okay, so we’re a little giddy.  We’re fans and we feel strongly about supporting our team.  And at the end of 2003, we were rewarded, somewhat, with this:

Toddcleansup This is Todd Walker cleaning out his locker in October 2003.  If you enlarge the photo, you will see a postcard taped to his locker.  A white card with a yellow smiley face on it.  Three of the "Babes" (including Booklady and Red Sox Chick!) sent Todd ‘smiley face’ postcards.  So we use this photo as proof that the showers meant something to the guys.

There was also a quote from Gabe Kapler in 2004 (thanks to Dale and Susan for it):

"I have never seen a group of fans care so much about a team in my life. I’ve never gotten a letter that explains, I get these random letters, asking for nothing, they’re not asking for anything, they just want to show support for the team. They just want to say, hey I loved that play you made or it’s great that you guys beat them in this series, a post card, no return address, just out of the blue."

As  you can see, we feel strongly about the power of our support. With this in mind, Kelly suggested today that we have a postcard shower for Matt Clement.

Clement’s woes are exactly why we started this movement.  He’s having a tough time…he’s getting hammered by the press and the media…the guy needs to know he has support behind him.  So we’re going to give it to him!

If you’d like to join in…just go buy some postcards (or make your own!) and send them to:

Matt Clement
c/o Boston Red Sox
Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215
The Red Sox won’t be back in Boston until Friday, June 9th.  That gives us roughly 10 days to get these out so Matt will get them when he returns to Fenway.

If you’re so inclined, please join us in sending Matty some support!  If you’re a Red Sox fan, you know he needs it!

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Players | 20 Comments

Matt Clement

I don’t usually tout the talents of the Boston sports media, but Nick Cafardo has, what I consider, an excellent piece on Matt Clement this morning.

Cafardo brings up, among other points, Clement getting hit in the head with that line drive last year in Tampa Bay.  Physically, thankfully, he turned out to be fine.  But, regardless of what he says publicly, who knows who it has affected him mentally.

He’s always been a hit or miss guy, going through slumps and such, but this is a little different.  Not only is he in a major slump right now, but he isn’t shaking anything off.  Every hit ball gets him deeper and deeper into a funk.  I saw it for myself against New York.  I really thought, at one point, he was either going to cry or punch someone.  Matt needs some help, I believe, and it’s up to the team to push this if he isn’t responding.  Which, based on quotes like this, I’m guessing he isn’t.

“I don’t know," he said. “I don’t think it is [the ankle], but if it was, I probably wouldn’t say anyways. It’s not a thing with an injury. I’ve just got to figure out how to execute better.

“I’ve gone through stretches longer, but to have two disastrous outings like this . . .

“I recall times where I’ve spent eight or nine starts in a funk, in a situation like you’ve got to find a way to find a silver lining. I just have to remember it wasn’t long ago that I threw the ball well. I know I’m just going to work my butt off to get where I need to be."

This is Boston, Matt.  Where if you go much longer in a ‘funk’, they will eat you alive at Fenway and in the press.  It breaks my heart to see this happening to you, regardless of any snide remarks I might make, and I really hope you get off your butt and get the help you obviously need before the dopes at Fenway get to you even more than they already have.

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Players | 7 Comments

Well…

…at least Kansas City won!

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Well…

…at least Kansas City won!

May 30, 2006 Posted by | Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

2004 and being a Sox fan

20041023_beyondbelief_1024So I spent the better part of the day visiting cemeteries.  I come home and "Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino" is on and I decide to watch it.

For starters, let me just say that watching the Bucky Dent homerun and Game 6 of the 1986 World Series and Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS all still hurt.  Not in a "oh, I’ll never get over that" way.  But in a sad, ‘man it suhked living through that’ and in regard to 2003 – "those guys deserved better", way. 

So maybe that’s why 2004 is something Red Sox fans will never get over.  Even if the Sox win this year, or if not this year, even if they win again in my lifetime (which I now believe they certainly will), it won’t be the same.  It will be great…it will be amazing and it’s absolutely what I want to happen, but it won’t be the same.  When I see clips from the 2004 ALCS, I start to cry.  Seriously.  I’m typing this with tears in my eyes.  Happy tears, mind you, but tears nonetheless.

When I watch scenes from 2004, I feel like I’m watching home movies.  Home movies from a tremendous time in my life.  And I make no apologies.  So many fans from other fan bases say "of course you hang on to 2004, it’s all you have".  Those people don’t have a clue.  They don’t know what it’s like to want something as much as you’ve ever wanting anything, just to have it snatched away time after time…and then to finally have it given to you, well that’s almost too much to accept.  There is a reason people celebrate their anniversary.  You want to always remember that amazing moment in time.  It’s the same here.  No matter what else happens in Red Sox lore, 2004 is the beginning of the new era.  An era where Red Sox fans couldn’t care less what Yankees fans say.  An era where the media says things like "the Red Sox made the best comeback in sports history" and no one can say ‘that’s a matter of opinion’.  The Red Sox and their fans have a new identity.  It doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten the old one…nor does it mean we don’t embrace it.  As Theo said, winning the 2004 ALCS was for the fans, but also for all the teams who couldn’t get it done in the past.  And winning the 2004 World Series was for all those players who deserved a ring and never got one.  Every team has their own rich history (well, most every team)…and ours is a history of sadness, tears and eternal hope.  Every so often, something like "Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino" comes along and reminds me of that.

The Red Sox are only a game and a half in first place right now…and they’re beginning a very tough series tonight.  I certainly expect…and hope…that they’ll come out on top, but regardless of where they end up, they won my heart in the 70s…dug themselves in during the 80s and 90s and gave me everything I wanted from them in 2004…so, as it says in my ‘about’ profile…anything else is gravy.

(Note from Cyn:  I wrote this at around 6:30 and then my live blog pushed it down.  It seems to me, that it’s more appropriate after a game like tonight’s!)

May 29, 2006 Posted by | Miscellaneous | Leave a comment