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Blame game has begun

Players? Bloom? Cora? Who takes the fall? The worst of the worst Red Sox plays of a maddening season came Saturday. Bottom of the ninth. One out. The Blue Jays lead 5-4, but the Red Sox are rallying, having started the inning down by two runs. Luis Urias, having singled in a run, is on first. Reese McGuire is on second. Connor Wong skies a long drive to left-center. Center fielder Kevin Kiermaier takes it up against The Wall. Kiermaier peers in and may have been startled to see second base unoccupied. He knew someone was on ...

Unnecessary glove talk

Mound visits? Eliminate them For some reason one of baseball’s more annoying habits struck a deeper nerve Tuesday afternoon. The Red Sox hosted the Rangers on a drizzly, dank day at Fenway Park - at least that is how it looked on TV. The broadcast crew verified as much. When thinking about speeding up the pace of games, such ugly days should immediately appear in MLB’s mind. The customers are paying way too much for their tickets to swallow them because of poor weather, at least for anything short of a category 5 hurricane. So during one ...

July 4, 2023|Categories: Fenway Park, MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Seeing red as crunch time arrives

Time has come for Red Sox to deliver Attention, please, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls … Red Sox Feel Good Week is officially over. That adrenaline rush, fired by taking two of three from the Yankees, sustained by winning two against the Pirates, elbowing their way into the wild-card conversation, is doused. Taking a thumping by the half-Bucs on Thursday night could be sloughed off. On any given night, a good baseball team can lose to the Bad News Bucs. Friday night’s 15-10 derby, won by the reborn Baltimore Orioles, reminded us that the Red Sox’ ...

August 20, 2022|Categories: MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Bumbling baseball

How low can Red Sox go? These words are not written casually, mostly because it makes the writer feel like an old man. Well, this codger simply can't think of another way of prefacing this. In more than five decades of watching big-league baseball, I don't remember seeing a baserunner score from first base on a single to right field with no error charged. Under normal conditions, the right fielder would have to toss the baseball into the upper deck, or perhaps chomping on the ball before throwing it. Well, in yet another example of how the ...

Rays take down Red Sox

Sale looked great; Red Sox bungled another game Chris Sale’s return to work could not have gone much better. Over five innings he allowed the Rays zero runs, three hits, one walk and struck out five. He needed only 78 pitches to get 15 outs. These days, do that two or three times and you are immediately considered Cy Young material. Sale walked off with a 2-0 lead and a possible win. Hugs and congrats awaited him I the dugout. He looked good, he felt good, all was right in the Red Sox’ little world. By the ...

July 13, 2022|Categories: MLB, Red Sox|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Pennant Fever Tightens Grip on Hub!

Pennant Fever Tightens Grip on Hub! Ah, if only the old Record American was around for that headline. Red Sox fans have rediscovered their giddiness. All it took was one weekend sweep of the Orioles. Well, it’s not quite as simple as that. After all, the Orioles are as weak as they have ever been for the past four wretched seasons. That is an astounding feat, since the once-proud Birds are 201-346 since their last playoff appearance in 2016. For those who are as mathematically challenged as your humble scribe, a handy calculator reports that as a ...

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