Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Okay, be honest

Mikelowellaug312006Who among  you thought the Red Sox had any chance in a game where Roy Halladay was pitching against them and Julian Tavarez was starting for them?

Unless you’re my mother, who never, EVER stops believing, you’re lying if you said you did.

My friend Kay flew in from North Dakota this afternoon.  We went to an early dinner and her husband called us to tell us that Tavarez was starting.  She thought it was a joke.  Then our friend Melissa called us to complain about Tavarez starting as well.  We really thought it was a game that wouldn’t be winnable.

Well, thanks, among others, to Mike Lowell, Alex Cora, Alex RIOS and some great defense…the Red Sox got the win.  Dustin Pedroia flashed some major leather tonight. Hey, Kevin Youkilis getting his butt on base a few times helped us out too!   It was good to see.

Alex Cora is on the post-game show right now talking about how great the fans were tonight.  One of the benefits of the bandwagoners selling off their tickets?  Seems like the boo-birds are also gone from Fenway.

I’m not totally delusional.  I know what a tough road the Sox have ahead of them.  What I said today was that I don’t THINK the Sox will be in the playoffs, but I BELIEVE it’s still a possibility for them.

Even with Boomer going to San Diego.  Good luck, Boomer.  Hope you like the Padres fans better than you did the Red Sox fans.  Say ‘hi’ to Dave Roberts for us.

Pitching matchups for the games I’m going to this weekend (Saturday through Monday –  please don’t let it rain on us!) are AJ Burnett, Gustavo Chacin and Jon Garland versus the dreaded "to be announced", Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling.  Should be quite the interesting games.

I’m still praying for Jon Lester.  Not getting good vibes from that situation at all.  Our Big Papi seems to be okay…let’s hope that’s true.

If you believe in that kind of thing, I’d appreciate your throwing some prayers young Mr. Lester’s way.  All indications are that he’s a good kid as well as a potential ace in training…let’s hope he’s all right.

August 31, 2006 Posted by | Ballgames | 11 Comments

Okay, be honest

Mikelowellaug312006Who among  you thought the Red Sox had any chance in a game where Roy Halladay was pitching against them and Julian Tavarez was starting for them?

Unless you’re my mother, who never, EVER stops believing, you’re lying if you said you did.

My friend Kay flew in from North Dakota this afternoon.  We went to an early dinner and her husband called us to tell us that Tavarez was starting.  She thought it was a joke.  Then our friend Melissa called us to complain about Tavarez starting as well.  We really thought it was a game that wouldn’t be winnable.

Well, thanks, among others, to Mike Lowell, Alex Cora, Alex RIOS and some great defense…the Red Sox got the win.  Dustin Pedroia flashed some major leather tonight. Hey, Kevin Youkilis getting his butt on base a few times helped us out too!   It was good to see.

Alex Cora is on the post-game show right now talking about how great the fans were tonight.  One of the benefits of the bandwagoners selling off their tickets?  Seems like the boo-birds are also gone from Fenway.

I’m not totally delusional.  I know what a tough road the Sox have ahead of them.  What I said today was that I don’t THINK the Sox will be in the playoffs, but I BELIEVE it’s still a possibility for them.

Even with Boomer going to San Diego.  Good luck, Boomer.  Hope you like the Padres fans better than you did the Red Sox fans.  Say ‘hi’ to Dave Roberts for us.

Pitching matchups for the games I’m going to this weekend (Saturday through Monday –  please don’t let it rain on us!) are AJ Burnett, Gustavo Chacin and Jon Garland versus the dreaded "to be announced", Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling.  Should be quite the interesting games.

I’m still praying for Jon Lester.  Not getting good vibes from that situation at all.  Our Big Papi seems to be okay…let’s hope that’s true.

If you believe in that kind of thing, I’d appreciate your throwing some prayers young Mr. Lester’s way.  All indications are that he’s a good kid as well as a potential ace in training…let’s hope he’s all right.

August 31, 2006 Posted by | Ballgames | 11 Comments

I’ve waited three years for this!

Snoopydance_1 This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time!

Now I’ll finally be able to go to Fenway and sit WITH my friends without spending thousands of dollars to do it!

And I won’t have to sit around people who know nothing about baseball, but boo the team just the same!!!!

Farewell, bandwagoners!!!! 

Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!

August 31, 2006 Posted by | Jackasses | 35 Comments

Trying times

Not only are we going through major injury issues…and then Papi gets put in the hospital for test of his heart.  Now, we have Jon Lester to worry about.

According to this report from the Boston Herald (thanks for the heads up, Dover), because of enlarged lymph nodes, Jon Lester is being tested for cancer.

I’m not sure I have any words to describe how I’m feeling right now.  I just wrote on another blog that the Red Sox losses are becoming easier to deal with, especially since they’ll make the wins that much more special.  Baseball is baseball and all, right?

But cancer?  In a 22 year-old who has his entire career and life in front of him?  It’s hopefully not that, but I can’t bear to think that it IS cancer.

My focus is basically on prayers this week.  For Papi, for Jon…these two need them more than the team  needs wins.

And, Red Sox Nation, if you have an ounce of love for your team, you won’t be booing them tomorrow night.  Cheer your team, people.  Don’t be bandwagoning idiots.  Don’t be kicking them when they’re down.  They have bigger things on their minds aside from baseball and they need to know their fans are behind them.

August 30, 2006 Posted by | Players | 4 Comments

Five in a row

Well, at least they’re consistent.

Beckett and Delcarmen both pitched great last night.  Offense let them down.  Which I’ll take.  Beckett needed a good game regardless of the outcome.  Ditto for Little Manny. 

Five losses in a row or not, I still don’t think, as some ‘friendly’ Yankees fans have suggested to me in email, that my team has given up.  They’re playing hard, just not playing well.  As are many Red Sox fans, I’m looking forward to August being gone.  Bring on September!

I have tickets to six more games this year.  Three this weekend, one in a week or so and two during the last series of the season.  I’ll be in Fenway for the final regular season game.  It means a lot to me to be there for that game; I try to go every year.  This year, it looks to be turning into something a little more special.

Still worried about Big Papi, but hoping all the ‘it probably is nothing’ stories are right.  Watched the pre-game show last night and everyone, from Tom Caron to Tina Cervasio to Nick Cafardo…even Larry Lucchino, they all looked very somber when talking about Papi.  A few of us remarked to each other that it was almost like they knew something we didn’t.  Over the last two days, many interviews with the team made it look like some of the guys had been crying.  I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that these folks genuinely love the man and are deeply concerned for their friend.

Now, boys, how about a win to help lift Papi’s spirits?

August 30, 2006 Posted by | Ballgames | 18 Comments

Embrace the team

I’m paraphrasing Larry Lucchino in my subject title, but that’s what he wants the fans to do on Thursday and throughout the 10-game homestand coming up.

I’m with Larry on this one.  I won’t be at Fenway on Thursday when the Sox return home, but I’m hoping that everyone who IS there gives this team the love and support they deserve instead of acting like band-wagoning jackasses.

Papi, Manny and Wily Mo are all back in, or on their way back to, Boston tonight.  Last night, some of the guys (Hinske, Youkilis and Cora, specifically) really showed that they aren’t ready to throw in the towel.  Let’s hope the rest of the team feels the same way.  Win it for Papi, boys.  And Manny and Wily Mo.  Win it for all of us.  Even if it’s just this one game.  Every journey starts with one step, fellas.

August 29, 2006 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Embrace the team

I’m paraphrasing Larry Lucchino in my subject title, but that’s what he wants the fans to do on Thursday and throughout the 10-game homestand coming up.

I’m with Larry on this one.  I won’t be at Fenway on Thursday when the Sox return home, but I’m hoping that everyone who IS there gives this team the love and support they deserve instead of acting like band-wagoning jackasses.

Papi, Manny and Wily Mo are all back in, or on their way back to, Boston tonight.  Last night, some of the guys (Hinske, Youkilis and Cora, specifically) really showed that they aren’t ready to throw in the towel.  Let’s hope the rest of the team feels the same way.  Win it for Papi, boys.  And Manny and Wily Mo.  Win it for all of us.  Even if it’s just this one game.  Every journey starts with one step, fellas.

August 29, 2006 Posted by | Miscellaneous | 2 Comments

Damn

JumpThis certainly puts things into perspective.  Given the choice between the Sox winning a game last night and Papi being all right, I’ll take Papi, thanks.

According to the article, Papi is flying back to Boston this morning for tests because he experienced that rapid heartbeat again.  I’ve seen too much happen in sports to NOT be worried about this.  I fell asleep during the game (man I can’t wait until they come home) and when I checked the score today, the first thing I saw was this article.  So, I know they lost, and I really don’t care.  Mind you, I want them to win and I think they can…but right now my mind is pretty much working on prayers for Papi.

Have a great day, folks!

August 29, 2006 Posted by | Players | 16 Comments

“Inner Strength”

Terrybelieve Today, someone gave me a coin.  On one side it reads "Inner Strength" and on the other it reads:

"’We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey’.  Kenji Miyazawa"

I’m there, Kenji, I’m there.

Edited to add: 

I received this in email this afternoon and it pretty much says it all.  And, yes, you write trash on my blog and I’m deleting it.  Welcome.

🙂

Photo of Tito lifted right from boston.com

August 28, 2006 Posted by | Faith | 5 Comments

“Inner Strength”

Terrybelieve Today, someone gave me a coin.  On one side it reads "Inner Strength" and on the other it reads:

"’We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey’.  Kenji Miyazawa"

I’m there, Kenji, I’m there.

Edited to add: 

I received this in email this afternoon and it pretty much says it all.  And, yes, you write trash on my blog and I’m deleting it.  Welcome.

🙂

Photo of Tito lifted right from boston.com

August 28, 2006 Posted by | Faith | 1 Comment