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”
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)
…. to make it to the postseason ?
On Thursday July 29th, Foxwoods Resort & Casino presented the 4th Annual 2010 Beckett Bowl at LUCKY STRIKES in the shadow of historic FENWAY PARK (Boston). The neighborhood normally busy with t-shirt clad families and friends milling around before taking in a ball game, had an upscale look and funky beat on this warm mid-summer evening. As the sun began to mellow, the people began to arrive as did Boston-area athletes and celebrities to the comfortable and hip spot to take your bowling game to the next level.
The Red Carpet entrance brought Josh Beckett, Shawn Thornton(Bruins), Scott Atchison, “Coach”Willie Maye, Akrobatik(Rapper), Mike Lowell, Erika Lawler(Olympian), and lots of New England Revolution soccer players to pose with a great group of patients from Children’s Hospital in Boston at the logo-ed backdrop on the way into the event. (Isabella, Patrick, Maggie, Charlie & Nicholas)
Inside was a substantially-larger silent auction area than in previous years, a well-stocked bar area with ample supply of ABSOLUT Vodkas(sponsor) on hand. This year’s Beckett Bowl featured a roof terrace also.
Introductions were made to the celebrity team captains, then the 1st bowl or roll of the event was recorded with little Maggie Federico of Norwood, MA. starting things off ahead of the evening’s host: Mr. Josh Beckett and his unique baseball bowling ball. Sox Captain Jason Varitek was “in uniform” but he did not play because of a foot injury that landed him on the DL since July 2nd. He told me he will know more of his updated prognosis on Friday (today). Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia (sans crutches) were two other Sox players on the DL that were team captains at the event.
Exceptional starting pitchers and expectant fathers Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz (late arrival because of an autograph signing in Bulington,MA. for Sureshot Promotions) were also in attendance. Newlywed Daniel Bard joined veteran favorite Tim Wakefield and newly-acquired ace John Lackey and relievers Scott Atchison and Manny Delcarmen as team captains and ambassadors for the evening…..and added to my entertainment !
Outfielder Jeremy Hermida and re-acquired catcher Kevin Cash joined the group and seemed to be having a wonderful night of fun. The boys were all very happy to be back in Beantown last night, and their big smiles were contageous to the entire room.
Boat-loads of money were raised Thursday evening for the Beckett Foundation from proceeds of ticket sales, raffles, silent and live auction, and t-shirt and novelty sales. Boston’s Children’s Hospital will be the recipient of the proceeds raised, thanks to the generosity of our Ace Beckett and his fundraising team and volunteers, as well as sponsors.*
Some items auctioned-off were original paintings and artwork, signed items, 1st Pitch at Fenway, a hunting expedition at Beckett’s Herradura Ranch (Texas), Custom Red Sox Poker Table, Jerry Seinfeld tickets, and a jet getaway to NY for a Sox/Yankees game.
Special thanks to Colleen White, Jason Oberle, the Josh Beckett Foundation, and to Josh and his teammates for a beautiful evening.
* Sponsors: LG Luxury Gaming, Foxwoods/MGM Grand Resort, Red Sox Foundation, ABSOLUT Vodka, NESN, The Upper Crust Pizzeria, EMJ Construction, COOLEY LLP, Commonwealth Wordwide Transportation, WAAF, Country 102.5, American Airlines, REEBOK, COMPUTERWORLD, Liberty Bay Credit Union, The Improper Bostonian, Sheraton, Pro Print, AFTERFXCUSTOMS, High Rollers Lounge, and Magellan Jets.*
– fenway fruitgirl 2010
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)
After a near-miraculous sweep of the Anaheim Angels this week at Fenway Park, the boys are riding high on a cloud. Let’s hope it lasts through the weekend, one that could have a significant impact on the Red Sox’s standing in the AL East. The Yanks rolled into Beantown last night on quite a winning streak of their own, they have won 7 of their last 8 games, and are in 2nd place in the tough-as-nails AL East standings as of right now.
After a tough game yesterday in Minneapolis, the Sox came home last night to cold, raw temps and the possibility of rain and snow for Friday night’s game. What would’ve been a 190th win for veteran pitcher Tim Wakefield, in his 16th year in the major leagues….turned-out to be a shutout win for the Twins, and a disaster for the Sox.