Saturday afternoon, this blog reached 100,000 hits. It's a relatively small milestone, even for a sports blog, but I'm still proud. I just want to thank the 6 or 7 regular readers out there, as well as the thousands who stumble through by accident. Special props to my friends who indirectly encouraged me to start blogging by constantly asking what I thought about the latest Sox trade or the Patriots draft. Then there's that dude Andy who seems to hate Boston sports but always has something intelligent to contribute via comments. Then there are the multitude of sites that link to my articles, or subscribe to my feed. UniversalHub.com gets a special shout out for linking to my articles from time to time. And most importantly, I'd like to thank my sponsors. Because anything someone does that doesn't make him money is a waste of time.
So thank you everyone. Next stop: 1,000,000 hits.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Despite lacking Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz Sunday afternoon, the Red Sox slugged their way to a 9-0 win over the Reds. Every Sox batter reached base, except Josh Beckett. Coco Crisp, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dustin Pedroia each hit homeruns, as did JD Drew, who now has 11. By the way, Drew now leads the team in runs scored with 50, and OPS at 1.004.
Jacoby Ellsbury broke the Red Sox rookie record for stolen bases. He stole 2, giving him 33 for the season. The previous record was held by Andy McCombell, set in 1908. Just to show how old that record is, that was the first year the Red Sox were known as the Red Sox. The AL rookie record is 66, set by Kenny Lofton in 1992. Ellsbury is on pace for 74.
Josh Beckett finally had a Josh Beckett calibre start, going 7 innings, scattering 6 hits, allowing no runs, and striking out 6.
The Sox have won 12 of their last 16 games. More importantly, they've won their last 2 road series in a row for the first time this season.
But things get much harder. The Red Sox start a three game series against Chase Utley and the NL East leading Phillies Monday night. Bartolo Colon faces Cole Hamels. In his last two starts Hamels threw 17 innings and only allowed 2 runs.
AP Photo/Tony Tribble