Rantings and ravings from an admitted fan (as in fanatic!) of the Boston Red Sox. Updated only occasionally, but with my take on recent developments in Red Sox Nation. Updated more frequently during the end of the regular season and playoffs (hopefully).

Monday, April 17, 2006

Patriots' Day!!!

My kids were home from school today (day after Easter and all) so we entertained ourselves quite well with the traditional day game (this year vs the Mariners).

Even without the ending, a very entertaining game. But how about Mark Loretta? He picked one heckuva time for his first homer in a Sox uniform!!! A walkoff blast, kids jumping around dancing and screaming, and I think my two little ones are hooked for life...

There is a line at the beginning of 'Fever Pitch,' after the uncle takes young Jimmy Fallon to his first Sox game; 'careful kid, they'll break your heart.'

Very true, but too late.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Que Paso, Manny?

Is it too early to press the panic button on Manny?


He went 1-for-3 today with an RBI groundout, his third RBI of the season. 12 games into the season, and the guy with the funny hair does not have an extra base hit yet?  Can anyone explain what is going on?


My panic on Manny is assuaged a bit by the good news today from Josh Beckett, who won again to move to 3-0 on a very promising young season.  Both Schilling and Beckett are now 3-0.  Good stuff.


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Home opener

Tremendous home opener today at Fenway.


Josh Beckett overcame a shaky first inning to pitch a 3-hitter. Big Papi went yard.  Mike Lowell banged out four hits. And the Sox raised their record to 6-1 on this young season with their fifth straight win.  Life is good.


But the highlight, for me, had to be about the sixth inning (or seventh, I forget) when the following scenario occurred during the NESN broadcast.


The camera is showing Wally the Green Monster, the Sox mascot that everyone usually ignores, and the announcers (Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy) are highlighting some of the changes for the new 2006 season. One of the changes is that they’ve made Wally rotund (like 100 pounds heavier), and he now looks more like the Philly Phanatic than last year’s green Elmo.  Wally still sucks, so sometimes change is, well, just change. But as Orsillo and Remy are making wisecracks, RemDog finally quips: “Fat and stupid is no way to go through life, Wally.”  Any telecast that includes a vague “Animal House” reference is ok by me.


Indeed, life is good…


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Tito speaks

So I read today that Tito says the reason Papelbon pitched the ninth inning in Texas was bacause the Sox had an off day on Thursday, and he didn't want Papelbon to go that long without work. He says he meant no slight to Foulke.

Are we buying that?

What the Foulke?

The Sox had an unbelievable game in Texas on Thursday night, with some great highlights, but much of it was overshadowed by a brewing bullpen controversy.  Jonathan Papelbon was money out of the bullpen, which left Sox fans happy, but also wondering why Tito went with Papelbon instead of Keith Foulke to start the ninth inning.  I’m not much for pitching controversies – or any controversies that involve the Red Sox, for that matter.  In my mind, if Tito thinks Papelbon is going to get three outs for the Sox in the ninth, he should feel comfortable going that way.  But one has to wonder what this means for Foulke.  Was this a permanent move on Francona’s part?  If not, should it be?  Papelbon was bringing some serious heat (he even impressed the totally biased Rangers’ announcers I watched on the satellite), so one has to wonder if he is our new closer?


All of the above is what has people buzzing, but what almost went overlooked was the stellar debut of one Josh Beckett.  He was FANTASTIC!!!  Darn it was fun watching him pitch.  I couldn’t have cared less about this guy when he was with the Fish, and the only exposure I’ve ever really had of him was when he beat the Yankees in the World Series.  But this first look at him in a Red Sox uniform made me very optimistic for the rest of 2006.  Beckett was fired up, pumping his fist on several occasions after getting the third out of an inning.  He’s a competitor, and he’s got serious stuff.  This guy is the real deal, but I suspect we already knew that.  It’s just nice to see it proven, and proven in a tight, well-played game.


The Sox 2 runs came on a 2-run homer from one Trot Nixon, which hopefully sets a tone for him this season.  I’d love to see him tear off a career year.  Scoring ahead of Trotter was Manny Ramirez, who walked in what was the only positive thing he’s done so far in 3 games. I’m not raising any alarm flags here, but I just expected “Manny Being Manny” to come out of the gate strong.  He’ll be there when it counts, though.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

And we're off!!!

The 2006 season got off on the right foot yesterday, as Schilling looked great on the mound, newcomer Mike Lowell went yard, and Papi Ortiz hit a moon shot that practically put a crater in the right-field foul pole when it finally came down. Red Sox 7, Texas 3. 1 down, 161 to go.

Here we go, Red Sox, here we go.