Let the Games Begin!
The season is under way folks and if opening day tells us anything it could be that this is the year of the underdog.
The Tigers beating the crap out of the Blue Jays and Cy Young winner Roy Halladay?
The Devil Rays spanking the Yankees?
The Brewers beat the Cardinals?
The Pirates beat the Phillies?
And yes... the Orioles beat the Red Sox.
Hard to believe all of these things happened in a few days. I'm sure this portends a wild, exciting, unpredictable season. It should be a lot of fun however it turns out.
The Red Sox loss was a little sad. I followed the game as it unfolded and could tell pedro was having a tough time getting started. The nightmare of the second inning felt like it would never end but once Pedro got warmed up and settled down the rest of his outing was pretty solid and he went 93 pitches.
I've heard a lot about the sloppy play that night, especially that long fly ball that Kapler and Damon couldn't get to. I don't understand that either. Word is the trip to Atlanta then up to Baltimore took a lot out of them and left them tired. That could be. I know we're going to have to do better than leaving 14 guys on base and having our lead-off hitter going Oh-fer Five.
Still I know it's a long season. I know that April is the time to shake things out and see what needs to be tweaked to get all the cylinders firing. If our hits had come been in a slightly different order the red Sox could have easily come out on top. Still it's a good lesson that the Orioles are not going to be doormats anymore and the heart of their order is as dangerous as any in the game.
Curt Schilling should be as prepared as any pitcher ever was when he takes the hill today. I can't wait to follow the action. I can only imagine how pumped up and excited he must be right now. If he can make his first outin a gem and if our offense is a bit more productive with men on base I know we'll have a very different outcome today. I seriously can't wait to see how things go today!
As for the whole Pedro situation... with him leaving the game early. The press is starting to grab the wrong end of the stick on this story to make more of it than it is. Was it childish and disrespectful? OF course it was! But it is something that the players and Francona will deal with on their own. Pedro should have known better. Francona shouldn't have to tell the press he didn't communicate that rule clearly enough. It is common sense.
But on the other hand I know Pedro was upset at how the game went and was obviously frustrated at his performance. I'm sure he didn't want to hang around and answer questions about it, but he needs to get over that stuff and be part of the team. His guys will protect Pedro's back but he needs to be there for them and not take advantage of their team spirit.
I'm sure Curt Schilling will have something to say about being accountable and being there for your team when the Sox have their team meeting. Curt was always there with his team even when he was injured or when he wasn't pitching. He would always stay and answer all questions about his outing whether it was great or not.
In any case it sounds like Terry Francona will talk to him and be firm and fair about it. Pedro should get a mulligan on this. We'll see how things go from here. There's a saying that the game 2 is the game that really tells you how your season will go. Once the expectations from Game 1 are settled the season can then progress the way it should.
Opening Day shows us anything can happen in this game... it can happen any time.
I think that's a good omen for a season when we all are expecting our team to go all the way and we won't accept anything less.
ed at bambinoscurse.com had a good entry today. He mentioned the stupidity of writers that have latched onto the idea that Red Sox fans are wandering the streets in their sleep having nightmares about Aaron F Boone. The common write-ups in the press is that Aaron Boone is as much a part of Red Sox lore as Bucky F Dent.
As all red Sox fans are pointing out.... nothing could be further from the truth. red Sox fans don't have nightmmares about Boone any more than we have nightmares about Ray Knight or Mookie Wilson. The problems in 1986 came from Calvin Schiraldi and Bob Stanley choking big time when the game was on the line. We will never forget what happened that night but no real Rd Sox fan has a grudge against Buckner or Mookie.
Aong those same lines no Red Sox fan has a problem with Tim Wakefield or Aaron Boone. What happened is what happened. Our problem is that with the game safely in our grasp Grady let Pedro get hit hard in the 7th inning and then they sent him back out in the 8th with his pitch count close to 100 and his velocity down. All casual fans knew Pedro was ortal after 100 pitches. Grady acted like this was a surprise to him.
This is why we don't blame Wakefield or Aaron Boone. We don't even blame Giambi's two vitamin enhanced home-runs off Pedro in that game. Nobody left that game with the epthet "Freaking" or any other F word. Not even Grady Little. It was just a bad thing that happened but we'll get over it.
2004 is our year. We have the right guys. They know that now is the time to make this happen.
The season is under way and this is going to be a great year.
Can't wait to see Schilling's debut today!
Go Red Sox!
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