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All the expert were saying it. All the articles I read were saying it. The Red Sox own the Angels. The Red Sox are in the Angel’s head. Here comes another Red Sox – Yankees ALCS. Well, three games into the ALDS, and it was over. However, this was not supposed to happen:
Getting swept? Jonathan Papelbon blowing a post-season save? Carlos Ruiz hitting a 3-run homer? (Ooops, sorry about that. Watching Dodgers-Phillies game 1 while I type this) Going down 1-2-3 to Brian Fuentes to end it? Well, I guess there is something to say about ending it like you started it, isn’t there? There were certainly a lot of 1-2-3 innings for the Red Sox offense this series. What went wrong?
I don’t know, really. The whole team was pretty flat. The offense was anemic in Games 1 and 2. Scoring only 1 run of Lackey and Weaver. The starters weren’t sharp. Well, Clay Buchholz looked very good. Much better than Jon Lester and Josh Beckett.
However, when you’re leading batter in the series hit .250, your starters weren’t sharp, and your closer allows 5 runs (2 inherited runners, and the first 3 runs of his post-season career), that is a recipe for failure. A disappointing way to lose a series and end a pretty nice season. It took a few days to let it sink in.
When I left the game, the Sox were up 5-2. I was pretty much expecting to be spending Columbus Day back at Fenway for a cold night of work. Oh, here is me at work, for those who don’t know (sorry for the size, I used my digital camera to record it off the DVR, and then took a screen shot while replaying it using Windows Media Player):
However, the biggest let down of losing that game aside from no World Series for the Red Sox was a hit in my wallet. Working on Columbus Day would have given me Holiday Pay as well as an added incentive bonus pay for working my 65th game of the Season.
Oh, Red Sox, the ways you hurt me.
P.S. Yes, I will still watch the the rest of the playoffs. Even though, I am a Red Sox fan. I am first and foremost a baseball fan. I love the game, no matter who is playing. Even the Yankees. Now, back to the Phillies ~ Dodgers NLCS Game 1.
P.P.S. Sorry if I let down you readers (if there are any) this season. Working two jobs, and two young children really don’t leave a lot of free time to sit down and write. Thanks to all who still check in. I should have more time during the off-season to write a bit more.
While the big news in Red Sox nation this weekend is the signing of Jon Lester to a five-year contract extension. There was some other news that is directly related to the backyard of Red Sox nation.
Former Cardinal, Padre, Red, Brewer, Padre, Rockie, Padre, Giant, and Dodger pinch hitter extraordinaire Mark Sweeney hung up the spikes this weekend.
Now, why is this piece of news appearing as a blog on a Red Sox related blog? That’s a good question, with an easy answer.
Mark Sweeney is a graduate of Holliston High School in Massachusetts. This is the town I currently reside in and the school from which my wife graduated (a couple of years after) as well. My high school was/is big rivals with Sweeney’s school. While I never played baseball after the youth level, and have never met Sweeney myself, being that we were of similar age and from the same area (he is a TVL alumni) I began to follow him while he was setting records at the University of Maine. He’s probably one of the most succesful professional athletes to come from are since Howie Long.
While his retirment won’t garner the coverage on ESPN that say Brett Favre’s retirment did, he retires from MLB with the 2nd most pinch hits in MLB history. He also has the most career pinch hit RBIs in history. Quite an amazing achievment if you think about.
Sweeney won’t be out of baseball, though. He has already joined the Dodgers coaching staff as an assistant. Now, I will just have to follow his progress as a coach and see if it ever leads to a managing gig someday. Who know?
Although he never played for the Red Sox, or even in the AL for that matter, I’m sure he dreamed of it as kid, like we all did growing up in this area. That is good enough to make it into my blog.
It’s that time of year. The time to look into the future and see what lies ahead. So, let me put on my swami headgear, take out some sort of crystal thing, and this magic little 8 ball thing:
Okay, now we are ready for our 2009 Predictions:
- The New England Patriots will not win the Super Bowl. (Okay, now that I got my obligatory bad joke out of the way, we can continue.)
- The Pittsburgh Steelers will win the Super Bowl.
- The Boston Celtics will win the NBA Championship….again!!
- The Boston Bruins will lose in the 1st round of the NHL Playoffs. (I really hope that is not true, but I only go by history.)
- Some race horse will win the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness. Then for weeks we will hear about how great this horse is and it will be hyped up as the first winner of the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Then in the Belmont, the horse will finish in 8th place or something stupid. This seems like an annual ritual.
- Tiger Woods will win the first golf tournament he plays when he returns from his knee injury.
Now, let’s get to the baseball stuff:
- Jason Varitek will sign a 2-year contract with the Red Sox.
- The Dominican Republic will win the World Baseball Classic.
- Manny Ramirez signs with the San Francisco Giants. The city of LA has never done a complete 180 on anything faster.
- David Price will become the 1st pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young in the same season.
- A.J. Burnett will make 18 starts this season, however, J.D. Drew will spend more days on the DL than Burnett.
- C.C. Sabathia will be the AL All-Star Game starter while the NL will send Pedro Martinez to the hill.
- After throwing a complete game in the 10 inning All-Star Game, leading the AL to a 3-2 victory, Sabathia’s shoulder falls apart lifting the All-Star Game trophy MVP.
- Ryan Howard, Mark Reynolds, and Adam Dunn combine for only 400 strike outs between them.
- Curt Schilling signs with the Tampa Rays in mid-May, and goes 8-0 down the stretch to help the Rays surpass the Yanks for the AL Wild Card.
- The Dodgers win the AL West over the Giants after Manny sits out the final month with a “calf strain”, code for “I’m not happy with only getting a 2-year, $50 million contract.”
- The Red Sox win their 3rd World Series Championship of the Century. (Hey, this wouldn’t be a Red Sox blog without this prediction, am I right?)
Now, that those are finally finished, I must say I enjoyed watching the MLB Network and their broadcast of Don Larsen’s perfect game. I am looking forward to more of their stuff. However, I do hope they cut back on showing Viagra ads when I am watching the channel with my son. He is 4, and doesn’t really notice that stuff yet, but……Please MLB, keep those for after bed time. I know they pay the bills for you, but just do it. Okay? Great!
It was recently announced that the Red Sox are going to retire the number former player, coach, manager, ambassador, and legend, Johnny Pesky. There isn’t a more deserving person than him.
To do this, the Red Sox have amended their long standing criteria for retiring a number of which included finishing your playing career with the Sox. This criteria was actually ignored (although they claimed that working in the Front Office was considering “finishing your career”) when they retired Carlton Fisk’s #27 back in 2000. Although, that was done by the previous Red Sox regime.
None the less, this is wonderful recognition of not just a good ballplayer, but a truly legendary and wonderful person. Pesky is to the Red Sox what Pee Wee Reese was to the Dodgers. While, Pesky spent only 7 + seasons with the Sox, he missed 3 FULL seasons (1943-1945) while serving in World War II. He finished in the Top 5 in the AL MVP race his rookie season in ’42 and his second season in ’46. Although he finished his career with the Tigers and Senators he returned to Boston where has remained with the team as a coach, manager, ambassador, and legend.
I have seen Johnny Pesky around the ballpark many times. One of the benefits of being a vendor at Fenway Park is that I can enter the ballpark any time before the gates open. A few years ago, the gates would open only 90 minutes (now it is 2 hours before) before game time, just as the visiting team would be starting BP. While the Sox would take BP, Pesky would be sitting in a seat behind the dugout, relaxing and talking with either Red Sox staff, ushers, reporters, or sitting alone just watching. However, he would always give you a smile and say hello, and even chat for a bit if you so desired.
I remember a day where Johnny came down to the RF foul pole (Pesky Pole) to take a picture with, I think, his grandson or great grand child. The gates were already open to the public and that area was crowded since it is a great spot to get a ball during BP. Anyway, Pesky climbed on the wall next to the pole, and pick-up the child with him to have the picture taken. He then spent the next 30 – 45 minutes afterwards signing autographs for fans and even posing for pictures with them. He smiled the whole time, and truly seemed to be enjoying himself. A truly classy guy.
It appears that this ceremony will take place this Saturday. Congratulations, indeed, to Johnny Pesky.
Go Red Sox!