David Goes Deep with Bases Jacked; KC Goes Down Easy
Boston 12, Kansas City 5 | Sox Crown Royals John Lackey Keeps Racking Up the Wins That's the Bruce Chen We Remember Spot-Starting for Pedro Ellsbury Playing Like He's Making Carl Crawford Money 24 Game Streak for Pedroia and Counting 3 More Hits for Singles Gonzalez
“It’s a compliment. It’s something you don’t think about right now when you’re playing. But when you’re done, you kind of sit down and say, ‘Well, I did OK.’ ’’ -- David Ortiz on getting 1,000 RBIs with the Sox
"He's a position player. He's just happy to get it over the plate. I hit it pretty good, but I can't supply that much power." -- Pedroia on not being able to hit outfielder Mitch Maier's 80 mph slider over the wall to complete the cycle
Scutaro Didn't Have His Head In the Game, Blows Suicide Sign Reddick, Red Sox Left for Dead in the Middle of the Night
Can-sas City 3, Boston 1 | Chances Are ... Blown Crawford Costs Sox a Win with 0-6 Effort, Clutch Strikeout And That's Just One Extra-Base Hit for AG Since Home Run Derby And Now We Can't Even Count on Randy Williams to Hold the Fort in the 14th Youk Pulls Up Lame, Sox Play Downplay Game Did You See That Catch Reddick Made?
"I just didn't see the sign. My fault. I didn't see the sign." -- Marco Scutaro, who's paid handsomely to see the sign ...
As we approach the end of the J.D. Drew era, what can we conclude about the enigmatic right fielder? His Churchillian 'finest hour' came during the 2007 post-season, with a critical grand slam against Fausto Carmona. At other times, he was capable of carrying the team with mercurial, epic heights; occasionally, although playing hard he seemed indifferent.
We love guys who wear their heart on their sleeve. Kevin Youkilis disappoints. He punishes equipment and looks penitent and fretful. Dustin Pedroia strikes out and curses the day he was born. He even gets a base hit and spins around while running to scream at the umpire over perceived indignity. But Drew approaches the marathon with as even-temper as is humanly possible. He seems to be a machine, one that gets good jumps on balls hit his way, throws accurately and well, hits the cutoff man, and runs the bases with quiet efficiency.
Baseball is a game of failure. Three successes of ten at the plate make you an all-star. Four of ten hasn't occurred for seventy years. We have blown saves, caught stealing, missed signs and other transgressions. And to quote George Carlin, the game is played at the park, not War Memorial Stadium. Every player has a finite playing mortality and Drew's seems to have come prematurely.
Or not. I don't think for a minute Drew used performance-enhancing drugs. But Peter Gammons cautioned that after drug testing came on the scene, mid 30's guys would start playing like, well, older players. The immutable (unenhanced) laws of physiology and aging have returned to the game. Home runs are down, scoring is down.
We need shed no tears for J.D. Drew, and in fact, part of his problem emanates from our expectation of performance per year...PER DOLLAR. And most of us contend, with statistical support, that even at his best, Drew didn't match OUR expectations. We want to compare the contemporary player's salary to our heroes, reminiscing that Drew was no Yaz or Lynn or Dewey.
Did Drew give ever not give an honest effort, play hard, or shirk any of his duties? I think not. But maybe he never was one of "our guys"; as Shakespeare would remind, "the fault lies not in our stars but in ourselves."
"It is not a secret that we have sat down and tried in the past and tried to lock Jacoby up in the past, and we will sit down in the future and try and do it again at the appropriate time." -- Theo Epstein, looking at Carl Crawford money for a guy who's earning it
6-2, and Even | AG Slumps, O's Power Up Josh Reddick Can't Carry This Team on His Back Forever The Ageless Jim Palmer Holds Sox to 2 Runs Over 7 Innings Thanks for the Help Weiland, But It's Back to Pawtucket A Home Run a Day from Salty, That's All We Ask Aceves Pitched Like He Just Flew in from Tampa
"Well, we had a lot of Red Sox people here last night. We'll take their admission and put it towards keeping our players. Thank you very much." -- Angry Birds manager Two-Buck Showalter... just can't let go of the money
Dustin Time for Sox to Blow It Open in Baltimore Sox Bang Out 16 Hits to Follow 16-Inning-to-6 a.m. Arrival Hey, Must Be the Money
15-10, The Zone | They Can Sleep When They're Dead Tito Regrets Not Leaving Wakefield in to Give Up 10 Runs for a Win Making Sure Dan Wheeler Gets His Props for 2.1 Innings of No-Hit Relief The Score: $162M 61, $85M 32 in the Last 7 Games, Sincerely Buck Showalter Did You See Wake Staring Back When Terry Took Him Out? Nope. Seasoned Salty Goes Deep, Everyday Reddick, Too Every-Tired-Body Got a Hit... Except J.D. 0-for-3 Where Would They Even Play David Ortiz?
"It’s not like we all need that much beauty sleep anyway." -- Terry Dangerfield on the Red Eye Red Sox
Sox Hang Tough in the Trop, Muddy Chicken Pecks Away, Takes Down Rays in 16
Boston 1, Tampa Bay 0 | Beckett Shines, Pedroia Delivers Beckett Would Be On His Way to a Cy with a Few More Wins Walking Tall: Pedey's Back on His Game and Doing It All on the Field Tip of the Cap to Albers, Morales, The Hungry Aceves, and Pap A Nasty 0-for-8 Line for the World's Greatest Center Fielder How's That Whole Legend of Sam Fuld Working Out?
“We don’t even know his name any more. He’s now the Muddy Chicken. The Muddy Chicken was definitely the player of the game. He got it done when we absolutely needed it.” -- Josh Beckett on another name for Captain Pedey Laser Show Little Pony
John Henry's Money 10, Buck's Bargain Basement 4 | Home Run Derby Bradford: Sox Rank the 6 HRs, Must-Play-Every-Day Reddick Wins Vote Ells No. 11, Pedey No. 9, AG No. 17, Ortiz No. 18, Styles Reddick No. 2, Salty No. 6 And As Usual J.D. 'Worth Every Penny' Drew Just Watches History Pass Him By Slacker: Gonzalez, Still, Has .49 Points to Go To Be Batting .400 Miller's High Life: Andrew Just Wins More Days in First Place
"There's a lot of games to be played. We're not going to get too excited because we're a half-game up or whatever. What is it, July?" -- Dustin Pedroia does the math, has a calendar
Mission Timpossible 19: The Sox Could Use a Few Good Men Like Wake
Dropping Like Flies 6, Going Nowhere as Usual 4 | Rotation Taking a Beating The Old Knuckleballer Just Keeps Going, And Going, And Going Can We Just Pay Wakefield with Lackey's Unearned Money? Win No. 198 and Counting: Can Wake Play Til He's 50? When the Going Gets Tough, Manny Gonzalez Takes a Day Off :-) No Kidding Around: J.D. Drew Had an Extra-Base Hit The AL All-Star Team Could Use a Guy Like Daniel Bard, No? Youk Comes Back Strong; Ells Shows His Star Power Salty Gets a Pass on the Passed Balls So-called Save No. 19 Not Pretty for Pap
"I’m very proud of the job that I’ve done so far." -- Tim Wakefield, and so are we
Boston 3, Toronto 2 | Sox Thrown a Scare 2010 All Over Again? Lester Joins Ranks of Walking Wounded; Youk Sits Oh What a Relief: Albers, Morales, Bard Pick Up Where Lester Left Off We'll Give Papelbon and His 4.01 ERA a Mulligan Pap Gets the Save, But Varitek Made the Save Stop the Presses: J.D. Drew Drove In a Run Do You Want Fries with That John Farrell? Dustin Pedroia, Born to Bat Cleanup
"We should still be playing. That play is right in front of Brian Knight. It was clear that Edwin did a good job sliding around the plant leg of Tek. His swipe tag missed him by no less than a foot." -- John Farrell feeling blue and mad at the man in blue
Crock & Role: Girardi, GM dismiss Joba's talk of starting or closing for Yankees > Steinbrenner A-OK with Alex's portrayal in Yankees kids movie > Youkilis not worried after being pulled from Yankees lineup > Desperate Damon makes plea to be Yankees' Granderson sub