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It is that time of year again, when the wonderful people associated with baseball, make a difference in trying to exterminate the terrible disease of cancer. If you are willing, please take the time and contribute anything, from a quarter to whatever you can.
Most of us have been affected by this terrible disease, either directly or indirectly. The stories that these cancer patients, survivors, and family members are heartwarming / heartbreaking all at the same time, but immensely amazing. If you can’t contribute, please take the time to listen. We all can make a difference, and even a little bit of a difference matters.
Me? I am not associated with WEEI/NESN/Red Sox other than being a fan. However, I have tried to contribute in some way in each of the 7 previous telethons. Sometimes, it was just buying a T-shirt. Other times it was donating my tips from working the games during the days of the telethon. Other times it was saying a prayer for the patients, families, and doctors who have to go through this fight. My mother has overcome colon cancer, but that is not the only motivation. Hearing the children speak, the parents speak, or the doctors speak about this call me to action. Eventhough it leaves a tear in your eye, or a heavy heart. A difference is really bing made. I mean just check this out:
Amazingly, a couple of years later he came back and sang the anthem again. This time, after his rendition, he dropped the mic and took an impromptu (he was egged on earlier in the day talking on the radio, so maybe it ended up being planned, but I am not sure) run around the bases. What a moment that was, and I’m not sure there was a dry eye in the ball park.
Thank you for letting me plug this and GO JIMMY FUND!
Shocking, I know, but position players aren’t even due to report to spring training, but J.D. Drew is already injured. I don’t understand how somebody can be so fragile, it is mind boggling. Rocco Baldelli and Mark Kotsay (edit: since Kotsay had back surgery, insert Brad Wilkerson) better get ready for a lot of at bats and time out in RF this season.
Well, since the Hot Stove flame seems like it is flickering and the off-season wheeling and dealing is moving a pace slower than this guy:
I figured I’d blog about something else.
This weekend, a Patriot QB did something no the other Patriot QB had ever done. (No, I’m not talking about marrying a pregnant girlfriend.) Matt Cassel threw for over 400 yards in two consecutive games. That is also more 400 yard games in a span of 2 games than Tom Brady has thrown in his career (or so I’ve hard, there is no snazzy Play-Index over at Football Reference like there is a Baseball Reference.) Cassel has really done a great job filling in for Brady during this injury. The Patriots still have a great shot of another championship. The Pats currently sit a game behind the Jets in the AFL East and tied with the Colts and Ravens in the Wild Card race at 7-4. Aside from this upcoming week against the Steelers, the remaining schedule is pretty easy. It looks like the Pats can easily finish the season at 12-4 or no worse than 11-5 which should easily clinch a playoff spot. However, the Patriots are no longer the sole winter team in Boston vying for our attention.
Although it is still early in their respective seasons, both the Celtics and Bruins are the top teams in their conferences. Usually nobody pays much attention to these two teams. However, since Kevin Garnett came to town, the Celtics have returned to being the force they were from a previous era:
Not only that, but the Bruins are actually fun to watch. They play fast, the play hard, they hit hard, and they score goals. I’ve never been much of a Bruin follower or a hockey watcher for that matter. Usually I’d start to tune into hockey come playoff time. There are less whistles and faster pace that is funner to watch during the playoffs. However, I actually did flick the channel over the Bruins game the other night against the Canadians. They were down 1-0 at that time, but came back to win in a shoot out. I can’t remember the last time I flipped to that channel.
So, at least in Boston, we have some sports to keep us occuppied during this baseball void.
Oh, and since this is a baseball themed blog specifically tailored to the Boston Red Sox, there was a bit of news today. Rob Bradford at WEEI.com is reporting that the Red Sox opened negotiations with Jason Varitek by offering him a 1-year deal. If the story is true, I don’t think that is an offer that is going to get a deal done. Maybe it is only a starting point, as according to Peter Gammons over at ESPN, it doesn’t appear that the fax machine dedicated to Varitek offers at the Boras office isn’t exactly ringing off the hook.
I do hope that the Sox and Tek can work out a deal, possibly a 2-yr deal with a mutual option for a 3rd year, as I can’t picture him in any other uniform but Red Sox.
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!