Maybe it was a “Pep Talk” given by Francona in the privacy of the clubhouse, or Curt Young’s finally bonding with his pitching starters…or maybe the guys just finally CLICKED together, not sure which…..but glad it happened !! The bats are waking-up too, so the little voice in my brain is shouting: LOOK-OUT MLB (the Sox are armed and dangerous)
The boys are back on the east coast for the last leg of their 2nd roadtrip of the season. The Red Sox will take on a stronger-than usual Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday for a 3-games series with Clay Buchholz starting-off on Tuesday, then Josh Beckett on Wednesday, and Jon Lester on Thursday night before returning to Boston.
Both John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka have had great and extremely timely shutout wins this weekend against the Los Angeles Angels. The Red Sox are now in 3rd place in the vicious American League East. After a historically rough start, and the loss of the excessive dead weight of the thousands of bandwagon fans jumping ship for other sports…baseball in Beantown will heat-up and get competitive for the season.
With only 7 errors for the 21-game season so far, the Boston Red Sox top the Major Leagues, for the BEST RECORD with the fewest – tied with the Milwaukee Brewers. Whilest some bats still need to wake-up (and you know who you are), the potential for a monster season seems more realistic now, than it did at the beginning series of the month. (Cudos to the guys, and very glad to see it.)
Jonathan Papelbon is now tied for 3rd in the American League with 5 saves so far this season. And super-hitter Jed Lowrie is 2nd in the AL East (behind Nick Swisher – NYY) against lefties. Jed has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 contests. Jackrabbit Jacoby Ellsbury now has 141 STOLEN BASES tied with Heinie Wagner for 4th on Red Sox All-Time list. Yaz is 3rd on that list at 168.*
141 games are left in the 2011 regular season, so BUCKLE-UP, it’s going to be a Wild Ride !!
– fenway fruitgirl 2011 “BEHIND THE NET”
R.I.P. Terry White (miss you)
Spring Training down in lovely Fort Myers Florida is well under way now, and the boys are toned and trained and anxious to get out and play ball on a daily basis….but that doesn’t really happen at Spring Training. This time of the year is a sharing time, the minor leaguers and invitees also need play time, and our headliners need to ease their way back to daily play. Early March game attendees are more likely to see the veterans start, play 2-3 innings, then have the youngers guys take over the game. As the month progresses, the big money guys take their place more frequently, and for more innings.
Dustin Pedroia’s Newest Sullivan Tire Commercial is due out soon, Jacoby is being courted by Nike (and many other corporations) because of his awesome-ness, a new line of wines is going to make it’s debut this spring featuring our Ace Josh Beckett and our jack rabbit Jacoby Ellsbury. (I will feature an entire blog on it soon)
I have officially requested a webcam for City Of Palms Park, and it’s being considered, although may not be operating until 2011, or when the new ballpark opens in Spring 2012. Since the spring games down there are rarely televised, I thought it would help to bring the fans closer to the game/team.
Clay Buchholz and his wife Lindsey are expecting their first child this summer, and our newest arm John Lackey is making a very good impression on the staff down in Florida. It’s a contract year for our Josh Beckett, and there is a lot of faith in the chatter that predicts a deal gets done soon. The eyes of the fans are on our three tag teams on the field for 2010: shortstops Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie, third basemen Adrian Beltre and Mike Lowell, and catchers Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek are all transitions to watch.
Ex-Sox Jason Bay played against us for the first time on March 11 in Port St.Lucie Florida, oddly getting booed in the Mets stadium.
Ex-Sox Nomar Garciaparra signed a 1-Day Deal with his Red Sox before transitioning into retirement from Major League play, and into baseball media play.
Both ESPN’s Baseball Tonight & MLB’s 30 Teams In 30 Days have recently filmed at the Red Sox facility and moved-on.
As Opening Day approaches, one must realize that this year’s festivities will surely be a circus for everone in the baseball world to view. This year on April 4th (originally scheduled for April 5th) usually held on a Monday afternoon-will be instead on EASTER SUNDAY NIGHT 8pm because ESPN wants bigger ratings for the rivalry, as we have to watch a national NY-loving broadcast introduce the current World Champion team…..well, we can kick their ***** on the field that night and have the last word, and that would be sufficient to start-off the year!
(please excuse my language, but we are talking Sox-Yankees here)
At this moment, there are only 563 more hours until my beloved Red Sox begin the battle for the ring in 2010.
– Peace, Love & Baseball
Fenway Fruitgirl 2010