RED SOX EXERCISE 2009
CONTRACT OPTION ON RHP TIM WAKEFIELD
BOSTON, MA—The Boston Red Sox today exercised the
2009 contract option on righthanded pitcher Tim Wakefield.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice
President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
posted a 10-11 record and a 4.
things I keep playing over in my mind, sure. The fact that Alex
Cora started at short. The fact that JD
Drew didn’t actually go around. The fact that Pedroia “just
got under it.”
But I’m not
It was a
damn great series. And they’re one hell of a baseball team. They played us
tough, and we gave it right back to them, and in the end they edged us out by
just that much.
This just in.
You know it's a big deal when 88-year-old men feel compelled to blog about it the next day:
"In a surprise move, Red Sox manager Terry Francona last night
accepted an offer from Senator John McCain to supervise every aspect of
his faltering campaign for the Presidency in the period remaining
before November 4th, Election Day.
else this October, we’ll have this.
What is it
with these guys?
something hardwired in their DNA that makes it difficult to thrive in any
situation other than teeth-grinding adversity? Are they like a writer (say,
like me perhaps?) who’s able to produce only with a Damoclean deadline looming
over his head?
But a picture says a thousand words.
More tomorrow . . .
"We’ve got them just where we want them.”
good, if counterintuitive, place, I suppose, is the first inning, when the sun
was shining warmly on red-bedecked fans, and Jon Lester retired the side on just
four (4) pitches.
Hot dog! It
seemed from the get-go like we were in for another gem.
posterity, is a photo I snapped of Lester — avant
le deluge — as he struck out Carl Crawford in the second.
appears this series may be destined
to be a long one.
so, at least.
Sports Guy’s incredulity that the run-up to the 2008 ALCS was “like getting ready to watch Floyd
Mayweather fight Jonathan Lipnicki for the welterweight title,” these are
two well-balanced, well-matched, and close-scoring baseball teams.
much time for a long post today, but amidst the celebration, as we debate
our rotation and size up the competition (good to be reminded that Lester
is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA against the Rays this season), I did want to extend some
Scioscia, for having his shrewd
small-ball tactical maneuver blow up in his face
Cora grounded out to end the game.
Lopez was tagged with the loss.
and 19 minutes of baseball is far more than I’m inclined to recap here.
So, as you down
your third cup of coffee, wondering what’s become (and, perhaps, what’s to
come) of Josh
Beckett and Dustin
Pedroia and Mike Lowell's hip, here’s something that will hopefully lighten your mood.
In the words of Wayne and Garth, "Game on!"
And so it begins. The Red Sox, as you're no doubt aware, are about to embark on their second consecutive postseason, once again facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first round. The game will begin at 10:30, and I'll be here all night. I may need some extra caffenation to make that possible, but I'm up for it.
PITCHERS (10): Josh Beckett; Paul Byrd; Manny Delcarmen; Jon Lester; Javier
Lopez; Justin Masterson; Daisuke Matsuzaka; Hideki Okajima; Jonathan Papelbon;
CATCHERS (3): Kevin Cash; David Ross; Jason Varitek.
INFIELDERS (7): Sean Casey, Alex Cora, Mike Lowell; Jed Lowrie; David
Ortiz; Dustin Pedroia; Kevin Youkilis.