Thursday, May 10, 2012

Turn Back the Clock Night at Fenway

The Red Sox(12-18) kick off a four game series against the Cleveland Indians(17-13) tonight at Fenway and they're bringing some old friends with them.  Also, Jerry Remy will be back in his rightful spot along side Don Orsillo on the NESN broadcast tonight.  RHP Derek Lowe (4-1) is the starting pitcher for the Indians tonight in Game 1 and Johnny Damon comes to town as well. The Deacon has been beating the drum for Damon to get his heroes welcome when he steps into the batting box and we'll see if he gets it tonight.  The lineups have not been posted yet so we don't know if Damon will play for certain, but I think it's a safe bet that he'll be in there, if not tonight than sometime soon.  Will he feel the love? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Hopefully Remy can bring some new pitchers with him and maybe some healing powers.  This pitching staff needs a wake up call.  Is it too soon to start talking about rebuilding? Maybe a little, but if the Sox are still in last place with a losing record by the end of this month and into June it will be time to go into full rebuilding mode.  With tonight's Red Sox starter Josh Beckett (2-3) being the number one trade target.  Hopefully starting tonight he will pitch well enough that someone will want to take his salary and give up some prospects.  This team does have a lot of talent on the DL but I hope we have learned from the past that you can't rely on those guys to come back and save a season. It just doesn't work that way.  They can certainly improve the team, but not rescue it.

Here is my predicted lineup for tonight's game:



Sweeney RF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Ortiz DH
Aviles SS
Middlebrooks 3B
Salty C
Ross LF
Byrd CF (just threw up in my mouth a little knowing that we have no one better on the roster to play CF)

Beckett SP

No live chat tonight so leave thoughts, feelings and frustrations here in the comments section.  Look for the actual lineup in the comments section once it is made public.  Here's to hoping that they show multiple video montages of the glory years with Lowe and Damon on the new HD screens at Fenway tonight.  So we'll have something to feel good about.  Here's a little taste to get you pumped up:


22 comments:

  1. The Red Sox have announced that tonight's public address system will be silent in Carl Beane's honor. That's the right move and a fitting tribute.

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  2. I agree that the Fenway crowd should do right by Damon and give him a standing O tonight. I like how they have given Sweeney a shot at the leadoff spot. I have been advocating for that for about 2-3 weeks now on this blog. If only Bobby V would listen to me! Hopefully Sweeney comes through. It will be bittersweet to see DLowe back on the Fenway mound. He was one of my favorites from that 2003-2004 run. As far as the 2012 Red Sox go, look for a new post from me shortly. As usual, it is long-winded and full of new-fangled stats and lingo. Can't wait!

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  3. Daniel Nava has been called up from AAA (shock #1), apparently to replace Cody Ross in tonight's lineup (shock #2), and Clayton Mortensen, only the Red Sox' best reliever of late has been sent back to AAA (shock #3). What the heck? Was Bobby V that upset with Ross' kerfuffle in left field last night, or is he hurt? And Bobby V continues to hate DMac, although I'm starting to understand why.

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    1. Maybe Ross dinged more than his pride trying to make that catch. Nava is probably the only OF in the entire system that is worse defensively than Ross and Byrd. So it certainly is not an upgrade there. Mortensen is the only guy on the roster that gives them any roster flexibility. It's good to know that he can get big league hitters out in case we need him again later (I'm sure we will).

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  4. How are those new depths of the earth, Mr. Valentine

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  5. I missed the top of the 1st. Did Damon get a standing ovation?

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    1. Damon was not introduced since there is no PA announcer tonight, so the crowd gave mostly a non-reaction. Edes tweeted that there were one or two random boos, but certainly no ovation.

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    2. I thought the lack of PA announcer might effect the situation. Maybe it's just not meant to be for Johnny Damon. Plus the five year grace period since the last championship is over (last year's collapse counts as 2 seasons) and sox fans don't have much to be happy about currently. I don't think they are in a Standing O type of mood.

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    3. That's because most of the crowd only jumped on the bandwagon after 2007. Half of them probably only booed Beckett because other people were, either that or they thought Yooooouuuk was on the field

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  6. I wish we could give Beckett truth serum before his post-game press conference tonight. I swear he was only half-trying tonight after getting s*** shoveled on him all week for the golf story. He seems like the kind of self-centered prick who would pull such a stunt.

    Also, the way that Beckett threw to Shoppach tonight, there is no shred of a reason left why Shop needs to be his personal catcher. If I'm Bobby V, then I'm telling Beckett after this game that whoever I damn well say is catching him will be catching him and if he has a problem with it, then he will be on the DL faster than he can yell "fore!"

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  7. I was only half watching early in the game, but it appeared to me that Beckett was determined to prove everyone wrong early on. Then he just starting throwing pitches in the middle of the strike zone and they got hit. Then he seemed to give up once it got bad.

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  8. Explain to me again, why given the technology available in 2012, there is not more instances when replay can be used in baseball? That and why Casey Kotchman has not won an Oscar yet?

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  9. Pedroia swings at ball four which would have walked in a run, and another rally is Punto'd. The sad part is we are squandering another stellar performance from our bullpen. Has the word squandered ever been used more than the past month of this Red Sox season?

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  10. Pedroia clearly trying to do too much there and who can blame him. I'm sure he feels like he has to carry the team, but he got himself out in that AB.

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  11. Why have we used five bullpen pitchers tonight, including our closer down by 4, instead of letting Miller pitch for about 5-6 innings?

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    1. Can we just skip our starters all together and go straight to the bullpen in every game from now on. I don't think Miller has been extended enough to pitch that long and I think they were trying to keep the game close so they could come back and win. That's why they used some of the key bullpen guys. They had a shot in the 8th to get back in the game, but in the end they couldn't pull it out. Now 1-8 in the month of May and 2-9 since the 6 game win streak near the end of April.

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  12. Another loss for the Sox tonight 8-3, but on a positive note the Celtics are moving on the 2nd round against Philadelphia with a 3 point win over the Hawks.

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    1. Philadelphia is another good matchup for the Celtics. The 76ers are scrappy and can play defense, but the Celts' biggest weakness is defending the post, and the best post player on the 76ers is Elton Brand. Enough said. I'll be very disappointed if the Celtics don't make it back to the Eastern Conference Finals and a rematch with the Heat.

      I very much enjoyed flipping over to the Celtics last night and watching a team whose veteran leaders show so much passion and commitment to winning and the city of Boston. They appreciate their fans, they produce on the court, and they refuse to let excuses like age or decline get in the way of winning. You know, pretty much the exact opposite of the cross-town Red Sox.

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    2. I am not as confident with the Philadelphia matchup as you are. They blew the Celtics out twice during the regular season and they are a young and athletic team which is the type of team that has given the C's fits the last couple years. Hopefully the Celtics players aren't looking passed Philly towards a matchup with Miami like their fans are because if they take them lightly they will lose this series in 5 games.

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  13. The best piece that I have read all day on the Beckett bruhaha is from Joe Posnanski, here:

    http://joeposnanski.blogspot.com/2012/05/days-off-and-josh-beckett.html

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