Boy wonder, Boston Red Sox resident preacher and bull pen ray of sunshine Justin Masterson has been traded to the Cleveland Indians on Friday July 31st.
Born in Jamaica, the tall farmboy with a rocket arm and a heart of gold did a post-trade interview with NESN Friday afternoon in Baltimore saying how sad he was to be leaving Boston and his team, but understanding that baseball is a business. He took some pride in the fact that he was traded for the likes of a player of Victor Martinez’s caliber. Masterson is known for his modesty, he has tremendous potential and is only beginning his illustrious career in the majors. I look forward to following his career as a baseball fan, and as a fan of Justin Masterson as an individual.
In my personal opinion, it was a mistake to trade our golden boy for a catcher we did not need. We had the need for pitching and shortstop players, not 1st base and catching. And the scouts for the Cleveland Indians are no dummies, they did not want Buchholz, who we tried to jam down their throats, they demanded more – they wanted Justin Masterson. Why didn’t you just say NO Theo?
Ok, so we are one game behind in our series of 2 games against the Cleveland Indians. It’s only May, but the Tribe has always been a formidable foe. They have great pitching, and great hitting.
The weather forecast was for partly cloudy, clearing weather tonight as I left my house in Maine to my Fenway happy place. That is not what awaited me at the Pahk,at first it was nice, almost sunny….then as the game got started, so did the drizzle, then rain, then drizzle, then rain.
The teams continued to play no matter what Mother Nature threw at them. Our boys did not want this to end by being spanked with another loss. Wakefield started off good, then trailed-off in the 4th and 5th innings….why didn’t Francona got to the pen? Who knows.
We were trailing 2-1 in the fifth when I took a walk over to the bullpen area to take some photos on that side because I saw Varitek catching for someone who was warming-up and ready to come out to play. It was Manny DelCarmen. Took a couple of shots, then headed back to my seat by the Sox dugout. That’s when it all began. At the bottom of the 6th inning, something clicked…and it was like I was witnessing a bizzare sports movie. An AL East record was set right before my very eyes when one batter after another started hitting and getting on base any way they could to start the scoring bonanza!! 12 runs before an out in the 6th inning of last night’s game. My boys never cease to amaze and impress me. They truly know how to work as a team, that is something money cannot buy (Yankees fans). When the frenzy was over, we had won 13-3 over Cleveland on May 7th. What a great night for Red Sox Baseball.
I do have to note that this was all done without 4 of our big starters playing. (Ortiz, Youkilis, Ellsbury, and Varitek) Go figure, even our fill-ins are awesome!!
And Lugo as a DH, wow…great thinking Tito. See, I told you he can hit. All he needs to do is get on base…and look-out!
6th inning activity (Red Sox) hits/walks by:
Lugo, Pedroia, Bay, Lowell, Baldelli, Drew, Bailey, Green, Kottaras, Lugo, Pedroia, Bay, Lowell, Baldelli, Drew.
We are now one game behind Toronto in the AL East. Nice one boys. Now, lets get those Rays !!
P.S. Mikey Bowden almost pitched a no-hitter the other night in Pawtucket, McAnulty called the catch, and told catcher Dusty Brown to back-off, but did not MAKE the catch !!!! Poor Mike.
May the Sox be with you.