The Red Sox magic number remains stagnant after a night where the club lost an interesting game to the Minnesota Twins 5-4. The Yankees also won down in Tampa to help keep apply any pressure there is on the Red Sox and their division hopes. I thought last nights game was actually a pretty fun one to watch. I was in my apartment with Jeannine doing laundry, eating Red Sox peanuts, and cookin' hot dogs, just like being at the ballpark (minus the laundry which I avoid doing like the plague).
It'll be curious to see how much Beckett's sub-par outing last night will effect his chances in the Cy Young race, I hope not too much, but ya' never know. I do know that if he went out there and had a dominant performance he would have been a cinch for the Cy but oh well.
I really thought the Sox were going to come back there at the end, it just seemed like it was going to roll into one of those classic Fenway Park Red Sox wins, we just couldn't push that final runner across the plate. Hats of to V-Tek though on his HR to help us pull within one. Even though it seems like it's been rather frustrating to see Varitek at the plate this year with his strikeouts and all, he has been having some pretty clutch hits down the stretch here (he had that HR in Tampa when we came back) and I'm pinning him right now as my dark horse candidate to be the hero of the playoffs for the Sawx. Speaking of candidates that leads me to my next topic of discussion...
The Red Sox Nation Presidential Race is A Sham & a Joke
I loathe this "presidential race" and think it's a complete and utter joke which helps make real Red Sox fans (and I'll include myself in that category) looked dumbed down in this post 2004 world in which we live in. First off we have all these b-list Boston only celebrities running for the title of President of Red Sox Nation who in the end are trying to jump start their name into our consciousness...kill me now. And Sorry Sam Horn, you may have a great message board named after you in the vein of Sam Adams (whose birthday was yesterday by the way), but honestly, we don't need you to be "our" president, when in the end it's just a career move for you. Which brings me to Remy.
Don't get me wrong here, I love listening to Remy on the air. I love the fact that a lot of the time it seems as if he just took a few pulls on a phat spliff with "the Don" before going on the air, but if I have to listen to him plug his (no offense) sh!tty website or talk about this "presidential race" more then the ACTUAL PENNANT RACE the Red Sox are in then I'm going to get all mid evil on my television set. I would much rather have Curt Gowdy pushing Narragansett Beer on Red Sox fans then Remy trying to shove sausages and Wally down our throats. Stick to what you're good at, you're spreading yourself a little too thin buddy. And Tim Russert, did you really monitor this? Wow, Tommy W has a lot more pull then I ever thought I guess...
If they really wanted a real president then they should have gone to real fans. I think I, Peter N, Soxy lady, the fellahs at Surviving Grady, or any of the other wonderful Red Sox blogs out there would have been a much better choice then the flipping owner of the ducks tours, I mean, really?!? The issues I care about are small but universal among Sox fans. Solve the ticket problem, all your season ticket holders are scalpers and vice versa. Give us beer vendors.
Red Sox vs. Yankees inevitable in ALCS?
Talking about this is like talking about your chickens before they hatch, but it is Friday, so what the heck. As a Sox fan I never would want to face the Yankees in the playoffs, however even as I type that I know I'm lying. There's a part in every Red Sox and Yankee fan that yearns for it more then anything. Nothing is more fun then a Red Sox vs. Yankee ALCS, not even the World Series. Both sides of fans live off of it and root harder then ever, and that's what makes them so fun. Here's two e-mail's I've received (of many) from Yankee fans that makes me love and hate them in the same breath.
"The Evil Empire is coming to get you!!!
Its a GREAT Game.Its a long seasonIts the BEST Rivalry in ALL of sports.This will be a FANTASTIC weekend of baseball for Boston and New York.Looking forward to October.Maybe the next time I am in Boston we can meet.Take care,Scott"
RSN to Choose Greatest Games in Fenway History for DVD Collection
I don't think this is launching until 10/1 however sounds pretty interesting and fun, see the press release below:
As the Boston Red Sox begin their pursuit of the 2007 World Series championship, A&E Home Video, MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and Major League Baseball Productions invite the membership of Red Sox Nation and baseball aficionados everywhere to help create history by selecting the greatest games played at Fenway Park for inclusion in an upcoming DVD set. From October 1 through October 22, Red Sox Nation members will have the opportunity to cast their votes for the most memorable home games over the past 40 years of the storied franchise, exclusively at RedSox.com/greatgames. The six games that garner the highest vote totals will then be assembled into a special collector’s edition DVD entitled BOSTON RED SOX: GREATEST GAMES IN FENWAY PARK, a 6+ DVD set scheduled to be released in 2008.
On the “Great Games” voting page, Red Sox Nation members will be prompted to select six games from over 20 hand-picked from the Major League Baseball archives. Members will be able to relive the sights and sounds from these memorable games as each will feature a special video presentation along with a detailed synopsis. To help diversify the set, the games will be separated into three distinct categories (1967-1986, 1987-2002, 2003-present), and members will have to select at least one game from each of the three eras but no more than four games per era. Every Red Sox Nation member will be allowed to vote up to 25 times during the three-week balloting period. Baseball fans can keep tabs on the results with periodic voting updates on RedSox.com.