Memorial Day

PSF EDIT: I had no net access until today, so this is late…but
still worth posting


Just a few thoughts regarding Memorial Day and what it means to me. As a kid
growing up I always considered MD as the "kick-off" to summer. My
father and my uncles would pack up us boys and take us up north in the Maine
wilderness for a "fishing trip" that would entail a 8 hr drive Friday
afternoon..two days of fishing, camping, and usually drinking.

We would pack up Sunday night and drive half the night to come home to have
the "family" cookout on Monday. Great memories of a huge family spending
time together. Now the family has fragmented as most families do, as the generations
get older and the "elders" pass on. It occurs to me these memories
can never be replicated. They are part of my personal history to be sure, and
I share them with my children, family and friends, but they represent another
time..another place.

Perhaps due to this "passage of time" reflections, I starting thinking
about what MD is suppose to be. I’ve decided that MD should be a day of memories
such as mine, and we all should recognize WHY we can enjoy things like family
cookouts, fishing trips, the beach, a Sox game, and the many other things that
families and friends typically do on MD weekend. MD should trancend politics,
personal opinions regarding war, current administrations, and all the negatives
regarding life in these United States. All of the men and women that have paid
the ultimate sacrifice in the service of this country did just that believing
that they were in fact protecting a way of life that most of us take for granted.

So…I wish you all a wonderful MD..and I hope you all are building your own
memories. Hopefully all of us will take a few moments to pay tribute to those
who believed they were sacrificing there own warm memories so the rest of us
could enjoy ours.

What is a synonym for clutch?

David Ortiz.

8 of Ortiz’ 11 home runs have either tied or put the Sox ahead in a game. Of those, the Sox lost ONE of those games. I don’t have the time to go through and look, but I’d be willing to bet that the ratio of all his RBI is also pretty good.

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PSF EDIT: This was submitted yesterday. It’s better than a recap of
what happened last night, that’s for sure!

A few thoughts…

Just a few thoughts…

Manager… playerG??s manager? ownerG??s manager? hard, soft?…I think Terry is doing a good job. He made very few questionable calls (example: he once called for the infield in when it was only the 3rd inning, thatG??s an G?over-gutsyG? call, but itG??s not a panic call) but generally I am quite happy with him. Terry is a patient guy and, differently from Jimy Williams and Grady little, he does not panic under pressure.

Offense … clearly the plan is to get to the other teamG??s bullpen as soon as possible. Guys like Tek and Bellhorn, drawing 4.3-4.4 pitches per at bat (the Red Sox have usually 6-7 players in the top 100 in the majors in drawing pitches), will, of course, walk a lot and strike out a lot. Theo thinks this works and in the long run he probably is right. So get used to this. Also a lot of bullpens (especially in the weakest teams) have one decent closer but not good set up guys and once your starter has over 100 pitches in the 6th inning or before the Sox have at least two innings to score easy runs facing very poor pitchers, generally the 7th and the 8th. See the Indians series: 15 runs scored in 22 2/3 innings pitched by the Indians bullpen and the whole Toronto series sweep, too. In that series Jays pitchers threw 161, 145 and 165 pitches!
The current series against the AG??s seems to be shaping up exactly the same. Ok Hudson had a bad game but he threw 97 pitches in only 4 innings, the pen had to throw 88 pitches to finish the game for a staggering 185 pitches in the first game of the series. A game like that can screw up your pitching staff for a week. Last night game saw Redman with 127 pitches to complete just 5 2/3 innings. The AG??s needed 170 pitches to complete the game. ThatG??s 355 pitches for 16 innings of work G?? 22.2 pitches per inning.

Team hitting average now at .272.

Defense … I am not worried. Once (should we say if) Nomar and Trot get back everything will shift into place, Millar at first and Reese at second. Mueller has committed 7 errors at third base so far, but he has been having problems with his knee. And I donG??t buy in MondesiG??s arm.

Pitching … Pedro (despite the untimely and almost forgotten comments), Schilling, Wakes and Arroyo are solid. Lowe is probably the only FA affected by the contract situation and being already a slight G?nutcaseG? is having problems. And if they boo you itG??s because they love you. As Lou Merloni said once: if they boo you in Boston you know why and you try to work harder, if they boo you in San Diego you are REALLY in trouble. Lowe will get out of it.

Bullpen: great so far. Foulke ERA is not even going down anymore!

Team ERA 3.53.

I agree that if you get a decent offer for Kim he is expendable. But donG??t rush into a trade just for the sake of doing it.

2005 … as far as I know this is 2004 and we should focus on this year. The Red Sox are clearly one of the top 4 teams in the AL and should make the playoffs without any problem. Then the fun will begin. The short post-season will be the IMPORTANT season. And when the Fenway crowd, just after David Ortiz hits the World Series winning home run, stands up and starts chanting G?Bring them back! Bring them back!G?, then and only then the management (and us, too) should start worrying about the money, the contracts and the free agents. Then youG??ll have two weeks to sign your FAG??s if you are willing to pay.

The latest issue is the supposed Red Sox easy schedule so far. Again the last time I checked the records are strictly W-L and there is no mention of who you did beat. No issue IMHO there.

Fenway Park … the place is just awesome and they should squeeze every penny out of it. Honestly I hope they can just find a way to expand it, by say, 10-15 thousands seats and keep it there.

Dear Sons of Kevin Youkilis (.320, .485) the Sox are now 29-17, best record in baseball and looking good.

Bless you all!

Nice work if you can get it

The Sox offense spots Derek a big lead, but he does his best to keep the game
interesting. And once again, he throws a few innings of good ball, then quickly
falls apart after an error/bad play in the field. I really hope he turns it
around and becomes the 2002 Lowe..but you know what? It ain’t gonna happen.
2002 is looking more like an anomaly instead of the norm.

In 2003, Lowe had 2 good months…June and September. September carried into
October, which has clouded some people’s perception of him because he had some
good playoff performances. Don’t give me this "he won 17 games" crap,
because he went 10-3 pre all star break with an ERA of nearly 5. He gets another
vulture win last night, even though his ERA went UP by .19.

I think Sox fans will be just as happy that Lowe turned down 3 years/27 million
as he and Boras will be upset. I see him pitching himself right out of a payday
in 2005…and at this rate, possibly out of the Sox starting rotation. Yes,
I’m totally serious.

On a positive note, Keith Foulke has been the most dominant closer in baseball
thus far. He has given up one run in 21 games. That’s outstanding.

Chat Tangents

Obviously, you can’t talk about baseball 24/7, so sometimes the chat room goes
on a tangent. Well, here are snippets of the discussion started after this
article about a family who just had their FIFTEENTH KID.

15:06:13 [rich] Compared with the average American family, ours is very unusual.
My husband, Jim Bob, and I have 14 children. We’ve been blessed with nine boys
and five girls, including two sets of twins. Our oldest son, Joshua, is 15.
The youngest, Justin, is 10 months.

15:07:10 [rich] GET OFF ME, JIM BOB!

15:07:14 [Q] and she’s only 37.

15:07:25 [rich] THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!

15:10:14 [rich] The boys sleep in the master bedroom, and the girls sleep in
a room with bunk beds. (Jim Bob and I have a small room, but we’re in the process
of building a bigger house, so soon we’ll all have more space.)

15:11:04 [Q] Once the kids are in bed, Jim Bob and I have a little time alone

15:11:20 [Q] three guesses how they spend all their "alone time".


Nice to have one of these every once in a while, eh?

Schilling was pretty much lights out (although he labored a bit in the 7th),
and the bats came alive. Manny with his 12th, and Bellhorn with a career night
that included a homer off of the screen on Pesky’s Pole. And Ortiz continues
to be torrid; 4 for 6 with 2 more doubles to increase his AL leading total to

The bad news is that the injury bug has claimed another significant victim:

The Red Sox have managed to hold on to first place in the American League
East without Trot Nixon and Nomar Garciaparra. Now that those two are closer
to returning, the Red Sox will be without the 2003 AL batting champion.

Third baseman Bill Mueller will have arthroscopic surgery on his right
knee Friday in Phoenix and likely miss 4-6 weeks, Red Sox team physicianBill
Morgan said Tuesday. DAVIS

So no Nomar/Trot at all, Williamson out, Kim hurt (some would say no big loss),
and now Mueller out. The bright spot here is that we can see if Youkilis is
the real deal, as he’ll be getting the lion’s share of the PT.

So now we get to see the next installment of the Lowe suck fest tonight. I
hope he turns it around, but I’m not confident.

Oh, and this sick
was playing with my kid when the circus was in town a couple weeks
ago. I hate clowns.


The beginnings of a nice little streak, methinks?

Today was my 5th time at Fenway; 5 wins. I’m not gonna say it’s just me, but….maybe
the Sox should keep me in mind should they make the playoffs.

They sure wanted to give Toronto a chance not to be swept, eh? I mean; giving
a guy a start because it is his birthday (Crespo)? I don’t know if that’s WHY
he started, but Joe and Jerry kept mentioning it. But a good game, except for
the laughable performance by Bautista. For the first time in ages, we actually
left in the middle of the 8th, as we had parked in Brookline and wanted to try
to beat the crowd a bit.

This year, I’ve tried to spread it around a bit when it comes to pregame establishments…although
today I think I may have found a winner. Where I go before a game depends on
who I’m with, and what kind of mood I’m in. A Saturday game with a pal? Someplace
like Cask or the former BB Wolf’s to do some ogling. A weeknight game (where
I just drove up 90 miles and will have to return that evening)…a couple pops
at a place like Copperfields. Generally, when I go with my wife (which is more
often than not), we get there early and go somewhere where we can have a meal
with more variety than a sausage in the park, but still don’t have to rush out
to try to get in for gametime. For a while, it was Beer Works for this kind
of trip. One game this year, at the recommendation of psf.commer chucks, we
went to O’Leary’s in Brookline, which poured a great Guiness and we had a nice

Today we parked in Brookline again, and on the walk to the park decided to
stop at An Tua Nua.
We got there at 1:00 for a 2:05 game, and it was pretty much dead. I’d imagine
that the fact that it was Sunday played a big part in that…but my hunch is
that this place doesn’t get the Cask/BBW type crowds. Anyway, nice looking bar,
the wide open windows would have been nice were it a warmer day, and we had
some good food. And I had a couple of good pints. Anyway, I’ll definitely be
going back there before some game in the future. There is no map on that link,
but it was not even a 5 minute walk to the park from there.

A little J Geils for you

In true Dirt Doggian fashion:

Teams love Lowe
and Lowe’s defeated grin
When Lowe is making that face,
Sox just can’t win
And so it goes
Till the day you die
This thing they call Lowe
It’s gonna make you cry
I’ve seen the hits
The looks drive me to drink
One thing for sure

(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah
(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah
(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah
(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah

Two by two and side by side
Lowe’s gonna let those men reach home
You just can’t hide
You’ll hear the call
Your heart will fall
Then Lowe will cry
They’re gonna score
I don’t care for any Raul Casanova thing
All I can say is
Lowe stinks

(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah
(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah
(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah
(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah

He ain’t clutch on the diamond
Some say he drinks
Boras is bangin’ his head
Lowe stinks

(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah
(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah
(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah
(Lowe stinks)
Lowe stinks yeah yeah


Nice \’n Easy

A nice tidy win last night. Schilling with a nice performance, Manny still
on fire, Pokey flashing leather, and Damon with a little home run action. Schilling
found Pokey’s leather amusing:

Reese made a terrific play to rob Blum leading off the seventh, ranging
to his left on a grounder up the middle.

“That was unbelievable,” Schilling said. “I played with
some pretty good shortstops, but I’ve never seen anyone make a play like that.
… I just laughed at him. He looked at me and I just started laughing.”

Reese, who went so far to his left that his momentum almost carried him
into Bellhorn, made it look easy.HEUSCHKEL

Bellhorn was the anti-glove in the 8th, putting the Sox and Alan Embree in
a tough spot. But Foulke came in for the last 4 outs to shut the door.

Lowe goes tonight, trying to bolster his case to some other team out there
that he’s a #1 pitcher worth 10-12 million dollars. Can you tell how I feel
about him at this point and time? As it has shaped up thus far this year, regarding
the Sox free agents, in my opinion there is zero chance that Lowe and Nomar
return. I don’t know what I think regarding Pedro and Varitek. Seems to me that
the best bet to return is Ortiz, and even that doesn’t seem to be a given.

Oh; and I hate it when my hunches prove correct:

The Red Sox’ league-leading bullpen suffered its first significant blow
of the season yesterday, when Scott Williamson returned to Boston to have his
sore right elbow examined.

The right-hander received a cortisone shot in the elbow to deal with lingering
tendinitis earlier in the month but it flared up again on Tuesday night, when
he struggled with his command in one inning of relief in a 7-3 victory against
the Tampa Bay Devil Rays [stats, schedule] at Tropicana Field. He underwent
Tommy John surgery on April 12, 2001, and has experienced sporadic pain and
discomfort since his return in 2002.

The current injury isn’t believed to be serious but the club wanted to have
Williamson undergo an MRI. He is expected to rest for at least 10 days, meaning
he will likely end up on the 15-day disabled list. Due to the injury, the Sox
can call up lefty Mark Malaska [stats, news], who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket
last Saturday, prior to the expiration of the mandatory 10-day wait. HERALD