Saturday, May 29, 2004

I really don't like the A's or Oakland. I think the "Money Ball" concept is overrated, Billy Beane is overrated and that the city of Oakland is generally bad and should be excommunicated from the USA.

Oakland Athletics 23
Boston RS 23
W: Kurt Schilling (6-3), D-Lowe (4-4), Mark Mulder (6-2)
L: Tim Hudson (5-2), Mark Redman (3-3), Bronson Arroyo (2-2)
S: Keith Foulke (10)
H: Lefty Embree (8), Mike Timlin (3)

The Man of the Game for the first game is Varitek. Even though Bellhorn had a good number of RBI and 7 total bases, Varitek called a good game for Schilling (who allowed only 2 runs) and wasn't retired. He went 3 for 3 and walked twice. He had a double and an RBI. Billy Beane said that if he had accepted the GM job at the Red Sox, the first thing he would have done would be to get rid of Varitek. Yeah, that would've been smart.

The Man of the Game for the second game is Mike Timlin. No-one did anything spectacular offensively and Lowe had a mediocre start. Timlin pitched a perfect 8th inning and threw 9 pitches, 6 of which were strikes.

The Man of the Game for the third game, which the Sox lost, is Erubial Durazo. He went 4 for 6 with a pair of two out RBI.

The Bitch-Goat for the third game shall be divided thusly:
Millar: 0.1 - 0 for 3, K, 3 LOB
Varitek: 0.2 - 0 for 2, K, 5 LOB, PB
Reese: 0.2 - 0 for 4, K, 3 LOB, E
Arroyo: 0.4 - 3.1 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, HR
Brown: 0.1 - 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, HR

In the series, Varitek was 4 for 10 with a double, a homerun, 4 RBI and a run scored. He also walked twice which made his OBP (Beane's favorite stat) .500 (6/12).

Seattle M's 4
Boston RS 8
W: God (5-3)
L: Joel Piniero (1-6)
H: Lefty Embree (9)

Although Pedro had a good start and Ortiz had the biggest hit of the night, the Man of the Game is Kevin Youkilis. He went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and a run scored. He had two doubles. I know Ortiz's grand slam was the game winning hit, but Youkilis gave the Sox insurance and had a multiple hit game and played the field while Ortiz had a one hit game and didn't play the field.

Tuesday night after beating Oakland, Curt schilling helped catch a drunk driver who had been caught DUI three times before. On Route 109 in Westwood, MA, Schilling spotted an SUV driving erratically nearly causing a pair of head on collisions. Schilling called 911 and alerted police about the driver who was caught and arrested.

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