Sunday, August 7
The Long and Short of the last week and a half
Manny made lot's of hub-bub in the last week. Thank God he's still here.
So I tried to do this once. I somehow screwed up and deleted it.
So let's try this again.
THE REST OF THE TAMPA SERIES
In the 10-9 win on Tuesday night Trot hurt his side or something a long that lines. That put a bit of a hurt on the outfield lineup for Wednesday. jay Payton is long gone and our other outfield type guy is recently brought up from Pawtucket Adam Stern. Manny had also asked to have Wednesday off the week before. So that means we were looking at Millar in LF, Damon in CF, and Stern in RF. Tito went to Manny and asked him to play to help the team and Manny refused. At least that's what the original reports said. Later on it will come out that might not have been entirely accurate about what was said. This begin what I like to call Manny-Gate.
The boys won the game on Wednesday 4-1. Wakefield looked great and the D-Rays looks confused. Random people helped make the win happen with their offense.
During the off-day Manny-Gate exploded.
The whole thing about Manny refusing to play hit the Boston papers like hair-spray on the Jersey shore, it was wicked heavy. Then is came out that Manny had asked to be traded. People were tired of "Manny being Manny" and had made up there minds that it was time to move on.
That's pretty dumb if you ask me.
TWINS SERIES AT FENWAY
So with the Manny business swirling all over Fenway the Twins came to town. Manny got booed. It was bad.
We won Friday nights game after Older-Dude hit a nice grand slam. It was exciting.
Manny sat out Saturday's game while rumors flew all over the place. The press was saying that a three way deal was being discussed between the Sox, Mets, and D-Rays. The Mets would have gotten Manny and we would have gotten Cliff Floyd and Audrey Huff. I was scratching my head some kinda fierce. We desperately need help in the bullpen and maybe another starting pitcher but we are going after two outfielders? Why would we do that? Why would we break up the double threat of Pappi and Manny? I feel like if we had traded Manny we would have given up our shot at the World Series this year, I really do.
Oh by the way, we won Saturday's game. Older-Dude had three more RBI's and Wells was great. The team is playing good baseball.
The Manny deal did not come through. THANK GOD. Our "big" move was to pick up Jose Cruz Jr. Why we didn't get more bullpen help is a little confusing to me.
Sunday rolls around and love is back in the air at Fenway. Manny doesn't start but he comes in later to pinch hit. Standing O. He also hit's in the game winning run. In an interview on NESN after the game he refers to himself in the third person, very good stuff.
ROYAL'S SERIES AT FENWAY
Kansas City is not a good baseball team. Thank god we swept them. We gave them some chances to beat us though. Monday night we came back from down 4-0. At the end we had won 8 straight games including 6 in a row at Fenway.
TWINS AT MINNESOTA
I think the Sox missed the flight to Minnesota. On Friday night we got killed 12-0. Arroyo was useless and we had no offense what so ever. We managed 4 hits. We also had 2 errors. Oyyy.
Saturday night didn't get any better. We went up 3-0 then let them back in it to tie the game at 3. In the bottom of the ninth we let there lead off man get on with a throwing error. He advanced to 2nd. Then they put down a bunt. Timlin threw the ball into the roof and the runner scored from second. Game over. Two errors decide the game. Oyyy.
We're still three and a half games ahead of the Yankess though. That's a good thing.
Hopefully we'll get a win this afternoon, then it's off to Texas.