Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Three out of four won't be bad

Jon Lester pitched wonderfully save for a couple of mistakes that the Mariners took advantage of.  Then again, the Mariners pitching was pretty damn effective as well.  I found the home run ball Crabby gave up to be the most disappointing event of the game.  Sure, Eric Patterson made an error on what seemed to be a routine play to end Lester’s perfect game run but instead of hunkering down and just pitching through it, he tossed up the meatball that gave the Mariners the lead.  No excuses for Patterson but there should be none for Lester either.  He let his emotions get the best of him and it showed.  He eventually settled down before giving up that triple to Milton Bradley, but I’m disappointed that he couldn’t collect himself in time to just get out of that inning without the M’s scoring.

While I’m all about winning each series (and they have the opportunity to do just that and avoid a split today at 4:10pm ET with Daisuke on the mound) I was really hoping for a sweep this time around to get the bad taste of the struggles the Sox have had this month.  Oh well.  July rolls on and the Sox are four games behind the Rays in the WC race (for those who will say I’m settling, one step at a time…let them catch up to the Rays and then we can focus on the Yankees).  They certainly aren’t in a hole they can’t dig themselves out of…not yet anyway.

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July 25, 2010 Posted by | 2010 | , , , , | 1 Comment

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Make it seven!

Make it seven!

Thankfully, my obsessive voting for Kevin Youkilis kept my attention from fully being on the game last night.  I did get to see Eric Patterson’s two home runs, though, which was pretty damn exciting.

Also helping distract me was email messages from folks none too pleased with my campaigning for Youk.  Here’s a bit from an old “acquaintance” who also happens to be a Yankees fan:

I could care less if Nick Swisher gets in but voting for Youkilis just so he’ll beat Swish is ridiculous. Real fans would’ve voted in Youkilis to begin with not wait for the final vote and use it to spite the Yankees.

“Could care less” absolutely drives me batshit. If you could care less that means you COULD care less. It’s couldn’t, darling, couldn’t care less (and, yes,  responded to him with that and warned I’d be using his message today).

I covered it yesterday and I still keep hearing/reading complaints that if the Red Sox fans wanted Youkilis in the All Star Game they should have just voted him in to begin with.  Based on what I’m hearing now, I’m 100% certain that most of the fans who didn’t vote abstained because the idea of any more Sox players getting hurt is too painful and if the guys can get 3 days off let them have them.  Many people I’ve been trying to get to vote for Youk in the final vote STILL don’t want him in because they’d prefer he take the time off.  (See?  Not all Red Sox fans are driven by spite.)

Getting behind the idea of Youk getting good use out of some rest isn’t difficult.  Hell, it’s why I didn’t vote in the first place.  BUT the idea that Nick Swisher and his .375 OBP, his .509 slugging percentage and his .883 OPS is winning this thing over Youk and his .299 average, 416 OBP, .586 slugging and 1.002 OPS is ridiculous.  Swisher is currently batting .296, has two more hits than Youk and 15 more strikeouts than him.  Aside from the hits and Ks, Youk’s numbers are higher in every other category.  He is, as they say, freaking better than Swisher and Swisher has the added taint of being a Yankee on him so, again, this is a no-brainer peeps.

I’m not going to even bother quoting the email from the frequent Yankee fan woman who writes me to tell me…aw hell, yes I will:

Swish is beautiful and Youk is a dog! Who wants to see his ugly face on national tv?

That argument makes me want to punch someone and is another reason we need to keep voting for Youk – his getting in will annoy the crap out of that obnoxious woman.

Also, there’s this tweet from Tom Caron:

I’m on #wee(i) with Eric Frede today. Just had Kevin Youkilis on the show, and he wouldn’t lobby for All Star spot. We will! #voteyouk

Tonight we’ll be settling back into our Live Chat mode!  Felix Doubront will be on the mound to help salvage the possibility of at least a series win against the Tampa Bay Rays!  Join us at 7pm ET, won’t you?

July 6, 2010 Posted by | 2010 | , , , , , , | 2 Comments