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)
One of the new players in our Red Sox roster, is not new to baseball at all. Our new jersey # 22 is a well-known National League 3rd Baseman named Bill Hall. (Formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers since 2002 & Seattle Mariners)
Weighing-in at 210 lbs., Bill is a fairly big guy who can use his body to belt the ball deep into the outfield, or right out into the stands of Fenway Park. The 6 foot tall veteran had a slow start to the season in April, but learned the Fenway outfield on the cuff, and has made great strides in both his fielding, and his at-bats in May.
31-year-old Hall is a true “Utility Man” in just about every sense of the word. The Boston Red Sox primarily use him as an outfielder, but he is comfortable as an infielder (2B,SS,3B) as well, and has already also acted as the Sox’s Emergency Catcher while starting catcher Victor Martinez was out with a broken toe and veteran catcher Jason Varitek acted as regular catcher.
On two occasions so far this season, Hall has also filled-in as a pitcher ! (Late in the game on 5/8/10 vs. Yankees & as closer on 5/28/10 vs. the Royals) Now that’s a true Utility Man !
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Bill, and he is a gracious and friendly guy…one that I look forward to seeing blossom through the year in our lineup and out on the green grass field of my beloved Fenway.
(I told ya I’d be writing about ya Bill…..I’ll be watching you from BEHIND THE NET (Home plate)
– fenway fruitgirl 2010 “BEHIND THE NET” (photos shown are from mlb.com)*