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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”

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BACK ON TRACK

 

 

Opening Day 134.jpgMaybe 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.)
 
 
Yankees 158.jpgJonathan 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)

Enough Left In The Tank ??

…. to make it to the postseason ?

 

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Some things have to happen, and some things SHOULD happen to lead us in the right direction, and it’s getting pretty late in the season too. As of today, we have only 35 games left to the end of the regular season, and the Boston Red Sox are 5.5 games behind. I am not talking about overtaking 1st place….I am not insane.
But to make a bold move forward to grab the AL East wildcard spot, some things have to be pushed, and some shoving has to be done….and fast!
1. Yesterday we all heard about the Sox claiming Johnny Damon off waivers from Detroit. The deal still has to be made with the Tigers, but if they don’t want him….we could really use a veteran hustler wanting to make an impact to save his reputation in the game. The dude can work the outfield, and yeah, he can hit too. (Theo needs to make him grow his hair back a.s.a.p.) Now, if we could acquire Trot Nixon, Kevin Millar & Pedro Martinez…..the Cowboys can ride-in and get this party back on track!!!!!
2. Our Captain needs to get back to us real soon. Martinez has zero days off & it will start to show soon. Tek needs to hit the ground running and hit the ball like he did this spring. We all know he is an excellent catcher, one of the best in history I’d confidently say. I see him anxiously watching from his perch at the entrance of the Sox dugout…I know you want to be out there Jason.
3. King Beckett needs to regain his confidence and become the “Beast” we all know he can be. I know he is supremely capable of dominating the mound…and so does he.
4. Mikey Lowell and J. D. Drew need to stay healthy, and be dominant in the Sox lineup. Their presence in a game has been and will be KEY for the remainder of the season.
5. Utility Player Bill Hall is now a Key Player in the mix and needs to continue to shine. He has proven that he can hit the longball & play all over the field this season.
6. The kids that have been thrust into the bright lights have to keep it up, and even kick-it-up a notch into overdrive to get us past the Rays. These newbies are so important to our team, they have held things together during this unprecedented season of injuries.
How’s that for now ?? A lot has to go right….but we all know that it CAN HAPPEN.
 
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– fenway fruitgirl 2010   “BEHIND THE NET”

Beckett Bowl 2010 Was Fantastic!

 

Beckettbowl Josh Entry.jpgOn 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)

 

Beckettbowl KidsBowl.jpgInside 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.

 

Beckettbowl J J.jpgExceptional 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.

 

Beckettbowl Dusty.jpgBoat-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.

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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 

 

 

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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Bring It On . . . . . It’s Payback Time

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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. 

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Where there’s a weakness in your opponent, there’s an advantage to you….use it ! The 2009 World Champs are without some very key players, due to injuries this series. A huge plus for the Sox (hey…you gotta take all you can get baby!). Yankee veteran Ace Andy Pettitte will not be pitching in this weekend’s series at Fenway due to injury, and Veteran Catcher Jorge Posada may not be catching (at least not Friday) due to a leg injury, and (OF) Curtis Granderson is out, and even Closer Supreme Mariano Rivera may not play due to soreness. Gifts like that don’t come along every day Tito…..use it to our advantage!

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Our Awesome Beast Beckett will take the mound tonight against Yankee Phil Hughes, a very, very good pitcher in his own right. Obviously, he must be silenced by our bats…often. I am sure the flat screens at the park will be on the playoff games also being played tonight, celebrating Boston’s “Embarassment Of Riches” and allowing fans to keep up with the Celtics and Bruins scores throughout the night. Life is so good for Boston.
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The weekend’s matchups (pitching-wise) are:
Friday    May 7th    7:10pm      Josh Beckett  vs.  Phil Hughes
Saturday    May 8th   3:10pm    Clay Buchholz  vs.  C.C. Sabathia
Sunday   May 9th   8:10pm      Jon Lester  vs.  A.J. Burnett

The next series follows right after (at Fenway) against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 10-12th.

What a great Spring weekend for sports fans in Boston & New England….enjoy !

– fenway fruitgirl 2010  (Behind The Net)

10-Day Homestand


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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.


Center fielder Mike Cameron had to go to the hospital in Minnesota for an abdominal strain & did not travel home with the team. Left fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is being examined by Boston doctors on his recent injury (left rib section). He may be placed on the DL today, so the team can bring up replacement(s) from Pawtucket for the homestand.

Welcome back to April / Spring baseball in Boston…..Tampa Bay Rays!  It’s cold and raw and drizzly. If I remember correctly, last September they experienced similar weather (but warmer) when they visited. And games had to be re-scheduled too (Double-Header) !! Hope that does not need to happen this time around.

Whether you are watching the game in the warm comfort of your living room, or with friends at a neighborhood sports bar, or at lovely Fenway Park….keep your fingers and toes crossed for some decent weather for the games this weekend. And for the bats to come back to life to support our Ace Beckett tonight.
 
Oh yeah, and Mr. Jason Varitek…you are oficially an old man now.  His 38th birthday was Sunday April 11th (glad your daughters came to visit).

Boston Red Sox   vs.   Tampa Bay Rays    April  16-19  (Beckett/Buchholz/Lester)

Boston Red Sox   vs.   Texas Rangers       April   20-22

Boston Red Sox   vs.   Baltimore Orioles  April  23-25

Peace, Love & Baseball

– fenway fruitgirl 2010