Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Standing in silence, holding my breath

George Kottaras got the best outfit of the night.  I'm digging the shoulder.  Special thanks to Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net for allowing me to post this photo.  The permission is exclusive so reposting this photo is a copyright infringement.

Beefcake photo for a Friday! George Kottaras got the best outfit of the night. I'm digging the sailor look - especially with the shoulder cleavage. Special thanks to Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net for allowing me to post this photo. The permission is exclusive so any re-publishing of this photo without Kelly O'Connor's approval is a copyright violation.

Well that stunk. But, really, the Sox just won seven out of their last eight games on this home stand, I can’t begrudge the Angels one win here – regardless of how damn whiny the bunch of them seem to be.   A sweep (both of the Angels and the home stand) would have been nice but I’ll take what wins they got.

More important than a sweep is how the team is coming together.  The pitching seems to be on and the bats are heating up at exactly the right time. While looking at the rest of their schedule I was a little taken back by fact that there are only five series left in the regular season.

3 games at Baltimore, 4 at Kansas City, 3 at New York and then 3 at home against the Blue Jays and 4, for the final home stand of the season, against the Indians.  17 games left before the playoffs begin.  It doesn’t seem possible.  Realizing this was the case and remembering that I didn’t have tickets for any other games this year, I went online to RedSox.com to see if I could pick up a ticket for the last game of the season (at 9am today they still had single seats – but they’re obstructed view).  As I was about to purchase one, something told me to check my email because I had a feeling I DID have a ticket for that final game and I just hadn’t printed it up.  I was right, I did.  And I bought it back in February so it’s actually a good seat!  Regardless of what games I get to see during the year, more than any of them, I like being at the last game of the season.  It’s my way of saying “goodbye” to Fenway, as silly as that sounds, and I like getting that closure.  I have the “end of the season” blues coming on (and, yes, I believe the Sox are going to the post-season but the end of the regular season still gives us much less baseball and THAT bums me out) so I’m trying to work through them by enjoying this month as much as I can!

As you can see from today’s photo, last night was the annual rookie hazing.  Joe Giza of WBZ has some wonderful photos from it here.  If you dig baseball player biceps, check them out! (Personally, I’d also like to see photos from the Sox arriving in Baltimore.  The fans in Boston expect the rooks to be dressed like this but the reactions of the unsuspecting folks at the airport would be priceless!)

This weekend, Buchholz, Lester and Matsuzaka will bring it to the Orioles and maybe the Nation will stop trying to nail Jason Varitek to a cross.

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September 18, 2009 - Posted by | 2009 | , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Given that it was a relatively early game, they wouldn’t have been getting into Baltimore too late, either–I bet there were still some Inner Harbor folks up and about!

    Comment by KellyO | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. Are the Village People missing a sailor?

    Comment by Sharpie T. Silverwater | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  3. //I have the “end of the season” blues coming on//
    sniff…

    Comment by Beth | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  4. Wonder what the fascination with the Wizard of Oz is…..didn’t the Yankees do this to the same thing to their guys a couple years ago. Seems I remember the head-hunter in a cowardly lion costume?

    Comment by Seamus | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  5. And I am solely responsible for the loss. I was at the game last night watching Beckett throw a masterpiece when I turned to the guy behind me and said, “He hasn’t walked anyone all night has he”? The nice man said, “No he hasn’t, but I didn’t hear you say that”.

    The following pitch went through Varitek’s legs and we know what happened there. The next inning, Wagner came out and walked the first batter that later became the winning run. I have now learned my lesson to keep my mouth shut in such situations and hope that it doesn’t effect us in the long run.

    Comment by Josh G | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  6. I feel so bad for Tek. Thanks for not being part of the crucifixion.

    Comment by fla beck | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  7. unreal how close and even the games against the angels were. it’s going to be a fun ride come oct. i think you should do the live blog for all playoff games! 🙂 much better than “watching” gamecast in silence.

    Comment by Tom Disy | September 18, 2009 | Reply


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