By Chris Cue
April 8, 2009
Nice win for the Red Sox for the home opener yesterday afternoon. Josh Beckett looked absolutely filthy. 7 innings pitched, 1 run, 3 walks and 10 strikeouts. That’s nasty! It couldn’t have happened against a better team either. The Red Sox looking dominant over the Rays kind of puts into perspective what our problem was last season in the playoffs. Pitching. If yesterday’s Josh Beckett had shown up in the ALCS, things may have turned out much differently. No matter, he didn’t so we have to hope that this is just a glimpse of the Beckett we can expect to see this season.
How about that MVP…..”The Little Engine”……Dustin Pedroia hits a homerun in his first at bat. You gotta love this guy. You just know his teamates got an ear full after the game. Add to that, Jason Varitek…..yes……VARITEK hits a homerun from the LEFT side of the plate. Do ya think he’s out to prove his critic’s wrong this year? I sure as heck hope we see more of that Jason. In fact, everyone in the lineup got a hit yesterday except for Jacoby Ellsbury and his day will come. It was a great start to the 09 season for the Sox!
Today we have Jon Lester on the mound facing Scott Kazmir. Kazmir has been tough on the Sox in past seasons. He is 4-4 while pitching at Fenway. His troubles during the second half of last year were because he was having trouble locating that slider of his. If he has that going today, the Sox could be in for a long day. Lester on the other hand may be a much bigger problem for the Rays. He’s 16-2 lifetime at Fenway with a 3.30era. Coming off a breakthough season, much is expected of Lester this season. Hopefully, he’ll have the same kind of start Beckett did yesterday. As early in the season as it is, it wouldn’t stink to go up by 2 games on the Rays to begin the year.
Game time tonight is 7:10pm and is being broadcast on NESN. Enjoy the game and let’s go SOX!!
By Chris Cue
March 17, 2009
(even if you’re not familiar with “The Little Dark Rose” and it’s literary meaning)
(photo courtesy of gifs.net)
You’ll have to forgive me for not writing recently. I’ve been busy painting the interior of my home. I’m sorry to say (and so is my wife) that I’m not done yet, but how could I not have something to offer today? As the transplanted residants from the old county say, “Today’s such a grand Irish holiday in the states.” Please notice that I’m wearing “the green” in the photo to the left. No guarantees on how long it’ll stay green and not become the color I’m painting with, but I’ll do my best to maintain the tradition.
So much has occured that I’ve failed to comment on that I almost feel like I’ll be redundant bringing any of it up now. No matter. Perhaps I can wrap it all up with just a few sentences.
Let’s see…..how should I say this? OK, I think I’ve got it. Try this on for size. I think it should cover all the news, good and bad that we’ve had lately……the WBC, the injured players, the contract signings and so on and so forth. Here you go…
I’m ready for it, how about you?
Well, unfortunately we have a while to go before the games mean anything. At least it’s not mid-November anymore. There is baseball being played again, so I suppose we should be thankful for that. While we’re on the subject of being thankful, I’d like to say “Thanks” to NESN for carrying the Spring Training games that they do. There was a time not so long ago that we would never have been able to see the coverage of the team that’s provided today unless we flew to Florida ourselves. However, being the greedy sort that I am, I’d like to request that NESN do more of it. How about broadcasting ALL of the games ladies and gentleman? I know, I know, not everyone is as fanatical about baseball as we are, but is “Charlie Moore Outdoors” or the umpteenth re-run of “Sports Desk” really a better programing option? No offense to the Mad Fisherman, but given a choice, I think I’d rather watch a live game. Thankfully, today we can. NESN is broadcasting today’s game. It’ll be on at 1:00pm and if the tradition holds true, we’ll all get to see the Red Sox play in green uniforms
Do me a favor today will ya? Join me in a virtual pint and let’s toast the coming of a new season in “Grand Irish Fashion”
Cheers to you! I’ll leave you with a (not so) Old Irish tale.
when the pub was shut for the night.
Out of his hole crept a wee Red Sox mouse
and stood in the pale moonlight.
He lapped up the frothy brew from the floor,
then back on his haunches he sat.
‘Bring on that damn Yankees cat!”
“Erin go braugh!”
By Chris Cue
March 10, 2009
Just a few rambling thoughts this morning…
- A-Rod had surgery on his hip yesterday. Does anyone else think they missed the real problem by the distance of a torso and a neck?
- NESN isn’t televising another Red Sox Spring training game until March 17th. Just in time for us to watch the guys play in those funky green uniforms. Yee Haw! Even I think they look horrible….and I’m Irish.
- The WBC is being televised. Sure it’s baseball, but a “Mercy Rule”? Really? It’s kind of hard to take that seriously don’t ya think?
- With all the news of aches and pains coming out of the Red Sox and Yankees camps, would it surprise you to see Hawkeye, Trapper, Col. Henry Blake and Klinger show up to save the day?
- The Red Sox beat the Pirates yesterday with only 2 regulars playing in the game. Jon Lester and Jed Lowrie. It’s on the fence regarding if that’s impressive or not…..afterall, it was the Pirates…
- Joe Girardi seems to be loosening up on the Yankees this year. He took them to play pool with one another instead of practicing for a day. Who knows, maybe he’ll allow candy and ice cream in the clubhouse this season too.
- Anyone else been impressed with Jeff Bailey this Spring? Brad Wilkerson may be getting a run for his money for that final bench spot.
- Here’s a little piece of trivia for the younger generation…..Did you know that Team Canada’s coach was a former Red Sox guy? It’s true. Ernie Whitt was a catching prospect for the Sox and back in 1976 he played in 8 big league games backing up Carlton Fisk at the catchers spot. He hit his first homerun in a Sox uniform, then he was later sent off to Toronto in the expansion draft. Today, he’s considered one of the best catchers the Blue Jays ever had.
- I’m guessing the Terry Francona bashers are now happy to see him wearing eye glasses in the dug out. Make of that what you will…
- Finally, Jerry Remy has been noticably missed during the Spring Training broadcasts. Hopfully he’s on the mend from that bug he caught. Best wishes and a speedy return Rem-Dog~