Game Three : Red Sox & Angels...Will There Be More In 2009?
Hello and good Sunday morning. It's cold and dark here in north central Connecticut with a temperature of 33.5 F. The LA Angels and the Boston Red Sox resume their best of five ALDS series shortly after noon today. That's a good thing because if this game had been scheduled at night, it would have been cold! There are freeze warnings up for interior Connecticut, which is about 92 miles southwest of Fenway Park. Fenway is near the ocean and its warm water (this time of year) influence will keep the temperatures around 50 degrees tonight, but that fact is meaningless when you play at 12:37pm EDT. It'll be so nice not to have to yawn through a playoff game as Scott Kazmir, who absolutely pitches well at the Fens, will face Clay Buchholz. Is Mr. Buchholz up to the challenge of extending Boston's season for one more day? Here he is...
“This is where you want to be,’’ Buchholz said. “This is a make-or-break situation, where you have to give your team a chance to win. You have to go out there and throw pitches with conviction and go after them. I was really confident in college. It’s all coming together up here, too. I’ve always liked pitching under pressure and all that stuff,’’ Buchholz said. “I think every pitcher does. It’s the nature of being competitive. You want to be put in a situation where when you succeed, you know the feeling is that much better. I can’t put any added pressure - nobody can put any added pressure on themselves."
Jason Bay, the Red Sox leftfielder who we all hope will be back next season (doubtful), summed it all up briefly but perfectly...
“Bottom line is, he’s our guy,’’ left fielder Jason Bay said. “I don’t think anyone is worried.’’
Yes, he's our guy. If the bats awaken (a BIG if) and if Buchholz can keep the Halos' crooked numbers to a minimum, there will be a game four on Monday. So get ready for Sunday baseball. Refreshingly, the contest starts at 12:37pm EDT at Friendly Fenway and will be televised nationally on TBS or better yet, TBS HD. So GO SOX!
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As always, BE WELL. Enjoy the game and let's all hope there will be another Red Sox tomorrow. See ya.