Game One: Red Sox @ Detroit April 5th
Home Opener: Tampa Rays @ Boston April 13th
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION GAME: NY Yankees @ Boston April 20th
* * Some Interleague Play: Phillies (road) May 18-20
Nationals (home) June 8-10
Marlins (home) June 19-21 (now Miami Marlins)**
Braves (home) June 22-24
– fenway fruitgirl 2011 “BEHIND THE NET”
Adrian is not a name you hear every day, yet this week…the Boston Red Sox have lost one Adrian, and gained another.
We are amid an offseason full of drama, intrigue…..and a boatload of cash being spent.
Game 92 of the 2010 baseball season for the Boston Red Sox was at Fenway Park, and happened to be a celebrated milestone in major league baseball history. July 18th was Maine Day at the nation’s oldest major league park, and had a sellout crowd of 37,431 to mark it’s 600th CONSECUTIVE SELLOUT … extending the park’s major league record. Comemorative balls were tossed and given out to the sweltering crowd before and during their game against the Texas Rangers.
Huge congratulations to our designated hitter Mr. David Ortiz for winning the 2010 Home Run Derby in Anaheim California on July 12th. And the National League has won the “Home Advantage” in the World Series in 2010, as winners of the 2010 All-Star Game on July 13th.
*There is an upcoming schedule update for the early August roadtrip to NY. On August 8th, ESPN will cover the game, so the gametime will be at 8pm. On August 9th, the gametime will be at 1:35pm. (Red Sox/Yankees)*
The Boston Red Sox have 123 home runs overall so far this season, 2nd in the league after Toronto (141). The boys only have 2 days off in the next 37 days (7/29 & 8/16) ….not much rest for the wounded. Slowly, the injured will return to us and beef-up our lineup (not soon enough) but after seeing Beltre’s struggled jaunt on Sunday after hitting the ball, I have to wonder if they are being rushed. Boston’s boys are certainly plagued with injuries that may prove to be the cause of less-than-anticipated season ending totals in the WINS column at seasons’ end. The remaining 69 regular season games will hopefully prove to the world that Boston can prevail (or at least make the playoffs) even though they have been absolutely bombarded with injuries, and playing with minor league substitutes for a large bulk of the summer.
I eagerly anticipate the day that I sit in my red plastic perch behind home plate and watch my real starting 9 run onto the field to play again at Fenway Park. I miss you Jason Varitek, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, Josh Beckett, Victor Martinez and Jeremy Hermida.
On the schedule for the series in Oakland, are Tim Wakefield (Tues) and Clay Buchholz (Wed). After that, Francona may be making a pitching order change just as Josh Beckett is slated to return to the mound.
– fenway fruitgirl 2010 “BEHIND THE NET”
(thank you to my little friend ELLA for entertaining me Sunday at Fenway)
A new eatery opened it’s doors in Framingham, Massachusetts on Friday July 24th 2009. It’s called Big Papi’s Grille.
Boston Red Sox slugger and fan favorite David Ortiz ventured into the restaurant business in the Metro West area in a big way, hosting media and fellow team mates at a shin-dig to open the newly-named eatery and spread culinary good will over the area.
Generous portions, yummy selection of entrees, and a great atmosphere add to the new clean decor and awesome sports memorabilia in house. Great place to cool off and chow down if you’re in the area.
– fenway fruitgirl
Mother’s Day 2009 May 10th 8:05pm at Fenway Red Sox vs. Tampa Rays
Joshua Patrick Beckett’s 200 Career Start
Red Sox won 4-3 against Tampa (Ramon Ramirez recorded the Win)
David Ortiz (DH) is only 10 homeruns away from his 300th. He’s currently at 290.
Big Papi is also close to another career milestone, only 17 RBI’s away from 1,000 !!
Terry Francona(manager) not only wisked over to Chapel Hill North Carolina yesterday to attend his daughter’s college graduation, and came back in time for Batting Practice before the game, but he also tied Bill Carrigan’s career managerial win record of 489 wins. 500 is right around the corner Tito, congrats on all milestones.
23 year old RHP Daniel Bard was brought-up from triple-A Pawtucket yesterday and will wear the number 60. LHP Javier Lopez has been designated for assignment. Bard is last year’s Minor League Rookie Of The Year, and a pitching phenom with a “wicked” 100-mile an hour fastball.
The Sox have their first “Off” day in 18 days. But they must also find time to travel to the West Coast for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim CA. Justin Masterson will be starting pitcher (Filling-in for Matsuzaka) against the Angels’ J. Weaver. Game start is at a cruel 10:05pm (Eastern time). Coffee ! Coffee !
Sox have the AL best winning at home record at .750 winning percentage. 2nd in MLB behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Our highly esteemed team manager, Mr. Terry Francona will soon be celebrating a major career milestone. I hope to see lots of “HOOPLA” going on after the game when the winning day arrives, and it will hopefully be in Boston.
Francona is positioned to pass the current third place BILL CARRIGAN when he gets just 4 more wins. Here is how the current standings read:
JOE CRONIN 1,071 wins
MIKE HIGGINS 560 wins
BILL CARRIGAN 489 wins
TERRY FRANCONA 486 wins
AND THAT MEANS ONLY 14 GAMES AWAY FROM 500 WINS ! ! ! ! !
Congrats to Terry, and the entire Red Sox organization….hope you stick around long enough to beat Joe Cronin. We’re a patient bunch, we waited 86 years to win a Championship !! Great Job Tito, you are respected league-wide.
Mr. Clay Buchholz is the International League’s Pitcher of the Week. Clay has an impressive .79 ERA 13 K’s 3 walks in his past 2 starts.
(He has yet to allow more than 3 hits in a game this year.) Keep it up Clay-man !
David Ortiz is sad to see that the media has strongly focused on what he isn’t doing,he wants us to have faith…and be patient. After all, he has had a worst slump than this before:
April 17th through July 6th in 2002 128 at bats (and bounced-back nicely)*
Remember to enjoy every inning, every game Red Sox Nation.
Back to the cold March days in New England.It seemed like yesterday that the hot sun was on me and I was watching the Boys of Summer while sipping an ice cold lemonade and cheering my heart out from my dugout seats at City of Palms Park.It was yesterday!!
Arrived in sunny Florida on the 1st day of spring (Vernal Equinox) and scored an upgrade in my car rental. Drove straight to City of Palms Park so I could catch BP and team warm-ups for some great photos.We all cheered in the concrete shade as the woman wrote in the day’s lineup on the wall. Excellent!! Went back to my seat and met Michael Bowden and Daniel Bard. For all the fans who watched the St.Patrick’s Day game on tv, the Leprechan who was in Jerry’s booth…works at the park !!
Pedroia and Youkilis and Drew and Papi were all in great form at Batting Practice. Youk did not play until Monday though. I was excited to see Brandon Moss play,even though he was on the opposing team. He was such a good kid, not his fault he was traded so they could get rid of Manny. Clay Buchholz was great on Friday,he seems to have a lot more confidence now,and more power to his pitches too. Varitek’s stance is different now,less movement,more hits…great!! JD Drew was hit in the wrist by a pitch and had to leave the game. Later on in the game when the kids came in for the veterans,Kottaras was on fire. Some older guy in the stands got hit in the head by a ball,and had to be taken out by ambulance. Final score was Red Sox 11, Pittsburgh Pirates 4.
I noticed that Terry Francona was not at the game and thought it was strange. Turns out that he was in Quantico, VA. to watch his son graduate from the U.S. Marine Corps. Officer Candidate School. Congrats to the Francona family.
City of Palms park sold out 83 straight games as of Friday and keeps breaking attendance records daily.