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September 1, 2007

a "no-no" in Fenway!

I have stayed away from doing any Red Sox blog posts but today was a day for the record books and I just had to comment on an such an amazing feat.

If you are not a baseball fan, let me explain. A "no-no" is a no-hitter. That means that no one on the other team gets a hit during the entire game. The scoreboard will reflect this by a 0 under the H (R H E - Runs, Hits, Errors) on the right side of the scoreboard.
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What made this no-hitter even more amazing was that the pitcher accomplishing this feat was a 23-year old kid who was pitching his second game ever in the major leagues. I say kid because he looks like he is 16 or 17!

Clay Buchholz pitched his first ever major league two weeks ago against the Angels. I happened to see that game on TV while staying up on the North Shore. I had been trying to explain baseball to my friends from Italy and was thrilled to find the game on TV when I woke up. I remember commenting about how young he looked as we watched a few innings together while eating breakfast. I didn't even know he was on the Red Sox roster and had no idea where he came from. I do remember being quite impressed with his pitching though, probably because he looked so young.

After our 4 game skid losing 3 to the Yankees and then a very close game to the Orioles, I wasn't sure what to think when I heard Clay Buchholz would be pitching again today. I was just hoping for a win and never expected a game as exciting as today's game ended up being.

There were a few nail biting moments in the game today and of course the last couple of innings were pretty intense. Dustin Pedroia, who in my humble opinion should be rookie of the year, made yet another amazing play which prevented a hit and should make the top 10 plays on ESPN. Coco Crisp certainly did his part out in center field as did the rest of the defense. The offense also helped by scoring 10 runs to take the pressure off Clay and Jason Varitek was an important part of the game, but in the end, the kid made the pitches and threw the no-hitter.

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What a thrill for Clay Buchholz, for the Red Sox, and for all of the faithful fans.

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And for a little history, Clay Buchholz became the 17th rookie to throw a no-hitter and the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first or second major league start. he is 2-0 with his second game as a no-hitter, something many very famous pitchers never accomplish in their lifetimes. Simply Amazing!!

GO SOX!!!!!

October 21, 2007

GO SOX!!!!!

What a great season and a great series!
Red Sox win the ALCS 4-3!!

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4 more games to go!!!!

October 24, 2007

free taco if a base is stolen!

Here is a baseball related tidbit that my be of interest to even non-baseball lovers. Taco Bell is offering a free Crunchy Seasoned Beef Taco to "every legal resident" in the US (50 states + DC) if a base is stolen during the World Series. Crazy huh? Of course, Taco Bell needs to determine that it is an "eligible" stolen base, whatever that means. The other catch seems to be that it needs to be at a "participating" Taco Bell restaurant, again whatever that means.

You can get your free taco on Tuesday, October 30, 2007 if the base is stolen during games 1 or 2 and on November 6, 2007 if the base is stolen during games 3-7. Pick up time is between 2 & 5 pm local time. The fine print also says that if you are in line by 5, you can still get your free taco. Do you think there will be a mob scene at each Taco Bell?

It was pretty funny today listening to two of the Red Sox players discussing this offer in the dugout during the game. They were trying to figure out how this offer could be for real. How would Taco Bell know if you already got a free taco at one Taco Bell and then went to another Taco Bell for another free taco? It actually says in the fine print that Taco Bell has the right to deny you a free taco if the management thinks you already got a free taco. So don't forget to use a napkin and hide those Taco Bell bags when you go for your second free taco.

Now in no way am I promoting Taco Bell. I personally do not eat at Taco Bell...so please feel free to have my taco if there is a stolen base. Sorry Leslie, you will have to fly to one of the 50 states to get your free taco.

I will update my blog after each game to let everyone know the stolen base situation.

Game 1 - Red Sox 13 - Rockies 1 - no stolen bases.

GO SOX!!!!

October 25, 2007

it's taco time!!!

Jacoby Ellsbury stole second!

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Free tacos for everyone next Tuesday, October 30th, from 2-5 pm local time!! Spread the word.

Game is tied, bottom of the 4th.

GO SOX!!!

October 29, 2007

2007 World Series Champions!!!!

As I am sure you all know by now, the Red Sox are the 2007 World Series Champions!!!! Congratulations ♥ Red Sox!!!!

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At the end of the season, I was just so happy for the Red Sox to be in first place in the AL East. Having the best record in baseball this year was thrilling. Winning the World Series was really more than I ever dreamed when the season began. What an amazing season it was!!

I thought Mike Lowell was a good choice for MVP...

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...but there were many many MVPs on this Red Sox team.

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It was definitely a true team effort where every single member made a significant contribution. I am just so proud of all that they have accomplished this year.

It certainly was a very different win this year. After all those years of always thinking something was going to happen, even after 2 outs in the 9th with a huge lead, I just knew in my heart when it got to the 9th with a one run lead this year that we were going to win. I have to thank the 2004 Red Sox team for that. Although I was not screaming as much this time, I still had that big grin on my face for many hours after they won along with a few tears of joy. This win was like the cherry on the top of an ice cream sundae.

I sympathized with the Indians and Rockies and all of their fans. We certainly have been there many many times and know how it feels to watch another team celebrate. Hopefully someday it will be their turn (and I still hope one day soon to see the Cubbies win). But this is our year, and again, I am thrilled!!

I was so thankful to actually see the Red Sox win the World Series once in my lifetime. After all those years of hope and pain, and now, they have won twice! It really is more than I ever dreamed of. Thank you Red Sox for an incredible year, one I will never forget!

Oh, and Kim, your congratulations meant quite a lot to me. My sincere hope is to see the Red Sox and the Yankees finally make peace with each other. I may need to go into a little bit of therapy to help make this happen but am going to try and hope others will too. There is enough unnecessary fighting already in the world.

OK...enough baseball talk for now...

March 21, 2008

the Green Monster and the mascot

Annie recently wrote a post called "What's a Tar Heel?". In her post, Annie wrote about her team, the North Carolina Tar Heels. She also wrote about the history of the name "Tar Heels" and about the team's mascot. I loved how she described the Tar Heel mascot:
But here’s what really confuses people. Our mascot is a ram named Ramses. But we are NOT the UNC Rams, we’re the UNC Tar Heels. Even I don’t completely understand that. Maybe it was just too hard to make a furry suit that looks like a foot?

I made a comment on her blog about my trying to picture how one would portray a tar heel. Annie in turn asked me about the Red Sox mascot. Well, I am always more than happy to talk Sox here, so Annie, here is the short history of our Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster.

wally.jpg The Red Sox did not have a mascot until 1997. I personally think they should have kept it that way. However, being a huge Red Sox fan, I am usually happy to go along with most of their new promo ideas and I guess the mascot is fun for kids. Our mascot, Wally the Green Monster, like the Tar Heel's mascot, Ramses, has nothing to do with the name of the team it represents. I guess like the Tar Heels, it would probably be pretty silly seeing a person dressed up as a Red Sock. Instead of being connected to a red sock, Wally the Green Monster, is supposed to somehow represent the "green monster", which is the famous big green wall in left field. I personally think it is a big stretch.

I find the history of Fenway Park and the Green Monster much more interesting than our mascot, Wally the Green Monster. Fenway park opened on April 20, 1912. The original wall in left field was a 37-foot wooden left field wall. In 1934, the wall was replaced by a more durable, 37-foot sheet metal structure. The wall was covered in advertisements. In 1947, the wall was painted green and the Green Monster was born. In 2003, 247 seats were added atop the Green Monster. What a cool place that must be to watch a game. For more detailed history about Fenway Park, check out this link and this link.

The Green Monster (the big green wall):
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3 days, 8 hours, 5 minutes til opening day...GO SOX!!!!

March 25, 2008

let the games begin...

The baseball season has begun! And the Sox are in first place!! They have the best record in the league and are a half-game up on the Yankees!! Yeah I know, no one else has played yet (except the A's) but still I am always happy when we are in first place and especially when we are ahead of the Yankees.

The first game of the season started at 12:11 am this morning my time. I only lasted an hour and then fell asleep. I watched the rest of the game this morning. Final score: 6-5 Red Sox with the game going into extra innings. There were a few blunders on both sides, but in the end, luck was on our side. A win is a win and we will take it.

A blogger who no longer blogs described the beginning of the baseball season like the feeling you get on Christmas Eve. It is the same excitement I feel each year.

Ok...enough about my boys and the beginning of a new baseball season. Have I mentioned I love baseball?? and I love the Red Sox??

Both Annie and Sandra asked about my favorite baseball movie. I don't think there has been a baseball movie I have not liked, even a Yankees baseball movie. I love the game and enjoy any movie about baseball. A few movies that I would rank as my favorites include Field of Dreams, The Natural, A League of Their Own, and Bull Durham, but my all time favorite would have to be Fever Pitch.

Fever Pitch is about a die hard Red Sox fan, Ben (played by Jimmy Fallon), who is torn between the woman he loves, Lindsey (played by Drew Barrymore), and the baseball team he worships. Yes, I know it is a sappy love story, but what makes this movie my favorite is the way they portray the life of Ben as a passionate out of control Red Sox fan. Ben lives in apartment, which is decorated in a Red Sox gift shop theme. He even has a green monster wall in his living room. I love how Ben reacts when his season tickets are delivered, how he decides which friends get which tickets, and how he gives Lindsey a little black ring box with a ticket for opening day inside.

There are so many classic lines in this movie, including when Ben tells Lindsey that he attends spring training every year to figure out which players they should keep and which players they should get rid of and Lindsey asks, "And the Red Sox ask your opinion?". Another one of my favorite scenes is when Ben is depressed after Lindsey breaks up with him and his friends find him sitting in front of the TV watching the moment in the 86 World Series when the ball goes through Buckner's legs over and over again and one of his friends says, "Oh, my God. The Buckner game? I thought you took that away from him!"

But the best part is the end of the movie. When the Farrelly brothers, life long Red Sox fans, wrote this movie, they did not want to jinx the Red Sox. They wrote an ending where the Red Sox lost, figuring they would do just that. Once the Red Sox came back to beat the Yankees, and the thought that the Red Sox could actually win this time after 86 years, they had to scramble to write a new ending.

My favorite line in the entire movie, the actual WEEI radio announcement of the final out of the game, which gives me goose bumps and brings me to tears every time I watch this movie, is: "Back to Foulke. Red Sox fans have longed to hear it. The Boston Red Sox are world champions."

And that is why Fever Pitch is my all time favorite movie. Of course if you are talking real life, my Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series Collector's Edition DVD box set which includes the all 7 ALCS games and the 4 World Series games ranks right up there.

Here's a preview of the movie Fever Pitch.

April 8, 2008

guy who has no idea about baseball calls the game

Today is Opening Day at Fenway Park. I have never attended an opening day game. It is something I would love to do one day. Today is a very special opening day. The ring ceremony will take place to honor the 2007 World Championship Red Sox Team. Boy would I love to be at Fenway Park today. Hoping there will be some good video clips posted later on today since the ceremony will only be broadcast locally.

So to get you in the baseball mood...

If you haven't seen it yet, check out this very funny one minute video of a play-by-play done by John Mayer during one of the two Red Sox/A's games played in Japan. I have no idea how or why he was was asked to do a play-by-play announcement and why he was even at this game since he obviously knows nothing about baseball.


April 9, 2008

ring ceremony

The ring ceremony took place yesterday at Fenway Park to honor the
2007 World Series Championship Red Sox Team.

Although the ceremony was only broadcasted locally, I was able to find video clips of the ceremony on NESN when I got home from work. It was almost as good as watching it on TV. Thank goodness for the internet!! As a Red Sox fan, the ceremony was pretty exciting to watch.

Photos and descriptions of some of events of the day:

The ceremony started off with a parade of flags from 62 Red Sox Nations, lining the outfield. The nations represented by the 62 flags (Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela, and Vietnam) were either Red Sox Nation member residents or were nations with citizens who have been in touch with the Red Sox organization via letters and e-mails professing their love for the team. (see the end of this post for the significance of the flags)

Once the flags were all lined up, the banners for the five previous championships, 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918 dropped in sequence. Then the large 2004 banner unrolled covering the entire Green Monster. Finally, the new 2007 World Series Championship banner was unrolled on top of the 2004 banner. The Boston Symphony Orchestra (otherwise known as the Boston Pops) accompanied many of the events during the ceremony.

Photo (from the Boston Globe) of the 2007 World Series Championship banner and flags from some of the Red Sox Nations:
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April 10, 2008

this one's for you Annie

Annie recently wrote a post titled, "What's a Tar Heel?". She talked about how the University of North Carolina's mascot was a ram and not a tar heel even though the nickname for their teams was Tar Heels. She wondered if it was because it was just too hard to make a furry suit that looked like a foot.

Annie asked me about the Red Sox mascot, wondering if it could be a sock. I wrote a post, titled "the Green Monster and the mascot" which talked about the Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster. I made the comment: "I guess like the Tar Heels, it would probably be pretty silly seeing a person dressed up as a Red Sock."

I guess I was wrong! I found this photo yesterday on the Boston Globe site while looking at all the ring ceremony photos:

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The caption for the photo read: Mascots Lefty and Righty did not head to Los Angeles with Dr. Charles Steinberg. They were out and about at Fenway Park on Opening Day. No word as to how Wally feels about these two.

April 14, 2008

déjà vu Heidi Game

Saturday morning, Red Sox vs. Yankees on FOX...

I have mixed feelings when watching a baseball game on FOX. The FOX announcers are always so annoying but yet I am always grateful that the game is being broadcast on TV. Usually by the 5th or 6th inning, I mute my TV and turn on MLB Gameday Audio on the computer to listen to the local radio broadcast. The only problem with that is that the audio broadcast is delayed about 30 seconds.

Saturday's game was one of those close finger-crossing, holding your breath type of games. With two outs and two men on in the top of the eighth, Alex Rodriguez is up. Just as the Sox bring in Papelbon to try to get out of the jam, it begins to rain and the game is delayed for about 2 1/2 hours.

Finally the game resumes. Papelbon strikes out A-Rod with three straight pitches. The crowd goes wild. The Sox are then quickly retired in order 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 8th.

Now, here is where the déjà vu Heidi Game happens.

It’s the top of the ninth, the Sox have a one run lead, and it is the last chance for the Yankees to come back. I am sure both Yankees and Red Sox fans everywhere are glued to the tube. With two outs and Cano batting with a 3-2 count on him, BAM, the game disappears and race cars appear on the TV screen!!! With no warning, in the middle of an at-bat, the game is gone and race cars are racing around in circles!

After a minor freak out, and a few swears, I suddenly remembered that games have sometimes been broadcast on FX in the past. I grabbed my remote and turn to channel 41 just as the game ended. Cano grounded out, Sox won 4-3.

I switched channels before FOX finally announced what happened to the baseball game. Obviously it was too late to see the ending of the game by the time the new channel was announced.

Not only did baseball fans miss the end of the game, FOX did not even start the NASCAR race at the beginning, so what was the urgency to switch sports? And worse yet, I am sure everyone watching FX freaked out because all of a sudden in the middle of their movie, baseball appeared.

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May 19, 2008

another "no-no" in Fenway!

Congratulations to Jon Lester, who became the first pitcher this season in the Major Leagues to throw a no-hitter. I am in awe of anyone who throws a no-hitter. For this 24-year old lefty pitcher, it was something extra special. Jon Lester was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in August 2006. He stopped playing baseball and started treatment. He returned to the Red Sox, pitching and winning his first game since being diagnosed on July 23, 2007. I remember how emotional that game was. He then went on to pitch the 4th game of the World Series on October 28, 2007 to clinch the 2007 World Series. And now today, to pitch a "no no", what a special accomplishment he has achieved.

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(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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For those wondering, a "no-no" or a "no-hitter" means that no one on the other team gets a hit during the entire game. The scoreboard will reflect this by a 0 under the H (R H E - Runs, Hits, Errors) on the right side of the scoreboard.

Last year, I wrote about the "no no" Clay Buchholz threw on September 1, 2007. Throwing a no-hitter is not an easy feat. Before Clay Bucholz, the last "no no" or no-hitter thrown by a Red Sox pitcher occurred on April 27, 2002 (Derek Lowe threw this one). In recent MLB history, there have only been 3 no-hitters in 2007, 1 in 2006, 1 in 2004, 2 in 2003, 1 in 2002, and 3 in 2001.

For a little more trivia:
*This was the first no-hitter thrown by a Red Sox left-hander since Mel Parnell threw one against the White Sox on July 14, 1956.
*Jason Varitek was the first catcher to be behind the plate catching 4 no-hitters (4 different pitchers/4 no-hitters).

I am so glad for once I left work on time. I checked the Red Sox score (as I always do) when I got home. Because of the time difference, night games start at 1pm here so the game was well underway. Once I saw that Jon Lester was working on a no-hitter, I signed into the MLB audio (Red Sox radio broadcast) and caught the end of the game. After the last pitch, ESPN showed the final strike as well as all the hugs on the field after the game was over. I got pretty choked up watching everyone congratulate him. It was a definite "tear jerker". What a great inspiration and an amazing accomplishment!

GO SOX!!

June 17, 2008

running the bases

Ok, warning...baseball talk here.

Chien-Ming Wang, a pitcher on the Yankees team, was hurt (foot injury) on Sunday while running the bases.

I guess I should give you a little background on this first. There are two leagues in Major League Baseball; the National League and the American League. In the National League, pitchers get up to bat, hit, and run bases. They even score runs on occasion. In the American League, pitchers only pitch. A designated hitter gets up to bat instead of the pitcher. During interleague play (when teams of different leagues play each other), American League pitchers bat if the game is played in the National League's park. Following me?

On Sunday, the Yankees (an American League team) played the Houston Astros (a National League team) in Houston. Chien-Ming Wang, who was pitching for the Yankess, slipped and injured his foot while running the bases. Naturally, Hank Steinbrenner had something "scholarly" to say about the incident and is blaming the entire National League for this injury:

"My only message is simple: The National League needs to join the 21st century. They need to grow up and join the 21st century. I've got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He's going to be out. I don't like that, and it's about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s.

This is always a concern of American League teams when their pitchers have to run the bases and they're not used to doing it. It's not just us. It's everybody. It probably should be a concern for National League owners, general managers and managers when their pitchers run the bases. Pitchers have enough to do without having to do that."

First, pitchers batted in both leagues until the DH was added to the American League lineup in 1973. Second, no one ran into Wang, no one knocked him down, he was only running! Isn't baseball a sport? Shouldn't athletes, being paid billions of dollars, have enough athletic skill to at least be able to run the bases? Again, National League pitchers run the bases every day! High school kids run bases. I understand that you are upset that your pitcher was hurt, but to blame the entire National League?? I just don't get it Hank...

July 31, 2008

arrivederci and aloha Manny

Being the huge Red Sox fan that I am, I just had to put in my two cents on the Manny deal.

I know most of you are probably thinking, here she goes talking about baseball again, but this is HUGE. It has been the main story in Boston as well all on all the blogs, radio stations, and TV stations that talk about sports.

The questions you probably have if you are not a baseball fan are, “Who are you talking about?” “What are you talking about?” and “So what. “Why is this such big news?”

The "who" would be Manny, Manny being Manny, Manny Ramirez, Manuel Aristides Ramirez, he goes by many names.

The "what" would be that today the Red Sox have traded Manny to the L.A. Dodgers. It went right down to the wire. So, all you fans of the boys in blue are getting a fantastic player.

I am sure many of you are still saying, “So what. “Why is this such big news?” Well, Manny Ramirez is probably one of the most talented hitters playing baseball today. He was an integral part of both of Red Sox World Series wins. He was the MVP during the 2004 World Series. As of today, he has hit 510 home runs. Only 22 players in history have hit more home runs than Manny has. You would think that we (the Red Sox) would be crazy to give up such a talented player.

Well, when push came to shove, the Red Sox really did not have much of a choice. Manny started pulling his antics once again. I have lost count on how many times he has stopped playing and has demanded to be traded, and this is a guy that has been playing with an eight-year, $160 million contract.

This time, though as many have said, it was the straw that broke the camel's back. We have been playing like crap since the All Star Break. It is apparent that this "problem” has been a major distraction in the Red Sox clubhouse. Even the fans, those who have always stuck up for Manny, started to boo him this week.

Yesterday, Manny continued to sound off, egging the Red Sox on to trade him. Here is what he had to say:

"The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me," Ramirez said. "During my years here I've seen how they [the Red Sox] have mistreated other great players when they didn't want them to try to turn the fans against them.

"The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy. I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don't deserve me. I'm not talking about money. Mental peace has no price and I don't have peace here."

And my thought on all of this...it is all about the money. Greedy Scott Boras, an agent who is disliked by baseball fans from both American League and National teams alike, the person who last year just had to announce that Alex Rodriguez was going to opt-out of his ten-year contract and become a free agent IN THE MIIDDLE of the final game of the World Series, is Manny's agent. Bottom line, if the Red Sox pick up Manny's option for another year (which is a clause in his current contract), Boras gets nada, niente, nothing. But if Manny puts up such a big stink and his option is not picked up, Manny will be a free agent and I am sure Boras has promised Manny millions. Now I am not holding Manny blameless in all of this. I believe he is also seeing the dollar signs.

Manny has been one of my favorite hitters. I always defended him and put up with all the crap he pulled because when he was motivated, he was great. I just loved to watch him when he was up at bat. He is an extremely talented player and he was a Red Sox player. But after hearing his statement, "The Red Sox don't deserve a player like me.", I knew that the Red Sox would do everything possible to trade him. Because if Manny wasn't traded, he was probably going to shut down once again and that would mean our season would be over.

I think the Dodgers came out on the better end of this deal, but we didn’t do bad ourselves. Jason Bay, by the way who is from Canada (a little tidbit for all you Canadian fans) is supposed to put up similar numbers (also hit well) and is a good outfielder. It should be interesting to see what happens.

I am sad to see Manny go, but I am also glad that the drama is over and we can now get back to playing some serious baseball. GO SOX!!!

Arrivederci Manny...Aloha Manny. I wish you all the best.
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I have just one request... please stay in the National League next year.

September 23, 2008

we're in!!!!

After a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians tonight, the Red Sox have clinched a playoff berth. We're in!! ~ GO SOX!!!!

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October 6, 2008

next stop...Tampa Bay!!

Woo hoo!!! Sox win!! Sox win!!
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I have to admit that I was a little nervous going in to this series with the Angels having the best record in both the American and National Leagues. This definitely was a nail biting, hold your breath, pacing back and forth kind of series. I wrote a mini-summary of the four games below. I hope you enjoy it. For more in depth detail on the games, click on any of the Red Sox blog links on my side bar...

Game 1 - Sox 4 - Angels 1 - LA scores one in the 3rd, we score two runs in the sixth and then two more runs in the ninth and seal the deal.

Game 2 - Sox 7 - Angels 5 - we score 4 in the first, the Angels slowly chip away at our lead. We are tied 5-5 in the 8th. Drew hits a 2 run home run in the ninth to win the game.

Looking good...we are leading 2 games to none and heading back to Boston for the next two (if needed). We only need one more win and seal the deal.

Game 3 - Angels 5 - Sox 4 - the game is tied up 4-4 in the fifth and ends up going extra innings with the Angels scoring and winning the game in the 12th.

We have to win the next game or we head back to LA and that will not be good. GO SOX!!!

Game 4 - Sox 3 - Angels 2 - we score two in the fifth, they tie it up in the 8th and then we get a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth...Sox Win!! Sox Win!!

Next up - Tampa Bay which will be another tough series...

Gm 1 - BOS @ TB - Fri - Oct. 10 - 8:37 PM
Gm 2 - BOS @ TB - Sat - Oct. 11 - 8:07 PM
Gm 3 - TB @ BOS - Mon - Oct. 13 - 4:37 PM
Gm 4 - TB @ BOS - Tue - Oct. 14 - 8:07 PM
Gm 5* - TB @ BOS - Thu - Oct. 16 - 8:07 PM
Gm 6* - BOS @ TB - Sat - Oct. 18 - 4:37 PM
Gm 7* - BOS @ TB - Sun - Oct. 19 - 8:07 PM
(times are EST, all games on TBS, games 5-7 if needed)

GO SOX!!

October 16, 2008

incredible comeback!!!!

We are down 3 games to 1 and on the verge of elimination. Tampa Bay only needs one more win and our season is over. We lost the previous two games in Fenway
9-1 and 13-4 and we are losing badly again tonight at this point in the game as
you can tell by the crowd's reaction.
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The score is 7-0 in the 7th inning. I am thinking, no way. The lead is just too big, but still, I have that tiny ray of hope. We have comeback before. We lost the first 3 games to the Yankees, and then came back to win the next 4 games in a row in 2004 and we were down 3 games to 1 to the Indians, and then came back to win the next 3 in a row last year.

Bottom of the 7th, Jed Lowrie doubles to deep right. The crowd wakes up. Then both Jason Varitek and Mark Kotsay fly out to center field. Two outs! It is not looking good. Coco Crisp is up next. He singles to left field, advancing Jed Lowrie to third. With a man in scoring position, Dustin Pedrioa, our MVP is up. The crowd gets loud. He singles to right and Jed Lowrie scores!! Woo hoo!!! It is now 7-1. The crowd goes crazy! Coco Crisp is now at third base and Big Papi is up to bat! Of course TBS has to remind us that he has not hit a home run in a long long time. HOME RUN!!!!

The crowd goes wild. It's now 7-4. Is it possible? Could we actually win this game?

Bottom of the 8th. Jason Bay is up first. He walks. Next up, JD Drew. HOME RUN!!!!
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It is now 7-6. The crowd goes wild again. We could actually win this game!!

As the 8th continues, Jed Lowrie flies out to left and Sean Casey strikes out. With two outs, Mark Kotsay doubles to deep center. Coco Crisp is up next. He singles to right field and Mark Kotsay scores the tying run!!!!
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Meanwhile, Coco Crisp tries to stretch a single to a double is tagged out. Three outs. The score is tied 7-7!!! It is pandemonium in Fenway Park!

Papelbon (our closer) already pitched the 7th and 8th innings to stop the bleeding, so our rookie pitcher, Justin Masterson is pitching the ninth. After lots of pacing, wringing hands, and nail biting, we get out of the inning without allowing Tampa Bay to score. The score is still tied 7-7.

Bottom of the 9th. Dustin Pedroia is up first. He grounds out to third. One out. Then Big Papi strikes out. Two outs. Youk is up next. He hits the ball to the third baseman. Pretty much everyone is thinking automatic out, BUT the third baseman makes a bad throw and the ball goes into the stands. Kevin Youkilis advances to second base on the error and is now in scoring position!! Jason Bay is up next. Wouldn't that be amazing if Jason Bay, the person traded for Manny Ramirez would score the game winning run. NOPE, Tampa Bay intentionally walks him and instead faces JD Drew, the guy that hit a home run in the 8th inning.

My heart is racing. Unbelievable!! JD Drew hits a walk off single to deep right field and Kevin Youkilis scores. 8-7!!!! SOX WIN!!!! SOX WIN!!!!
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It is the biggest postseason comeback since 1929 and another magical night in Fenway Park!!

*EDITED: Some added trivia ~ This was the biggest comeback ever in a playoff elimination game. The previous record was 5 runs last done by the Angels in game 6 of the 2002 World Series, and interestingly the bench coach for the Angels that day was Joe Maddon (the current manager of the Tampa Bay Rays).

Our season is still alive!! GO SOX!!!!

October 19, 2008

the game for all the marbles

Game 7 (Sox vs. Rays) starts in 35 minutes on TBS, that is IF they don't lose the feed again and show Bloopers and then The Steve Harvey Show. It's do-or-die time today after staying alive and winning Game 6 yesterday. Today, we either win and go on to play in the World Series or pack up and go home. My fingers and toes are crossed, my stomach is in knots, and my heart is racing!!

I BELIEVE!!!! GO SOX!!!!

*I will post more after this game (either way)...

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So...the Rays won the marbles this time around. Congratulations. They were the better team tonight.

I am still so very proud of my Red Sox. They dealt with many injuries this year and never gave up. Everyone said they would lose to the Angels and wouldn't even make it to the ALCS. They had a 1 out of 1000 chance of coming back and winning Thursday night's game when down 7-0 in the 7th inning. They made it all the way to Game 7 of the ALCS. They won 101 games this year.

The Red Sox will always always be my team, win or lose. They played their hearts out this year and gave us another magical game to remember forever.

The good news is now I can catch up on everything I have put on hold for baseball.

Oh, and I will be rooting for the Phillies in the World Series. Shane Victorino, center fielder for the Phillies is a Maui boy. Since my team is out, I am rooting local on this one. Go Phillies!

November 18, 2008

the American League's MVP is awarded to...

one of my favorite Red Sox players, Dustin Pedroia!!!!
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The Most Valuable Player honor is awarded to one player from each league (American League and National League) at the end of the season each year. I'm really not sure exactly who votes for the awards but I did find the 5 criteria for this award:
1. Actual value of a player to his team, that is, strength of offense and defense.
2. Number of games played.
3. General character, disposition, loyalty and effort.
4. Former winners are eligible.
5. Members of the committee may vote for more than one member of a team.

Dustin Pedroia was definitely a very important and valuable member of the Red Sox team this year. I personally do not believe the Red Sox would have gone as far as they did without him. Dustin Pedroia, also known as “Dusty” and “Pedey”, displayed incredible defensive skills all year long at second base. He was one of those players that gave 120% every day. He displayed the kind of attitude and work ethic that made him a wonderful role model both on and off the field. He went out there and motivated his teammates every game. On the offensive side, Dustin Pedroia hit .326 with 17 homers and 83 RBI (Runs Batted In). He also led the American League in doubles and runs scored. He was tied for the league lead in hits and he even stole 20 bases.

Dustin Pedroia was the first second baseman to earn the MVP award in nearly a half-century. Nellie Fox was the last second baseman to become AL MVP, in 1959 with the White Sox. Along with the MVP award this year, Dustin was also awarded the 2008 Silver Slugger Award and the 2008 AL 2B Gold Glove. Last year (his first year in the Major Leagues) he won 2007 AL Rookie of the Year.

Congratulations Pedey!! Way to go!!!!
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February 6, 2009

truck day

Not only is February 6th National Wear Red Day, It is also 'Truck Day', a very important day for the Red Sox. Truck Day means that baseball season is almost here!! This is the day when the Red Sox moving van loads up all of the equipment at Fenway Park and then takes the 1,467-mile trek to the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

In honor of Wear RED day, here are my two RED photos...

(Truck Day photos from 2008 ~ both are linked to the source/the Boston Globe):

Brothers Sam, 6, and Charlie, 2, McKeown watching the action.
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Wally and other Red Sox employees posing for a photo-op on Yawkey Way.
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Video of Truck Day 2007


Now get your calendars out everyone so you can mark down some more very important dates coming up:

February 12th ~ reporting day for Red Sox pitchers and catchers
February 14th ~ well yes, I know it is Valentine's Day BUT it is also the first workout day for Red Sox pitchers and catchers.
February 16th ~ Red Sox position players arrive.
February 18th ~ the first full team workout.
February 25th ~ first Spring Training game for the Red Sox

AND the most important day...are your pencils ready?

drum roll.....

April 6th, 2009 ~ OPENING DAY for the RED SOX!!

GO SOX!!!!


Wear RED, post RED, eat RED, drink RED.

April 5, 2009

another baseball season begins...

Eleven more hours and the Red Sox will begin a brand new season!! I am so psyched! We have a great team this year. Ahhh, baseball makes me sooooo happy!!

The Red Sox are playing their first game at home this year. Hopefully the weather will hold out. Rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast. Below are some photos from today's Boston Globe of the team working out.

Big Papi (David Ortiz) loosening up before taking batting practice.
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Tim Wakefield, manager Terry Francona, Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia fielding
a ball.
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Jason Bay in left field with Opening Day 2009 spelled out on the Green Monster.
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Some of the new seats installed in Fenway.
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GO SOX!!!

I also have to give a shout out for Annie's basketball team. The game for all the marbles is tomorrow night. Go Heels!!


*Edited Monday (from the Red Sox site): "Not taking any chances, the Red Sox saved fans the annoyance of sitting through excessive delays and inclement weather by announcing shortly after 10 a.m. ET on Monday that the team's first Fenway Park season opener since 2002 had been rescheduled for Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. ET. "

April 28, 2009

my weekend, the sox, my new passport, & the tree!

What a great week! Family visiting, Sox/Yankees series, my new passport, and the tree that I have been cursing, which has been home to many birds who have all crapped on my car for years and years, has finally been cut down!

Family visiting - I really enjoyed spending time with my brother, sister-in-law, my niece and my nephew. The last time I saw them, my niece was about 10 months old and my nephew was two (I think). It was really nice getting to know my niece and nephew a little bit better.

Here they are on one of the rides at my school's Family Fun Fest Friday night:
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Sox - As you can see, rooting for the Red Sox runs in my family. There was a big 3 game Sox/Yankees series last weekend, the first meeting of the two teams this year. Friday night, after buying food at the fair, we decided to eat in my classroom since all the tables outside were taken (a perk of working at the school). My brother has an iPhone and was checking the score on and off most of the night. When we went into my room, I turned Gameday Audio (the radio broadcast of the game) on my computer.

The game was tied and they were in extra innings. If it was up to my brother and I, we would have stayed in my room until someone scored, but the kids, my sister, and my sister-in-law were ready to play more games and go on more rides.

Just as I went over to turn off my computer, Kevin Youkilis hit a walk off home run and the Red Sox won. I started jumping up and down cheering. My nephew thought it was pretty funny, probably thought I was nuts, and was surprised at how much I love the Red Sox. I think I earned a few points with him that night :)

Saturday was the regional softball Special Olympics event for the island of Oahu. The games were played up on a military base with nothing around except a couple of softball fields, a bunch of red dirt, and a few disgusting porta potties. Before leaving my house, I caught the first couple of innings of the Sox/Yankees game. The Sox were losing 4-0. They were losing 6-0 when I got arrived at the softball fields. I figured that game was pretty much over for the Sox.

My brother and his family and I all arrived after my sister and my other brother (my other brother/not my brother visiting) played their first game. Their next game was four hours away. My brother checked the score of the game on his iPhone now and then. The Sox tied it 6-6 soon after I arrived. His kids got bored and wanted to go to the beach so they left. There went my Sox update...

My plan was to stay until I had to use the porta potty. The smell of the one I walked by when I arrived was horrible. I did not want to get any closer and especially did not want to go inside. One of the dads talked me into using the handicapped porta potty which was a little larger, saying it wasn't that bad (the smell actually was not as bad as the one I walked by when I arrived but the sight was disgusting!!). I will not go into that here...

The softball game finally ended about 3:30 pm and by the time they got their ribbons and I arrived back home it was almost 5 pm. I stayed away from the news, did not turn on my computer, and settled in to watch the game (recorded it when I left). It ended up being a wild game with the final score 16-11!!! Sox 2 - Yankees 0.

On Sunday, my brother and his family spent the day at the water park. I was pretty wiped out and ended up taking a short nap around noontime. I woke up just in time for the Sox/Yankees final game of the series. The highlight of this game was Jacoby Ellsbury sealing home.

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This is a pretty rare event in baseball and it was the first time I have seen it in real time. Here is a link to video of his steal. Oh and the Sox also won the game!!! How *sweep* it was!! Sox 3 - Yankees zilch.

Now you have to understand, for years and years and years, the Red Sox have always lost. Maybe not every game, but enough games and usually when it counted. I have been a true blue Red Sox fan, win or lose. I was always the last person to admit that the fat lady had sung and the season was over, so it has been pretty exciting seeing them do so well the past few years and to see them sweep a series against the Yankees is a dream of all Sox fans.

After owning the cellar (being in last place) a little over a week ago, the Sox were in first place for a day and after today's losss, we are back in second place. The Red Sox had a winning streak of 11 games! Pretty amazing after their horrible start. The streak was broken today when they lost in the ninth.

Passport - New passport in the mail (4 weeks from the day I mailed my application)! I also received my old passport (in another envelope) AND I received my Federal Tax refund check all in the same day! What a great mail day!! Passport & check! Now I am all set! Italy here I come...less than 2 months away!

The tree - ever since I first bought my place, my parking space has given me grief. First, the sprinklers were turned on much to high and every night they sprayed all over my car (even on the roof of my car) leaving water spots which were impossible to clean off. After finally getting the person in charge to turn down the sprinklers, the tree started to grow out of control. Birds love this tree and crapped all over my car. In addition, every spring, these dark red berries would fall from the tree and land on my car leaving stains. I have been thinking about getting a new car but have not wanted to deal with the tree problems with a new car.

About two or three months ago, I noticed that the leaves on the tree were turning yellow and the branches were black. I finally saw the resident manager last week and pointed out the dead looking tree, pleading with him to have it cut down. He has known about the problems with the tree and said he would try his best but it was not up to him. Saturday afternoon, my neighbor told me that he heard the tree was getting chopped down on Monday.

I drove home Monday afternoon in anticipation of a big ole celebration by my parking spot. I turned the last corner and THE TREE WAS GONE!!!!!!!!! I did my dance and can now start thinking about a new car.

Life is good!!!

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June 4, 2009

squirrel in the outfield

Click here to check out this hilarious clip of a squirrel in the outfield the other night at Comerica Park during the Red Sox/Tigers game in Detroit. Make sure to watch the entire clip. The funniest part is at the end of the clip.

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Sox swept the Tigers (YAY!!). Right now we are tied for first with the Yankees.

2 1/2 days and the school year is over. Yipppeeeeeeeeeee!!!

June 11, 2009

eight in a row!!

The Yankees were in town for the second three game series at Fenway this week. The Sox were already up 5-0 after sweeping the Yankees three games at home in April and two more in the new Yankee stadium in May. I always love to see a sweep but realistically I figured we had a chance to win two out of three.


Tuesday was my last day at work (officially anyways - three more meetings to attend). Kids got out on Monday and Tuesday was a half day to close up the classroom and get all of the last minute things done. I rushed home after work to listen to the game on Game Day Audio that afternoon (games start at 1:10 pm here).

We ended up easily winning Tuesday's game thanks to Beckett's pitching. Scoring a lot of runs also helped. Big Papi (David Ortiz) has been struggling this year. Many sportswriters have already written him off. He blasted a two run homer in the 2nd, his 3rd home run of the year. The fans went wild. The stress of the end of the school year must have caught with me because I ended up falling asleep right after Big Papi's home run and then woke up just before Nick Green hit a home run.
Final: Sox 7, Yankees 0

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(The K-Men keeping track of Beckett's strike outs)


Wednesday night's game was on ESPN. It ended up being a nail biter. We were ahead 6-2 but the Yankees slowly came back. With the score 6-5 after two home runs in the seventh, Okajima came in and kept the score at 6-5. Jonathan Papelbon, who was sick the night before from food poisoning, pitched the ninth inning and closed out the game for the win. Final: Sox 6, Yankees 5

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(Mike Lowell being congratulated after a solo home run)


With seven wins in a row against the Yankees, could the Sox pull off another sweep? Tonight's game ended up being another close one! The game was not on TV so I listened to it on Game Day Audio again (this time not falling asleep). It ended up being a great game (for a Sox fan).

Brad Penny pitched a great game not allowing any runs six innings. Big Papi hit a solo home run, his 4th of the year and second of the series off the first pitch in the 2nd inning. The game stayed at 1-0 through the 6th. In the 7th inning, the Yankees scored 3 runs of a pitcher who usually pitches well. It wasn't looking good as it started to rain. I was worried the game might be called. Even though it was raining, the stands were still full. The Sox rallied back in the 8th to score 3 more runs and the crowd went wild. Papelbon came in and got the save in the ninth. Not only did we win, but we swept the series!!! Final: Sox 4, Yankees 3

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(Big Papi hitting his 4th home run - all three photos courtesy of the Boston Globe)


Sox 8 - Yankees zilch!!

10 more games to go this year with the next Sox/Yankees game set for August 6th in the Bronx. GO SOX!!!!

October 10, 2009

"sports"~ PhotoHunt

PhotoHunters

Being a HUGE Red Sox fan, of course the first thing that came to my mind was Red Sox photos. I have not been to a game since July 2003. The first photo was taken outside one of the entrance gates into Fenway Park. The next two are of the same game before and after the sun went down. I took these photos with my first ever digital camera so they are not the best of photos but they bring back great memories.
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Below is a YouTube clip of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" which is being sung at Fenway Park before the bottom of the 8th inning, a tradition at every home game.

I did not take this video but wanted to include it hoping that it will help bring the Sox some luck. The Sox are down two games to the Angels right now. We have been here before. I am not giving up.

I still believe and will love my Red Sox forever win or lose.

GO SOX!!!!

January 6, 2010

getting psyched for baseball

Yes, I know, you have all been waiting for me to post this most important information, the type of information you have probably been losing sleep over.

Well, here it is...

Truck Day is February 12th! 35 days, 4 hours, 57 minutes and 32 seconds.

And if you did not pay close attention to the post I did last year on Truck Day, or perhaps you may have just forgot the information, or could it be that you just don't give a crap about baseball (but then why are you reading this post?), here is a quick recap about Truck Day: Truck Day is a very important day for the Red Sox. This is the day when the Red Sox moving van loads up all of the equipment at Fenway Park and then takes the 1,467-mile trek to the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Truck Day means baseball season is almost here!!!!

So, where are all the photos you ask? Check out the post I did last year on Truck Day for a couple of photos and a video OR check out this year's Extra Bases Truck Day post, where you will find links to many more photos as well as a tour of the truck itself. I bet you are mighty glad you are reading my blog right now!

Don't you worry though, I am still including a video in this post.

Baseball's offseason is always full of rumors, free agent signings, and trades. It keep all of us obsessed baseball fans busy until the new season begins. Although I am always a little bummed out when I learn that one of my favorite players has been traded or signs with another team, I am also full of excitement when I read about some of the new players joining our team. One never knows until the season gets underway what exactly will happen but I think we may have ourselves a very good baseball team this year. I really like the way the Red Sox have upgraded their defense.

After watching this video that has been making the rounds on Red Sox blogs the past couple of days, I am especially psyched about our new 3rd baseman, Adrian Beltre, and thought you would be too! Even if you are not a huge baseball fan, you have to admit this guy makes some incredible plays.

Amazing, spectacular, incredible plays made by Adrian Beltre at 3rd base:
**Sorry ~ the video is no longer available

It is going to be fun watching the Sox play this year. GO SOX!!!!

March 29, 2010

long lost twin?

This is Kevin Youkilis, also known as "Youk" or "YOOOOOUUUUUKKKKKK".
He is the first baseman for the Boston Red Sox.
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Below are two more photos. One is a photo of Kevin Youkilis and the other is a photo of Cindy Ruth's husband, Scott. When I first met Scott, I kept staring at him trying to figure out who he reminded me of. It finally came to me. Can you see the resemblance?

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I am borrowing the photo of Scott from the 2010 2nd Great Slow Travel Gathering Slow Travel In N Out Wine Tasting album (photo taken by WendyandRob).


*Update regarding my MLB.TV problem (see yesterday's post) - No email, no phone call, nothing! I am NOT happy! So far, I have been pretty patient. I am not sure how much longer this will last. Really, how difficult can it be to fix the problem? Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

April 4, 2010

let the games begin!

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(photo courtesy of Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff from the Boston Globe ~ click on photo)

One hour to go... Red Sox vs. Yankees

GO SOX!!!!

April 5, 2010

so good! so good! so good!

After being down 5-1, the Red Sox WIN 9-7!!!! What a game!!

We are in 1st place! Yankees are in last! I LOVE IT!!!!
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I think this is going to be a very good year for the Red Sox :)

Always BELIEVE!

Saw this video on Toeing the Rubber and just had to share. I smile every time I see any video of the 2004 Red Sox win. This is a pretty inspirational video (that is unless you are a Yankees fan) even if you are not a baseball fan with great Beatles music as a bonus.

February 8, 2011

it's truck day!!

Oh Happy Day! ~ It's Truck Day in Boston!! Finally... baseball season begins =)

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Feb 13th ~ Pitchers and catchers report ~ 5 more days!
Feb 17th ~ Position players report
April 1st ~ First game of the year (against the Rangers in Texas)
April 8th ~ Home opener (against the Yankees)

GO SOX!!!!

April 1, 2011

baseball is back!!

Well technically it started yesterday... but today is the first game for the Red Sox.

GO SOX!!!!

April 17, 2011

busy with baseball

Hi everyone,

I am still alive :) Just totally obsessed with baseball. Not only have I been busy watching Red Sox games, and no, I have not given up on them, even though right now they are in dead last with the worst record in the entire MLB. I have faith! Hey they finally won two games in a row!

But back to where I have been. As I said, not only have I been busy watching Red Sox games, I have also finally bit the bullet and jumped into the world of fantasy baseball. I have always wanted to get involved with fantasy baseball but never got up the courage to do so until this year. I decided to join a public league, one where I didn't know anyone else. I had no clue what I was doing but figured the only way to learn was to dive right in. I told myself it would be a learning year. Meanwhile, right after I joined the league, I was invited to join another league with a bunch of Sox fans I know through the internet.

So now, not only am I trying to figure out this whole fantasy league thing, I am managing TWO teams! That means, I need to keep track of players on almost every team in baseball. I now not only watch Red Sox games, and the occasional game between two other American League teams, but I am also keeping track of teams in both leagues and watching as many games as I can daily. That is a lot of baseball! Good thing I love baseball!

My team with my Sox friends is doing terribly. I screwed up when doing the draft so I knew right away I was pretty doomed in this league, especially since there are 20 teams in the league and not many players left to pick up. My goal is to just not come in last. My other team is doing surprisingly well. I'm not in first place, but I am hanging in there. There are free agents, waivers, trades, etc. I have to check the line ups in the morning to make sure I bench the right players. Today I made a major error! It can leave you pretty dizzy, but I am having fun.

Anyways, I wanted to let everyone know that right now I am busy with the end of the school year coming up (6 more weeks left), my complete obsession with baseball, and the need to somehow find time to prepare for my trip.

Stay well everyone. Talk to you all real soon :)

GO SOX!!!!

October 8, 2011

a month I would just like to forget

I am so glad September is pau!

Pau, the Hawaiian word meaning: finished, end, done, over.

The first week in September went pretty well, but then it all started. I had one of those weeks I would just like to erase from my memory. I should clarify though that generally work has been good and I love my students.

And THEN then the major meltdown of the Red Sox happened. My team. The team I passionately follow all year long. The team I have loved as long as I can remember, broke my heart again.

We were in first place. We were supposed to win the division. Then we started losing, and losing, and losing. We dropped out of first to the Yankees. Well, we still had the wild card. We would beat those Yankees in the playoffs. All we had to do was to beat the worst team in the league to stay ahead but instead we kept on losing game after game. We did win a few games here and there but we could not even win two games in a row. It was bad. Still, we were alive on the last day of the season. All we had to do was to beat the worst team in the league to stay alive for one more day (AND I am not even going to go talk about how the Yankees, who were ahead 7-0, blew their lead in the 8th, something they have not done since 1953, and took away the possibility of keeping us alive for one more day if we did lose). We were winning that last game. We still had hope. There were two outs, two strikes. All we needed was one more strike, one more out to stave off elimination so we could play that game number 163 and then... we lost. Red Sox baseball was pau.

AND if that was not bad enough… the following day, all these stories started coming out about things happening in the clubhouse. Stories that made fans question their faith and belief in the team they loved.

…. and then the unthinkable happened. Our manager, Terry Francona, also known as Tito, was gone. I didn't even care anymore that we lost that last game. Losing Tito was much more devastating. I still have not been able to get through the entire video of his press conference that took place after it was announced that he was not coming back. I personally do not believe it was his decision to leave, at least without the strong influence from the owners and the actions of some of the players.

Tito, I wish you all the best. Thank you for the two World Series wins and for all of the years you managed the Red Sox. I will miss you.
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The ironic thing is that something exciting happened that last week in September. It just was such a bad week that at the time, I really did not care.

As I mentioned earlier in the year, this was my first year playing fantasy baseball. I managed two teams. One of my teams was in an anonymous league of 12 teams, meaning I did not know any of the other managers in this league. My other team was in a league of 20 teams. This was a much harder league because of the number of teams playing, which meant there were less players available to pick up. I knew most of the other team managers in this league through twitter. Everyone in this league was a Red Sox fan.

I worked really hard playing fantasy baseball. I spent many hours each week reading up on players, looking at stats, and watching baseball games (not just Red Sox games). I sweated out many a Sunday Night Baseball game hoping to win just one more category that week to move my team up in the standings. I was pretty obsessed, almost as obsessed as I was with the Red Sox. It wasn’t work though. It was fun. I learned a lot and I even made it into the playoffs with both of my teams!

So what happened to my teams?.

The team that I nicknamed “my good team” ended up in fourth place at the end of the season (although this team did enjoy a second place spot for quite a few weeks this summer before taking a little dive during the last few weeks). I lost in the quarterfinals and ended up in fifth place overall after the playoffs were done. I was still very proud of my accomplishments with this team.

The team I nicknamed “my bad team” started out in 19th place. This was the team that was so bad that I set a goal at the beginning of the year to just not come in last place. I moved back and forth between 17th and 19th for the first couple of months of the year. I thought for sure there was no way I had any hope of getting into the playoffs with this team but I did not give up. Somehow, I started winning, and then kept on winning. I won the last 9 weeks in a row. The top eight teams made it into the playoffs. I ended up sneaking into 7th place that final week. AND THEN…. I kicked butt in the playoffs. I won quarterfinals, the semifinals, and then I WON the finals. I ended up in first place and I am proud to say I did it without having one Yankee player on my team the entire year.

Once the last game was played that last day of the year, and it was determined that my team came in first place, this popped up on the league's playoff page. Here I am in first place!
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So why wasn't I ecstatic that I won the championship? Especially since the team that won was the team that was so bad when the year began. Well, the day the final match ended, the day I found out that I won (and I kicked butt winning 9-1), was also the day the Red Sox lost their final game, the day the Red Sox were eliminated from the playoffs. Ironic huh? I was so heartbroken that the Red Sox lost that I didn't even care. I would have been happier if my fantasy team came in last place and the Red Sox made the playoffs, but the Red Sox did not and my fantasy team won.

September is thankfully now pau. It has been nice having a week off of work to chill out (fall break, yes already). My Red Sox broken heart is slowly starting to heal a little although it is going to take a long time to get over the loss of Tito. Watching the Yankees lose the other night helped some though. Not gloating here. They at least made it into the playoffs but seeing them lose as a Red Sox fan, sure did put a big smile on my face.

I am starting to feel a little more excited now about my fantasy baseball team winning the championship. People have asked me what I got for winning. I didn't play in a money league but I did get this trophy on my manager page along with a rating of 82% (which falls in the all star range).

Here's my trophy... Pretty cool, huh?
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Sorry for being so absent lately in the blogging world. There is still a few more weeks of baseball left so I probably won't be around much until November. Even though my team did not make it in, I am not ready for baseball to end.

Happy October everyone!! It's got to be better than September was.

February 5, 2012

60 days

Super Bowl Sunday.

For me, usually just a day that means that baseball is almost here, but this year I have a team to root for. GO Patriots!!

STILL... more importantly... 60 days until opening day for the Red Sox!!!!

February 11, 2012

truck day!!!

Today is TRUCK DAY!!

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Truck Day you ask? Well, if you regularly read my blog, you probably already know all about Truck Day unless...
1. You have not paid close enough attention to my past Truck Day posts
2. You decided that Truck Day info was not high on your list of important things to remember
3. You really could care less about baseball and Truck Day (but then why are you reading this post?)

SO, if you are new to my blog or you need a review, let me explain what Truck Day is all about.

Truck Day is the symbolic beginning of a new baseball season. It is the day when a big truck gets packed up full of baseball supplies (bats, balls, and all sorts of other baseball things, except of course actual baseball players). Fans, young and old, cheer the truck on as it departs Fenway around noon to begin the 1,480 mile drive down to the Red Sox spring training complex in the City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Florida.

For visual learners, here is a video that explains Truck Day ...


What is so exciting about Truck Day you ask?

Truck Day means baseball season is about to begin!!!!
...and this year it also means a new beginning for the Red Sox after a horrible ending last year. GO RED SOX!!!!


For more on Truck Day, including photo galleries of the past few years, click here and to view a Truck Day video from one of my previous Truck Day posts, click here.

Happy Truck Day everyone!!! :)

March 4, 2012

baseball is back!

Well... spring training baseball that is, but still it's BASEBALL!!! You cannot even imagine how happy I am right now.

GO RED SOX!!!!

April 4, 2012

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JOY JOY JOY


In case you haven't heard... the baseball season officially started today!


GO RED SOX!!!

September 23, 2012

fantasy baseball

Where have I been? Playing fantasy baseball! Today was the last day of round two of the playoffs. The final round starts tomorrow. The winner of this round will be crowned champion and BOTH of my fantasy teams have made it into the final round!

This article made me laugh. If you want to know what happens to a fantasy baseball team manager this time of year, check it out (and I have Mike Trout on one of my teams). The website is a little confusing. The article starts and then you need to click the arrows or begin slideshow to read the rest.

Wish me luck!

September 29, 2012

do-over

I wish we could have a do-over of this year's Red Sox season, but that is not what this post is about.

If you want to see something I don't think has ever happened in a baseball game before, check out what happened in the first inning of today's Nationals/Cardinals game. You really have to watch the entire video to see the craziness of what happened. I love how the St. Louis fans boo at the end! Sorry it's so small but that was the only size I could find to embed. Click on the arrow on the top left corner to play the video. Not sure how long this video will work as MLB tends to take these videos down but for now, enjoy!

September 8, 2013

the magic number is 12!

It has been almost a year since I have written about baseball on this blog, and what a year it has been! So much has changed since last year's nightmare season. We have a great new manager, John Farrell, who has been great and the team is FUN!

The cherry on top is that the Red Sox have been kicking butt all year. The prediction before the season started was for the Yankees to do well and the Red Sox to bomb again. Instead, the Red Sox have been in first place most of the season, and currently have the best record in baseball! As of today, the Yankees are 10 games back and in 4th place :)

The magic number for the Red Sox is 12! October baseball is looking more and more like a reality this year!

The team this year is made up of a bunch of crazy guys with beards. Big Papi is still hitting bombs as are a few other players. Eight home runs were hit last Wednesday in a 20-4 rout over the Detroit Tigers, a really good team. The Red Sox just missed out on a sweep of the Yankees today, but even when they lose, I still love this team! They never give up. They play hard and genuinely root for each other. We have a new guy named Xander, a local guy, The Flyin' Hawaiian, Shane Victorino, and a new closer who has been so positive and also lights out - "high five" Koji Uehara.

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(AP Photo/Elise Amendola ~ linked to original page)

Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) shared this photo on Twitter on August 2nd, tweeting: "Heaven is a place called Fenway. GO @ShaneVictorino GO @RedSox #grateful"

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I am very grateful for this year's Red Sox team. It has brought me a lot of joy!

GO SOX!!!!


...Oh and as far as fantasy baseball, I clinched a playoff spot but it will take a miracle for my team to win this year. I think my guys peaked a little early and are now all slumping... but you never know! Playoffs start next week. Never say never...

September 13, 2013

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September 21, 2013

hello October!

The Red Sox are the AL East Division Champions! They clinched last night with a win over Toronto. This is their first division title since 2007.

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What makes this year's title even sweeter is that the Red Sox went from worst to first! Last year the Red Sox finished in last place in the division with 93 losses. This year, not only are they in first place with 94 wins (so far with seven more games to go), but right now they have the best record in all of the MLB. I guess the so called experts (ESPN, MLB, etc) were wrong! Their pre-season predictions all placed the Red Sox in last place once again, except for one or two that placed them in 4th.

Let the playoffs begin!

GO SOX!!!!

October 9, 2013

and on we go!

Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays last night in a crazy tense game to win the American League Division Series (ALDS).

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Next up, the final step towards the World Series... the American League Championship Series (ALCS)!

GO SOX!!!!

October 19, 2013

ALCS CHAMPS!!!!

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GO SOX!!!!

October 30, 2013

2013 World Series Champions!!!!

On April 4, 2012, I posted this:


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JOY JOY JOY


I did not write another post about the Red Sox all year long. It was the first year in a long time that the Red Sox did not bring me much joy.


This year... WOW! This was a different team. This was a magical team. This team genuinely loved baseball. This team played every game just trying to win that day. This team played for each other. This was a special team!

At the beginning of the season, I had the same hope I have every season, even though just about everyone else, or at least all of the "experts", wrote them off. But I had hope, I had faith, I believed.

Imagining that the Red Sox would go from last to first was one thing, but imagining that the Red Sox would become the World Series Champions? JOY JOY JOY!!!! INCREDIBLE JOY!

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Thank You Red Sox for an incredible year of joy!!!!

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