Derek announcing at Fenway Park during Jimmy Fund's Fantasy Day. (SawxBlog Photo - K. Chandler)
SawxBlog was lucky enough this past weekend to participate in the Jimmy Fund’s Fantasy Day at Fenway Park. Kris and I represented SawxBlog and were given the duty of announcing the batters and fielders as they lived out their dreams below on the field. The weather was absolutely perfect as the sun smiled down on this sunny Sunday morning. Hearing your voice booming over the Fenway PA system was a fairly surreal experience to say the least, and we definitely made the most of our time in the booth. However, what truly made this a worthwhile and memorable experience was the cause we were helping to support.
Since its inception in 1992, Fantasy Day has raised more than $6 million in support of cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Seeing the kids take their swings and run around the bases truly was a heart softening moment. Cancer is something that unfortunately touches all families and baseball denominations, and causes like the Jimmy Fund are an easy one to get behind. Helping out kids with cancer seems to be a no-brainer, and SawxBlog will hopefully be doing a lot more volunteer work in the future for them, and I urge you to donate some of your time and money as well.
For more on the Jimmy Fund please visit here: http://www.jimmyfund.org/abo/default.html
Many thanks again to Sarah, Dana, and Joe from Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund who allowed us to be a part of this special day in such a fun and rewarding way. Below is some video of the event.
The second half of the baseball season is now officially upon us with the All-Star Game quickly receding in the rear view, and the Red Sox appear to be stumbling out of the blocks. The Sox are now 1-3 since the All-Star break and their offense still seems to be on vacation. They have been outscored at a 16-10 pace, and are averaging a little under three runs a game, which isn’t going to get the job done. This is not the result you would expect to see with the returns of both Jed Lowrie and Mike Lowell, but they're the results we're getting.
With Beckett on the mound tonight you hope the Sox can rebound from last nights awful game (more on that in the ugly). However the three game lead we seemed to have ballooned at the last minute before the All-Star break has now disappeared in...well, a NY minute. After the Sox get out of Texas we have seven games in a row against the Orioles and Athletics which should be a good chunk of wins. The true test, however, for the entire year will be the month of August, where we’ll face the Rays, Yanks, Tigers, and Rangers all in a row, and with three of those tough series being on the road.
Don’t get me wrong here, I appreciate everything John Smoltz has done for his career, however I’m not appreciating this continued “experiment” the Sox are pulling with him. He’s a 40+ year old guy coming of surgery who the Red Sox are trying to will back into his old form. I hate to break to you Red Sox Nation, but Smoltz is far from the answer here. John is now 1-3 since joining the Sox and has an atrocious ERA of 6.31. His only win where he looked even remotely good was against the AAAA Orioles and opponents are hitting .303 off of him. Screw the work in progress talks too, he’s on a one year contract and this time just seems wasted with him. I say file him under the Wade Miller file, and cut your losses.
Meanwhile the only win the Red Sox have received in the second half was via Clay Buchholz spot start, where he only gave up 1 ER and got out of some pretty tough jams. All Clay’s been doing is pitching his ass off while wasting his efforts and innings for Pawtucket when he clearly should be with the Sox. He's the future not Smoltz, and the future is now. All the talk is about trading Penny or Clay, but why not Smoltz? The honest answer there is no other team wants him, or would give up NOTHING of true value for him. What does that tell you? I don’t see Smoltz winning any pitching duel for us this year, and if he really wants to revive his career he should go back to the bullpen, because when lineups are seeing him a second/third time through it’s lights out for him and the Sox.
The Jawa and new camera are eerily similar. (EJ Flex Illustration)
While the American League extended their winning streak against the National League to 13 games, a critical observation went undetected.
Who invited the Jawa to sit behind home-plate during the game?
My good friend Erik texted me about this during the game and the resemblance is uncanny. As you can clearly see from his above comparison this dances past the verge of weird, and into the land of the unexplained, taking its rightful place next to Shoeless Joe’s involvement in the Black Sox Scandal, and Bud Selig shrugging of his shoulders in a tied up indifference. Well, maybe not that bad, but none-the-less, freaking weird.