The Whole Team Here

Songs of the Post: Started from the Bottom by Drake || We Are the Champions by Queen || Tessie by Dropkick Murphys

Your Boston Red Sox are 2013 World Series Champions! The Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 6-1 on the jowls of John Lackey, the broken back of Shane Victorino, the MVP caliber walks of Papi and the [breaking] balls of Koji Uehara. Boston_Red_Sox_celebrates_World_Series_championship_20131031013016_320_240

It had been 95 years since the Red Sox had clinched the World Series at home. 1918 was the last time. That year sounds familiar, huh? Well it’s finally laid to rest. Babe Ruth has rolled over in his grave and now his bones have turned to dust. That number can no longer haunt us, that number is now just that, a number.

It feels like a weight has been lifted and we can finally breath easier. Now this weight is not as heavy, not a fraction as heavy as the one from 9 years ago. This weight carried different burdens; the bloated contracts, the slobs we called pitchers, the crazy manager, the “sexy” team, and being the laughing stock of the league. Now we shed those names and became the heroes, the beardos, the 2013 World Series Champions.

I can’t say much more that hasn’t been said already and I want to let it sink in for all of us, however; since Scott Boras has moved onto free agency; I might as well too.

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I have half a mind of a GM and half a mind of a fan; perhaps that’s mostly just being a diehard. Show me a definition and I’ll stop thinking I can be in the front office. Part of me jumping ahead is because I won’t be around to experience the winter meetings and spring training (more on that in another post).

Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Napoli and Joel Hanrahan frontline the free agent grouping.

Els and Drew are both Scott Boras clients and he has already started the tampering. According to Boras, Ellsbury needs an MRI on his right hand and eleven teams have already called about him. Eleven teams! Also his other champion client Stephen Drew, after an historically poor postseason was fitted for contacts between games five and six. No complaints there actually; he hit a homerun due to the contacts. I believe, unless Farrell needs his binky in Stephen Drew, that both will be gone onto… greener walls… cough.. cough Chicago Cubs.

Good riddance too! At times, most of the times, Stephen Drew was unbearable to watch, and at others you thanked the living gods that he was at short. However, like his brother we won’t really miss him. We have a 21 year old hotshot coming in. And as for Jacoby, he has, until this year been too ‘Hollywood’ for Boston. Many teams will have increased money and Ellsbury should be wooed elsewhere.

Their replacements will be Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. I’m going to be the first to say it; these guys are the biggest, most dweeby, awkward baseball players I have ever seen. Their talent makes up for it though. Xander, fluent in four languages looked dumbfounded and like he’d rather be in an online chatroom when being interviewed; and at times when he was in the batter’s box. And I follow Jackie Bradley Jr. on twitter and some of the things he posts are just plain weird; and this picture: jbj

Like I said, their talent makes up for their current awkwardness.

In my opinion we can move on from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Napoli. Salty has overstayed his welcome by more than I ever wanted him to. Not to mention that he just kind of appeared on this team. I know he was traded but he’s just bleh. I can deal with Ross and Lavarnway until some of our catchers in the system can develop. Napoli was good while he was here but he was injured and he had that bigger hip issue early on. If they keep it to another year deal that’d be fine; but we can transition Lavarnway and Middlebrooks into firstbasemen as the farm seems to be teething with 3B and catchers.

I’d like to see Hanrahan back simply because Koji is 37 and that was magical and unheard of this season. We can’t expect near perfection for 5 months from him. He and Bailey looked good while they were back and forth between closer and setup. With Tazawa and Breslow and others in the ‘pen we’ll be looking good. I’d hope that Workman stays with the bullpen.

I think Lester should have his option picked up and we should work on and extension in the season. He earned it. Lackey should get another year or two added onto this contract he still owes us. Dubront should be the third starter and hope that he brings his stuff. Peavy and Dempster should split the fourth starter and one could be used as trade bait when the time comes. The fifth starter should be one of the kids in the farms; whether its De La Rosa or Webster; I think they can be brought up and taken under the wings of the older guys.

I didn’t forget about Buchholz:  indiana_jones_and_the_last_crusade

He can be traded at anytime in my opinion. We just went through Beckett checking out for half a year, but Beckett actually went out there and pitched. Buchholz’s attitude is very much west coast and he can go and take his shell necklace and hippie van out to California with him. The Dodgers threw us a bone once, why not again?

It’ll be a hot stove for sure, however we can’t bring back the same 25-40 guys. If you get complacent then you end up rolling in fried chicken grease and beer like the 2011 team.

-Lager

+I apologize for the lateness of the post
+I can’t take credit on the Buchholz picture- (Barstool)
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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.