Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Post-Holiday Wednesday GLOW! *Part One*

And with that title, I wish you all a happy "day-after-Christmas" greeting. Good morning!! The Boston Herald's Jeff Horrigan wrote a Wednesday morning article dealing with the top five Boston Red Sox high points of the world championship season of 2007, and the five at the opposite end of the spectrum. I'd like to go over the five high points in this well written article, with my comments following each one. Sound OK? My comments will be in parenthesis. Here we go......

1. BECKETT BECOMES TRUE ACE
"Had postseason play been considered in the voting, Josh Beckett would have been a unanimous winner of the A.L. Cy Young Award. He became the game’s first 20-game winner since 2005 and was a true stopper, going 10-3 when starting after a Red Sox loss. The Cy snub should only drive Beckett harder in 2008."
( Peter here, and there's not much more to say.....Josh "Baseball" Beckett proved that he was the best pitcher in all of baseball, BAR NONE!)

2. OKAJIMA, PAPELBON AT THE END OF GAMES

"The Sox’ bullpen was in chaos in spring training before Jonathan Papelbon asked to return to his role as closer after preparing to start due to shoulder concerns. He ended up being the most dominating closer in the game today, with newcomer Hideki Okajima serving as the perfect setup reliever, effectively shortening the games for Sox starters."
(Hideki "the Darkman" Okajima was the best lefty set-up guy of them all, in both leagues!. And Paps? Just the name Papelbon says it all.)

3. LOWELL SIMPLY INVALUABLE

"The one-time “throw-in” in the Beckett trade, third baseman Mike Lowell was the Sox’ most consistent player from start to finish, batting .324 with 21 homers and 120 RBI before earning World Series MVP honors. Urged on by an adoring public, the team rewarded him with a three-year, $37.5-million contract extension."
(And he's resigned for another three years! Oh joy!)

4. PEDROIA SECOND-BEST TO NO ROOKIE

"Critics were calling for Dustin Pedroia [stats] to be benched or sent down to the minors after a dreadful start but the undersized second baseman got the last laugh. After batting only .172 through May 1, he hit .330 the rest of the way, ending up with the highest batting average ever by a rookie second baseman (.317)."
(Pedroia started to sizzle when most fans and scribes were clamoring for his replacement. He was white-hot for the rest of the year, including his heroics in that wonderful post-season.)

5. THE FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT

"Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester made invaluable contributions in September and October, providing promise for the future. Ellsbury bailed the team out with an outstanding September (.361), Buchholz pitched a no-hitter in his second big-league start and Lester won the clinching game of the World Series. The Sox may not have won without them.
(This is my favorite! Ellsbury will be our lead-off guy and provide great speed on the basepaths and in the outfield. Jon Lester will be a dependable lefthanded arm in the rotation. We ALL know he has heart! And Clay Buchholz? Only time will tell, but I recently watched a recording of his no hit outing against the Orioles, and his stuff is awesome, his future is so bright, and WE get to watch!)

Peter here, without the brackets. The number one low point was Eric Gagne, and who could argue? But today I wanted to concentrate on the bright and shining highs. Have a wonderful Wednesday, which feels like a Monday. Your comments will be read and answered. Do you have any additions to the top five list? And click on the title for another Wednesday Jeff Horrigan Herald article...this one an overview of the Sox season of 2007. A year to remember...forever! Be well.

8 Comments:

At 12/26/2007 9:29 AM, Blogger Suldog said...

A belated Merry Christmas to you, Peter! God bless!

 
At 12/26/2007 10:44 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

Number 6 could be our gold glover Kevin Youkilis. Besides Mr. Dependable at 1B, he came through with many clutch hits and his future looks brighter & brighter as he keeps improving at the plate.

And Peter, I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season, too.

 
At 12/26/2007 11:08 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Sul, thank you! And the same goes to you and yours...we have so much to be thankful for!!

BFW, thanks so much. I agree....YOUK should have been in that top five. After all, NO ERRORS at first base? My goodness!!! Have a wonderful and happy and healthy holiday season.

That goes for BOTH of you.

 
At 12/26/2007 4:47 PM, Blogger Marc said...

Merry Christmas, and awesome blog.

Could you do me a favor and link to http://thesportslounge.ipbfree.com? We love to read your blog since you provide the best coverage of the Red Sox out there.

 
At 12/26/2007 8:53 PM, Blogger Ethan Michaels said...

Beckett was so great. He's so valuable not only because he's one of the best pitchers in the league, but because he's probably the best playoff pitcher in baseball right now.

And as for Pedroia, he will finally provide some stability for the Red Sox at second base. Offerman, Walker, Bellhorn, Loretta, enough! Now we have a high quality second baseman for a long time. He had the third best OPS in the league for a 2B last year and he's a great 2 hitter and defensive 2B as well.

Ethan Michaels
http://modernrooters.blogspot.com/

 
At 12/26/2007 9:49 PM, Blogger Casey said...

Beckett=BGP - Big Game Pitcher

I'm a Sox fan trapped in the fine state of New York. Thus I get the YES Network. Oh joy. Love the Yankee announcers. Frequently need to use the mute button. During the first series this year Michael Kay when referring to Okajima characterized him as a castoff who was only brought in to make Dice-K feel at home. I loved every moment of Okajima dominating.

Francona's patience with Pedroia is yet another example of why Tito is the finest manager in MLB.

Agreed with Youk as #6.

Lowell retiring as a Sock would be a thing of beauty.

http://ccww.wordpress.com

 
At 12/27/2007 6:07 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Marc, thank you for the compliment, and keep reading!! But when I tried your link, my computer disconnected itself from the internet. When it did the same the next time I tried it, I gave up. I'll try again on Thursday.
Ethan, you're right...a second baseman and a centerfielder who will be with the team for multiple years is a great thing!!
Casey, it's all good, ain't it!!!!!
THANK YOU EVERYONE....great comments. And Marc, I'll try your link again. Peter

 
At 12/27/2007 11:11 AM, Blogger Chris Barrows said...

I've got to tell you Peter, I got to see a lot of the players who came up this year in Boston, through Scranton. You've got a very talented farm system, and it looks like many more years of Yankees/Red Sox battling, with quite a few young guys thrown in there.

I'm actually hoping to get up to a Pawsox game this year, while Scranton is playing them. All the same, the young guys are going to be huge for the Sox, and that's why I like the Red Sox stance with the Twins on your prized outfielder. Jacoby is talented, don't let him go anywhere.

 

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