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R.I.P. Livejournal [Jul. 29th, 2005|04:23 pm]
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Well the time has finally come and I must bid livejournal farewell. I'm moving bosawk to http://www.sawxblog.com and am in the process of moving all of my LJ posts over there.

I thank you all for reading and commenting in the past and hope you still read at the new site. i ecsp. would like to thank dirty_devlin & mdyesowitch who read often and kept me honest. Thanks :)

Any suggestions on the new site would be awesome, and if you'd like to make a guest post let me know.

Thanks, and hope to see ya over there.
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(no subject) [Jul. 25th, 2005|06:09 pm]

Stranded Sox

The Boston Red Sox ended their 4-Game set with the Chicago White Sox last night with a 6-4 loss. The game was the Sox’s to win however when they ended up on the short end of the stick on more then one occasion.

The Sox ended the series with a 2-2 spilt and are off to Tampa Bay to play a feisty D-Rays team.

Yesterday was a frustrating game to watch and one that I really wanted to have the Sox win. Winning 3/4 would have been a fairly large statement for them to make, however, you can’t really complain with the split. David Wells takes the hill tonight as the Sox hope to get at least 2/3 from the D-Rays.

Trades, Signings, and the New Guys

1. Bronson, Millar, Mueller, and a slew of minor league Sox names have been thrown around in trade rumors a lot lately. The one I’d most like to see is the A.J deal. We’ll see.

2. Craig Hansen the Sox first round draft pick is signed. There was a lot of speculation on when they’d be able to sign him because of his representation by Boras. Now the rumors of him pitching as soon as this year will be out to no end. Baseball America predicted him as being the pitcher most ready fro the big leagues.
3. My skewed analysis:
Alex Cora -Great Defender; Mendoza line hitter.
Graffinao – OK Defender, OK hitter, Great Plate Presence.
The teams more solid with these two on the bench or in the game.

That’s all for now.
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(no subject) [Jul. 24th, 2005|10:27 am]

Best Sox in Baseball

Alex Cora pulls a crucial double play for the Real Sox last night

The Boston Red Sox are guaranteed to at least split a four game set with a team that has the best record in MLB. Manny Ramirez hit a 2-Run HR against former Yankee rival El Duque which ended up being the difference in the game. Things got interesting in the 9th via Curt Schilling, however, the Sox pulled out the win with Manny making up for an eearlier outfield gaff by really in a tough over the shoulder catch. Hats off to Wade Miller, who pitched 7 shut-out innings and could still be the differance for the Right Sox this year.

The Wrong Sox are def. a good team this year, however, I'm not really or worried about the other team from Chicago. I mean come on, thye already are publishing their magic number in the newspaper. Don't get too ahead of yourselves guys...

The Right Sox have now opened up a 2.5 game lead in the talented and tight AL East thanks to the LA Angels & D-Rays. Speaking of the D-Rays, they're playing some really good ball so far in the second 1/2 and could be playing the part of spoiler for a couple of AL East teams down the stretch.
In non-Sox news I'm officially moving this site to a more "blogger friendly" envirenment. The domain name is bought and I just have a few tweeks to make before I launch it. Again this being the main reason for my lack of recent posts. Stay tuned on that, and lets win this series today. Sox face off against another Ex-Yankee in Jose Contreas, who they've pretty much owned thus far.
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(no subject) [Jul. 15th, 2005|01:09 pm]


Alex trots the bases after his 2-Run Game Winning HR.

Being a Red Sox fan and watching the game last night felt a lot like "The Old Days". From a fans point of view I knew that it was going to be a high scoring affair. For the first five innings or so the umpire’s strike zone was about the size of a grapefruit and with the talented hitters on both side of the ball you knew that runs were going to be had.

With the Sox losing it was the same story different game. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, 6 runs should be more then enough to give us a win. I don't like seeing us in these slugfests, however they happen, esp. this year against the Yankees.

This all being said I'm not on the Tobin. This is one game, and we're still in first. Chad Bradford showed how valuable he may end up being for us, and our hitting is still there. We have some backend problems with our pitching yes, however I think the Yankees starting pitching is more of a problem for them. They almost need their offense to be scoring a lot of runs this year to get wins. So I'm not too worried yet, this is the Yankees though, and anyone who thought they'd go down without a fight just hasn't been paying attention to baseball the last decade.

Curt Schilling lost in possibly the worse way possible. People at the bar I was in were cheering when he came out...I was pacing. It's only one game, and if he's never the same again that's huge, but was worth it for the ring. The Sox face off against Redding tonight who they should be able to handle fine. We'll see which David Wells shows up tonight; Last time he threw a gem of a game in the stadium.

Millar still needs to go, or play less. That play at first last night was pathetic, and Bellhorn…*sigh* Don’t really know what to say there. I understand pitches seen per plate appearance and walks are good. And I also understand that BA is an overrated statistic, however when you’re near the Mendoza line, striking out a lot, and not hitting for power…something needs to be done.
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(no subject) [Jul. 14th, 2005|02:30 pm]

1/2 Way there, Living on A Prayer

Tek has been one of the consistent Sox thus far this year.

Well, well here we are already. Half way through the 2005 campaign and the Boston Red Sox are amid a swirl of controversy and uprising. There are whispers of player contempt, there have been a lot of major injuries, trade rumors, a very meager bullpen, among many more concerns for the Sox. With the tepid fever of New England as of late you'd expect us to be sitting 7.5 back of the Yanks in third place. Thankfully, that's not the case.

Half way through the season the Boston Red Sox are in first place in the American League East by two slim games. But seriously, where else would you rather us be? 10.5 games up? Yeah, well, me too. But look at the troubles our team has had as mentioned above. You take away Mariano Rivera and Randy Johnson from the NY Yankees and I guarentee you they'd be a lot farther back then the 2.5 they are. Take away the Ace and Closer of any team and in MLB and I gurantee you they wouldn't be in first in the toughest division in baseball. The Sox have dealt with their controversy and come out on top. Every team has woes, however I believe 95% of ours can be solved internally, and that's huge.

Getting Chad Bradford will be big for us, and if his back's OK he can be a deadly middle releaver. After reading the chapter devoted to him in "Moneyball" it makes me wonder if he'll be able to handle the Boston pressure, that's a time will tell story starting tonight. And speaking of time will tell, the warrior that is Curt Schilling is sort-of back tonight.

I hope to God he picks up a save for us in a 12 pitch 9th. It's fitting the Sox are starting the second half against the Yanks. It's fitting how hot the Yanks are too, we all remember what happened last time the 2005 NY Streakees faced the Sox. We more then saved face with a 17-1 murder and sent their team on a slide. This weekend won't answer all the questions of these two teams fates, however it can give us some insight. Should be a fun/nerve racking weekend. So lets get 3/4 this weekend and hope for the best.

Damn this is fun...
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(no subject) [Jul. 12th, 2005|11:26 am]

Most Papi-lar

David was the first Boston Red Sox ever to lead the MLB in All*Star voting.

First off on my agenda today is to apologize for not updating as much as I would like to have been recently. I've been trying to decide on where I'd like to take this "blog" and since LJ isn't really blogging software I've been in the search of a good/cheap alternative so I can use this via RSS Feeds and XML. I'd also like a little fuller control of the HTML etc. Some of the content from this blog will be part of The Globe's new daily publication called Sidekick, and I would like to really dress this site up better. So yeah, that's taken me a little away from the updates, you'll know as soon as I know what I'll be doing. You can also check out some recent Photo Illustrations posted by me over at Boston Dirt Dogs.

Now that that's out of the way lets talk about the Sox. Big ups and congratulations go out to all of the Sox All*Stars including Cap Tek, Damon, Ortiz, Clement, Manny, and Tito. The AL East is also well represented in this game showing where a lot of the power and excitement in the AL is coming from.

David represented pretty well in the HR Derby last night hitting the 2nd most HR's ever in a round (17) before falling short in the second round. And did anyone see Freddy Lynn in the Celebrity Softball game? The kid still has it and looked like one of the more nimble players out there. Props also go out to Ozzie Smith for flying into second with a slide, he looked faster the 1/2 the guys on our current team!

Tonight's All*Star game should be fun, and our defending World Champs are represented the most in the starting line-up with W.W.J.D.D., Varitek, Manny, and Papi. Last year Manny and David each had HRs to help eventually give us homefield advantage in the World Series. Tito will be trying to do the same for the Sox tonight with a very potent line-up. Should be a fun one.

Tomorrow I'll be giving my mid season report which should be interesting, enjoy the game.

PS - If anyone has any tickets to Saturdays game I'd be very interested, my Dad will be in town and would love to go to the game.
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(no subject) [Jul. 5th, 2005|05:56 pm]

Another Foulke Up

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Sigh. Well another blown win for the Sox thanks to another "Whopper" of a performance by Keith Foulke. The Good News, The Sox still lead the AL East by 3 games. The Bad news? It's getting pretty bunched up aside from the D-Rays. The Sox have lost a lot of momentum they had and have had some lackluster games. I f our starters can get solid for us again, then we'll start winning games.

Foulke's season is inexcusable. If he really is hurt then he, or the Sox management should have made a move a long time ago. Lets hope they can make it 3.5 after tonight.
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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2005|04:44 pm]

Sox Salvage Series

Mirabelli strikes a familiar pose, as he rounds third. (Check two entries ago)

Well the Sox were able to beat the Cleveland Indians today and win the season series against the Indians at 4-2. Wakefield gave the Sox a solid outing and his batterymate, Doug Mirabelli, made the most of his start with a roundtripper of his own.

Now that I'm back from my travels I can focus more on the Sox, and what an interesting team to focus on. They are still one of the hottest teams in baseball (even though they lost this series) and are looking like the defending champs they are. Why the big turn around you ask? The answers more simple than you may imagine.
1. Strong solid efforts by out starting pitchers.
2. More consistent hitting 1-9.
The Sox have played more road games then anyone in baseball, have had their #1 starter on the shelf almost the entire season, and have had horrible woes in the bullpen. What's our reward? First place in the AL East by 3 games over the Baltimore Orioles. I'm very happy and confident with this team right now. They're scoring a lot of runs and maximizing their outs. Manny, who was never struggling as much as people were saying, has gone from: "What's wrong with this guy?" to "MVP Canidate". Insane.

If the Sox make any moves this month it will be to bolster their bullpen. And no one in baseball will be making a mid-season move as big as getting back a Curt Schilling. I'm a little freaked out that we're not having our normal June Swoon, we'll see though, the race is almost 1/2 over and we're in ideal shape. With the majority of our games home in the 2nd half the grass may be even greener after the All*Star break.

Now get off your butt, create a new e-mail account, and vote 25 more times for Damon. Homeboy deserves to start this year!
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(no subject) [Jun. 22nd, 2005|10:35 pm]

Sweep Stakes

Boston has been jumping all over the opposition the last couple of weeks.

Well Boston started this away series against one of the hottest teams in baseball (winners of 9 in a row), and they're walking away with their second sweep in the last 3 series. The Sox have won 8/9 and are only 1 game out of first place in the AL East. Wade Miller had a really solid outing (I think Tito left him in too long) and the Sox showed some gusto by going out there and coming from behind a couple of times. With Bronson's effort last night, and Miller getting it done tonight the Sox starters may be finding a little bit of a groove.

Theo's shows his shrewdness again with Olerud having another solid outing. Not bad for a minor league contract. And Edgar proved to be clutch tonight getting a round bagger and the GW-RBI. Keith Choke "got the job done" but damn, still not happy with him.

This team's just rolling right now and you almost don't want to see the off day they have tomorrow. They need it though with Johhny a little banged up as well as the ER. Our team depth is starting to show, and if we can just righten the back end of our bullpen (not you Timlin) these runs could be a regularity for this team.
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(no subject) [Jun. 21st, 2005|09:52 am]

Johnny Be Good

Damon heads home after his GW-RBI last night in Cleveland

Before I start talking about last nights win let me touch up quickly on the weekend series against the Pirates. The Sox had a very successful homestand winning 5/6 and scoring a total of 37 runs. Each and every start we had had a common theme, solid, consistent starting pitching. Besides our pitching we started to see some of our hitters break out of their respective "slumps". Bill "The Professional Hitter" Mueller led the way with a week that he had a .400 average, 10 RBIs, 5 extra base hits. Also having notable weeks with the stick were Papi, Millar (yes THE Kevin Millar), and Manny Baseball. This was a great way for us to get some wins underneath our belts and build us some confidence for our competition coming up, such as last night.

The Sox ran into the hottest team in baseball last night, and the Indians showed us why. In a game that was feeling like a total blow-out for the Sox, the Indians kept on clawing back into the game. This was a great example of a team that just doesn't believe it's ever out of a game, and gained a lot of respect for this young Indian team. Our bullpen went back to its road ways after David Wells gave us a solid, but not great, start.

I'll pre-face the following harshness by saying that I really like and respect Alan Embree and Keith Choke...er...Foulke. (That was cheap) However, this is becoming a problem. Embree has been a rock for us, ecsp. over the last few playoff runs, however, he's thrown a lot of pitches during our runs and we may be seeing some of the results from this. We'll see, he's saying all the right things but this is something that has to eventually be addressed if we're going to make a serious run at the division and pennant. Foulke...eh...he just looks like a different pitcher this year. I hope and pray it's a mechanical issue (ball transfer) but I don't know.
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