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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.
Wooooooohooooooooooooo! FINALLY!!!!!! OPENING DAY IS HERE. However, the forecast is for rain, which is scheduled to begin around game time. Doh!!!!!!!! Let’s hope it can hold off for 3 or 4 hours. How disappointing.
However, what wasn’t disappointing was yesterday’s beautiful day that I spent at the olde (really OLD) ball park. I went to Fenway yesterday for 2 reasons.
1) Pick up my uniform:
Oops. That’s not my uniform. I wish.
2) Try and meet up with Julia of Julia’s Rants and other bloggers she was trying to get to meet outside Fenway. Unfortunately, I did not make it in time to meet up. When I was finally finished picking up my uniform, I called Julia and she and Scott from I’m Not a Headline Guy were on top of the Prudential Building. Here is a picture of them:
No, really, they are up there. I was on the phone with her exactly at that moment, as I was standing behind the Red Sox dugout.
Since I was at the ballpark, I’d figure I might as well take in the Red Sox workout. It was a gorgeous day for baseball; warm and not a cloud in the sky. Since I brought my camera, I figured I might as well take a few (or 20 or 30) pictures. Here are some of them:
The view from the RF boxes next to the visitor’s bullpen:
Big Papi & Kevin Youkilis:
Evan Longoria: (thanks to Rays Renegade for the ID)
Theo Epstein (well, the back of his head, anyway):
Mike Lowell (talking with Longoria (l.) and Pat Burrell (r.) thanks to Rays Renegade again on ID of Rays players)
Finally ~ View from the Budweiser section in upper RF:
It was quite a blast. It seemed like I had the whole park to myself. There were a couple of tours going on. Also, there were some other Red Sox employees who had their children there, but the greatest perk of working at the park is being able to be there without any fans.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I noticed the lower (field level) and upper box (red) seats seem to have brand new seats in there. The actual seat parts have padding. I sat in one, and it was pretty comfortable. However, the only problem is that back rest seems to be the same height. So, now with a cushion there, the
back rest is on the lower part of your back which probably won’t be as comfortable as the game goes on. I think these new seats are only in the infield box seat sections. It looks like the RF boxes, grandstand (blue seats) and bleachers have the same crummy seats.
As I was leaving, I almost walked right into a Tampa Bay Ray coming out of the Red Sox clubhouse. I am not sure who it was though. Maybe B.J. Upton, (did he travel up north with the team while being on the DL?) but I am not sure at all. He was just wearing some shorts and a T-shirt and not a name tag.
All and all, it was a great day. Quite the opposite of what I am looking at through my window as I type this. I better bring my galoshes with me, as I am on my way to the ball park just after I finish posting this.
Josh Beckett vs James Shield. Should be a great game!
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So, I’m just surfing the web, and I land over at this blog:
Actually, I am a
pretty fairly somewhat regular visitor there. Last night, he had an insightful and interesting (others thought pompous and condescending) post about autographs, and some tips on how to go about getting them. Most of it seems like common sense to me and is about just being polite, courteous, and respectful. Anyway, it got me to thinking about autographs.
I have never been big on getting autographs. I don’t see all the hoopla over having somebody’s signature in a book. Plus, I think it is more of a thing for kids. I am not a kid (although my wife sometimes will disagree with that) and when I was a kid, I wasn’t around the ballpark enough to even try to get an autograph. As I kid, I preferred baseball cards. I still do, to an extent.
The first autograph I ever remember obtaining was in the late 70s (1978 I think) and was brought home to me by my mother. It was an autograph of Mike Torrez, who had been taken to the ER of Newton-Wellesley Hospital where my mother was a nurse. I think it was signed on some piece of ripped scrap paper and probably ended up getting lost 2 days later.
Since then, I’ve probably gotten maybe 5 autographs since. Ironically, all of them as an adult. The first one was in 1999. The All-Star game was in Boston that year, and Fred Lynn was doing a signing at a Bob’s Store. After work that day, I went to the store, waited in line a few minutes and met Fred Lynn. Although the sign said he would only sign one item, he actually ended up signing a ball and a photo (possibly 2 photo’s, my memory is foggy). He was very kind and friendly and it was a great experience actually meeting a childhood idol. Oh, if he never got traded to the Angels, but I digress……
Two of the other autographs I was able to obtain were because of being a vendor (vendahhh) at Fenway Park. We are usually in the park before the gates open up to the fans (heaven) and thus are able to see a lot of stuff before then. Such as the players walking from the clubhouse through the concourse to the field (and vice versa) instead of through the tunnel in the dugout. One of these occasions I bumped into Manny Ramirez, who I asked if he would mind signing a ball. He obliged and was friendly, but wasn’t talkative at all as he was on his way back to the clubhouse before the game. Anybody want that ball now? Haha
The other autograph was of Greg Maddux. It was after he pitched a bullpen session. I was watching while waiting to get my assignment for the day. After he finished, I politely asked him to sign a ball, and graciously obliged. This was probably about five or ten minutes before the gates opened. He was then on his way back to the visitor’s clubhouse, as his work was done for the day.
I asked Pedro, but he declined. I was bummed, but really it wasn’t a big deal. He was in the middle to talking to some hispanice workers who worked at the park. A few days later, he signed for a whole throng of people along canvas alley while the visitor’s were going through their batting practice.
The last autograph I remember obtaining, was of Cal Ripken, Jr. It was his last game at Fenway Park. Thousands of fans waited between the dugouts to try and get an autograph. I was attending this game with my wife and sister-in-law, and I asked if they wanted to hang around and try and get his autograph, as it is CAL RIPKEN, and it his LAST game at Fenway before he retires. They were game. My wife has always been a fan of Cal Ripken (I think it was the #8 he wore) and has liked the Orioles for some reason. Don’t worry, she is a Red Sox fan first. So, we waited in the throngs of people and got his autograph twice. My sister-in-law actually got both of them. It must be easier for a cute, young girl to push her way to the front than some older guy. Haha. She got my ticket stub signed and a ball signed. However, I then ruined the ticket stub when I tried to laminate it. Doh!
I have a couple other autographs, but they were Christmas gifts purchased from a memorabilia shop. One is Frank Robinson, but I’m not sure who the other is. I don’t want them. The only way I would collect autographs is if I was the one who got the item signed for me. I think it is pointless to buy an autograph.
There’s probably a couple of players I’d like to get an autograph from. Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey come to the top of my head. Then I could put them with my other autographs which is….Hmmmm, I have no idea where they are.
Anybody out there collect autograph? I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts and about your collection, so feel free to share.
Now, we started with one out spoken Red Sox (former) pitcher and we’re off to another:
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has spoken out about Manny Ramirez and the leading up to his trade out of Boston. Apparently, this is from an interview that will appear in the April issue of Esquire magazine.
I’m sure a lot of people are going to be critical of Jonathan Papelbon. Just like lots of people are critical of Curt Schilling. Why can’t these athletes just shut up and play? That is the tired old argument the critics use. Personally, I love it. I love hearing what an athlete truly thinks of a situation or a game or another player. I’m tired of the old, “It is what it is” mantra.
I’m sure people will be critical of Pap calling Manny a cancer, but this what the fans and hosts and commentators were saying during the whole Manny trade drama last season. Why can’t a player who actually had to live through it and deal with it say it?
I think the bigger problem with the stories of players like Pap talking, is more in the headline than the actually statement the player has made. For example, last spring there was a headline that stated Papelbon thought he was a better closer or thought he was along the lines of Mariano Rivera? When he was really talking about how he wanted to set the salary standard for future closers that come along. I think Joe Nathan was actually purturbed at Papelbon for this, as well.
Actually, there was a second Rivera / Pap headline controversy when Papelbon stated he wanted to be the guy to close out the All-Star game. The All-Star game happened to be at Yankee Stadium. He did state that he understood that Rivera should and deserves to close out that game, but the headlines slanted the story otherwise.
I love when athletes speak and actually say something. Sometimes they put their foots in their mouths (which is good for us bloggers), but most times they have something interesting to say.
With is defense, at the plate, and on the base paths, Jacoby Ellsbury picked up where he left off last post-season. Ellsbury was 3-5 with a double, an rbi, a run scored, and 2 stolen bases. He lifted his average in the post-season from .360 to .400. However, the play of the night may have been his spectacular catch on Mark Teixeira’s 8th inning blooper. That prevented the lead-off man from reaching, which proved especially important when Vladimir Guerrerro and Torri Hunter followed with singles. More on that later, though.
This could almost be a hockey blog, because the 3rd star of the night for the Sox was undoubtedly Jon Lester. He continued his ascension to becoming a #1 Ace with his performance tonight. 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 walk, and 1 unearned run are the numbers for him. More importantly was the poise with which he performed. Unshakeable, he over came the rare Jed Lowrie error that extended the Angels 3rd, allowing Hunter to knock in the games first run. I thought (if you call yelling at the TV thinking) that Bay could have dove to catch Hunter’s single, as it practically dropped at his feet, but I guess it was smart to be cautious. After that 3rd inning, Lester allowed just 3 singles over the last 4 innings. He retired the last 7 batters in a row he faced, striking out 4 of them. If Lester is going to continue to pitch like this during the post season, Boston is going to be a happy town.
In their returns to the line-up, Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew each went 0-4 with a strike out. A couple of Lowell’s at bats were not typical Lowell at bats. So we’ll see how both of these guys come back after Thursday’s off-day when Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to pitch against Ervin Santana in what should be another pitchers duel. Only a 9:30pm start to that one, so hopefully I won’t be up as late as last night. But it was worth it.
Sundays are great days to be a sports fan in New England. You get a dose of the Sox and the Patriots. Last Sunday was great, because you had the Sox at 1:35, and when they finished around 4:00pm it was almost time for kick-off between the Pats and Jets. You can’t beat a doubleheader like that, especially when it’s a sweep. We all know the difficulty of sweeping a twin bill.
This weekend, though, didn’t go quite as planned. While the Sox help up their end of the bargian, and clinched a tie for the wild-card in the process, that Pats fell flat on their face.
Nobody, except for Chad Pennington’s mother (seems we’ve been hearing a lot from QB’s mothers lately, Hi Mrs. Young, Hi Mrs. Jackson), could have expected this. Luckily, I did not really get a chance to full watch this game, as I was preparing for my son’s 4th birthday party. I got to take a detour and avoid seeing the wreckage. All I can really say is that this is going to be a long two weeks for the Patriots.
Last night was the final game at Yankee Stadium. As a baseball fan, I MUST visit the Stadium before they tear it down this winter. Unfortunately, I will never get to see a baseball game from a seat inside the stadium. However, with the history that has taken place there, I am going to do my best to take a tour of it. I’m actually glad the Yankees were able to win their final game, but how strange is it that Johnny Damon almost went down as the last player to hit a home run in the “House That Ruth Built”?
The last week is shaping up to be a fun one for MLB. With the Rays, Angels, and Red Sox all lined up for the playoffs, we get to watch the Twins-White Sox battle for the Central division starting Tuesday. Meanwhile, we have the Phillies-Mets battling in the East; the Dodgers-Diamondbacks battling in the West; and the Mets-Brewers-Astros fighting for the Wild Card. This is why I love baseball.
Also, we have Dustin Pedroia looking up at Joe Mauer in the race for the batting crown. Ever since appears on WEEI’s The Big Show, Pedroia has been in such a slump. He must have chowed down some of the free food that is always in the studio, thus slowing down his swing. I think Big O was trying to morph Pedroia into the same shape of himself, as Big O was a bit jealous of Pedroia being taller than him. Anyway, Pedroia is at .324 while Mauer has taken over the lead with a .330 average. Pedrioa has also seen Ichiro catch him for league lead in hits, both have 204 coming into the final week.
Congrats to Jonathan Papelbon for becoming the 5th Red Sox closer to reach 40 saves in a season. He joined Jeff Reardon, Ugueth Urbina, Tom Gordon, and Derek Lowe. Quite an accomplishment.
Finally, I’ve noticed that Red Sox seem to have a unique starting OF now and again. I am not sure there has been another one like it, and not even sure how to research it. However, when the Sox acquired Mark Kotsay before the end of August, they were able to put out a starting OF where all 3 OFers last name end in the letter Y. Jason Bay, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Kotsay. I wonder if there has been anything similar with rarely used letters. I bet maybe it has been done with U. Oh well, just a random thought.
Final week of the season. GO SOX!