Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sixth Inning Magic Powers Red Sox Win

Daisuke Matsuzaka wasn't exactly breezing along, but through five innings he had only given up one run while his teammates had scored four. But then came the sixth inning, which turned out to be his last. And much too quickly, the score went from 4-1 Sox to a 4-4 tie. It was a deflating time of the game for Boston fans, but that deflation only lasted about 13 minutes. Jason Varitek's two run tater was the big blow in a five run uprising for the home club. And after that, our lights-out bullpen made sure the score would stay the same. Manny Delcarmen, "Little Manny" no more, pitched the seventh and the eighth innings flawlessly, and Hideki Okajima breezed through an eleven pitch ninth. Final score? 9-4 Sox. Julio Lugo continued his hitting rebirth and Papi finally had a Fenway homer. But I want to come back to the Boston 'pen. Manny Delcarmen, Hideki Okajima and Jonathon Papelbon comprise the best late inning trio we've had in a long time, a VERY long time. Delcarmen is pitching lights-out right now, challenging hitters with 97 MPH fastballs and beautiful curves. Oki and Paps? We know how they've been. If the Sox are leading after six, they stand a great chance of winning the game. And that's a beautiful thing.

I'm linking a Hartford Courant Sunday morning article about Larry Lucchino's desire to add AROD to the team next year. Mike Lowell is in his final year (as of now), and AROD could step right into his third base shoes. Or we could sign Lowell for another year and AROD could go back to his native land.....shortstop. I know, I know, AROD? On our team? REMEMBER THIS. Before he went to the Yankees he was all but inked by the Red Sox, and eager to come to Boston. I remember an interview spot on the Today Show before the deal was nixed by the player's association, and darn if he didn't have his Red Sox cap in his hands. Imagine his power numbers batting in the five spot of the lineup. Mind boggling! The $30 million a year will be easy for the Sox to come up with, because off the books will be more than $29 million, including the salaries of Lowell (maybe), Clement, Donnelly and others. So will it happen? Will AROD opt out of his Yankee contract? I hope so. With Boras as his agent, you have to think so. And 45 home runs and 145 RBIs (minimum) would be a nice addition to a lineup that needs another bopper bat. And he plays third base just fine. And the six hole just as well, if not better. So click on the title for all the particulars. Recommended reading.

The Red Sox move to 55-35, with their ace Josh "Baseball" Beckett ready to face Jesse Litsch. And then bye bye birdies. They head to NY and the mighty KC Royals invade Fenway for three. We'll be ready. Have a great Sunday, and click on that title.

And copy and paste this link for an article about a forthcoming Red Sox mystery novel. Right now, it's a mystery to all of us, but knowing Jere Smith and his acclaimed author mom Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, it will be a great one! Here's the link, but it's not clickable. Just copy and paste. And Jere's blog is on my link list, near the top, entitled A RED SOX FAN IN PINSTRIPE TERRITORY. Congrats go to Mary-Ann and Jere.

http://www.courant.com/features/booksmags/hc-momson.jul15,0,126780.story

11 Comments:

At 7/15/2007 8:25 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

I've got no problem with ARod coming here, Peter! Especially since he's got that bad Yankee taste in his mouth...

 
At 7/15/2007 8:45 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I so agree!

 
At 7/15/2007 12:12 PM, Blogger ian said...

I don't have a problem with AROD coming either but I'd still like to see him have some postseason success.

What he would potentially add to the lineup is unreal. Who would want to pitch to a 3-4-5 of BIg Papi, Manny and AROD.

I do think however he will end up with the Cubbies and playing for Pinella.

 
At 7/15/2007 12:33 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Ian......give it until...well...thanks for your comment......if he ends up with either of those teams, I'll end up in the Pacific Ocean, 40 feet down. Breathing, almost alive. I just think that if he goes anywhere.......I'll leave the rest unsaid, silent thoughts that I hope will happen. We never know! NOW...but I'm pretty sure that the rest of the season will keep our attention...Cubbies? No way........

 
At 7/15/2007 2:54 PM, Blogger KAYLEE said...

OK i will no tomorrow when the surgery will be!

 
At 7/15/2007 3:31 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

KAYLEE----good luck...keep me posted!!

 
At 7/15/2007 3:54 PM, Blogger KAYLEE said...

OKAY I will thanks!

 
At 7/15/2007 8:09 PM, Blogger Middle Relief said...

The lead is down to single digits!

 
At 7/15/2007 10:35 PM, Blogger KAYLEE said...

JUST FOUND OUT ITS ON AUG 10!

 
At 7/16/2007 7:07 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi MR...I know! See my today (Monday) post. And as always, thank you so much for reading. If the Sox don't start hitting, well, we'll see. The pitching has been awesome, even with Schill out.
KAYLEE, keep me posted, don't be too scared, we're all pulling for your quick recovery. When you think of how many people really care, I hope it makes you smile. Because we do!

 
At 7/16/2007 7:07 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

WE CARE!!!

 

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