Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Everyone who got DFA'd can leave the clubhouse…not so fast McDonald!

So long, Scott, and good luck!  Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.

So long, Scott, and good luck! Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.

So very happy to hear that Darnell McDonald got a reprieve from the governor yesterday. That isn’t to say that I’m happy that poor Scott Atchison got the axe, but I’m really quite pleased that Darnell is still with the team. (Jacoby possibly still being injured? Doesn’t please me at all…but I’ll take what I can get right now.)

Last night the Sox one-hit the Rays, winning a game where the Sox only got four hits and two runs. A well-pitched, low-scoring game against the best team in the league and the Sox came out on top. Definitely reason to be happy today.

As there usually is with the Sox/Rays series, there was a little drama last night too. Pleasantly, it didn’t directly involve the Red Sox.  It still baffles me that Carl Crawford would be stupid enough to get himself thrown out of a game in the fifth inning on a first pitch called strike. Crawford is the best hitter on that team right now and they were facing a good pitcher but only down by two in the fifth. I don’t care how terrible the call was (and it was a terrible call), act like a professional and suck it up.  You don’t get yourself thrown out of the game in that situation, you just don’t.  Excluding the 17.5 games behind the Orioles are (sorry Baltimore!), Tampa Bay’s lead in the division is 6.5 games now.  The Rays aren’t far enough ahead of the rest of the pack to not care about losing their best player because he gets pissy about a bad call.   They’ve happened all season, they’ve happened since the game began, they will always happen.  Was hurting your team worth it?  Carl Crawford seems to think so:

As for getting as angry as he did, Crawford said, “He didn’t back down, and I didn’t want to lose a trash-talking contest.”

If I were running the Rays, Crawford would get fined for that comment. That’s genius right there. It was more important to be a big man than to help your team try to win the game? Ridiculous.

Had a Red Sox player done this I’m fairly certain my brain would have exploded.

Speaking of things that make my head hurt…there is no possible way I could care less about how long David Ortiz takes to round the bases after he hits a home run.  None.  As I’ve written many places, if you don’t want a player doing what you consider a disrespectful trot, don’t throw the damn home run ball in the first place.  The parade of people constantly looking for negative things to write about David Ortiz is getting very tiring.  The team loves him, the fans love him, stop trying to find reasons to dislike him, you’re all only embarrassing yourselves at this point.

Red Sox are now six for six on Tuesday night live chats night.   As always, thank you to everyone who participated!  Same time, next week!

Three afternoon MLB games today and the Twins and Yankees pick up last night’s game at 5:05pm ET in the top of the 6th…so there is plenty of baseball to enjoy before we sit back and watch John Lackey take on Matt Garza tonight for what could be a sweep of the AL East leaders.  Until then, if you’re in the Boston area, it’s a gorgeous day, go out and enjoy it!

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May 26, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Ok, first things first: Joe Girardi is filing a protest. Too freaking funny, and thanks to Supgup for this snappy remark!

    As for Ortiz slow trotting the bags… please. Mr. Davis would do a Linda Blair if Manny was coming out of the box; we all recall how long that takes.

    But you have to wonder. Here is this marvelous Rays team, who jumped out to a significant lead in the AL East, and their stadium is fairly empty? I guess you need a little controversy to bring attention to the ball club, because solid play doesn’t seem to do the trick.

    PS, Bring it Lackey; the other starters are watching, you know what I mean?

    Comment by Tru | May 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. That comment by Crawford proves what a door knob he is. A trash talking contest? With an umpire? Is he in 7th grade or something?

    Comment by Ted | May 26, 2010 | Reply

  3. That comment by Crawford proves what a door knob he is. A trash talking contest? With an umpire? Is he in 7th grade or something?

    Comment by Emily | May 31, 2010 | Reply


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