Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan


Howsabout we don't break Carl Crawford just as he's heating up, eh fellas? (Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor and used with permission)

While I prefer an old-fashioned win within nine innings, there’s no denying that walkoffs are fun. Especially so when the hit is by someone getting beaten up about his lack of production thus far and the run is scored by a rookie. Sometimes the game ends like a storybook and I can’t complain about that.

The Red Sox now sit 3.5 games out of first place with Baltimore and Toronto both behind them at 5.5 games out.  Their next seven games are against American League East teams (two in Toronto, three in New York and then Baltimore comes to Boston for a two game series) and if they could get hot and, you know, win a bunch in a row…it’s a whole new season in May.

I haven’t been highlighting other blogs lately so I’ll make up for it today with a handful:

The Platoon Advantage has some interesting numbers if you’re wondering about Joe West and his crew being a bit quick on the draw when it comes to tossing folks out of a game.

Not a blog, but on Twitter NESN’s Jeff Howe claims that Joe West got his Friday night at Abe & Louie’s.

Tim Britton over at the Providence Journal’s Sox Blog has pictorial evidence of Alfredo Aceves’ second balk of the series last night.  Tito has promised to get Aceves “…to quit doing that”.

Alex Speier has the story of Jose Iglesias, his decision at 18 to leave Cuba and how he feels about it. Really amazing stuff.

(Speaking of Iglesias) Also not a blog but most likely the coolest thing you’ll look at all day:  Kelly O’Connor was at last night’s game and got some fantastic photos of the walk-off and the celebrating.

And a reminder: Take the Baseball Miscellany quiz for a chance to win the book it’s named after!


May 10, 2011 - Posted by | 2011 | , , , , ,


  1. I honestly wish the Red Sox would take it easy with these wild “celebrations.” Guys winding up on the ground in the middle of these things leaves me holding my breath. Does anyone remember Kendry Morales?

    Comment by TheOmnipotentQ | May 10, 2011 | Reply

  2. I think Jake Peavy is a better comp for getting hurt in that kind of celebration–what happened to Morales was a freak accident, but it also involved him leaping up in the air at the plate, which is probably riskier than taking a guy to the ground and mock-pummeling him. But I don’t think there’s any way to suppress this kind of enthusiasm–and I think on the whole, the emotional benefit to letting it happen outweighs the physical risk that someone could get hurt.

    Comment by Kelly OConnor | May 10, 2011 | Reply

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