Tagged: Philadelphia Phillies

Busy Busy Busy

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”

Who Knew Interleague Would Be A Kick? (I Did)

  


Wake's Pitch.jpgMid-way through a slow-climbing season of baseball for the Boston Red Sox….appeared a gift

INTERLEAGUE play

to my 2007 World Champion (2008 American League Divisional Winners) – matching-up against the National League is a GREAT way to rack-up a boat load of wins before going back to the almost mondane schedule of playing against their usual American League (East) counterparts. I love Interleague play, it allows me to see a real mix of teams playing eachother….a delightful change in baseball.

The Red Sox just completed a 9-game homestand of Interleague play, emerging extremely victorious at a 8 of 9 games won. Now the boys are about to embark on a 6 game road trip out west for the remainder of their 1st phase of Interleague play. Gone now are the Phillies, the Diamondbacks, and the Dodgers……on come the games vs. the Rockies and the Giants !!

 


June 2010 086 (2).jpgThe Red Sox crept quietly up the standings ladder as Tampa free-fell(only winning 3 out of their last 9 games), and the Yankees stumbled. The Yankees have yet to face the Diamondbacks and Dodgers in the coming 6 games(on the road), and the Rays will face the Padres and Diamondbacks(at home). So,unfortunately…I do expect the road ahead to get easier for the Rays – making the competition for the top spots in the AL East to get even tighter.

With very few games ahead to be played at Fenway Park in July (only 9)…so the boys – both young and old need to play hard and stay focused on the road. Godspeed boys, the hopes of a nation are behind you.

 


Manny Ramirez.jpg– fenway fruitgirl “BEHIND THE NET”  2010

 

INTERLEAGUE AT FENWAY

 

 


Bat Flag.jpgThe 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Philles are arriving in Boston,and are beginning a three game series with the Boston Red Sox Friday June 11th at 7:05.

Veteran LHP Jamie Moyer will pitch against our RHP John Lackey on Friday, followed by an early Saturday game (4:10pm on FOX) featuring Philly RHP Joe Blanton vs. Sox RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, and ending on Sunday afternoon at 1:35pm with Philly Superstar LHP Cole Hamels pitching against Veteran RHP Tim Wakefield.

Monday will be a day-off for the Sox, where most will play in the Pitching-In For Kids Annual Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek Golf Tournament in Quincy. (I will blog about that event on Tuesday)

Tuesday welcomes the Arizona Diamondbacks to Fenway Park for 3 games (6/15-6/17). The pitching rotation right now for the Red Sox looks like: RHP Clay Buchholz, LHP Jon Lester, and RHP John Lackey to finish on Thurday.

Right after the D’Backs go, the Los Angeles Dodgers arrive! Manny Ramirez returns to Boston with his team of Dodger Blue, head by the big boss Joe Torre for 3 games next weekend. The Sox pitching rotation right now looks like:  RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, Veteran RHP Tim Wakefield, and RHP Clay Buchholz to finish INTERLEAGUE play at Fenway. (Road trip follows to Colorado Rockies & San Francisco Giants.

Footnote:
If Jon Lester wins his game on Wednesday June 16th vs. the Diamondbacks, it will be his  50th  win.
Captain Jason Varitek’s 80 career Homers at Fenway place him 17th all-time,and only 4 from Vern Stephens 16th place. Varitek is 5th in the AL – for catchers right now.

EQUIPMENT DRIVE  (AT  FENWAY PARK)    6/11/10 – 6/13/10
– drop off new and used sporting equipment at the entrance gates to Fenway Park this weekend for their annual equipment drive, and you will have a chance to win autographed memorabilia & valuable prizes.

– fenway fruitgirl  (BEHIND THE NET) 2010
 

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Sox vs. World Champs

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Sunday  March 22, 2009     Boston Red Sox   vs.    Philadelphia Phillies    1:05pm 

 

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Another sunny warm day in Florida. I’m nursing a mean sunburn from Friday’s game. Got to the park early today and had breakfast watching the morning warmups. Then I took a ballpark tour. John Henry’s suite is nice and all, but I would rather watch a game down in the dugout where I can actually see it. Up in a bird’s nest way up high, you may as well watch it on tv. By the way, he has lots of them up there in his suite. I sat in Jerry Remy’s chair to catch a similar view, then went over to the press room where I met Alex Speier (I hope I spelled that right). He told me Beckett was pitching, and I almost kissed him!! So then I went down to tour the dugouts and field and practice fields, and I literally ran into Brian Daubach in full Camo baseball gear. He was in town with his team from Nashua NH and some celebs to play a 7-inning game with the Sox for charity. I peeked in to see the catchers warming-up (Varitek,Brown and Kottaras) but the mean old guys in security wouldn’t let me stay long. On the way out of there, I passed Wakefield, Lester (who is very tan and has a new goatee), Papelbon and Buchholz going in to practice and play. Not being allowed to tour the locker room, I sadly walked over to my dugout seats and watched BP for both teams. I briefly met Chris Carter and Dusty Brown (BIG blue eyes) while watching Youkilis swing. By the way, Youk did great – no pain.

The Sox were great. Josh pitched and Tek caught…..what more could anyone ask for on a warm Sunday afternoon? The Red Sox wore their Home Whites in the game, they will only do that one more time against the Twins on Saturday March 28th. I was a bit disappointed that Shane Victorino did not play for the Phillies. At games end, we won  3 to 0.

The 2007 World Champions shut out the  2008 World Champions !!

I really have to give a shout out to the Phillies fans, they were a really classy bunch.

Another attendance record broken, another sellout !!  John Henry must be very pleased.

Enjoy the photos.  And a big hello to Sean McAdam. 

-fruitgirl

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