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Unless we’re talking about hand grenades and horseshoes, of course… But, this is baseball.
David “Big Papi” Ortiz hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to get us within one run of tying the game. We were trailing 6-1 with almost no hope of winning when we came up to bat in the ninth at Fenway Park. With one out, Detroit Tigers closer, Jose Valverde, walked the bases loaded and Big Papi took full advantage and went yard with his 22nd homer of the season. Adrian Beltre hit a 2-out double to keep the momentum up and J.D. Drew was then intentionally walked to enable a force-out. But, that wasn’t needed when Mike Cameron came up to the plate and with a full count, struck out looking to end the game. We walked off the field with the scoreboard showing 6-5 in the Tigers favor.
This was a tough loss for the Red Sox. There was one positive I can think of, though, and that is the determination and drive our players have. They didn’t give up. That is what baseball is all about. The game is never over until it’s over– not until the last out is made.
With that being said, we have to look back on this game and wonder what happened, wonder why we lost and what went wrong. I mean, if you look at who was on the mound for us tonight, and the fact that Papi hit a grand slam, and we still walk away with the loss, it just doesn’t make much sense.
Jon Lester had one of his worst outings. He gave up 4 runs on a career high 11 hits, throwing 115 pitches in 6 innings. I hoped after sweeping the Angels, and having an off-day, our offense would have stayed alive and we would dominate this series. However, we didn’t even get on the board until the 5th inning when Marco Scutaro hit a solo homer on a 1-1 pitch. We leave too many runners on base, especially RISP, in crucial situations. We must get on the board early and keep the momentum up throughout the game.
We need to make sure everyone stays healthy and hope that we can gain some major ground in the 59 games that are left to be played (currently we are 58-45). After the Rays beat the Yankees tonight at Tropicana field, we are now 6.5 games out of the wild card and 7.5 games from first. With the trade deadline quickly approaching (4 PM on Saturday), I really hope we can get some bullpen help. Luckily, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury will be back in the line-up within the next few weeks so our fielding and offense should be set.
I feel like these wild, late-inning wins rarely happen for us anymore. I feel like all of Red Sox Nation is hurting, right along with our team, and nobody has any hope anymore. We have to keep the faith. Our boys, our players that we live for and watch every single day still have hope that we can do this, and we should too.
So, no, almost didn’t count tonight. But, can I please remind all of you about 2004? I’m sure none of you can forget, but take a look back at the standings on July 31st and tell me again that we can’t do this, and that there is no hope for us.
Today is the most dreaded day of all
for true baseball fans. The worst Wednesday known to mankind… the day
after the All-Star game, and not a single major league game will be
On this awful
Wednesday, I have an off-day of my own, with no work. And, personally, I
am not feeling the greatest, so having today to rest is probably a
good thing. But, I’m going to take this extra time to recap on my
thoughts of the first half of the season and what I expect for the
Sox, despite a multitude of injuries, went into the All-Star Break with
a 51-37 record. We are 5 games back from the first place Yankees and 3
games back from the Rays who are holding the Wild Card spot. I’m not
really worried about what Theo has up his sleeve for the trade
deadline. What I am concerned for is getting my boys off the DL and back
onto the field. With Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury,
Jason Varitek, Victor Martinez,
Josh Beckett, Jeremy Hermida, Manny Delcarmen and Mike Lowell sitting
on the DL, our starting line-up is really starting to hurt. I mean, no
offense to Darnell McDonald, Daniel Nava, Bill Hall, etc. because they
have done a great job contributing to our success this year, but it’s
depressing when I see our line-up and I barely recognize any of the
guys playing. Although, I am getting to know them a little too well for
We have tons
of positives from the first
half of the season which gives
me hope for the second half. But, we have some pen issues that we need
to get straightened out.
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I am really starting to love
Daniel Bard (1.90 ERA). I mean, he is the ultimate set-up guy and I
think will be a huge contributor to our bullpen in the future. Buchholz (currently on the DL, 10-4, 2.45 ERA)
and Jon Lester (11-3, 2.78 ERA) have proven their roles as starting pitchers and, in my
opinion, will be our two best starters as we enter the second half of
the season. However, Daisuke Matsuzaka (6-3, 4.56
ERA), John Lackey
(9-5, 4.78 ERA) and Tim Wakefield (3-7, 5.22 ERA) have been more or less
disasters and I’m not really sure what to think about them. I guess,
as Forest Gump would say, they are “like a box of chocolates, you never
know what you’re gonna get.” Also, our lack of bullpen is really
hurting us. Hideki Okajima (6.00 ERA) and Ramon Ramirez (4.79 ERA)
aren’t really two guys we can depend on in times of need. And our
closer, Jonathan Papelbon (3.50 ERA), even with 20 saves on the season, is not as dominant as we
need him to be.
David Ortiz, Big Papi, “Jose” Ortiz, or 2010 Home-Run Derby
Champ, has had a complete turnaround from the beginning of the season
and is really helping our offense with 17 HRs and 54 RBIs on the
season. But, can I PLEASE talk about should-have-been All-Star, Kevin
Youkilis, who was completely snubbed of that title. With a .297 batting
average, 55 RBIs and 17 HRs, and the fact that he’s one of the few
that has stayed healthy this season (despite the brief ankle injury),
is an absolute, defined bad-***. Adrian Beltre (.341 AVG), regardless
of the defensive errors, has greatly added to the teams offensive success and Marco Scutaro
(.285 AVG) is also playing
well. I can’t wait for my main boy, Pedey,
to come back and start this “Laser Show” again. Those pinstripes and
Rays really need to watch their backs, cause we’re going to come back
stronger than ever!
have complete faith in our boys to get healthy and start playing again.
I think that we will continue to win games and as long as we can get
through this tough start to the second half of the season, we will be
fine. I believe that we have stayed contenders in this race, even
through these difficult times, and have a great chance to win that
pennant, no matter what everyone else might think.
**I have to let you all know, on August
27th me and my daddy will be heading to Tampa Bay for a father/daughter
baseball weekend to watch the Red Sox at Tropicana Field. We have
booked our flight, hotel and most importantly purchased our tickets for
the 3-game series. On Friday and Sunday games, we will be sitting by
the visiting dugout and on Saturday, we will be near the visiting
bullpen. I had absolutely everything to do with those seating
arrangements. There is no doubt that I will be the only girl my age that
is headed to the beach for a weekend and not spend any time on the
actual beach. We will be at the Trop as soon as the gates open for BP
and I will stay till the last out is made, if not longer! No worries,
there will be a blog post for that trip along with tons of pictures!
—Best Dad Award goes to, MIKE DOLL—
I will always be behind my boys, no matter
the circumstances. I also completely believe that Red Sox Nation is
the greatest fan base of all time, in any sport, and with our faith,
hope and love for our team, we will get it done!
Go Red Sox!!