Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Good Lord this kid stinks!

Good job there, Theo.

Johnson was on the news tonight talking about how great the fans have been to him since he’s been with the team.

I can guarantee you, the Sox don’t come back to win this and end their winning streak because of some spastic has-been…they won’t be so great to him when he gets back to Boston.

I don’t mind losing a game (and it’s only the second inning, the game isn’t lost yet) but not when it’s because Theo sticks us with a stiff.

Edited to add:  Losing 5-0, no outs and Loretta decides to try and stretch a single into a double.  I love me some Mark Loretta, but really – what was he thinking?

Edited yet again to add:  At least the defense still looks good.  🙂

Not quite a live blog, but I’m adding stuff here.  After being at Fenway with the Mets fans this week, I have a new appreciation for why fans BOO down the opposing fans who cheer instead of CHEERING.  The booing is louder and works better.  I bring this up because I’m stunned by the "let’s go red sox" chants and totally understand why the Marlins fans are booing.

As this game goes on (and now that Johnson is out of it) I feel more sorry for Johnson than mad.  It was an awfully tough position to put him in.  Mind you, I still think he stinks, but one loss after 12 wins is far from something to be ashamed of.  Mind you, it’s only the sixth inning (still 5-0)…I never concede these games until the last out is made.  🙂

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June 30, 2006 - Posted by | Players

18 Comments »

  1. Hi Cyn,

    What model camera do you have? Some nice pics. I have a Fuji S9000 digital camera with zoom.

    Just wondering? Some really crisp pictures.

    Take care,

    Joe
    http://dugoutdiary.mlblogs.com

    Comment by Joe | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  2. i think we are on the stiff of the week program, the angels have designated jeff weaver for assignment and it is highly rumored that boston will his next stop…geez i hope not…i guess if we pick up every waived pitcher we may find one that will be decent….hopefully willis has his patented blow in the 8th

    http://redsoxworld.mlblogs.com

    Comment by jonathan | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  3. Lets forget about this game and go get em tommorrow you know wake needs to have his A game..
    -kaylee

    Comment by andy5353@aol.com | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  4. hi cyn i’ve been to your blog many times before but this is my first comment here =)

    i agree with kaylee, tonight stunk but we still have a 3-game lead over the yanks. let’s hope wake has his stuff tomorrow. if he has his knuckleball going for him he can make the marlins look like fools.
    and at least we kept the errorless streak alive.

    -julie

    Comment by jgkvedar@hotmail.com | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  5. Buddy, here are some facts, if you want to talk about facts. The Yankees are currently 3rd in team ERA, at 4.18, right behind Oakland which is at 4.15. These numbers don’t include the one hit shut out by 5 Yankee pitchers today, which will effectively bring up the Yankees ERA as second best in NL. The Red Sox are 8th in the league at a 4.57 clip, which will go up as they gave up 5 runs today to the Marlins.

    I don’t know where you are getting your numbers, but according to Yahoo sports, team STATS has the Yankees at 4th in the AL with .283 team batting average. The Red Sox are .285, .002 points more. This without Sheffield, Matsui, and now Cano—“mind you”. But don’t worry, Matsui is coming back next month, and Sheffield in a month in a half. Love hearing the Boston sportcasters declare the season over and the Red Sox 2006 AL East Champs. Hasn’t anyone learned ANYTHING from last year? 7 games back were the Yankees, to your beloved Red Sox.. in SEPTEMBER. We all know how that ended, don’t we? Oh and Dan Shaughnessy proudly proclaiming “This will be the Red Sox’s year”. Somethings never change.. like division leaders after 162 games. I leave with that.. and the thought that perhaps you should get your facts straight. Blouting over team average, when your team is .002 points ahead of a team without 2 players who combine for 180 RBIs, isn’t too wise. Especially considering what really are the Red Sox if two of their hitters, Ortiz and Manny go bye bye for 3 months.

    Comment by Umair | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  6. These numbers don’t include the one hit shut out by 5 Yankee pitchers today, which will effectively bring up the Yankees ERA as second best in AL. ***

    Comment by Umair | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  7. I love your headline for this post. But your team had to lose sometime. I wish the Yankees would win 12 straight, and I wish even more that the Phils would win just 2 straight. I have a new love for the Phils this year(mainly because of Chase), but man they stink:(

    Comment by amber__11@hotmail.com | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  8. Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Crisp, CF 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 .287
    Loretta, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .320
    Youkilis, 1B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .314
    Ramirez, LF 4 0 3 2 0 0 0 .306
    Lowell, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .302
    Varitek, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .248
    Kapler, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .353
    Gonzalez, SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .270
    Johnson, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
    a-Nixon, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .328
    Tavarez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    b-Cora, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .298
    Seanez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Hansen, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    c-Ortiz, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .270
    Totals 34 2 8 2 1 8 14

    a-Struck out for Johnson in the 5th. b-Popped out for Tavarez in the 7th. c-Flied out for Hansen in the 9th.

    BATTING
    TB: Loretta; Youkilis; Ramirez 3; Lowell; Kapler; Gonzalez.
    RBI: Ramirez 2 (55).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kapler; Ortiz.
    GIDP: Lowell.
    Team LOB: 7.

    FIELDING
    DP: (Gonzalez-Loretta-Youkilis).

    Florida AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
    Ramirez, SS 4 2 2 0 1 1 1 .271
    Uggla, 2B 3 2 1 0 1 1 1 .312
    Borowski, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Jacobs, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 3 .272
    Helms, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258
    Cabrera, 3B 3 0 1 2 0 0 1 .343
    Willingham, LF 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .267
    Hermida, RF 3 0 2 1 1 0 1 .303
    Ross, CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 .270
    Abercrombie, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .217
    Treanor, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .207
    Willis, P 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 .107
    Messenger, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    a-Amezaga, PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246
    Totals 30 5 8 4 5 5 18

    a-Flied out for Messenger in the 8th.

    BATTING
    2B: Jacobs (19, Johnson).
    TB: Ramirez 2; Uggla; Jacobs 2; Cabrera; Willingham; Hermida 2.
    RBI: Jacobs (42), Cabrera 2 (54), Hermida (12).
    Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Willis 2; Hermida; Jacobs; Treanor 2.
    SF: Cabrera.
    GIDP: Uggla.
    Team LOB: 9.

    BASERUNNING
    SB: Willingham (2, 2nd base off Johnson/Varitek).

    FIELDING
    E: Cabrera (12, throw).
    Outfield assists: Willingham (Loretta at 2nd base).
    DP: (Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs).

    Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Johnson (L, 3-9) 4.0 6 5 5 2 2 0 6.22
    Tavarez 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 0 5.40
    Seanez 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 4.94
    Hansen 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.35
    Florida IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Willis (W, 5-7) 7.0 7 2 2 1 7 0 3.96
    Messenger (H, 6) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.03
    Borowski (S, 15) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.23

    WP: Johnson, Seanez.
    Balk: Willis.
    HBP: Uggla (by Johnson), Treanor (by Johnson), Youkilis (by Willis).
    Pitches-strikes: Johnson 73-50, Tavarez 34-17, Seanez 19-10, Hansen 8-6, Willis 116-65, Messenger 10-7, Borowski 18-11.
    Ground outs-fly outs: Johnson 6-4, Tavarez 5-0, Seanez 1-1, Hansen 1-1, Willis 6-7, Messenger 1-2, Borowski 1-1.
    Batters faced: Johnson 21, Tavarez 9, Seanez 5, Hansen 3, Willis 28, Messenger 4, Borowski 4.
    Umpires: HP: Tony Randazzo. 1B: Jim Wolf. 2B: Joe West. 3B: Ed Rapuano.
    Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy.
    Wind: 10 mph, In from CF.

    Didn’t see game but Johnson could have had better support. Be a Red Sox fan not a Yankee Fan in Red Sox clothes.
    Johnson deserved better.
    Lets Go Sox!! Get’em Tomorrow!!!

    Comment by Keith | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  9. Hey Cyn leave the “Real” baseball things to those who know what they are talking about and stick to answering that guys question about your camera!!!
    From “not a real Sox Fan”

    Comment by Keith | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  10. Wow people, be nice. And Umair, hi to you. I watch or listen to EVERY Sox game, and no one, I repeat no one has declared the season over. More exageration on your part? Dunno. The Sox could easily lose 5 in a row, and then win 6 or 8. That’s why it’s such a long season. And we have had our share of injuries, too. The defense made baseball history last night. I like to concentrate on the good, or in this case, GREAT. And Cyn, we’ll get ’em tonight. By the way, Moose was great last night.

    Comment by peter1210@sbcglobal.net | July 1, 2006 | Reply

  11. And Keith, Cyn knows more about baseball in her little finger tan you do in your whole being. What a rotton thing to say.

    Comment by peter1210@sbcglobal.net | July 1, 2006 | Reply

  12. Peter, awfully nice of you…but I notice Umair is back and then some faux fan “Keith”.

    No worries. I tire of trolls…but I take it as a compliment that they come here. Obviously I push their buttons.

    It’s too bad the Sox lost and I still think Johnson is a bit of a stiff…but one loss after 12 wins isn’t that big a deal.

    Comment by Cyn | July 1, 2006 | Reply

  13. Umair, you might want to do your homework more clearly.

    Thanks to last night, Boston’s batting average went down…but they’re still first at .299 for the month of June…and the Yankees are 17th in June at .271.

    I never mentioned the Yankees ERA…but your visit here proves 2 things – you only come around when the Yankees win and the Sox lose – and you’re the one who has the incorrect info.

    And Keith, don’t hide yourself. If you have a screen name here, you should have a blog. Cutting and pasting the night’s stats and then insulting me is vastly unimpressive. You didn’t see the game, but you know more about it than I do from reading the box score, huh?

    I was going to delete your entry because of it’s sheer stupidity, but I think I should keep it up.

    Johnson definitely could have used run support…but if he hadn’t given up five runs in the first two innings the team wouldn’t have had to fight out of such a hole.

    And, to be fair, Dontrelle Willis deserves a LOT of credit for holding the Sox down.

    Now, go back to your cave, Keith. Thanks.

    Comment by Cyn | July 1, 2006 | Reply

  14. Ah, it’s a little early for a Saturday, I’m slow on the uptake.

    “Keith” is “Jimbo”…congrats. Well, I’m certainly not deleting your entries here, but I will be any others.

    And Julie, thanks for stopping by!! Really excellent point about the error-less streak!

    Comment by Cyn | July 1, 2006 | Reply

  15. there’s no question that johnson stunk, but imagine the pressure he was under. he was trying to protect a 4-game lead over the yankees, keep a 12-game winning streak and a 16-game errorless streak alive, and he was facing d-train, one of the best pitchers in the major leagues. all this in a national league park where he didn’t have ortiz’s bat behind him and he had to bat himself. and it was his debut as a member of one of the most popular teams in baseball.
    i’m not making up excuses. i’m just saying.
    -julie

    Comment by jgkvedar@hotmail.com | July 1, 2006 | Reply

  16. Well said Julie. And thanks for stopping by my blog. But here, Cyn is the best. ALWAYS.

    Comment by peter1210@sbcglobal.net | July 1, 2006 | Reply

  17. It was a tough outing for Johnson. No Ortiz, and against Dontrelle. But, he made it so much harder on himself. Always hard to struggle out of a 5-0 hole. But how about this for a silver lining: Seanez, Tavarez and Hansen: 4 innings, 0 runs.

    Comment by soxfax@massenergy.us | July 1, 2006 | Reply

  18. Soxfax…I like the way you think!

    (Peter, you flatter me!)

    Comment by Cyn | July 1, 2006 | Reply


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