Sunday, January 14, 2007

Lobster Anyone?

This nice article is from the Sunday NY Times, written by Red Sox hater Murray Chass. Here's a little bit of it. The entire article can be accessed by clicking on the title of this post. And I'll be back with a word from our sponsers (not).

"Devern Hansack. Remember the name. Remember it because it is the name of a pitcher who pitched a no-hitter that most everyone probably doesn’t know about.
A long rain delay preceded the game Hansack pitched on the last day of last season, and rain shortened it. Hansack, in his second major league start, pitched himself onto Page 369 of the Elias record book, “no-hit games fewer than nine innings,” adding his name for this year’s edition after Pascual Pérez, Montreal vs. Philadelphia, 1988.
Valiant though his performance was, it wasn’t an official no-hitter because Hansack didn’t pitch nine innings, a criterion for being credited with a no-hitter. He didn’t pitch nine innings because the Red Sox’ game against Baltimore was rained out after five innings.
“It kind of got lost even in Boston,” said John Blake, head of the Red Sox’ media relations. “We did our media thing with the manager and general manager after the game. The bigger question was what were we going to do with our coaching staff.”
Devern Hansack. Who is he, and why was he pitching for the Red Sox on the last day of the season?
Lest we forget, the Red Sox were out of the playoff chase. They had been eliminated from the American League East race on Sept. 20 and the wild-card race two days later. Hansack, a lobsterman from Nicaragua, is a 28-year-old right-hander, only the ninth player from his country to play in the major leagues. The last-day start was his second for Boston in the final weeks of the season.
In the Houston system for four years, Hansack was released at the end of spring training in 2004, and he was out of professional baseball for the next two years. Craig Shipley — tipped off by the third-base coach for the Nicaraguan national team, who scouts for the Red Sox — saw Hansack pitch in an international tournament in the Netherlands in 2005.
Shipley liked what he saw. “He was pretty easy to like,” Shipley said. “He was throwing 93, 94 and had a good slider......"

Peter here, trying to shed a little light on the pitching staff for the 2007 Boston Red Sox. A big bunch of ifs, but ifs never sounded so good! It will be interesting to watch the pitchers jell into a cohesive unit, headed by Schill and tailed by.....by....well, we don't know the answer to THAT one yet. but we will! Oh....GO PATS!!!!!!!

9 Comments:

At 1/14/2007 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember watching that game and wondering why had this guy not pitched in 2 years? Seemed like he had good stuff. I think management realized after last years trouble that you can't ever have enough pitching. I appreciate you stopping by my place, Peter. have a great day.

 
At 1/14/2007 10:40 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi there Ted..you have a great blog! And hey, everyone (anyone...someone?), stop by his blog by clicking on Ted's blue colored name...right here! And then bookmark! Guaranteed great reading...

 
At 1/14/2007 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Peter,

Thanks for your post to me earlier!

Great post again by you!

My yankee fan /friend sent me Murray' story last night

 
At 1/14/2007 12:45 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And I was surprised by the lack of the Anti-Red Soxness----usually he is outright....outright anti- anything Red. And when someone has that type of attitude, I get mad...they're OUR team....for me, forever!!!!!!

 
At 1/14/2007 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES THEY ARE OUR TEAM ALWAYS WILL BE GO PATS TODAY:) THE PITCHING WILL WORK IT SELF OUT:)

 
At 1/14/2007 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

btw i was not trying to yell that i just had caps lock on!

 
At 1/14/2007 1:00 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Yell at will!!!!!

 
At 1/14/2007 1:02 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I'm still laughing...you see, I just listened to that guy in the car thing! So funny! Hey, everyone with three minute to spare, click on the title to my latest post. It is SO FUNNY...sound on. Thanks K!

 
At 1/14/2007 1:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha peter That last comment of mine I will feel free to yell at anyone:)

 

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