For the Love of Ted Williams

Song of the post: Prisoner’s Song by the Dropkick Murphys

For the first time in 95 years the Red Sox will have a chance to win the World Series at home on Fenway soil. The Cardinals fell a consecutive night to the Boston Red Sox 3-1 in game 5 of the World Series. Jon Lester out-dueled Adam Wainwright to edge Boston for the 3-2 series lead.

Now they head back to the greatest city on Earth; one team reeling in two losses, the other with budding confidence and the redemption man on the mound.

John Lackey, Michael Wacha; Game 6, Wednesday at 8.

Eighty-two million dollars on the line and a city ready to stand for their team. The cards are in our favor, take or leave the pun, with 2 games at home, a pitcher who has embodied the grit of this team, a bench as ready to play as the starters, a DH spot in the lineup, THE DH hitting hot as all hell and 46,000 fans ready to roar. David-Ortiz-patriotic-American-flag-Boston-jpg

Bring it on.

I’m not going to analyze the game tonight simply because it was a gem, and I’m leaving it at that. I have to look ahead to the match-ups on Wednesday night. First off, Wacha who has been lights out since September has got to give at some point, perhaps the mid-week bout. Then we have a rejuvinated Victorino who was rearing to go in tonight’s game which he was scratched from. Plus, Pedroia seems to have found the hits he’s known for, then PAPI need I say more? Then Napoli who will be rested and focused on the fastballs he loves. Toss up between Gomes and Nava. And Xander.

The lineup might do with some shaking up however. Although Farrell is set in his ways. I’d like to imagine that if they mixed it up it could look like thisEllsbury, Bogaerts, Ortiz, Pedroia, Napoli, Victorino, Gomes, Drew, Ross- Lackey (P)

We will only have to wait, I’m still excited we won and can’t wait to pull a Mr. Lomonte and run out on the lawn in excitement.

-Lager

+However, I don’t think I’ll really go to those measures because it’s been 6 years not, 86. And I didn’t have to go through the agony of watching them try and fail as much.

Around the Horn and How to Lose a Baseball Game

Song of the post: Say it Ain’t So by Weezer

The Red Sox lost in St. Louis 5-4 in a weird walk-off call that has stirred up controversy from sea to shining sea. The Cardinals and Red Sox battled back and forth the entire game. Close until the very end. Then in a blur, it went from danger, to joy, to mayhem and confusion. Jarrod_Saltalamacchia_on_May_21,_2012

Koji Uehara came into the game, bottom of the 9th with 1 out and a man on 1st, his first pitch was roped down the third base line good for a double leaving a man on 2nd and 3rd. Then Jon Jay came to bat and grounded to Pedroia, who smartly fired to the catcher to get the winning run out. (2 outs now). Then seeing a slower runner advancing to third Jarrod Saltalamacchia snapped the ball down, unwisely and off-target, to third base. The ball tailed away from Will Middlebrooks and skidded around foul territory. Then was picked up and gunned back to home where Allen Craig was out…… By a mile, but wait– The ump called him safe and points to 3rd where Middlebrooks had “interfered” with the runner.

Upon further review, Middlebrooks was in the path of the runner, who had pushed the thirdbaseman, then tripped over the man he had pushed, stumbled again and was late to home. Then as FOX was showing more replays, Craig, as he was sliding into third had gone at Middlebrooks’ leg and forced him somewhat off the bag away from the throw. Thus causing him to be in the runner’s path.

I have many issues. But the one’s surrounding tonight’s game are the topic.

First and foremost; I understand there is not yet replay involved in the sport of baseball. And again, calls are rarely overturned. However, the umps already have once this series, and they could’ve at least huddled up before ending the game. Seriously it seemed as though, the call was made; the Cardinals came pouring onto the field and the Red Sox tried to argue the call. Then as some of the umps were gathering, they just sent the teams off the field. No more inquiries.

In the WORLD Series you should at least look into it, or hear different angles. I understand its a judgement call in the rulebook; but it seems like a huge stage should be taken more seriously.

Secondly, the Red Sox; STOP THROWING THE BALL AROUND!

I still have echos from my little league coach, Coach GIles, “DON’T THROW THE BALL AROUND!” “HEY SEANIE, THE BAG’S OVER HERE NOT IN MAINE!” “LOMONTE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!??”

Echos I tell you, echos.

There have been several runs scored just by throwing the ball around. It has been said many times before and will be said many times again.

Defense wins Championships.

-Lager

It’s Simple, Kill the Batman

Song of the Post: Carolina by Parmalee

Well, so much for figuring out Wacha tonight. The Red Sox lost 4-2 to the Cardinals in game 2 of the World Series. Game one featured hits, fielding errors and a dominant pitching performance.

Tonight had two masterful pitching performances and one fielding error that cost the game. Hard to say that it didn’t cause the loss because the Red Sox were shutdown from then on. Breslow committed the biggest baseball crime there is, throwing it around. Coaches yell and yell and yell some more when little leaguers on up throw the ball away. All it does is cost runs.

Wacha pitched beautifully except for one hiccup, the Papi homerun. The Cardinals played a Cardinal type game, it played exactly to their strengths, pitching, key hits, and baserunning and then the bullpen magic.

The Red Sox will need to jump on the 3 and 4 starters in St. Louis in hopes to get the clinching game in Lester’s hand. However, Boston’s two pitchers have big questions swirling around them. Can Peavy pitch better than he did in Detroit? Can Buchholz pitch at all? How can the bullpen respond if called upon early?

Many questions loom, and we will have to wait one whole night to find out.

So like the title; its simple, don’t let their bullpen win the game, beat the starter.

-Lager

The Rise, Fall, Crash, Burn and Renaissance Of the Red Sox

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls Welcome to Fenway Park home of your Boston Red Sox,
(I suggest you click on the links as you reminisce)

Finally the day of the World Series and your bearded Boston Red Sox are back in the October classic. After many seasons of strange happenstance since their last victory and the rise of Red Sox Nation; they have returned. We waited just 6 years this time, instead of 86.

That number is still tough to type. The memories and nightmares from that number are still and always will be fresh in our minds. I never had live images of Dent, Buckner, or Fisk and the likes; but I saw the Boone home run, Grady Little’s last stand and the stolen base. All of them flash before my eyes as I type this for you to read.

RISE. Jason-Veritek-and-Keith-Foulke-Appearance

Papi’s heroics and Foulke’s erasing pitch birthed an entire new brand of Red Sox baseball. The one that was about filling seats, sexy rosters and selling pink hats. That worked and fueled big contracts, beer guts and an ’07 title. Why change that formula? Keep buying the clubhouse beers and signing their increasingly fatter checks and be competitive.

Always there, always in it.

That should be a Red Sox motto.

Always there, more than there; then in less than an hour, out of the playoffs completely. Again the memories, mostly nightmares and flashes of the 2011 team. Up in the 9th with the lock-down jig dancing closer against the measly Orioles. *last button to the Yankees/Rays game* Yankees are up by a landslide. The September from hell is over. *last button Red Sox/Orioles* One on. Papelbon still has it in the bag. *last button* “What in the– How? The Rays came back?! Whatever A-Rod is up maybe he can do us a favor and save us.” *last button and an eternity later* “Ball in the air, Crawford under it, closing in, closing in, he doesn’t catch it. Orioles walk–” *last* “7-7 Longoria cocks the bat, he hits it, down the line and the Rays win it!” *click—* 

Silence.

FALL.

From that moment on it was finger pointing and beer drinking and firing of managers and words shot every-which way. An offseason of disgust. Then utter confusion as Bobby Valentine was hired. You can hear the plane falling down. ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

CRASH.

The 2012 Red Sox a team full of money and talent but nothing much else. We dealt with angry Papi, who however, was hitting the ball just like he used to. Then you heard murmurs of dislike. Then Pedroia shot at Bobby V. Texts were sent and more fingers were pointed. And we were tanking down, down, down. The trade deadline passed and somehow we just were expected to like and put up with this mockery of a team.

BURN.

And all of a sudden a trade went through. Sending bags of money and lifeless talent to LA. And we continued to burn into the history books as the clowns from Boston, with no end in sight. And yet the season ended and shortly thereafter Valentine was fired. John Farrell and a slew of free agents were signed to strange deals that were promised to get us back into it. Admit it we were all skeptical.

RENAISSANCE.

And yet hope springs eternal. These fellows were winning some games. But then our closer went down. Then another. But the team was still winning actual games. We got intrigued and the beards began to grow; some since long before and some just popping up as of now. We were intrigued during the season; merely interested because there’s no way that they can keep up the winning- they haven’t in what seemed like ages. No way could they keep this up. But they did, and gathered more than one believer on their way. 131003153809-red-sox-beards2-single-image-cut

They played several Cy Young Winners and candidates and were put up against some historical pitching and beat it with something more than just beards. They pitched toe to toe with some of the best, their bats went hot, then cold and yet we came back to life. We made a few of the most feared hitters and touted prospects fan and shake their head back to the dugouts. And we found out that Koji is part reptile with ice in his veins. We found Papi still has it in him to change a postseason. We have hope and we believe again.

“I haven’t found an answer for the question; why not us?”

After a long six years could it be possible that the Cardinals can, once again, help us forget the painful past?

Lager

+If you’ve seen Fever Pitch you’ll understand the reference in the link.

Getting back at It

Song of the post: Take me Home, Country Roads by John Denver

So, after being jobless for a little while and getting shut down multiple times, I have decided to tell my parents that I am going to work everyday, but instead come to UNH and write this, write my book and try and self-teach. It’s not ideal but I have run out of options.

Anyhow, the point of this entry is not to bore you with the ins and outs of my joblessness. “They took our jobs.”

But rather to talk about what I love and that is sports. And my first love, the Red Sox are treading in first place in the AL East. They had a shortened series because of the weather, with the Rays and are 1/2 game up. The Rays pitching took it to the Sox and it showed how pitching dominates in this league.

Boston has a offense that keeps getting it done, but couldn’t quite against the superior Rays pitching.

Next on tap the Red Sox have to face the Orioles who just added a fantastic closer in Rodriguez. The Sox need a closer now, both of their “official closers” are done for the season. This will be one of the biggest series of the season. It could mean the difference between 3rd and first, outside looking in or looking back and laughing.

Huge series and this could define the season. The Orioles have given us trouble lately, I mean Buck Showalter has whipped them into shape. It doesn’t help us that we have HR pitchers and Chris Davis is a machine.

The Red Sox will undoubtedly make a deal or two at the deadline, to my dismay. One of which could involve young talent to get Jake Peavy. A mistake in my eyes. This year is a gift, nothing else sure you’d like to get a 6th pitcher in case Buchholz can’t fix his neck, but it’s not worth losing the farm. We have closers, just not healthy this year.

In my opinion just see where this leads and if we sputter out that is okay to me. Unless the Yankees beat us. But the core will be back next year and we will have Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Boegarts, Will Middlebrooks, and more up to make Sox Nation proud again.

Don’t make a move.

Lager

Puig Needs to Go

Song of the Post: Knee Deep by Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett

Someone put an end to this madness!

I’m all the way across the country and I hear all about this Yasiel Puig. I do not care for what he is doing. Plain and simple. He is a good player but there is no way he is the next coming of Mickey Mantle.

He is playing well, but he is not going to keep it up. I hate how he made the All-Star team. He’s played 30 games. Let’s see him bat .406 over 80-100 games.

I hate that he made the All-Star team because it gets me annoyed how the entire league just falls in love with him. I don’t remember Harper getting this treatment and he is 20 times the player Puig is. I mean how many times do we watch the HR derby and see Papi and Cano walk over and dap up players?

I love big Papi but my stomach will churn when he goes over to dap up Puig. I can picture it right now. Ugh…

Puig is playing too good for himself. I don’t know if he has been pegged with a ball, but he needs to. We all need him to. Just throw Pedro Martinez out there and have him buzz a 90+ mph fastball at his shoulder. That will put the kid in his place.

Lager

This One Time at Seguin’s House

Song(s) of the Post: Charlie Brown by Coldplay & Runnin’ Outta Moonlight by Randy Houser & Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen

What a long strange trip it’s been since I last wrote a post. I mean 10 days ago? Holy shirts and shoes.

Well, what didn’t happen in the sporting world? Jeez there was a lot that went down since I took my holiday hiatus. Wind the clock back and you’d see that the Stanley Cup Just ended, we all still had Hernandez jerseys, the Celtics didn’t have 9 picks in 5 years, and the Red Sox weren’t…. yes they were in first place. That hasn’t changed.

I’ll start there. The Red Sox, first place Red Sox, wow it’s nice to say that again. Top of the league in almost every team category; they are the little team that could. Sure, at the current moment they have been skidding a bit, however they are on the West Coast road trip. That always kills them. Plus their best pitchers are hurt or cautious.

The Sox will be interesting to watch, as they have all season, but this year they are never the favorite. No way, no how.

We all counted them out, and for good reason, I mean????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????…. Look.

But we did in ’04, and that team was more thrown together than this one. I’m not saying they will win the World Series, the NL is too strong, I am saying that they are going to contend every team they face for a win.

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Well, the least fun story to talk about is on tap next.

The New England Patriots, oh how we loveth thee. Whether you are an opposing fan, or a hometown boy they are an interesting topic. As an away fan you want to hate on them as though they slept with you mother and sister then laughed about it. As a townie you root for them ’til pigs fly.

Away fans cannot deny the fact that they are the classiest franchise on the planet right now. They are buying back their mistake’s jersey and burning them for you. You pick a new jersey as long as your bring in the one of the team murderer.

As for the future season, it is about to be time to talk about them nonstop. In Brady we trust on offense, and fingers crossed for defense. That’s the motto recently. I’m fine with Gronk not being 100% until sometime in November because that’s when we need our offense to get strong, then for him to hit his stride come February.

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I’ll go with the Celtics here, because look at that hair. spt_2_olynyk_pic_t575

Last I wrote about them we had two if not three Hall Of Famers on the team. Then Danny dropped the ball and executed a great trade for the future team.

After drafting Kelly Olynyk in the draft Ainge made a call to shape the Celtics for years to come. They sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets for garbage and 3 picks in 5 years.

This may not be a good thing for some fans because they want to win and want to win now. However, the Celtics ABOSU-friggin-LUTELY need to be in the lottery this year. I don’t care how or why they do it, just get to the lottery boys. I feel that the luck will be upon them if they get there. Brad Stevens better play it right.

Not only is the top pick as coveted as LBJ, but the consolation prizes are also decently talented. My plan, which I hope you’re all on board with is to tank this year. Either sit Rondo for a year or trade him at the deadline, then get Wiggins as the first pick, him becoming Kobe, and McHale and getting back on track, then in 2018 get the Nets lottery pick for the Pippin to Wiggins’ MJ.

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The NHL’s runner up, Boston Bruins have some explaining to do.

Fine, Horton walked, and yeah Ference had younger competition with better upside, but Seguin could’ve warranted a better return at say the trade deadline?

However, that’s past us and now we finally have a talented top six instead of a decent top nine. I mean yeah I liked Seguin’s potential, but that’s all it seemed like it was, potential. Perhaps it was the system, his work ethic or the millions of women in the greater Boston area that wanted him (plus entry to any bar and get out of jail free cards); that caused the trade that will shape the NHL.

I don’t see why it will be a bad trade, basically getting similar numbers and some prospects. I’m excited about the prospects, one of them, Morrow, will fit nicely in with the rest in 2-3 years. He’s a bigger sized Bartkowski. Morrow, Krug, Bartkowski, Hamilton will be a top 5 D in the NHL in 5 years. Mark. My. Words.

Then we signed Iginla, WOW!!! I mean I’m still bitter about this winter’s tease but now I’m fine that we didn’t have to give up prospects. Next thing on the list is to sign Rask and then extend Bergeron.

I’m feeling the decade of dominance will be extended a few more years.

Lager

+Revs are doing well