Wednesday, October 29, 2008
While I obviously wanted the Sox to repeat, I think this is an okay runner-up scenario.
Cole Hamels was named MVP of both the NLCS and the World Series.
Joy of Sox put it best..."The Red Sox are no longer baseball's defending champions."
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Pam (Jenna Fischer) is embarrassed when she is the only person at corporate wearing a costume on Halloween. Holly (guest star Amy Ryan) and Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) take the long trip to Nashua after they get some shocking news from corporate. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) torments Andy (Ed Helms) and tries to get under his skin.
Nov. 6:“Customer Survey.”
Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski) are shocked when they get the results of the annual customer survey report. Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim decide they want to spend every minute together using their bluetooth phones. Meanwhile, Angela (Angela Kinsey) and Andy (Ed Helms) pick an unusual location for their wedding.
Nov. 13:“Business Trip”
Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) is ecstatic when David Wallace (Andy Buckley) decides to send him on a business trip to Canada. Andy (Ed Helms) and Oscar (Oscar Nunez) become unlikely friends when Michael decides to bring them along on the trip. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) is counting down the days until Pam (Jenna Fischer) gets back from art school.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
First base coach Luis Alicea is the exception; the team said he will not be offered a contract for next year.
Pitching coach John Farrell, third base coach DeMarlo Hale, hitting coach Dave Magadan, bench coach Brad Mills, and bullpen coach Gary Tuck have been asked back, the team said.
Also Wednesday, the team announced that right-hander Chris Smith elected free agency after being designated for assignment. Smith was 1-0 with a 7.85 ERA in 12 appearances with Boston; he also appeared in 37 games for Triple-A Pawtucket last season.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Justice Society of America #23
Monday, October 20, 2008
I am quite impressed that NO member of the Sox is embarrassing themselves the way John Lackey did when the Angels lost. Look at these quotes:
"I feel like there's no losers in here tonight," said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "We got beat by a team that's playing great. We congratulate them. I still feel like this was a championship effort this year. [It's] something for the organization to be proud of. It's baseball. You don't win all the time. The effort was incredible. Every guy here left it all on the field."and
"It definitely hurts," said Youkilis. "We battled so hard and had a great year of battling through a lot of adversity and a lot of things. We fell short. I feel like I should have done a little bit more, I think tonight and other parts of the series. I put a lot on my shoulders. I think I didn't carry this team enough tonight when there were some opportunities I could have."and
"You get used to a certain level, playing in this Red Sox uniform," said closer Jonathan Papelbon. "I don't think anybody else expected us to lose. It's just, these are the circumstances and it happened. We gave ourselves a chance to win. We fell just a little bit short. Year after year, we're going to put ourselves in a position to win championships. You can't ask for anything else."
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Year Series Foe Game 6 Series
1903 WS Pittsburgh Won Won in 8
1967 WS St. Louis Won Lost in 7
1975 WS Cincinnati Won Lost in 7
1986 ALCS California Won Won in 7
2003 ALCS New York Won Lost in 7
2004 ALCS New York Won Won in 7
2007 ALCS Cleveland Won Won in 7
2008 ALCS Rays Won ???
The Red Sox are 9-1 in elimination games under manager Terry Francona.
Year Series Foe Game Result
2004 ALCS Yankees 4 Won
2004 ALCS Yankees 5 Won
2004 ALCS Yankees 6 Won
2004 ALCS Yankees 7 Won
2005 ALDS White Sox 3 Lost
2007 ALCS Indians 5 Won
2007 ALCS Indians 6 Won
2007 ALCS Indians 7 Won
2008 ALCS Rays 5 Won
2008 ALCS Rays 6 Won
2008 ALCS Pays 7 ???
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Under manager Terry Francona, the Red Sox are 8-1 in potential elimination games.
Since the ALCS became a best-of-seven series in 1985, six teams have taken a 3-2 edge into Game 6 with the home-field advantage. Three of those teams won Game 6 to advance to the World Series, one lost Game 6 but then won Game 7, and two teams lost both Games 6 and 7 at home.
The last time...when the Red Sox defeated the Yankees in 2004.
One game, one inning, one out at a time!!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Year Series Team Opponent
2007 ALCS Red Sox Indians
2004 ALCS Red Sox* Yankees
2003 NLCS Marlins* Cubs
1996 NLCS Braves Cardinals
1986 ALCS Red Sox Angels
1985 ALCS Royals* Blue Jays
1985 WS Royals Cardinals
1968 WS Tigers* Cardinals
1958 WS Yankees* Braves (Mil.)
1925 WS Pirates Senators
* Won final two on the road.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I look at my predictions for this Red Sox/Devil Rays series and I predicted the Sox in 6. What I seemed to have forgotten is that means the Sox will LOSE 2 games!
Why can't I get my head around that! Have I been spoiled by the recent success of this team that I love oh so very much!?!?!?
And My Sweet Nanny's birthday is one week away...I ordered her presents tonight.....hee-hee.
Andy Bernard: No I did not. Was that any good?
Jim Halpert: Actually not. It was really so-so. [holds up stopwatch to Dwight]
Jim Halper:I mean I like all the crazy monsters and stuff, you know like Klingons and Wookies and all that but-- Sorry was, there something you wanted to add Dwight?
Andy Bernard: Is that anything like the original Battlestar Galactica.
Jim Halpert: You what's weird? It's practically a shot for shot remake.
Andy Bernard: Really? Huh. Cool.
Jim Halpert: The story's kind of bland. It's about this guy named Dumbledore Calrissian and he has to return the ring back to Mordor.
Andy Bernard: [pause] That doesn't sound right...
Originally aired 10-09-08
Watching the game with my brother, Justin, was fun. He is a funny guy and I like talking baseball with him. He seems to have put this Yankee season in perspective. And in the 8th inning, he dozed off and his snoring was funny.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Things like this:
"It's way different than last year. We are way better than they are. We lost to a team not as good as us. ... The last two days, we shouldn't have given up anything. ... I want to throw somebody through a wall.
...[On Sunday] they scored on a pop fly they called a hit, which is a joke. [On Monday], they score on a broken-bat ground ball and a fly ball anywhere else in America [except in Fenway Park]. And [Pedroia's] fist-pumping on second like he did something great."
It was summed perfectly on PTI tonight. Michael Wilbon called the Angels a bunch of whiners and told Lackey to "shut up!"
Monday, October 6, 2008
The Red Sox defeated the Angels, 3-2, to win the divisional series, 3-1. Starter Jon Lester threw 7 shutout innings, but the Sox pen gave up a pair of runs in the 8th.
Top of the ninth and Morales hits a double and is replaced by Willits. Kendrick sacrifices him over to third. Then Aybar takes two balls before trying the suicide squeeze. On the third pitch Aybar missed the bunt with Willits halfway to home. Jason Varitek chased him down and tagged him on the rear end. Aybar then bounced to first.
Then comes the bottom of the ninth....
After Drew strikes out, Jason Bay hits a ground rule double with one out. Teixeira grabs Kotsay's laser for the second out. Then Lowrie hits the first pitch he sees through the right side for a game-winning single, bringing the Red Sox out of the dugout and the series to a close.
As Cora just said "Great win. Now let's go to Tampa!"
"Red Sox Covet Padres' Peavy"
If Jake Peavy does indeed become trade bait in San Diego, watch the line form out the door for his services. Peavy, 27, is precisely the type of pitcher the Red Sox covet. And considering the close relationship between GMs Theo Epstein and Kevin Towers, don't rule out the Sox. The Padres would want a Dan Haren-type deal, and the Sox have the chips to do it.
The only time the Red Sox have lost a postseason series after taking a 2-0 lead in their history was in the 1986 World Series against the Mets. It is going to stay that way.
So, in other words, TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT, BABY!!!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The fall caused her to cancel her concert that was to kick off "Hello, Carol! A Celebration of Carol Channing," an exhibition on her life and work.
The exhibition is scheduled to run at the Museum of Performance & Design in San Fransisco through March 14.
"It's a painful and temporary setback," Channing said in a statement, promising to return to San Francisco.
I'd write more but I hear Nan upstairs banging on the floor that dinner is ready.
Maybe I'll try to write after dinner when I need a break from writing Progress Reports!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Red Sox lead the Angels 2-0
Rays lead the White Sox 2-0
Dodgers lead the Cubs 2-0
Phillies lead the Brewers 2-0
So all we know is that "Home Field Advantage" hasn't helped the Halos or the Cubbies. Phils are down as I type this against the Brewers 3-0 in the top of the sixth.
And we're sending (what sounds like) a healthy Josh Beckett to the mound tomorrow night at the reasonable hour of 7:17 PM.
His 1.73 ERA in 10 postseason appearances is the third lowest among pitchers with at least 40 innings. The .159 opponents batting average in the postseason is the lowest of any pitcher with 40-plus innings.
Lastly, from all accounts it seems like I should be glad we don't have TBS!!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
And Ellsbury continues to impress me, both at the dish and in the field...
And welcome to the post season, Mr. Bay!
Elsewhere, the Dodgers shock the Cubbies, the Devil Rays continue to defy logic and the Phils got one last night and are about to beat CC for number 2!
And no new episode of "The Office" tonight because of the Vice Presidential debate. :(
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Pitchers (10): Jon Lester; Daisuke Matsuzaka; Josh Beckett; Tim Wakefield; Paul Byrd; Jonathan Papelbon; Hideki Okajima; Manny Delcarmen; Justin Masterson; Javier Lopez.
Catchers (3): Jason Varitek; Kevin Cash; David Ross.
Infielders (7): Kevin Youkilis; Dustin Pedroia; Jed Lowrie; Alex Cora; Mike Lowell; Sean Casey; David Ortiz.
Outfielders (5): Jason Bay; Jacoby Ellsbury; JD Drew; Coco Crisp; Mark Kotsay.