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Are you freaking kidding me?

Kyle_3 This is just absolutely ridiculous. 

In the most amazing way possible, mind you.  But totally ridiculous.

Big Papi comes through YET again and wins the game for us!

Major props to Kyle Snyder…I was so ready to write him off after his last outing and tonight he stepped it up when Boomer went down and he held off the Indians to make the ninth inning comeback win possible.

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Worried about Tek…hopefully that isn’t anything too terrible.  😦

I’m having a bad night.  Worried sick about my mother…by the way, thank you all for your kind words and prayers.  It really means a lot to me.  🙂  So I wasn’t really watching the game tonight…it was on, but my heart wasn’t in it.  I wasn’t really caring that they were losing and when Papi came up my thought was "this is unfair.  Why should it always be on Papi’s shoulders?  If they lose, they lose and I’m not blaming Papi".

Oh ye of little faith, Cyn.  🙂

I didn’t plan on jumping online tonight…but I had to make mention of the amazing Papi and of Kyle Snyder as well.

Sidebar props to Theo Epstein for not making any ridiculous moves just for the sake of moving.  I’m glad he’s sticking to the ‘long-term plan’.

Tomorrow will be a long day, but once we’re through it things will only get better.  Thanks again for all the support, folks.  🙂

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July 31, 2006 Posted by | Ballgames | 18 Comments

What a strange night!

Mikestrike
As the guy next to me in Fenway last night pointed out, "It’s nice to see everyone putting forth the effort to lose!".

I don’t necessarily agree with him.  We flashed some nice leather and AGon had two hits…the guys were trying, but Schilling was about as off as you can get and the guys never really clicked last night.  Even with scoring in the first, you could really feel it last night that it just wasn’t happening.

I haven’t been to a game in a while where I wasn’t that bothered by the loss.  I know with the Yankees win, it puts them only a .5 game behind the Sox…but I was much more focused on a couple of other things.  1) Trot Nixon injuring himself and(there’s one way to ensure you don’t get traded!) 2) the dam trade rumors.

While at the park, we were told that Mark Loretta’s wife left crying yesterday ("Maybe she found out that he knocked someone up" the guy I already quoted, says to me.) and then Mark wasn’t in the lineup and we couldn’t see him in the dugout.  This kept the "Mark Loretta has been traded" buzz going for quite a while.  First, it was in a four-team trade that got the Sox Greg Maddux.  Then it was in a straight-up trade for Julio Lugo.  (I’ll tell you this – I want nothing to do with Lugo – if Loretta has to go, I want it to be for a pitcher, dammit!)

Then, when I get home, I find out that nothing has been done…and Mike Lowell is the guy they are offering up, not Mark Loretta.

Now, I’m usually of the mind that when you hear these rumors, they are the ones that don’t happen.  And I truly hope that is the case here.  The team needs pitching, plain and simple.  Picking up a Lugo will not help us there and I see no reason to mess with the "Santana Infield".

But, I’m not Theo…and as history has shown us, I wouldn’t make most of the deals Theo has.

Speaking of which, welcome to Red Sox Nation, Bryan Corey – and welcome to the 60-day disabled list,  Matt Clement.

Boomer’s on the mound tonight.  Here’s hoping he still has something left.

For those of you who read my blog on a fairly regular basis, you have a pretty good idea that I’m very close with my family.  Especially my parents.  Well, my mother is going into the hospital tomorrow for surgery and I’m taking the week off to be around for her…so there might not be many posts this week after tonight.  And, if any, they’ll probably be of the late night variety.  If you’re that type of person, I’d appreciate your saying a prayer for my mother – every little bit helps.

I’m probably going to be ‘on the road’ at work today…so if you know me and have my cell phone number, keep me posted about the trades!  🙂

Have a great day, folks!

July 31, 2006 Posted by | Ballgames | 13 Comments

What a strange night!

Mikestrike
As the guy next to me in Fenway last night pointed out, "It’s nice to see everyone putting forth the effort to lose!".

I don’t necessarily agree with him.  We flashed some nice leather and AGon had two hits…the guys were trying, but Schilling was about as off as you can get and the guys never really clicked last night.  Even with scoring in the first, you could really feel it last night that it just wasn’t happening.

I haven’t been to a game in a while where I wasn’t that bothered by the loss.  I know with the Yankees win, it puts them only a .5 game behind the Sox…but I was much more focused on a couple of other things.  1) Trot Nixon injuring himself and(there’s one way to ensure you don’t get traded!) 2) the dam trade rumors.

While at the park, we were told that Mark Loretta’s wife left crying yesterday ("Maybe she found out that he knocked someone up" the guy I already quoted, says to me.) and then Mark wasn’t in the lineup and we couldn’t see him in the dugout.  This kept the "Mark Loretta has been traded" buzz going for quite a while.  First, it was in a four-team trade that got the Sox Greg Maddux.  Then it was in a straight-up trade for Julio Lugo.  (I’ll tell you this – I want nothing to do with Lugo – if Loretta has to go, I want it to be for a pitcher, dammit!)

Then, when I get home, I find out that nothing has been done…and Mike Lowell is the guy they are offering up, not Mark Loretta.

Now, I’m usually of the mind that when you hear these rumors, they are the ones that don’t happen.  And I truly hope that is the case here.  The team needs pitching, plain and simple.  Picking up a Lugo will not help us there and I see no reason to mess with the "Santana Infield".

But, I’m not Theo…and as history has shown us, I wouldn’t make most of the deals Theo has.

Speaking of which, welcome to Red Sox Nation, Bryan Corey – and welcome to the 60-day disabled list,  Matt Clement.

Boomer’s on the mound tonight.  Here’s hoping he still has something left.

For those of you who read my blog on a fairly regular basis, you have a pretty good idea that I’m very close with my family.  Especially my parents.  Well, my mother is going into the hospital tomorrow for surgery and I’m taking the week off to be around for her…so there might not be many posts this week after tonight.  And, if any, they’ll probably be of the late night variety.  If you’re that type of person, I’d appreciate your saying a prayer for my mother – every little bit helps.

I’m probably going to be ‘on the road’ at work today…so if you know me and have my cell phone number, keep me posted about the trades!  🙂

Have a great day, folks!

July 31, 2006 Posted by | Ballgames | 15 Comments

“Clear his head out”

(My final post from that first day, Saturday, July 30, 2005 around 10:30pm.  I was a bit cranky that day, obviously, over all the trade talk and Manny in general.  I’m kind of avoiding it all this time.  Tomorrow is my only day in the office next week and it will be a busy one, so I won’t have much time to focus on it.  That’s probably a good thing! I’ve decided to head out to Fenway tonight…which means leaving in about an hour since I want to get there early for the canned food drive – here’s hoping Curt brings us a win!)

Tito just said the reason Manny was pulled from the lineup is because he wants to give him the next couple of days to "clear his head out" because of what is going on.

I’m a big Tito supporter, usually, but give me a break.  Billy Mueller has been mentioned in trade talks all week but you still see him out there.  So this is what it’s going to be?  They’re going to create another Pedro situation.

Now Tito is still on and he’s saying "Manny was in the dugout in the ninth inning".

Big freaking deal, Tito…what about the other eight innings?

So Manny blows off the Tampa Bay game and his punishment is getting more time off?

How does that work?

I’m disgusted with Tito right now, absolutely disgusted.

(Editing the post to add):

I think if Tito had Manny sit LAST  night I wouldn’t be this bugged by it.  Sitting him last night is a reprimand; sitting him tonight is doing him a favor.

I guess all points will be moot if they end up trading Manny.

July 30, 2006 Posted by | Flashback | 9 Comments

“Clear his head out”

(My final post from that first day, Saturday, July 30, 2005 around 10:30pm.  I was a bit cranky that day, obviously, over all the trade talk and Manny in general.  I’m kind of avoiding it all this time.  Tomorrow is my only day in the office next week and it will be a busy one, so I won’t have much time to focus on it.  That’s probably a good thing! I’ve decided to head out to Fenway tonight…which means leaving in about an hour since I want to get there early for the canned food drive – here’s hoping Curt brings us a win!)

Tito just said the reason Manny was pulled from the lineup is because he wants to give him the next couple of days to "clear his head out" because of what is going on.

I’m a big Tito supporter, usually, but give me a break.  Billy Mueller has been mentioned in trade talks all week but you still see him out there.  So this is what it’s going to be?  They’re going to create another Pedro situation.

Now Tito is still on and he’s saying "Manny was in the dugout in the ninth inning".

Big freaking deal, Tito…what about the other eight innings?

So Manny blows off the Tampa Bay game and his punishment is getting more time off?

How does that work?

I’m disgusted with Tito right now, absolutely disgusted.

(Editing the post to add):

I think if Tito had Manny sit LAST  night I wouldn’t be this bugged by it.  Sitting him last night is a reprimand; sitting him tonight is doing him a favor.

I guess all points will be moot if they end up trading Manny.

July 30, 2006 Posted by | Flashback | 10 Comments

Manny is out of the lineup tonight….

…holy cow.

I can’t even fathom that this means he’s been traded.

Damn.

Wow.

I’m hoping this is more of Manny being Manny.  As pissed as I’ve been at him, lately, I don’t want to see him gone.  Not just yet, anyway.  Not before the end of the season.

I’d rather this be his giving the team more aggravation…let his teammates deal with him.

Crappe.

(My second entry, on that same Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 7:15pm)

July 30, 2006 Posted by | Flashback | 1 Comment

Manny is out of the lineup tonight….

…holy cow.

I can’t even fathom that this means he’s been traded.

Damn.

Wow.

I’m hoping this is more of Manny being Manny.  As pissed as I’ve been at him, lately, I don’t want to see him gone.  Not just yet, anyway.  Not before the end of the season.

I’d rather this be his giving the team more aggravation…let his teammates deal with him.

Crappe.

(My second entry, on that same Saturday, July 30, 2005 at 7:15pm)

July 30, 2006 Posted by | Flashback | 1 Comment

Alan Embree?

(My very first entry, from 6:30pm on Saturday, July 30, 2005)

Forget all this Manny Ramirez trade talk…I don’t think it’ll happen.  Okay, I don’t WANT it to happen and Jayson Stark says it isn’t happening (not that I give him all that much credit, but anyway…) so that’s good enough for me to ignore for now.

I’m still reeling from the site of Alan Embree in pinstripes.

What the heck is this? Embreeinpinstripes_4

This is Embree in his first appearance out of the Yankees bullpen.

Blech! Doesn’t begin to cover it.

And here are some quotes from our old pal Al:

Regarding David Ortiz: 

"I’m left-handed, so I’m supposed to face him and I’m supposed to get him out.  "That’s how I’m going to approach it. I’m not going to change anything that I’ve done before. I’ve challenged guys. Usually, I bet on me."

Yeah, Al…you’re going to OWN Big Papi.

And how’s this beauty? In regard to the World Series ring: 

"It’s a beautiful ring, but that was last year.  I’m trying to get one here now. There would really be nothing more satisfying than to get one here right now."

I was a big Embree supporter, even during his worst times this season…but I have to admit that I was absolutely thrilled when it looked like he was going to be the goat in today’s game.

Too bad the Angels just stink like cheese.

Good luck, Alan.  Hope you don’t even make the playoffs.

July 30, 2006 Posted by | Flashback | Leave a comment

Alan Embree?

(My very first entry, from 6:30pm on Saturday, July 30, 2005)

Forget all this Manny Ramirez trade talk…I don’t think it’ll happen.  Okay, I don’t WANT it to happen and Jayson Stark says it isn’t happening (not that I give him all that much credit, but anyway…) so that’s good enough for me to ignore for now.

I’m still reeling from the site of Alan Embree in pinstripes.

What the heck is this? Embreeinpinstripes_4

This is Embree in his first appearance out of the Yankees bullpen.

Blech! Doesn’t begin to cover it.

And here are some quotes from our old pal Al:

Regarding David Ortiz: 

"I’m left-handed, so I’m supposed to face him and I’m supposed to get him out.  "That’s how I’m going to approach it. I’m not going to change anything that I’ve done before. I’ve challenged guys. Usually, I bet on me."

Yeah, Al…you’re going to OWN Big Papi.

And how’s this beauty? In regard to the World Series ring: 

"It’s a beautiful ring, but that was last year.  I’m trying to get one here now. There would really be nothing more satisfying than to get one here right now."

I was a big Embree supporter, even during his worst times this season…but I have to admit that I was absolutely thrilled when it looked like he was going to be the goat in today’s game.

Too bad the Angels just stink like cheese.

Good luck, Alan.  Hope you don’t even make the playoffs.

July 30, 2006 Posted by | Flashback | Leave a comment

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Today is the one-year anniversary of this blog…and since my laptop isn’t functioning (well, I fixed it enough to keep it going at short intervals, but will have to wait until tomorrow or Tuesday for the real fix) I’ll have to make this quick.

I’ve decided to post the entries today that I posted a year ago on July 30th.  It will give those of you who weren’t ‘around’ then an idea of where my head was during trade deadline time and it also reflects, IMMEDIATELY the tone of this blog.  🙂

Sox at 8pm on ESPN tonight…I might be at the game, I might  not.  We’ll see.  Either way, I’m hoping for a series win!

Have a great day folks!

July 30, 2006 Posted by | Flashback | 5 Comments