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Archive for the month “May, 2011”

The way the Universe should work

You see, this is the way the Universe is supposed to work. There are good guys and bad guys. The good guys are supposed to win and the bad guys are supposed to lose. The Coyote never catches the Roadrunner. The Red Sox win and the Yankees lose. And the Yankee clubhouse falls into disarray in the meantime.

So I like what has happened the past two nights in the Bronx. What worries me is that the Boston sportswriters are starting to get smug about it. This is not a good thing, because the sportswriters — especially Shaughnessy — always cop this attitude just before the tide turns the other way. Now, I like Shaughnessy’s old-school approach to sports, but the simple truth is that he is always wrong. He thought Frank McCourt should have been approved as owner of the Red Sox when John Henry purchased the team. In 2006 (I think that was the year) he pronounced the pennant race in the Red Sox favor, in June, and, of course, the Sox collapsed.

While I am glad that the Sox have had an enviable record against their arch enemies, let’s get real. They are still one game under .500 and each of the three other times this season they were in the position of getting to the even mark, they lost two or three games in a row.

So, while I’ll savor the previous two games, I’m not going to count any chickens before they hatch, even with Jon Lester on the mound tonight.

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Coming unglued!

Another ugly night for the Red Sox, as this team seems to be coming apart at the seams. They can’t pitch. They can’t score runs. Their fielding is breaking down. Francona gets tossed. And the team that’s beating the living shit out of them tonight? The Minnesota Twins, holders of the worst record in the American League.

It was so predictable…

[Walk-Off Update Below]

Tim Wakefield made an emergency start today in place of the ailing Clay Buchholz and delivered a shutout through five innings and the Sox had a 2-0 lead against last year’s Cy Young winner, Felix Hernandez. As the top of the sixth inning started I thought to myself — if Wake puts anyone on, Terry Francona would yank him for Bobby Jenks, who will promptly surrender the lead. And that’s exactly what happened. Why was this so predictable? Because Francona has an obsessive need to demonstrate faith in his struggling players — and Jenks has been struggling.

I like Francona, and think he is one of the best managers baseball. His philosophy is that it is a long season and the Sox will need all their players. But this sometimes causes him to overly manage for tomorrow and not for a win today. The Sox have lost four of their last five games and need a win. Defeating one of the league’s best pitchers would have also been a big morale boost. As I write this, the game is tied 2-2 in the top of the 9th inning. It’s possible Red Sox will still win this game. But Francona had to stubbornly put Jenks in and stick with him even after he loaded the bases, then walked in two runs. Matt Albers, by the way, pitched two scoreless innings after this debacle.

And today is Vermont Day at Fenway Park! Thanks, Terry.

UPDATE: Then again, maybe Terry is a genius. Ichiro mis-plays a line-drive from Jed Lowrie who ends up on 3rd base, with one out. After Marco Scutaro hits the first pitch he sees for a harmless out that doesn’t score the run, Carl Crawford steps up to the plate and hits a game-winning single up the middle. This could be good for morale too.

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