Thursday, September 29, 2005
Bronson of A Bitch
Going into tonight's playoff game:
7-0 3.71 ERA
4-0 3.60 ERA
The numbers looked good going into tonight; too bad his average, hanging junk looked even bigger and better for Jays hitters…
Bronson falls to 4-1 4.97 ERA with this disappointing outing…In 6 starts this month, he has allowed 7 runs in the first inning, yet he is likely a setup man should the Sox maneuver into the playoffs…
Clement Since the All-Star Break:
3-4 5.61 ERA
1-3 5.79 ERA
Career In September:
12-13 4.62 ERA
A Red Sox Nation turns its terrified eyes to you, Matt…
“I hear a lot of people getting on Tito lately for his handling of the bullpen and I have to say that’s way off base…He’s done a great job with what he’s had…”
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
''Somebody on this team wants me to get booed to make them feel better, and that really bothers me a lot,' Schilling said in Tuesday's editions of the Boston Globe. ''Those are the kinds of things that really make me look at this game and understand that when I'm done in the game, I'll be done with the game.'"
Monday, September 26, 2005
The injury to Matt Light looked less serious than Rodney's on film, but it is all speculation; Both Rodney Harrison and Light will be re-evaluated today.
Although he cautioned that it is all speculation, A physician that we spoke with stated that based upon the side angle of the blow, Rodney would be very lucky to escape a torn ACL. If it was an MCL tear, he could play with a brace or even have surgery and be back by the end of the year...Although the loss of Rodney Harrison would be a significant blow to the Patriots defense, the loss of left tackle Light would be an even bigger loss. The Patriots would have to rely on rookie 3rd round pick Nick Kaczur to protect Brady's blind side, putting the franchise quarterback at risk and likely throwing off the timing of plays. Brady needs to have full confidence in his left tackle in order to execute the complex and heavily timed Patriots offense...
Kazur Karma in 2005 for Brady's Blind Side
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Say It Ain't Sox
Some fans may whine, but for the debt loaded Sox owners,
The Sox need to take advantage of all revenue streams possible while the Sox are hot, as bandwagon fans will quickly fade away. The true and loyal fans probably have angles for tickets, so let the market dictate the premium for those that want to be "Scene" in the Nation's Nest.
Every team likes to play at home. We play eight at home and eight on the road. After a while you get used to playing on the road. We won in Pittsburgh last year just like we lost there last year. We've got to play it tough no matter what. We lost last week but this has been a solid week of preparation. The team had to get better between now and then. The game is really won during the week and during practice.
The ankle injury is getting better, that's all I can say. I went down hard and it feels better than when the injury happened. You never know with injuries, that's why it's so important to take it one day at a time. Hopefully, you feel better each day. As a football player, you want to play every week, but if I play this week, it's entirely on Coach Belichick. "
Coming off of a loss
Basically you don’t want to sit and dwell and relive it everyday. You need to have a funeral in your mind and forget about the loss and be done with it. The last thing we want to do is be thinking about the Carolina Panthers game, especially when we’re playing a team this week that is as good as if not better than them. You’re always at disadvantage when you’re not at home. I think everyone plays better at home, because you have a comfortable feeling there. And at least you can hear the snap.
We went out there and won against the Steelers in the championship game, so them breaking our winning streak last year is not on my mind. The whole thing is done with. The theme of the NFL is that each year is completely different. You can’t compare and contrast because teams and situations are different. No matter how bad you mess up, you want to move on the next season.
I had my birthday yesterday and I’m celebrating tonight by getting out of the house. The babysitter is coming over and whether I go out to eat or catch a movie, it’s better than hearing the kids scream in my ear all night.
Friday, September 23, 2005
There have been discussions in the Cubs organization about the possiblility of Nomar Garciaparra re-signing with the Cubs and moving to the outfield in 2006, as the club seems committed to highly touted shortstop prospect Ronny Cedeno, who ironically is on the D.L. for the rest of the season. If Nomar wants to play shortstop, Seattle and Arizona are good possibilities. Nomar’s brother Michael is still in the Mariners organization…If 3B Bill Mueller chooses the home cooking of the West Coast over Boston as is being predicted, Cubs will be free agent second baseman Todd Walker would be a nice low budget fit as a third baseman, a position for which he is better suited and has played well in the past. Walker would provide insurance at 2B, in case phenom Justin Pedroia flops there in 2006. Tony Graffanino is a free agent and likely a player rental unless he is willing to take a short deal and agree to a utility role with the Red Sox…
Johnny Damon’s nagging injuries shouldn’t discourage the Sox from signing the sparkplug to a 4 year deal, but should increase the offseason urgency to move Manny Ramirez, which would allow Johnny Rockstar to move to a much less taxing Fenway left field. A deal with the Mets that includes Mike Cameron and top prospects makes sense, although ultra phenom Hanley Ramirez is still likely to move to center field…WEEI morning show conservatives Dennis and Callahan have been taking sound bytes of Tito Francona out of context in embarrassing fashion; embarrassing for them, that is. Francona appears on the mid morning show with Dale Arnold and Michael Holley, who have criticized the morning pair for their low brow antics. The morning boys don’t have the gajones to do anything but smooch between the cheeks of their regular guest pet, Sox President and part owner Larry Lucchino…Francona is getting ripped by fans and morning hacks alike, but is really doing his best management job ever in 2005, keeping a porous team, (No #1 or #2 starter, the worst bullpen in baseball (E.R.A.), no closer, a first baseman that hit like Jackie Gutierrez for most of the season, and a slugging left fielder who doesn’t respect the game and will shut it down if confronted), in contention and actually in first place for most of the season. If you want to rip anyone, look upstairs in 2005. No, not God, and not "Dubya"...this one can't be pinned on the one man in America who graciously accepts more blame than Terry Francona...
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Triples account for approximately 2% of all hits in the modern game, while homeruns now account for 12% of hits. In the days before Babe Ruth the hitter, triples were more commonplace than homers.
1. Matt Clement and David Wells over Pedro and Derek Lowe:
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Let's get someone who actually likes the game, and can throw harder than Tommy John, Mother Foulker
Boston Red Sox HUB: The Portland Sea Dogs' postseason came to an end last night, which means there's a very good chance that Craig Hansen's major-league career is about to begin.
The Sox want to check in today with Hansen, who did not pitch last night, and see how he's doing physically. Hansen was shut down for two weeks earlier this month with a dead arm, but has pitched for the Sea Dogs in the postseason and reported no soreness.
His fastball has regularly been 95 to 96 mph.
Boston begins a week-long road trip to Tampa Bay and Baltimore starting tomorrow, and the Sox organization likes the idea of having Hansen make his debut on the road, away from the media attention that would blanket his debut at Fenway.
Though he was not on the major-league roster before Sept. 1, Hansen could be eligible for the postseason roster if he can convince the club that's he's worthy of a spot over the final two weeks."
Friday, September 16, 2005
Once again, Tek Pulls a Daffy With Ducks on the Pond.
$10 Million a year…Yankees are 1 back in the loss column…Varitek has been far from Wyle E....It is time to call his contract a "Porky Pig". ’Tek’s stretch drive performances just don’t cut it.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
A Call To Arms
Clement 3-4 4.68 E.R.A.
Schilling 7-3 4.13
Wake 6-4 3.54
Arroyo 3-0 3.64 limited appearances
Johnson 10-3 1.88
Leiter 5-8 3.99
Manny .345 22 66
Millar .314 10 44
Ortiz .276 19 55
Nixon .292 9 32
Damon .272 9 41
Rent .284 2 46
Billy Mueller .292 6 28
I LOVE IT WHEN YOU CALL ME BIG PAPA
I'm sure Big Papi prefers the $20 Plaque from Chelsea Softball Trophies over a fair value extension of his undermarket deal...From Tom Werner giving Wally a sneaker deal to the Sox selling Keith Richards-Stones-dead turf on their website as 2004 Championship souvenirs, these owners have grown tiresome...Overexposure for both themselves and the Sox is officially here, and they are beginning to cheapen the brand. Hey, we know that you own the Globe, or vice versa; Can't we get even half as many Patriots stories as promotional Red Sox fluff?? Dignity, humility, and even better, being seen but not heard would be nice on occasion...
GET THE FOULKE OUT’TA HERE
"I think Don you have to question…bringing him in in that situation…bases loaded and nobody out. The Keith Foulke thing…when they are trying to get him into a situation…bringing him in with the bases loaded I don’t think is that situation,I don’t think that’s the place to try to get your feet on the ground... You let him start an inning with nobody on until he gets his confidence back. I think maybe there you would follow the path we’ve seen lately with Papelbon coming in more of a power pitcher/strikeout guy then followed by Timlin."
–RemDawg boldly calls out his employer and their Tito (9/12/05)
David Ortiz blasted his 42nd HR for Boston on Wednesday - Sept. 14, 2005.
Which Red Sox player holds the team record for homers in a season?
A. Jimmie Foxx
B. Mo Vaughn
C. Ted Williams
D. Jim Rice
A. Jimmie FoxxFoxx smacked 50 homers for Boston during the 1938 season. The next highest total was 46 by Rice in 1978.
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Down, Down, Down, Red Sox Knight Going Down
Loss of Kapler to ruptured achilles leaves Sox outfield deathly thin...Jay Payton is a little bitch; As Theo promised, plenty of P.T. has been available in the Sox outfield. The Fenway boo birds will make Jayhole Pay-ton Thursday night...
GET WELL SOON RED. -CELTICS HUB
Monday, September 12, 2005
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Nomah Being Nomah:
The Chicago Cubs waited a long time for Nomar Garciaparra to get healthy and start hitting.
Garciaparra, who missed most of the season with a groin injury, hit his fourth homer in six game as Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
'After you have the injuries and that stuff, it's just good to get out there playing,' Garciaparra said. 'I'm just trying to see the ball and drive it. I'm getting good concentration and have been able to drive the ball.'
Nomah did not hit his first home run until Aug. 9 after spending April 21 to Aug. 5 on the disabled list. He connected leading off the second inning Sunday and finished 2-for-4 with his sixth home run.
'Having Nomar in the center of that lineup,' Cubs manager Dusty Baker said, 'is a big offensive threat for us.' "
Friday, September 02, 2005
The Blonde And The OlderDude
Suddenly, The Sox have 15 HR's and production at 1b with their "blonde bombshells"
Country Kevin Millar hit 2 HR's on Wednesday and led the Sox to victory...Olerud hits 2 bombs and has 6 RBI on Thursday, finishing off the sweep and cooling off the Devil Dogs.
Olerud hit his 500th career double last night, to go with his 2 homers
Yankees lose to the Seattle Mariners 5-1 earlier Thursday.
Sox moved 3½ games ahead of New York in the AL East.
The Red Sox led by as many as 5½ and as few as 1½ games in August.
Sox have won five in a row overall and 19 of 20 at home.
Sox have scored at least 7 runs in each of their last 14 games at Fenway Park. But they've needed almost all of them: In nine of those games, they've given up 6 runs or more.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Red Sox Hub
Mark Bellhorn showed up yesterday with significantly shorter hair, citing a conversation he had with Torre Tuesday. "All I said was, 'Hair may be a little long, I'll let you know," Torre said
--New York Newsday
Red Sox Smash Bronson's Guitar And Tell Him He's Gotta "Take A Piss":