Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

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I Won’t Rest

My post-Lenten promise will be to give Bobby Jenks a break and not be so negative about him...after this post! (Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor and used with permission)

Friend of the blog (and me!) John in the comments from yesterday’s post:

Can’t remember if Bobby Jenks was a bargain but I sure hope he was.

I found it amusing that he mentioned this because last night I realized that Bobby Jenks has quickly become this year’s player that I have a (relatively) irrational dislike toward. So I have that to keep me warm.

Regardless of Jenks’ ability to drive me crazy even if he pitches well (which he didn’t last night) watching that game from start to finish was mostly fun and definitely exciting.  My favorite bits of the night were Jed Lowrie still hitting the ball and Jonathan Papelbon recording his third save in as many games.  Papelbon was on last night and was just a ton of fun to watch, wasn’t he?

I know I promised a giveaway yesterday and then bailed and my apologies for not explaining it last night.  A few good Red Sox fans brought it to my attention that holding a giveaway on not only a holiday weekend but ANY weekend might be creating a smaller window of opportunity for regular readers of the blog.  So I’m switching the day and WEDNESDAYS will be giveaway day (when I have something to give away…which I do this week!).  And this week, in addition to Wednesday being giveaway day, it’ll also be the first Live Chat of 2011.  I’ll keep you all updated but right now Wednesdays look like the solid choice.

Kind of grateful for the 9:05 game tonight as today holds a lot in store unrelated to baseball.  I hope it isn’t as gray and chilly out where you are as it is where I am.  Have a great Saturday, folks!


Random stats that shouldn’t annoy me as much as they do because I know it’s a ‘small sample size’ and you can dig out other stats that better judge a pitcher in the long run:  In 9 games Bobby Jenks has a 7.36 ERA and has given up 7 runs in 7.1 innings while opposing batters are hitting .290 against him.  I certainly don’t blame Jenks for the early struggles of the Red Sox but it sure frustrates me to watch him pitch right now.

Blog suggestion for the day:  The Red Sox have “We Won’t Rest” as their slogan on their official website but we have been inundated with the “We’re all in” commercials as well.  The White Sox have “All In” as their slogan on their official website.  All the other teams have original slogans or none at all and it annoyed me that box Sox teams were stuck with sharing (even if it isn’t reflected online).  Earlier this year Jere at A Red Sox Fan from Pinstripe Territory covered, as he does every year, all the slogans on all the MLB sites .  It’s an interesting read that he updates as the slogans change.  (“This is Twins Territory” “This is Reds Country“…MLB really needs folks with new ideas.  There are only 30 teams, it can’t be that difficult to come up with unique slogans for each one.)


April 23, 2011 - Posted by | 2011, Featured | , , , , , ,


  1. Maybe mlb should have a contest to give them unique slogans…and for the record I was thrilled to see we got Jenks…LOVE HIM. for no rational reason 🙂

    Comment by Tex | April 23, 2011 | Reply

  2. His contract was 2 years $12M, I believe. I admit he annoys me but it might just be that beard.

    Comment by Anitanola | April 23, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thanks for the link–I just updated that slogan board as I see the Cards are saying “We are Cardinal Nation” now. (They have used “Cardinals Nation” before in a similar fan club type thing to ours.) Also, I pretty much stick to updating slogans used on the teams’ sites. I’m pretty sure there are slogans (like you’d see on TV ads or whatever) that teams have but don’t put on the background of their page. Going through and finding all those would be a lot of research. But by all means if anyone hears of on that I don’t have listed let me know.

    Comment by Jere Smith | April 23, 2011 | Reply

  4. Bobby Jenks actually is a bargain. He’s going to help this team. Pitching for the third straight day, with a BABIP is through the roof. I’m not sure how anyone could watch the game last night and not mention salty but bring up jenks.

    Comment by dave | April 23, 2011 | Reply

  5. “I’m not sure how anyone could watch the game last night and not mention salty but bring up jenks.”

    There are many things one could write about when it comes to the team. I chose to write about Jenks. Pretty simple really. 🙂

    Comment by Toeing the Rubber | April 24, 2011 | Reply

  6. Regarding slogans,I’ve always been puzzled by the Rays,”We are…one team.” As opposed to what? 🙂 Can’t wait for the live chats!

    Comment by Becky | April 24, 2011 | Reply

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