Ellsbury had an MVP type day but his efforts were only good for one win. (SawxBlog Illustration)
Jacoby Ellsbury is continuing to have a phenomenal year for the Red Sox, and he's been one reason why the complete collapse has yet to occur. During yesterday's double header with NY Jacoby went 5 for 11 with 3 HR's, 5 RBI, and 3 Runs scored. He's now batting .322 on the season with 31 HR's, 103 RBI, 117 Runs, and 38 Stolen Bases. Yesterday's performance helped cement at least a Top 3 placement in the MVP voting for him, and also may have propelled him into true leadership status. While Dustin Pedroia is no doubt the leader, and future captain of this Team, Ellsbury has really stepped it up this year in all facets of his game - you just hope the rest of the Sox are willing to take his lead now, because if the Sox do go down, it's not going to be because of Ellsbury.
The Red Sox starting pitching continues to be absolutely atrocious, and while their defense and hitting have been suspect, this is where their shortcomings in September begin. You'll be hard pressed to find anyone in New England who doesn't love Tim Wakefield, but his time with Boston is over. His pursuit of number 200 coincides pretty close with the Sox slide, and it makes me wonder how many games and innings were wasted for this individual achievement. This isn't fair to Wake I know, but it's something you have to question. He hasn't pitched past the 5th inning for over a month, the last time being on August 13th against the Mariners, and has seen his ERA balloon to 5.12 during that time. A number John Lackey would love to have for sure, but that's a much different matter...
After waking up this morning I sat on the edge of my bed, grabbed my HTC Evo, and began checking my e-mail. The first thing I saw in my inbox was a Press Release from TMZ stating that Lackey has filed papers to divorce his wife who's battling cancer. First and foremost, I honestly could give a crap about his, or any other athletes personal life or affairs. That said, Lackey is a public figure, like it or not, and that's part of the territory of being a professional athlete. After the game yesterday Lackey had the following to say to a confused Boston Media:
"Let me tell you the truth. Thirty minutes before the game, I got a text message on my cellphone from one of you ... somebody in the media, talking about personal stuff, And I shouldn't even be standing up here having to deal with this. I'm sitting here listening to music. I don't know who got my phone number, but that's over the line."
I have to call bull shit on Lackey once again. This is in no way shape or form over the line, and he lumped in the Boston Media with the likes of TMZ which is horse-crap. You're the 25th highest paid player in baseball, have pitched in a Game 7 of the World Series, and you act like your personal life leaking into your professional life is over the line? Please. All this mouth breathing piece of crap should have said here is that it's a personal matter, and he'd rather not comment on it. Boom. End of story, no one presses, and his doesn't look like a dick in the process. But no, like he's done his complete time in Boston he attacks everyone around him, blames anyone but himself, and acts like an arrogant prick. I HATE John Lackey. Have all year, and hope Theo finds some way to ship this overpaid, spoiled, loser of a man out of Boston, I honestly don't care how much money we'd have to eat. The day prior Lester pitched like crap and he took all the questions from the media like a man and blamed himself, saying that he stunk. Beckett does the same thing as well and is always fully accountable, but Lackey - well...nothing is ever his fault, it's the world against him all the time. His defense stinks. His Managers takes him out at the wrong time. It's the media's fault he's getting a divorce. Poor Lackey, I hope the $15,950,000 he made this year for being the worst statistical pitcher in Red Sox history can make up for the incredulous awful text he received. What a loser.
Buster Olney hit it out of the Park with his Tweet this morning. On a night the Red Sox received a HUGE win to stay alive in the playoff race this clown decides to yell at a group of dudes who had nothing to do with his divorce, and at the time didn't even know about it - he's the one who made it a story, and in the process ignored the accomplishment of the Team. But that's how it is to be around Lackey everyone's to blame but himself. The Selfish Sloth Lives.