Saturday, March 20, 2004

Pedro and Manny and Ortiz, oh my!

Notable performances:
Kapler: 1/4, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI
Shumpert: 2/4, 3B, 2 R, RBI
Ramirez: 3/3, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Ortiz: 1/3, R
Millar: 2/4, 2 2Bs, 2 RBI
Varitek: 1/2, R
Crespo: 1/2, 2 R
Martinez: 4 IP, 2 H, 3 R, ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR
Embree: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 9 BB, K, 0 HR


Sox ST records:
Overall: 10-6 (.625)
League games: 8-6 (.571)
Mayor's Cup: 2-1

Sox play the Blue Jays tommorrow afternoon.

Nixon is out until May with a mildly herniated disc in his back. Nomar has mild tendinitis in his right Achilles heel. He may miss Opening Day. Nomar probably won't play in any games for 2 weeks which is dangerously close to the beginning of the year. The Sox will use Kapler and Millar in RF. Manny can also play right as well. Burks will get some playing time at first with Millar platooning in right. Reese will play SS with Mark Bellhorn probably replacing him at second. The modified lineup could look like this:

1. CF Damon
2. 3B Mueller
3. LF/RF/DH Ramirez
4. 1B/DH Ortiz
5. RF/1B Millar
6. RF Kapler or 1B/DH Burks
7. C Varitek
8. 2B Bellhorn
9. SS Reese

It isn't a bad lineup but it lacks strength at the end. I think the Sox should consider giving Crespo a chance at short due to his terriffic Spring.

SI's article

UMass 5

Maine 1
BU 0

UMass will play Maine in the Hockey East final tommorow at 7 at the Fleet Center. Then the NCAA tournament begins next Friday. The Frozen four is being held in Boston this year.

NC State over UL-Lafayette
Illinois over Murray St
Memphis over South Carolina
BC over Utah
Vandy over WMU (hurts me)
Cincy over E. Tennessee St.
Oklahoma St over E. washington
Georgia Tech over N. Iowa
Kentucky over Florida A&M
Miss St over Monmouth
Sconsin over Richmond
Pacific over PC (hurts me)
Xavier over Louisville (hurts me)
UAB over Washington (hurts me)
Pitt over UCF
KU over Illinois-Chicago

Okay so I was 12-4 today which makes me 25-7 (.781) overrall. All of my Sweet 16 teams remain. Here are my predictions for tommorrow's games and Sunday's:

Duke over Seton Hall
Gonzaga over Nevada
Wake Forest over Manhattan
Texas Tech over St. Joe's*
Stanford over Bama (originally SIU)
Maryland over Syracuse (originally BYU)
UConn over DePaul (originally Dayton)
UNC over Texas*

Miss St over Xavier (originally Louisville)
BC over GT* (yes, I'm a stupid homer)
Oklahoma St over Memphis
Illinois over Cincy*
NC State over Vandy (originally WMU)
Pitt over Sconsin
KU over Pacific (originally PC)
Kentucky over UAB (originally Washington)


URI lost to WVU in the NIT.

The Mavs killed the Celtics last night.

Post #140

Friday, March 19, 2004

Timlin and Malaska are the first-teamers who allowed us to lose.

Notable performances:
Damon: 1/4, R
Mueller: 1/3, 2B, R, RBI
Ramirez: 2/4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Daubach: 1/3, 2B, R
Kapler: 1/4, R
McCarty: 2/5,2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Crespo: 2/3
Lowe: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 3 BB

Solid outing by Lowe. Impressive offensive performance by McCarty who seems hell bent to make this team. Crespo continues to do well.

Nomar had an MRI and he checked out fine.

2-0 to Minnesota. Ottawa and Toronto won so we're only a point up on them in the division. Philly lost so we're only a point behind them for 2nd place in the Conference.

Manhattan over UFA
TTU over Charlotte
Maryland over UTEP
Bama over SIU (hurts me)
WFU over VA Commonwealth
St. Joe's over Liberty
Syracuse over BYU (hurts me)
Stanford over UT-San Antonio
Duke over Alabama St
UConn over UVM
Texas over Princeton
Nevada over MSU
Seton Hall over Zona
DePaul over Dayton (hurt me, 2OT)
UNC over AFA
Gonzaga over Valpo

So my picks went 13-3. All of my Sweet 16 teams remain.

Picks for tommorow's games:
NC State over UL-Lafayette
Illinois over Murray St
Memphis over South Carolina
BC over Utah
WMU over Vandy
Cincy over E. Tennessee St.
Oklahoma St over E. washington
Georgia Tech over N. Iowa
Kentucky over Florida A&M
Miss St over Monmouth
Sconsin over Richmond
PC over Pacific
Louisville over Xavier
Washington over UAB
Pitt over UCF
KU over Illinois-Chicago

URI takes on WVU Friday night in West Virginia in the NIT.

The Hockey East tournament resumes tommorrow night.

Post #139

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Boston 4
Cincinatti 5

Again, our top pitcher did well, there's did not. We scored off a major elaguer, they didn't. Noatable performances:

Damon: 1/3, 2B, RBI
Millar: 2/3, R
Reese: 2/2, 2B, R
Youkilus: 1/2, HR, R, 2 RBI
Arroyo: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Very good outing by Arroyo. Kim is hurt and not faring too well as a starter. Arroyo is impressing. Look for Bronson to be the #5 starter to begin the season.

Cleveland 1
Boston Green Sox 3

Curt looks good in green. I gotta get me a grene jersey. I just wish they had them customizeable. A green St. Patrick's jersey doesn't look good with a name like Martinez or Ortiz on it. I think I'll get a Schilling though. Notable performances:

Ortiz: 2/3, HR, R, RBI
Kapler: 2/3, 2B, R
Schilling: 6 IP, 2 H, R, ER, 0 BB, 2 K, HR
Crespo: 1/1

Ortiz continues to impress and Schilling is looking very good. Crespo is also having a terriffic spring.

The green jerseys are a great idea. Stupid fans like me will buy them to go with the green hats. Revenue, revenue, revenue.

Spring Training Records:
Overall: 9-5 (.643)
Grapefruit League games: 7-5 (.583)
Mayor's Cup: 2-1 (.667)

The Sox play Cleveland today in Winter Haven.

104-100. Solid win. The Cs are still in 9th behind the Knicks who have a game in hand. The Celtics begin a tough but short trip to Texas on Friday to play Dallas then San Antonio. They have 13 games remaining.

Manhattan over UFA
TTU over Charlotte
Maryland over UTEP
SIU over Bama
WFU over VA Commonwealth
St. Joe's over Liberty
BYU over Syracuse
Stanford over UT-San Antonio
Duke over Alabama St
UConn over UVM
Texas over Princeton
Nevada over MSU
Seton Hall over Zona
Dayton over DePaul
UNC over AFA
Gonzaga over Valpo

Rhode Isalnd beat BU in the NIT tournament the other day. URI now plays West Virginia. The winner plays Rutgers.

The Bruins host the Minnesota Wild tonight.

Catholic Memorial won their 11th Super 8 Championship. There have only been 14 Super 8 Championships so far. They have a solid program in West Roxbury.

The MLB banned THG. Like it matters. They have no power.

Post #138

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

2-1. Travis Green scored both goals. HUUUUGE win. Bruins solidify their spot atop the Northeast Division and lead by 3 points. They also reduce their magic number to clinch a playoff spot a mere point.

You'll notice some magic numbers to the left. I've also added quite a few links in the past few days. There's also a counter. Coming soon (maybe): a guestbook and/or a comments page.

Post #137
Former manager of the Sox, current bumpkin used the magazine GQ to strike back at the Sox.


Some quotes:

On counting on Pedro Martinez to win Game 7 of the ALCS: "Time after time after time this year, when this kid got into a jam in an inning where it's getting close to the end of his outing, he's the one we left in there to get out of the jam that inning. Then we'd take him out of the game. We'd done it through the year, over and over and over. We got a bad result this time. Most of the time, we got good results. And he'd have gotten it done. What beat him was the bloop hit by Posada."

Grady, his ERA after throwing 100 pitches was disgustingly high. And it got higher every 5 pitches. The strategy that had been the most succesful, particulalry in the playoffs, was to let him throw just over 100 pitches, and put the pen in. Timlin, Williamson, and Embree were nasty in the playoffs.

On "The Curse": "I had players come and tell me that when they're on the field they're thinking about those ghosts. They think about Bill Buckner -- and not wanting to be a Bill Buckner. And if I got a couple of players come tell me that face-to-face, then I know in my heart I got twenty thinking that. It's just a couple of them got the balls enough to say it out loud."

Why don't you call the team a bunch of pussies. Way to elave with class, Grady.

On being fired: "I knew that if we didn't win the World Series this year, somebody was gonna be the goat."

Goat? You blew the biggest game in Red Sox history since 1986!

On the 2004 Red Sox team: "If Boston plays 170 or better games next year, then maybe the result of their decision was the right one (referring to the number of games his team played, regular season and playoffs combined.) But, they better not forget they have to play those games with some human bodies. And they have to play 170 or better. And that's a lot of games."

What the FUCK does this mean? WE KNOW THE SEASON CAN LAST UP TO AND INCLUDING 181 GAMES OR MORE! Are we sure Grady isn't related to Jimy?

On coming in second: Over the past few months, Little has thought a lot about something his dad used to say not just about baseball but about life in general: 'No one ever knows who finished in second place.' "This experience I've had has about halfway proven my dad to be a liar. Sometimes people do remember who comes in second."

Yeah, when you blow it and fail, people remember you.

Peter Gammons has come out with a charity CD to benefit the Jimmy Fund. The album features tracks by Pearl Jam and the Allman Brothers Band, as well as Boston's own Dropkick Murphy's.

Track list

Post #136

Monday, March 15, 2004

We start the season in Balto then play the Jays in Fenway so hopefully these games are previews. Here are the notable performances:

vs. LA
Damon: 1/4, R
Ramirez: 1/3, 2B, R
Ortiz: 1/3, HR, 3 RBI, R
Crespo: 2/2, 2 R, SB
Foulke: perfect inning
Williamson: IP, H

vs. TOR
Mueller: 1/3, R
Burks: 2/3, 1 R
Daubach: 1/3, HR, R, 4 RBI
McCarty: 1/3, HR, R, RBI

vs. BAL
Damon: 2/2, HR, R, RBI
McCarty: 1/1
Kapler: 1/3, RBI
Ortiz: 1/3, HR, R, RBI
Varitek: 2/2, 2B, R
Crespo: 1/4, R, RBI
Timlin: 2 IP, H, K
Malaska: IP, K

Ortiz and Crespo are having trmendous springs. McCarty is also contributing a bit which is really helping his case to be the ultimate utility man.

Overrall: 9-4 (.692)
Grapefruit League: 7-4 (.636)
Mayor's Cup: 2-1 (.667)

Another OT win and two more points. The Bs are still the 3rd seed, top in the Northeast Division, a point ahead of Toronto and Ottawa. The Magic # to make the playoffs is 4 with 10 games left. Here's the remainder of the schedule:


If we beat toronto twice, Ottawa and Tampa, we'kll be in good shape for a good seed.

BU won 2 of 3 in BC's rink and has advanced to the Hockey East semi-finals in the Fleet Center. Maine swept Merrimack, UMass swept UMass-Lowell, and UNH beat Providence. On Friday, BU plays Maine and then UNH plays UMass.

#5 Providence College takes on #12 Pacific in Kansas city. If they win they'll play either Kansas or Illinois-Chicago.

#6 BC is also in the St. Louis region. They play #11 Utah. If they win they'll play either Georgia Tech or northern Iowa.

In the Phoenix region, #2 UConn plays #15 Vermont. The winner will play either DePaul or Dayton.

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