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Busy Busy Busy

With only 14 games left to the 2011 baseball season, the Boston Red Sox have to hold onto their slight lead for the Wild Card spot with a death grip. I sat in my seat at Fenway Park, facing the American League East Standings for the entire game.....the Yanks have won 90 games so far, and well, we have not. David Ortiz had a back brace on Wednesday, and it was announced that he is one of the nominees for the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award, given at the World Series by Chevrolet and the MLB. Ortiz also made an apprearance on the Good Morning America show (ABCtv) today. Slugger Kevin Youkilis has a sports hernia, among other health issues and Adrian Gonzalez was taken out of Wednesday's game for a health issue also. Josh Beckett is scheduled to start on Friday night's game against the Ray's "Big Game" Shields, so he needs to pitch, well.....like JOSH BECKETT. The Sox are still missing JD Drew and Clay Buchholz, in addition to some bullpen pitching (Bobby Jenks) and oh yes........Daisuke Matsuzaka. Health and injuries were the team's downfall in 2010, we can only hope that it will not be so for the tail end of the 2011. The postseason is in reach, so take out your lucky charms & cross those fingers Red Sox Nation. The 2012 regular season baseball schedule has been released, and I will highlight a few noteable games:

 

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”

Musical Chairs 101

Adrian is not a name you hear every day, yet this week…the Boston Red Sox have lost one Adrian, and gained another. 

 

Wake To VMart.jpgWe are amid an offseason full of drama, intrigue…..and a boatload of cash being spent. 

Preparing for the 2011 Major & Minor league baseball season is certainly no joke. The “best” players are demanding serious money and some real long-term commitments for the use of their abilities on the field. The better the ability, the higher the pricetag.
When your fiercest competitors get wind that your team office is in need of a player to become an important piece in your lineup and a threat to them on the field next season and beyond, then they suddenly want that same player….at all costs! Driving-up your offer in the process just to make things more fun, adds the necessary intrigue. This kind of “cat and mouse” business play can easily bankrupt smaller teams, and turn others that try to stay in the game…into “non-contenders” if they do not wisely and frugally stick to their Needs List. 
Pride and bravado have no place in the business world. And if you think that Baseball and the entire Sports World is not a business…you are very wrong. General Managers have many things to consider (year-round) in selecting which players will play on their field in April. Quite a bit of analysis goes into the selection of each position’s player prior to the “Offer” being made. Scouting reports, age, personal & medical history, all must be considered prior to talks of money & contract time.
Something that must never be ignored (something many GM’s have yet to learn) is “What will the fans think?”  No one should forget who puts up the money to fill those ballparks and watch their players all Spring & Summer…….not only ticket sales, but massive expenditures on food & beverage on gameday, parking (for those ballparks who provide parking) and tours, and souveniers and all types of player jerseys & memorabilia. Just a small core of veteran favorites can severely-impact game sales & player-related expenditures in any given season. It will be extremely interesting to watch baseball team giants like the Red Sox and Yankees when their veteran players retire. (Ortiz, Wakefield, Varitek, Jeter, Rivera,etc…)
 
 
WS Beltre Growls.jpgMoney does make the world go around, and even though Baseball is our national pastime, money dictates who will play where in our beloved game of baseball.
All-Star, Silver Slugging Adrian Beltre was hopeful to return to the Red Sox organization, but the Boston front office decided to go in a different direction. Instead of giving a proven 100+ RBI slugger a 4 year deal to return, they spent 3 times more money to get a younger NL slugger in Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres for 8 years. Adrian cannot play right now because he just had surgery and may not even start Spring Training on time with his new team mates. Hopefully, he will be a strong and productive player for the VERY LONG 8 years that he will play for us in Boston.
 
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The Hot Stove season is certainly not over, and the Managers’ Meetings continue in lovely Lake Buena Vista Florida. There will be additional moves made, and money will be shuffled-around – and when the offseason is done, just like in Musical Chairs…….most major league ball players will have their seats when the music stops.
Play Ball !!!
– fenway fruitgirl 2010   “BEHIND THE NET”

Record Sellouts & July Baseball

 

600th Sellout Ball.jpgGame 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)*

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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.

 

Mid-Pitch.jpgOn 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)

 

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Big Papi’s Grille

 

 

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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.

Salute !

– fenway fruitgirl

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Beckett’s 200th Start

 

 


Pink Gear.jpgMother’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.

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Chill The Champagne

 

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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 From Fort Myers

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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.

-fruitgirl

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