Monday, May 09, 2005


I tried finding a picture that didn't have Reggie Miller in it considering he only scored 2 in Indiana's Game 7 victory but ESPN decided to put up more pictures of him on the internet than there are pictures of Britney Spears. Not that I do alot of surfing for that kind of stuff. Um, anyway, Pierce and Walker played immature ball while the younger players were forced to sit back and watch them not pass.

The Celtics have a major decision to make in the offseason. Should they sign Walker or let him go again. I really don't know what they should do. However, if they fail to sign Walker, they must replace him with something that helps the team like a proto-typical center that stays underneath the basket and rebounds. Raef just isn't cutting it in my opinion.

As the Celtics disintegrated, the Red Sox have been tearing things up. They've won 6 of their last 7. These games have been against the dregs of the American League but a win is a win.

The Man of the Game for the 4-3 win over Detroit on the 4th is Kevin Youkilis who went 2 for 3 with a walk and a pair of singles. He had the game winning RBI in the 8th inning and also scored a run. He proved last year that he belongs at the Major League level and is continuing to prove that he can help this team as a bench player and next year might be able to play third base in replacement of either Mueller or Bellhorn.

The Man of the Game for the 2-1 win on Thursday the 5th is without a doubt Bronson Arroyo. He went 8 innings allowing only 3 hits and a run. He also walked a batter. He struck out 8. He went 6.1 innings before relenting a hit which was as cheap of a homerun one can hit at Comerica down the line into a camera position. It was still a 345 foot shot though. This game was a classic pitching duel between Arroyo and Jason Johnson with Arroyo coming out on top.

The Man of the Game for the 7-2 win over Seattle on Friday is Matt Clement who had one of his amazing starts. This means he will get rocked in his next start. Anyway, Clement went 7 allowing a solitary unearned run. He gave up 5 hits, a walk, and struck out 6.

The Man of the Game for the 6-3 win over Seattle in Game 1 of the doubleheader is Kevin Millar who went 2 for 4 with a huge bases loaded, bases clearing double in the 1st that gave the Sox a lead they would not give back. Jeremi Gonzalez also pitched well to get his first MLB win since august of 2003.

The Man of the Game for the night cap is David Ortiz. He went 3 for 4 with a homer, a double, 3 RBI, and a Run. His double was nearly a homerun off the Green Monster in left-center and his out was almost a homerun just shy of the bullpen in right-center. He crushed the ball. Unfortunately, the Sox lost because of a AA pitcher.

I really don't understand the logic behind the decision to bring in a AA prospect that has never pitched in any major situation with 34,000 fans yelling and millions of people on TV watching and the go ahead run in scoring position in a 2-2 game. Why not keep Halama in? Or bring in Embree? The Red Sox have never known how to gradually bring in young pitchers into the majors. This kid's confidence is now at an all-time low after walking the bases loaded and blowing the game on a Grand Slam. It isn't his fault, in my opinion. He shouldn't have bee in a situation to face Richie Sexson with the bases loaded in a 2-2 game.

The Bitch-Goat shall be divided thusly:
Millar: 0.1 - 0 for 4, 4 LOB
Payton: 0.1 - 0 for 4, 2 LOB
Nixon: 0.1 - 0 for 3, 3 LOB
Meredith: 0.4 - 0.1 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, HR
Francona: 0.3 - shouldn't have brought in Meredith

The Man of the Game for the blowout win over Oakland is Trot Nixon who went 2 for 4 with a homer and a double. He knocked in 4 runs.

Is it me, or is Manny Ramirez getting thrown at ALOT this season? For all the talk about how many batters the Sox hit, to have the best hitter on the team thrown at alot says alot.