Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Let it all hang out cause we've got a run to make

Welcome to Boston, Billy.  Just don't piss me off.  (Photo taken by me on Sunday)

Welcome to Boston, Billy. Just don't piss me off. (Photo taken by me on Sunday)

Contrary to what some might think, I love it when I’m wrong.  At least when I’m totally negative about something and I turn out to be shown up.  Messrs Byrd and Wagner both did that on Sunday.  Sure, one game is a small sample size but, for now, I’ll take it.  I’m not ready to pin playoff hopes on either Byrd nor Wagner but in a game where there was relatively little pressure but still a genuine desire to win the game they both stepped up and did extremely well.

Paul Byrd out-pitching Roy Halladay was all kinds of amazing, wasn’t it?

It was a fun game to watch in person and was interesting to see how passionate Paul Byrd was during it.  When he got out of the bases loaded jam I thought he might have had a stroke because I saw him hit the ground.  I’m guessing it was his gesture of thanks to whichever entity (be it God or JD Drew) he felt deserved it.  A sweep, even one of the Blue Jays, is always welcome around these parts.  Rangers and Rays lost, which helped the cause, but those Yankees just keep chugging, huh?  No worries.  Whether by division or wild card I sense the Red Sox will be hanging around in October.

The Rays finish their series with Detroit today while the Yankees start a series with the Orioles and the Rangers start a series with the Blue Jays.  The Sox, they get the day off before their series with the Rays.  The next seven games for the Red Sox are on the road.  3 against Tampa Bay and 4 against the White Sox.  This could turn out to be a great road trip for the hometown team.

Through a series of interesting circumstances, I’ll find myself at the new Yankee Stadium on September 9th.  If you had told me last year around this time that I would be visiting both new parks in New York I would have laughed at you.  But it seems the fates had other ideas.  It’s a Yankees/Rays game so I’ll have more opportunities to check out the park as I won’t feel obligated to stay glued to my seat (I might have to test the “God Bless America” rules!) as I would if the Red Sox were playing.   At the very least, I’m looking forward to being able to compare it to CitiField.  I might not like the Yankees but I sure do enjoy going to different ballparks.  And the tickets were free so how do you turn down an offer like that?  I’ll try to be tweeting and blogging from New York!

Rest up, folks.  September 1st is tomorrow so this time it counts!  (Or something like that!)


August 31, 2009 - Posted by | 2009 | , , , ,


  1. That was an amazing game pitched by Byrd. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but he’s got my vote for a second start. Wagner, eh, I still haven’t decided how I feel about him, I’ll need to see him pitch a few more games before I want to throw a rock at his face.

    Have fun at the new stadium, hope you plan on posting pictures of it.

    Comment by Josh G | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  2. I almost turned down the ticket yesterday because Byrd was pitching, but I’m really glad I went. It was fun to watch a game that felt “in hand” from the first inning. I suppose it shouldn’t have….considering some strange games this year. But it was fun to be wrong about Byrd and to see Billy W. Here’s hoping that they’ll both continue on this same successful path, but I’m guessing (and hoping also to be wrong) that only one will. You can guess which. 🙂

    Anyway…here’s to beating up the Rays! Happy off day.

    Comment by becks | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  3. 1st of September is the first day of Spring here so I should be all optimistic, and I think I am about the road trip. Series win at Tampa would make a nice change and could they realistically sweep the Other Sox in their concrete wasteland? (Not my favourite new ballpark).

    I’m looking forward to your pics and impressions of the MFY’s new park/retail experience.

    Comment by HorshamScouse | September 1, 2009 | Reply

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