Opening Day 2011

Although my blogging here has been virtually non-existent, I could not let Opening Day go by without at least making an appearance. It’s been a long winter of hoping the Red Sox would make some good acquisitions (DONE), hoping our players would return strong and healthy from their injury-riddled 2010 season (yet to be determined) and planning our annual Red Sox Roadtrip (DONE – Pittsburgh in June).

Am I excited about the 2011 season? Of course. But in true New England style, I will keep my exhuberance in check. There is no need to get all crazy. It’s only April. It bothers me to see so many sportswriters ranking the Red Sox so high in their “Power Rankings.” Anything can happen and it usually does. I am not being pessimistic when I say that — I am being realistic.

All I know is our front office has given us the best possible chances to win this season. That is half the battle. The other half of the battle will be played out over the course of 162 games.

Let’s go, Red Sox!

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Jenks and Wheeler

Jenks and Wheeler are EXACTLY what the Red Sox bullpen needed. I just hope Jenks is in good form for the 2011 season. I have no reservations about Wheeler. He has always pitched well against the Red Sox so I am glad to have him on our team this year. And he is a native New Englander — always a good thing.

On a different note…

I just read the blog leaders for November. Some interesting movement on that list. Congrats to you, Jane for leading the list again! And Rays Renegade deserves kudos for hitting the #2 spot. WTG!

It looks like we have some interesting new blogs out there. I am looking forward to more baseball talk in the coming months…

Cheers!

Lee Lands in Philly

I couldn’t believe the news this morning. Cliff Lee takes less money to play for Philadelphia. Unbelieveable. I really thought he would stay with the Rangers. It seemed like the proximity to his home in Arkansas would be the key but I was wrong (again).

I did sense that Lee would not accept the Yankees’ offer. Little comments here and there from Hank Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman tipped me off. Making remarks that this was their one and only offer and other comments about players of Lee’s caliber should be playing for a team like the Yankees… it all sounded a bit arrogant to me.

I guess none of it matters at this point. What’s done is done and Lee is once again a Philly. Talk about a fantastic starting rotation… wow! The Red Sox play the Phillies in interleague play at the end of June. I can’t wait for that series.

 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Adrian Gonzalez AND Carl Crawford? Wow! Both players were on my Red Sox Christmas Wish List and Theo has delivered. Now if he can just bolster the bullpen…

I would imagine the Yankees are going to pull all the purse strings they can to get Cliff Lee. I don’t blame them. I would, too.

This is getting very interesting.

Cheers!

I Could Not Have Said It Any Better

“While they [Theo Epstein and the current Red Sox front office] definitely deserve credit for bringing two World Series championships to Boston, they also deserve the blame for turning that World Series team into what the Red Sox are today.

Which is a middle-of-the-road team with an astronomical payroll.”

— Sean Crowe, The Boston Examiner

 

I could not have said it any better myself. To read the whole article – go here.

There’s Always Next Year…

I think I will always refer to 2010 as “The Lost Season.” I have so many thoughts about this year and many hopes for next year. That’s what being a Red Sox fan is all about. Always looking forward to next year. I am sure I will be back to jot them down.

But for now, I am officially rooting for the Tampa Bay Rays. At least the Red Sox won today and denied the Yankees the AL East Championship. It’s little consolation but it will have to do until next year.

Just FYI —

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Keeping The Faith – It’s All About the Wild Card!

When I read the news this afternoon that Kevin Youkilis was out for the remainder of the season, my first thought was: Kiss this season good-bye.

smack.jpgBut then I thought: What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t at least live up to the name of my blog?

I know I am a lousy blogger when it comes to posting consistently. But I do watch almost every game. And I am continuing to keep the faith. Here’s why:

  • Mike Lowell is back and is covering 1st base quite well. No, he is not Kevin Youkilis but Lowell is no slouch.
  • We have a very strong starting rotation. Not to mention that Josh Beckett is back and pitching well.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the line up. Let’s hope he can start contributing SOON.
  • J.D. Drew is due to get hot. **wishful thinking here, I know**
  • Marco Scutaro is clutch at shortstop. He is WAYYYY better than Julio Lugo.
  • Jed Lowrie and Bill Hall both seem to do a good job of covering second base. No, they are not Dustin Pedroia but guess what?
  • Dustin Pedroia will be back and probably in the nick of time. **let’s hope!**
  • David Ortiz is hitting and hitting well.

I’m no Pollyanna but I am keeping the faith that we will secure the AL Wild Card spot. From here on out, it’s all about the Wild Card, baby.