Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

I’m cold, I’m wet…but I’m happy

Okay, the game didn’t go as hoped.  Not at all.  Wake struggled and Papi didn’t get a homerun.  But it was still a wildly good time!  You haven’t had fun until you’ve sat in the pouring, cold rain with thousands of other fans chanting for your team.  We were drenched and it was SO much fun!

A couple of things about Minnesota.  Their pitching was NASTY tonight (Well, except for Crain).  Can’t fault the Sox for not being able to hit the heat that was coming their way.  Damn!  And their fans…there was a very decent showing of Twins fans tonight.  I was a little surprised at how rowdy and downright obnoxious a lot of them were…but, I guess being drunk, cold and wet will do that to you.

Lenny Dinardo threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings!  Boy looked very good on his birthday!  And Coco as flashing the leather again…and Eric Hinske and Doug Mirabelli got 2 hits each.  So it wasn’t all that bad.

I’m worried about Wake.  Once again, he’s taking the hits for the team.  He shouldn’t be pitching, he’s still in pain, yet he’s out there taking it for the guys.  We need him and he’s out there.  When he left the game, he got huge cheers.  I’ve written it before, folks outside ‘The Nation’ just don’t get how much we love him.

Youk left tonight with what I found out to be a ‘strained neck’.  Great.  Here’s hoping he’s okay. 

The Red Sox had their 300th sellout tonight.  So, so much for people abandoning the team, eh?  🙂

Doug Flutie was there tonight and received a standing ovation!  I think I’ve seen Doug at about 4 Red Sox games in the last two years.

Tek received his awards tonight…the fans, as usual, went crazy for the captain.

It was a fun night and very special for the fans…I’m glad I was there.

Even if I am still drying myself off after being home for an hour.  🙂

(Photo of Lenny, taken by me tonight)

Edited to add that I put up a few pictures from the Fenway Tour on Labor Day…not many, but I’m working on adding more to the ‘photo albums’ soon!


September 19, 2006 - Posted by | Ballgames


  1. “I’m worried about Wake.”

    of the following, which one(s) might be back next year..

    Tim Wakefield
    Manny Delcarmen
    Julian Tavarez
    Keith Foulke
    Mike Timlin
    Trot Nixon
    Coco Crisp
    Wily Mo Pena
    Gabe Kapler
    Alex Cora
    Alex Gonzalez
    Dustin Pedroia
    Carlos Pena
    Eric Hinske
    David Murphy
    Ken Huckaby

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  2. Sorry, level…too early to play that game.

    Comment by Cyn | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  3. that’s correct, my bad

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  4. Hey, Cyn! Postcard shower for Wake? I vote yes!

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  5. Dude, that’s like, the whole team. Why didn’t you just say, “What Red Sox will be back next year?”

    Of the following, which is your second favorite team?

    White Sox
    Blue Jays
    Devil Rays

    Cyn, my boy Gedman got a mention on NESN as they showed the all-time Red Sox games caught list. He was fourth.

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  6. Its funny how quiet you are when your team is done. Where is all that rant that “Who is 3 games up” that you told everybody in July? Wheres your pride? Oh and I wouldn’t gloat too much on the Red Sox’s 300th sellout. The stadium seats just over 30,000, where as other stadiums in the bigs seat around 50,000. It’s not hard to get 30,000 people to in the seats, so the implied notion Sox fans are most loyal is flawed. You know what number is realllllllllly sweet right now? Oh I can go back to countless posts that predicted a Red Sox title. Anyway back to the number, the number 1 is my favorite right now. Any idea why??

    Comment by Umair | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  7. You’re right, Umair…I’ve been awfully quiet. Posting upwards of twice a day – yep, I’m silent.

    I’ve never out and out insulted anyone here…but that stops now. You’re a freaking idiot. And that you think your comments make you look like anything less than an idiot is laughable. Your information is always wrong (it isn’t that tough to find out how many seats there are in Fenway “just over 30,000 isn’t QUITE right)…I love that you’re supposedly a Yankees fan but you still have this inferiority complex when it comes to the Red Sox.

    You obviously don’t read my blog (can you even read?) you just write comments on whatever negative thing you choose to spout off about. I’ve never written a post saying the Sox had the title…I’ve never written almost anything you claim in all your comments that I’ve written. You’re a sad, kind of freaky (in a stalkerish way), little boy.

    Ah well…I’m happy to highlight your ignorance.

    Comment by Cyn | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  8. I think what Umair is trying to say is that if the Red Sox had a 55,000 seat stadium, they would not have sold out 300 games in a row. The number is a little skewed because you do have the smallest ballpark in the majors.

    If the yankees were in the same position as the red sox right now (10 games back and not making the playoffs) i’m sure they wouldnt be averaging 50,000 per game, but i’m willing to bet they would still have more then 35,000 people in the stadium.

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  9. Umair, I though maybe by now you would have matured a little bit with your nonsense-ish comments. I mean, it’s been a year! Oh well, enjoy your team’s short path and abrubt end to its post season. I’ll (we’ll) be watching, and smiling. And Cyn at least Papi wasn’t pitched around. The Twins pitching is good, and tomorrow (Thurs) there is Mr. Santana. So tonight. Number 50. I’ve got a feeling! Take care.

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  10. Given his history here, Rocco, I no longer care what Umair is trying to say.

    Edited the rest out because I refuse to stoop to Umair’s level.

    Comment by Cyn | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  11. Rocco, what you and Umair don’t seem to fathom (since you are not Sox fans) is that the Red Sox WOULD sell out 50,000 seats, because the cost of going to a Red Sox game would go DOWN, IF there were 50,000 seats to sell.

    Tickets are VERY hard to come by, and there are many people who would go if they were easily available and less costly.

    Think what you want about the Red Sox and their sellouts’…..REAL Red Sox fans know the score.

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  12. The only thing I have noticed is the standings not being posted now that your team is in second place. The standings were up every single day until the Sox dropped out of first and then I haven’t seen them since.

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  13. Since 1990, Yankee Stadium’s total attendance has been below the league average five times.

    Fenway Park has had below the league average twice–since 1967.

    And we’ve outdrawn you for an entire season several times over that span. That’s with your park having at least 20,000 more seats.

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  14. I find it laughable that some Yankees fans are coming on here demanding I give their team equal time.

    I don’t post the standings because I don’t want to. I don’t answer to Umair or you, lucky, or anyone else.

    I talk about what the team is doing and where they are…you want to see the Yankees listed at the top of the standings…there are many Yankees blogs out there to visit.

    “Two” not only do they have 20,000 more seats…but they have about 12 million more people than we do in Massachusetts.

    Comment by Cyn | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  15. Jere, i didn’t mention Ortiz, Manny, Lowell, Loretta, and Youkilis in that list lol

    but i agree.. i should’ve just typed, “Which players will not be back next year?”

    but if it’s too early to ask as Cyn mentioned, then here’s another one.. What halloween costume will Epstein escape in this year?

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  16. Gee, September always brings out the best in Yankees fans.

    Yankees are talking about each other to SI…ARod is totally being exposed for the self-serving jerk that we all knew he was by throwing his teammates under the bus…I guess I can understand why you’d rather focus on the Red Sox.

    Comment by Cyn | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  17. Actually, we’ve got 18.7 million in the NY metro area, you’ve got 4.4 million in “Greater Boston.” So that’s 14.3 million extra people to grab from.

    (Funny how, for me, “we” means the Red Sox when talking about teams, but NY when talking about cities.)

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  18. “self-serving”?

    and you don’t think Ortiz’s rant that he should get the AL MVP is self-serving? LOL!

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  19. //and you don’t think Ortiz’s rant that he should get the AL MVP is self-serving? LOL!//

    Now you’re showing YOUR ignorance. Did you actually read/see the interview? Based on this comment, I’m thinking not.

    Comment by Cyn | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  20. lol, that’s what i was gonna write about you!

    “throwing his teammates under the bus”

    PLEASE give me a quote from the SI article that explicitly exemplifies that statement

    (and you STILL have avoided answering anything about Ortiz’s claim that he should be AL MVP)

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  21. I’m not avoiding the Ortiz issue. I said it wasn’t as you categorized it. It wasn’t a rant…he was asked about it and he said how he felt. None of his teammates had a problem with what he said, nor did Derek Jeter. Just the press who needs to run with a non-issue and Yankees fans.

    Here’s a quote from the ARod article. By Slappy himself:

    Mussina doesn’t get hammered at all,” he said. “He’s making a boatload of money. Giambi’s making [$20.4 million], which is fine and dandy, but it seems those guys get a pass. When people write [bad things] about me, I don’t know if it’s [because] I’m good-looking, I’m biracial, I make the most money, I play on the most popular team….”

    Ah, thanks ARod.

    And before you come back with Ortiz’ “have Jeter hit in this lineup”…Ortiz didn’t call out anyone specifically…and he was referring to a lineup ravaged by injuries…unlike the better than 1/3 of the Yankees lineup made up of All Stars. All of Papi’s teammates knew he wasn’t calling anyone out.

    But ARod? If he’s going down, apparently he wants to take teammates with him.

    Comment by Cyn | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  22. “Mussina doesn’t get hammered at all,” he said. “He’s making a boatload of money. Giambi’s making..”

    THAT’S what you think justifies “..throwing his teammates under the bus”? THAT???

    lol, COME ON Cyn.. please admit you were greatly stretching your criticism a bit; i may not have read the article, but apparently your reading comprehension is lacking

    i’ll lay off your silence on Ortiz’s claim that he should be AL MVP if you’ll acquiesce that you interpreted the SI article completely wrongly (

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  23. //lol, COME ON Cyn.. please admit you were greatly stretching your criticism a bit; i may not have read the article, but apparently your reading comprehension is lacking//

    You’re kidding, right?

    He didn’t have to bring anyone into this. It’s about him, not the other players. He doesn’t want to go down alone.

    And, I don’t know what more you want me to say about Papi and the MVP. Because, if my only two choices are Papi or Jeter…Papi wins hands down.

    Comment by Cyn | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  24. *sigh*

    look Cyn, here’s what i think..

    the Yankees have been trying to find ways to get A-Rod of of his funk; Torre has been understanding and gentle; Giambi thinks it should be a tough love approach; and A-Rod is only wondering why he’s the only one who gets slack for getting into a slump especially if his numbers would be considered very solid for other players

    when you put on your hate-glasses, here’s what YOU see..

    A-Rod trashes the whole team; A-Rod thinks only about himself and no one else

    take off the glasses, Cyn; you’ll see better

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  25. *Sigh*

    I never wrote that he trashed the whole team. But it is OBVIOUS that he thinks of himself and pretty much no one else.

    And I don’t ‘hate’ anyone. But I have absolutely no love for ARod. He’s a cheater, a poor sport and has way too thin a skin to be in the position he’s in.

    He happily takes the money, but when he doesn’t live up to expectations, he cries because people call him on it.

    Yeah…that guy is definitely a team player.

    Comment by Cyn | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  26. Level, you asked Cyn to prove what she said was true. She gave you the quote that proved it. You apparently only read the very beginning of the quote and laughed at her. Read the whole quote.

    Another general difference between A-Rod’s quotes and Ortiz’ quotes is that Ortiz was asked on the spot, microphone shoved in face, and his English isn’t very good. A-Rod had plenty of time to think on his answers, since it wasn’t a locker room setting, and speaks English very well.

    Comment by | September 20, 2006 | Reply

  27. I haven’t seen the S.I. article, so maybe I missed this…but how exactly is A-Rod a cheater?

    -The Baseball Collector

    Comment by Zack | September 27, 2006 | Reply

  28. Has nothing to do with the SI article, Zack.

    See game 6 2004 ALCS.

    Maybe ‘cheater’ is too strong a word. He only slapped the ball out of Bronson Arroyo’s hand to try and steal first base (and get an rbi in the process, that would have possibly ended the series for the Red Sox) but then he acted like he didn’t do anything wrong.

    Maybe that isn’t cheating. Maybe that’s just being a slimy weasel.

    Comment by Cyn | September 27, 2006 | Reply

  29. Ahh, yeah, THAT play. How could I have forgotten? Thanks for clarifying.

    Comment by Zack | September 28, 2006 | Reply

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