That’s a little better…

3 very good starts in a row….and the Sox finally win one of them.

Have to feel just a little bad for Halladay, who gets ANOTHER complete game without a win.  For those with trouble reading lips, you clearly saw Halladay shout as Wells bobbled Youks’ hit “You have got to be f’n SHITTING me!”  Wells has to feel just a little snakebit as well, since Pedroia made that incredible play to take a hit away from him in the top and then he has the bobble in the bottom.

Third spot starter in a row

In a getaway game this afternoon vs. the Halos, Sox prospect Justin Masterson gets the start at Fenway after Beckett and Dice-K both got scratched in the past two days. Masterson has pitched well in AA this year; I happened to catch his start against the New Britian Rock Cats earlier this month.

I was at the game Tuesday; my first trip to Fenway for the year. We were somewhat dismayed to find out about 5:00 that Beckett wasn’t starting, but it turned out to be a good game. Me and 5 other guys did some damage at our favorite pregame watering hole (which may cease to be a favorite if they keep charging $8 for SIX chicken wings). This represents our final tally (and 2 of the 6 guys were only there for about an hour and a half):

33 Guinness??

Good times!

Round 2 a Draw (slight edge to Sox)

Why the slight edge, you might ask?

Well, the Sox were very hard on Wang, and Beckett cruised last night despite not being at his best.

Yes, the play on words was intended.

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Round 1 to the Sox

Well, we got the overhyped 1st Sox/Yanks series out of the way this weekend, and for the most part they were good, entertaining games.  I can’t figure out how Wang threw a complete game 2 hitter when it seemed pretty obvious that his sinker wasn’t working the way it is supposed to (lots of fly-outs).  And the 2 hour delay to see Paplebon absolutely blow away ARod on 3 pitches was absolutely worth the wait.  I couldn’t even stay awake for the whole game last night; it was 7-4 when I fell asleep, and I was happy to see that the tide didn’t turn while I was catching some z’s.

Two game stint with last year’s ALCS opponent and then Round 2 of the overhyped Sox/Yanks games.  After this, they don’t face each other again until July 3rd.

Opening Day, Part IV: The One That Counts

A great day all around, eh?

Unlike 2005, I watched this one on TV.  And not even live; I had to watch it once I got home.  Good stuff, though…never gets old.

  • Was I the only one who thought when they introduced the reps for the 2004 Sox: “Brian Daubach?  He got a ring in 2004??”  They couldn’t have gotten any more prominant retired players from that team than Dauber, McCarty, and Leskanik?
  • If you had told the Dropkick Murphys that the Boston Pops would someday play ‘Shipping Up to Boston’, they undoubtedly would have laughed at you.  I’m sure I’m not the only one thankful that Paplebon didn’t come out doing his silly jig.
  • Gotta love Pesky.  Whenever the camera is live on him, you need a 7-second delay.  I heard tons of ‘sonavabitch’ and ‘goddam’.  The best?  When Manny kisses and hugs him after the banner is raised, Pesky says something along the lines of “Oh, great…now they are gonna think I’m some kind of queer guy!”
  • Buckner throwing the first pitch was great.  Cathartic for him, I’m sure.  I wonder if the Sox asked him to do it in 2005 and he refused?  Because it would have been even better then.

And then the game was great…well pitched by Matsuzaka and the pen, a triple by Manny…just a great day all around.

Opening Day, Part III: Back on Foreign Soil

So the Sox get to participate in a THIRD Opening Day, in the land of the Great White North.  And for the first time, we East Coasters get to watch a game at a normal hour.  I don’t count the day game the other day…like most of you, my routine during baseball season largely revolves around 7 PM games.  Dinner is done, it is almost bedtime for the kid (and sometimes for the wife if she has to work), and for the most part I’ve got nothing better to do than to settle down and unwind in front of the tube and watch the Sox game.  After a 1 year hiatus, the Sox return in HD for me (I switched to DirecTV in the fall of 2006 and they didn’t add NESN in HD until after the 2007 regular season was over), and to make things even sweeter, the stupid Bruins are relegated to the alternate NESN channel so I don’t have to hunt around to find the Sox game.

Last night I went to Opening Day for the New Britian Rock Cats, the Twins AA team here in Connecticut.  They faced the Portland Sea Dogs and hot prospect Justin Masterson (one guy I was with remarked how it could have very easily been Masterson facing the Sea Dogs as that’s one of the players the Twins wanted in the Santana talks).  He only threw 4 innings, in part because of the fact that evidently someone in New Britian forgot to pay the electric bill…there was a 30 minute delay when the power went out.  He gave up 3 hits, but two of those were infield hits.  I’m no talent scout, but he looked pretty good in my opinion.

Opening Day, Part II: Stateside

You know, I’d much rather have another 6 AM game than have a 10:30 PM game to start the season.  The plus side is this gets one of the West Coast trips out of the way; the negative is that I’m going to be pretty tired tomorrow morning.  Here’s hoping Matsuzaka picks up where he left off in the last few innings of Game 1.

On my way home from work last night, I surfed around my XM to catch some baseball games…and landed on Brewers/Cubs going into the bottom of the 9th with the Brewers up 3-0 and new closer Eric Gagne coming to the mound.  Gagne proceeded to give up a hit, a walk, and a game-tying 3 run homer to FUCKUDOME (I’m going to love typing that guy’s name this year) before retiring a batter.  He did eventually get the vulture win…but like the rest of you, I sure am glad to see him not in a Sox uni anymore.