(Not so) Quick Red Sox Thoughts

Monday, September 27th, 2004 @ 10:21 pm | Sports
  • I certainly enjoyed Saturday and Sunday‘s Red SoxYankees tilts. I was at Fenway for Saturday’s game and caught Sunday’s from my folks’ place.

    There’s very little like being at Fenway for a Yankee’s game. The Sox have sold out every home game this year, so the atmosphere at Fenway is usually pretty good. It gets cranked up several notches for a Yanks’ game, though. There’s always something going on.

    During the 7th inning, Derek Jeter dropped a throw on a potential double-play. Immediately, the Yankees made a pitching change, bringing in Paul Quantrill. During the pitching change and the subsequent warmup tosses, the crowd was chanting “JE-TER. JE-TER.” I’ve never heard the place so loud for so long.

  • Isn’t math fun? The Red Sox magic number to clinch the Wild Card is 2, but a victory of Tampa Bay tonight clinches a playoff spot for the Sox. Huh?!?

    If the Sox win tonight, it sounds like the only team that can pass the Sox is the Anaheim Angels. In doing that, though, the Angels would also have to pass the West-leading Oakland A’s. If that happens, there’s no way for the A’s or the Texas Rangers to overtake the Sox.

  • One disappointment over the weekend — Ellis Burks wasn’t able to play.

    When I was in the 4th grade, I had a picture of Burks hanging in my locker. I was too you to understand all the crap he had to deal with being a black ballplayer in Boston. I just thought he was a good ballplayer.

    Burks came back to Boston in the offseason, but his balky knees kept him out of action from mid-April until mid-September. He returned from the disabled list last week and got a hit in his only plate appearance.

    Before the bottom of the 8th inning in Sunday’s game, the Red Sox announced that Burks was taking part in his final game. He came out of the dugout and was greeted by a standing ovation. The fans then spent most 8th inning chanting “We want Ellis!”

    Unfortunately, Burks’ knees once again betrayed him. It was still fun to see one of my favorite ball players from my youth get a proper send off in front of the home crowd.

  • I went to 7 Sox games this year. That’s more that I’ve ever been to in a single season. Now, I have tickets to the first two home playoff games. I am so looking forward to that.

  • I really hate it when umps over-react. Bronson Arroyo hit Aubrey Huff and Tino Martinez in the top of the 4th. Huff was on a changeup, Martinez a fastball.

    In the bottom of the 4th, Scott Kazmir hit Manny Ramirez. Warnings were issued. On the next pitch, Kazmir hit Kevin Millar. He immediately reacted in disgust at his lack of control.

    The umps threw him out of the game for intentionally throwing at Millar.

    Keep in mind, Kazmir had a no-hitter going at the time.

    The move definitely helped the Sox. Jorge Sosa took over with 1 out in the 4th and the Devil Rays leading 2-0. By the time Sosa left the game with 1 out in the 5th, the Sox were leading 5-2 on homers by Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez.

    Now, I’m not complaining about the Sox taking the lead. I just can’t stand when stupid umpiring over-reactions change the course of the game.

  • We thought we saw one of the Farrelly brother’s on the big screen. I wonder if they were doing more filming for Fever Pitch. I mean, if you’re going to do a movie about an obsessed Red Sox fan and you’re going to film at Fenway, you need footage from at least one Red Sox – Yankees game.

    Fever Pitch cover Gotta get that book, by the way… and yes, I realize the original isn’t about a Sox fan. It’ll give me something to do, though, when I’m recovering from my upcoming oral surgery.

  • An ice-skating rink in the Fenway outfield?!? I am so there.

  • Nice. Between the time I started this post and the time I finished, the Sox finished off the Devil Rays to clinch to Wild Card.

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