On a beautiful brisk and sunny December day in Boston, the Boston Red Sox front office celebrated holiday season by giving back to some of the lucky fenway faithful. The annual Christmas At Fenway celebration was held on Saturday December 11th at the grand old 98 1/2 year old ballpark’s warm upper levels.
The service clubs of Greater Haverhill: Key Club, Exchange Club, Pentucket & Haverhill Kiwanis Clubs had their annual dinner of the holiday season on Thursday at DiBurro’s of Ward Hill, sponsored by northshore car czars Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion. Businesspeople and Movers and Shakers of the Merrimack Valley came out for the holiday business luncheon and were treated to a delightful speech by Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, followed by a Question and Answer session, all benefiting area children’s sports programs.
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.
…. to make it to the postseason ?
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)
On July 1st Jason Varitek’s 5th Annual Celebrity Putt Putt Fundraiser was at the Tsongas Center Arena in Lowell Massachusetts. The fun family event was well-attended and presented by The Celebrities For Charity Foundation (Andover, MA) to benefit JOURNEY FORWARD. *
The Arena was decked-out for the Miniature Golf event with numbered holes, each manned by professional athletes and local celebrities, and a $10,000 50-foot Putt was featured – for anyone skilled or lucky-enough to win it, as well as a band on stage to entertain the crowd. Athletes/Celebrities in attendance were: Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Josh Beckett, Scott Atchison, Cedric Maxwell, Charlie Moore and Cleon Daskalaskis.
Unlike previous years, this event was held indoors, likely to prevent re-scheduling in case of inclement weather.
There was an extensive sports-themed silent auction and the Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Harley Davidson Motorcycle on the upper level. Cakes For Occasions (Danvers, MA) supplied treats and a beautiful, custom cake to the Captain for the event…sorry, no photos.
A very entertaining professional magician named DARREN YONG amused and thrilled people with his magic, and Furry Creatures also entertained the young and old in the lobby.
Thanks to Cleon Daskalaskis, Erin Murphy, and Adam Benoit of Celebrities For Charity.
– fenway fruitgirl 2010
email for Magician: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Journey Forward was created by Dan Cummings, who sustained serious injury when diving off his boat, and had to undergo extensive rehabilitation. www.journey-forward.org
Let me begin by paying proper homage to our most veteran active player…..Mr. Tim Wakefield.
It is possible (but not likely because of injuries & an extremely long season) that our Knuckleballer has pitched his last official start of his career on Sunday April 25, 2010.
For now, he will pitch from the bull pen. And believe me, he’s needed there…and will mess-up our opponents sufficiently after dealing with our starting pitchers’ fastballs….dealing with a slowing, sinking knuckleball mid-game, then onto Bard & Pap’s rockets afterwards.
Wake has had 1,995 Career Strikeouts (only 5 shy of the Over 2,000 Club who’s active members are: Jamie Moyer, Javier Vazquez & Andy Pettitte). Tim’s 189 Career Victories place him 3rd among active pitchers in the MLB…175 of them were playing for Boston-3rd in Red Sox records. Not Bad Mr. Wakefield !!
Now to the Sox Bull Pen’s Musical Chairs Saga…
Veteran pitcher Scott Atchison has been optioned to Pawtucket to make room for Fabio Castro to come up and join the team in Toronto. He will wear # 55. Best Of Luck Signor Castro.
Jonathan Papelbon is tied for 1st place in the AL for saves. He has 275 relief appearances, only 1 shy of Ellis Kinder at 276 (4th place in Red Sox history). Maybe tonight ??
Now onto other things….
Boston is currently tied for 3rd place in the AL East, and is also in 3rd place for Homeruns in the AL. (Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox)
Current best Averages On The Boston Red Sox: Captain Jason Varitek .379, Darnell McDonald .375, and Kevin Youkilis .372 (very nice guys)
Dustin Pedroia’s 5 Homers are tied for 8th place in the AL, and Most Ever by a Red Sox 2B in the month of April. (Boston runs on Dustin)
Realistically, Sox fielding is horrendous (Bill Hall Needs To Go Away) and the Bull Pen needs to do better……..and so does our collection of Aces.
Things will get better and more consistent, it’s only April, after all.
Peace, Love & Baseball.
– fenway fruitgirl (behind the net) 2010