Thursday, July 29
Wednesday, July 28
We've all read the articles, viewership is down, radio listeners have fallen off a cliff.....and then I see crap videos like this.
All this does is further confirm my hatred for pink hats (especially the first girl) and fake fans. I'm dragging ass today, and have been since last week because of this West Coast trip, while these women call themselves fans and walk around all motivated and energetic.
Boston.com should have interviewed me (post coffee this morning of course). Unfortunately, it's people like those in this video who buy tickets, go to the game in order to socialize and leave after the 7th inning to go home and watch the Bachelorette.
Bunch of Sallies.
Hump day anger? Possibly.
Monday, July 26
Sunday, July 25
But could the Sox really become sellers?
Sure, they lost a heart breaker today and have fallen 8 games behind the Yankees in the AL East (5 games behind the Wild Card leading Rays).
Despite another solid Dice-K start (you can pick apart the 5 walks as an issue, but all things considered, I'll absolutely take it) the Sox are playing eerily similar to their April doldrums. Of course the offense continues to struggle, Bard can't do it all, and Oki wouldn't be able get T Murph out at this point.
The bullpen is the clear need, I don't care if Chris Iannetta is Italian and from Rhode Island.
However, with all the injuries and Boston's inability to win close games, the question is creeping into some fan's minds....is it possible that the Sox will become trade deadline sellers?
I simply won't accept that as an option. I don't care how many injuries this team has had, management has spent over 170 million dollars on this roster, more than any other team in Red Sox history, you can't be sellers with those kinds of resources.
Moreover, as a city, I don't think Boston could come to terms with it. I'd definitely flip a car or two.
It would be an amazingly difficult sell to Red Sox Nation, and would likely bring the consecutive sell out streak to an end.
From an ITM perspective, it's not going to happen, it can't...it won't. That's what we're telling ourselves at least.
Saturday, July 24
"Beckett sucks, why did I start him on my fantasy team this week?"...
"He's not worth the money on his new contract"...
"His numbers since 08' are more comparable to Dice-K than an ace"...
"I bet he's not even from Texas, he's probably Canadian"
If you sat next to us, that went on for a bit...until Beckett pulled it together and went 5.2 more than solid innings to both shut us up and inject some hope into a nearly defeated Red Sox Nation.
While I'm not ready to give Beckett the ace title back...ever, I am ready to say I have more confidence in this rotation than I've hide all season. Sure it's mainly because of health, but with Dice-K and Lackey in a presumed grove, I haven't felt this good about the rotation since opening day.
I can't wait for the Sox to come home from the West Coast trip, I need some sleep.
ITM note, blogged this while standing in line at Comcast waiting to return my equipment. The move required a switch to Direct TV. The jury is still out on them, but thus far the sports packages and scoreboard features are money.
Big Jon Stud...Go.
Wednesday, July 21
Tuesday, July 20
Because let's be honest, we're not going to win any other way.
The Sox are averaging a shade over 3 runs a game over their last 12 or so... I don't care how good Theo's package of run prevention is/was/is thought to be, that's not going to win you many games in the big leagues.
So it's come down to this, praying for the starting pitching (all of them) to pick this team up off the ground and carry them with as many quality and superb starts as possible until the bats return in a few weeks. We've always known that Boston's pitching was their strong suit this year, now they're going to have to prove it true.
Dice-K did his part last night to kick things off. He was surprisingly efficient, allowing only one run on two hits and two walks through 6 and 2/3rds. The game was speedy and lasted just 2 hours and 40 minutes. Word on the street is that's the first time a Dice-K game has ended in less than 7 hours, he likely had a sushi reservation with Ichiro that he couldn't miss.
The are those who believe Dice-K has found his 2007 form. Individuals in the Red Sox organization believe he's found the right pregame routine and warm up over the last three starts that should allow for continued success.
So I've provided you with a little bit of optimism, now, in true Red Sox Nation form, I'll take it away.
Sunday, July 18
I was talking to my brother earlier today and we both agreed that the plethora of injuries, non-identifiable names on the current Red Sox team, and recent All Star break has caused many of us in the Nation to lose focus.....we need to snap out of it, and so do the Sox.
While the Sox may be getting Beckett, Buchholz and Hermy back this week, the upcoming West coast trip could very well shape the rest of the season for Boston. That said, seeing how it's a Sunday night and I'm still on European time, let's quickly go around the horn:
-VMart played catch today, which is a good sign, but his timetable is not yet defined....I'm not sure how much longer I can stand watching the combination of Brown (who?), one of the seven Molina brothers, and Rube Baker behind the plate for the Sox.
-Boston has won only 3 of their last 11 games, meanwhile the Yanks continue to chug along, extending their lead over the Sox to 6.5 games ( and 3 over the Rays). If the Sox pull a 3-7 road trip, they'll likely be in big trouble upon returning home right before the trade deadline (ITM note: while the Sox are away, the Yanks and Rays have pretty cake schedules, not a good combination)
-With the return of Beckett and Buchholz this week, it means Just for Men Wakefield will probably be headed back to the pen. Let's hope he has one last solid outing in him on Tuesday.
-Mike Cameron is starting to put up the numbers we had hoped for. We'll need a lot more if it while on the West Coast.
-Good for Michael Bowden. After throwing up all over himself against Toronto last year, he's seemingly worked hard to fix his delivery issues and now looks stronger than ever. His slider was absolutely nasty in his perfect 9th inning today. Good sign for the Sox since that's by far their weakest area (once healthy).
-Mike Lowell is getting an injection and starting a rehab start with Pawtucket soon. To be honest, I had completely forgotten he existed or a while. That said, he's had to deal with so much this season, you gotta be pulling for the man.
-Beltre may be over-achieving at the plate this year, but his 15 errors is about 14 more than I expected at this point given all the ball washing we heard about his glove (ITM included).
-Fenway celebrated its 600th straight sellout today. There have been some questionable sell outs along the way, but regardless, it's a testament to a great (and affluent) fan base.
10 days, 10 games on the West Coast, once it's over we'll know a whole lot more about the Sox, their overall health, and their chances of playing baseball in October when they return.
Thursday, July 15
The mish-mash combination of Joe and Tim Murph (not related....or are they??) have made somewhat of an attempt to keep ITM from being sued and relatively up to date.
But now, the games count. For real. We enter the second half with an amazing amount of question marks.....more than I can ever remember (save for when all of us couldn't figure out how Scott Cooper made the all star team back in the day).
I don't care how die-hard of a Sox fan you are, but if you say that you know everyone on the current roster YOU ARE LYING. I think we may have picked up Brian Rose off waivers (ITM note, isn't B Rose coaching womens slow pitch softball somewhere nowadays? That's a shame).
Word on the street is Joe Murph is giving tonight's game his all in his Brooklyn home. Sitting in special chairs, cooking special dinners, using vodoo dolls and stuff... While I'm here in Italy he's scared stiff about the second half.
To confirm, here's a GChat convo from earlier today:
Joseph: oh man are we banged up, who the hell is playing anywhere tonight?
me: no f'n idea
Joseph: beltre's out, pedey's out
me: completely lost
Joseph: i think youk's still out, martinez is out
me: i just assume it's Pawtucket out there at this point
Joseph: that's 4 out of 5 infielders jacoby's out is jd out?
me: Gotta just assume he's out with a bad cough....is mike lowell dead?
Joseph: probably, mike lowell's still prob dl....though uncertain honestly, we'll be lucky to have 3 position players regulars, and two of our 3 best pitchers are out....
This convo goes on for a while....we're both nervous about the upcoming series against Texas and the West Coast, but Joe Murph (Joseph huh??) is convinced we'll be at least 8 games back upon returning.
Here's hoping he's way off like samsonite.
Tuesday, July 13
Monday, July 12
Thursday, July 8
Anyways, I got this picture from my cousin who was celebrating the 4th of July at a Bourne Braves Cape Cod League baseball game. Our good friend Theo was on the Cape celebrating America's birthday by scouting one of his top draft picks - RHP Anthony Ranaudo.
Now that's a dedicated owner. If I was Theo I would have been on a yacht somewhere lighting off fireworks, but I guess that's why he's the GM and I'm not.
Aside from having an awesome name, Ranaudo has a bright career ahead of him. He stands at 6-7 and weighs 230 pounds. The right hander throws in the mid 90's and has dominated thus far in the Cape League. Remember that name folks, you're likely to hear more of it over the next few years.
Kid is a stud.
For more info on Ranaudo and his night in Bourne with Theo watching, check out the full count blog over at WEEI.
Tuesday, July 6
- Age: 22
- Born: October 23, 1987
- Carabobo, Venezuela
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 205
- Throws: Left
- Drafted: Not drafted - International free agent (July 2004)
Sunday, July 4
Friday, July 2
-JD is back! Drew got exactly what he wanted tonight, two solo shots and a very fast game. I'm sure that at this point he's sitting in the hot tub showing no emotion, thinking about when his next injury will hit.
-Nava continues to one-up himself, maybe Erin Andrews was in the house tonight. It's Nava's world and the rest of us are just living in it.
-The Sox are now only a half game behind the Yanks for first place in the AL East. Honestly, how is this possible?
-Old man Wakefield does it again. Between all the injuries and the bullpen's recent struggles, Wake recognized the need to go deep into the game and be effective, I know, it's the O's, but Wake seems to always eat innings when they need it the most.
-If the Sox are going to keep themselves in the mix over the month of July, this is exactly the type of baseball they need to play. Great pitching, timely hitting and good defense. They can't get into slug fests.
-The serious injury concern is slightly mitigated by a relatively weak July schedule.
-The Sox are without both of their major league catchers, and apparently both of their catchers up in Lowell got hurt last week.....an amazing run of bad luck.
-If Adrian Beltre is not an All-Star, I'm going to consider threatening anyone who'll listen. Or, more likely, I'll just write a pissed off post about it.