Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

This town's got no pity

This dog can still bark, baby!  Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.

This dog can still bark, baby! Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.

So the Sox have three wins in a row – constituting a streak, yes?  (At least a mini-streak.)  The team didn’t implode because they lost four games in the Bronx.  Imagine that?  And this streak comes against a good team.  A team that many worried the Sox would have trouble against.  A team that tried to rile the Sox up by hitting one of the best players on the team.  Suspend Kevin Youkilis?  S’okay, we have Mike Lowell to come in and hit multiple home runs.  Much like I wasn’t giving up on this team after their skid last week, I’m not saying three wins against the Tigers is what will get them into the playoffs – the point is the season is still going on and the Red Sox didn’t decide to concede anything because of a bad week against the Yanks and Rays.  It must be pissing off many in the Boston media to see them be successful after having written them off, eh?

Speaking of the Boston sports media…what the hell is up with “The Sports Hub” not going live online until 1pm?  I want to give this station a chance, I certainly do, but most of my listening will be done online and if they think I’m choosing Michael Felger over Clay Buchholz today they’re sadly mistaken.

Not surprised when Youk’s suspension came down and only moderately surprised that he didn’t appeal (regardless of the thirty tweets I received yesterday saying he had).  He earned the suspension and I have no issue with what he got.  The Sox are already one game past the suspension and need to get through this weekend and it’ll be like it never happened.  Continued wins so that the suspension equals nothing more than a brief vacation for Mr. Youkilis would be the icing on this cake.

I really suppose I should mention this article in USA Today.  An interview with Bronson Arroyo about PEDs in baseball and what he’s used/uses.  There is a large part of me that is refreshed and impressed with his honesty.  The league and most  likely the Reds will come down on him in whatever way they can (he admitted that some of his supplements could be illegal or contaminated) although it’ll probably only be in the way of a verbal reprimand asking him to STFU, but he doesn’t care.   Again, this is refreshing but part of it is a little disturbing.  While I understand that he’s trying to say that the PEDs help you physically but don’t necessarily make you play better (which is definitely up for debate) the idea that he doesn’t care about what he puts in his body as long as it makes him feel good makes me worried for his long-term health.  He’s honest and I appreciate that but I sure do wonder what makes him say many of these things publicly.  (Don’t get me wrong, Bronson is the apex in  my triumvirate of pitching binkies – Arroyo/Snyder/Timlin – but this interview made me bang my head more than once and wonder why he doesn’t have a better filter.)   I guess the whole “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me” attitude can be a double-edged sword.  I’d also guess that having a father who put you on supplements at five years old can definitely help create your perceptions that the usage of supplements and PEDs isn’t so terrible.   It’ll be a fascinating watch – seeing how this all plays out.

Clay is on the mound at 1:35pm today to hopefully lead the team to a sweep of the Tigers and then it’s off to Texas for the weekend (for the Sox not me) and from there a three-day series in Toronto that will then bring them back home for a weekend series against the Yankees.  The road won’t be easy but it sure should be fun!

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August 13, 2009 - Posted by | 2009 | , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. I read Bronson’s article and then popped over here to see what you had to say on the subject! I agree with your position…nice to hear someone speaking honestly, but a little more self-filtering may have been in order. I get what he’s saying, but I think we could have done without the “everyone drives drunk at least once a year” (paraphrased) comment. Oh, Bronson.

    There’s been a lot of trade talk surrounding him and I’d be sad to see him go, if he is, in fact, traded (which probably isn’t likely this season). It’s a really interesting story and a perspective the public hasn’t heard before. One real positive…at least no one can use this against the Reds to taint their wins! 😉 Wins? I remember those…

    Comment by Kristine | August 13, 2009 | Reply

    • //get what he’s saying, but I think we could have done without the “everyone drives drunk at least once a year” (paraphrased) comment. Oh, Bronson.//

      Totally agree. I hate when people lump the world together just to try and make a point. His drunk driving comment, though, was just one in a bunch of comments that made me shake my head and say “Oh, Bronson”.

      Mets and Reds fans are near and dear to me so I feel your pain on the wins thing. Part of me wonders if Bronson just doesn’t want to be traded again and figures if enough dumb stuff comes out of his mouth, no one will want him? Maybe he’s an evil genius?

      Comment by Cyn | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. I agree that the five game suspension was well deserved, but what kills me is Rick Porcello also got a five game (turning into a one game) suspension since he only plays every five days.

    I’ve always felt it to be a bit unfair for both guys to get 5 games and the pitcher just bumps down a day in the rotation.

    Comment by Josh G | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. Mrs. B, where you been? Some people are looking for you. 🙂

    Comment by MissSoxfan | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  4. Pitching binkies…love it! 🙂

    Sounds like a pre-emptive strike from Bronson, but I think he was dead on with his commentary. All of it, (including the drinking-and-driving comment…plenty of people get in the car after their two drinks at dinner sometimes and don’t know they have a BAC over the limit.) The over-the-counter stuff doesn’t bug me like the chemists and the needles do though.

    Comment by ryssee | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  5. I had read that Youk was in the lineup which probably led people to assume he was appealing but then he was out.

    Could be someone looked at the schedule and though that if the appeal didn’t happen quickly, part of his suspension would carry over into the homestand vs the Evil Empire….so, better to take the medicine and get it over with.

    Of course the other side of the coin is that he’ll serve during the Texas series instead. Which set of games are more important I guess? Protect the wild card lead vs TX or try to make up games versus NY when they get back home.

    Comment by Seamus | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  6. I think it’s obvious, Seamus: their ambition must be to overhaul the Yankees and win the division. They’re better than a team that ‘settles’ for the wildcard in early August.

    Comment by HorshamScouse | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  7. Yep….and I don’t disagree. When I first heard the appeal mentioned, I looked at the schedule to see how many games the NY series was….because it didn’t make sense to delay the suspension and maybe have it fall then.

    Comment by Seamus | August 14, 2009 | Reply


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