Papi’s Back!

At least let’s hope so. Congratulations to David Ortiz on a long-overdue homerun blast last night against the Toronto Blue Jays. His AVG may still below the Mendoza line, but the Big Man has his spirit is back which means everything in baseball.

As quoted by Dan Shaughnessy in the Boston Globe today, Papi had this to say:

“My father told me, ‘It’s not going to get worse than this. Get out there, have fun and forget about what happened. Do what you know how to do.’ “

Now that’s advice that every ballplayer from T-Ball onwards can take to heart from their dad!

Red Wings Claw Come-back Win From Shirley 12-8

The Red Wings clawed a come-back win from Shirley in a 12-8 melee that wasn’t resolved until the end of the 6th inning. Shirley is a very good team which was apparent from the skills and demeanor of the players. Matt started the game on the mound for the Red Wings and pitched the first two innings. A lead-off single was followed by a strikeout and a fielder’s choice play, but then the Shirley clean-up man tooled a 2-run homer over the fence and opened up a first-inning lead for Shirley. The second inning Matt held Shirley scoreless with 1 strikeout and 2 put-outs keeping them at bay. Connor B. pitched the next 2 innings and struck out 3 while giving up 2 hits and 1 run. Cole closed out the game, giving back 5 additional runs and striking out 2 to finally close the book on another victory.

In the meantime, strong pitching from Shirley kept the Red Wings to only 1 hit and no runs for the first 3 innings. The tide suddenly turned in the 4th inning when the entire Red Wings line-up came to the plate. Jon started the offensive by stealing home on a passed ball to put the Red Wings on the board. Nick L. and Christian tied things up with RBI singles before Matt drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI double. The rally continued with Will hitting another RBI single and Connor M. driving a 2-RBI single past the shortstop. By the time the Red Birds were done, they had rallied with a score of 7-3 in the bottom of the 4th inning. Unbelievable. The next inning the rally continued with the Red Birds booking 5 more runs on key hits from Nick M., Connor B. and Nick L. Matt was robbed by the Shirley center-fielder who made a leaping catch to turn what might have been a home run into an RBI sacrifice fly, the second game in a row for Matt where that has happened. Nick M. and Christian both stole home on passed balls, running up the final Red Wings score to 12 before they were done.

An outstanding team effort by all the players! In baseball anything can happen. Never give up, Never give in!

Red Wings Defeat Rock Hounds 12-3

The Red Wings extended their winning streak with a 12-3 victory over the Rock Hounds. Strong pitching from Jon struck out 5 in the first 2 innings allowing only 1 run. Nick M. and Christian also pitched 2 innings each and both allowed just 1 earned run, keeping the Rock Hounds from advancing while the Red Birds went to work with their bats. The entire batting order contributed to the win. Connor B. hit a RBI triple and also stole home on a passed ball. Jon hit 3 for 4 including a double with 4 RBIs. Nick L. also hit 3 for 4 including a double with 3 RBIs.

Next games are Friday and Saturday…

Red Wings Defeat Astros 10-6

The Red Wings continued their winning record with a 10-6 win against the Astros in a great Saturday afternoon game. Matt started on the mound for the Red Wings and pitched 3 scoreless innings, striking out 8 and allowing only 1 hit. Matt also started the offense in the 1st inning with a lead-off single and his 200th career stolen base, scoring on an RBI single by Nick M. who along with Connor B. also scored in the 1st and the Red Birds never looked back. The score was 7-0 by the 3rd inning, and 10-1 in the 4th. The Astros came back late in the game with 5 additional runs, but the door was closed with Cole on the mound and an incredible pickle play between 1st & 2nd base. RBI leaders for the game were Nick L. and Will with 3 each. Nick L. and Christian each hit key doubles and both Zach and Luke also hit singles.

Stay tuned for Tuesday night baseball…

Best Wishes, RemDawg!

Jerry Remy, the “RemDawg”, broadcasting voice of the Red Sox for over 20 years and the honorary president of Red Sox Nation has announced that he will be on an indefinite leave of absence while dealing with complications from lung cancer surgery including an infection and pneumonia. All of Red Sox Nation wishes him well and a speedy recovery.

“I want to focus on completing my recovery so that I can return to work without distractions or interruptions. I hope that disclosing my bout with cancer will reinforce the dangers of smoking to every member of Red Sox Nation, especially children.” – Jerry Remy

Dom DiMaggio Dies at 92

Dom DiMaggio, OF, #7 1942-1953

Dom DiMaggio died peacefully today at his Massachusetts home while watching a replay of the Red Sox with his son Dominic Jr. Born in 1917, he was 92 years old. Dom was the youngest of the three DiMaggio brothers (the others being Joe and Vince) who played professional baseball on competing teams during the 1940’s -50’s. Dom DiMaggio was called “The Little Professor” due to his stature and glasses. He played for the Boston Red Sox during his entire career, starting in center field at the age of 21.

If he hadn’t missed 3 seasons while serving in the Navy during World War II, Dom DiMaggio may well have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. A 7-time All-Star, he led the American League in assists three times and twice in both double-plays and put-outs. He also tied an American League record by recording at least 400 put-outs four times. During various seasons DiMaggio led the American League in games played, at bats, plate appearances, runs, triples and hit by pitches. He holds the Red Sox club record for the longest hitting streak which was set in 1949 at 34 games, ended by his brother Joe who made a web-gem catch during a Red Sox-Yankees game.

Dom DiMaggio had close friendships with Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky and was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995.

Who hits the ball and makes it go?

Who runs the bases fast, not slow?

Who’s better than his brother Joe?

Dominic DiMaggio…

Manny Being Manny

 

 

Well, here we go again. Yet another example of Manny being Manny, and another reason why Red Sox Nation should have no regrets about having said “buh-bye” to him last year. As readers know by now, The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games (effective immediately) after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. This gives Manny the dubious distinction of being the biggest star ballplayer suspended so far under MLB’s drug-testing and punishment system since its inception in 2003.

Naturally, Ramirez is attributing the test results to prescription medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue. One can only speculate with amusement what Manny’s personal medical issue might be since the substance involved is HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) which is a female fertility drug that has been banned by Major League Baseball since last year and the International Olympic Committee since 1987. I’m sure in Manny’s case it’s purely coincidental that steroid users take this and similar substances to regulate their natural testosterone levels following a doping cycle. 

This is just another load of nonsense from someone who should know better, but then again we’re talking about Manny. All players know they are responsible to ensure that any supplements or medication they are taking contain no banned substances. All players know they need to clear ANY substances they are taking with Major League Baseball whether it is a supplement or medication. Although Ramirez tries to glide by with a “what, me worry” attitude about things, he is actually a pretty bright guy (except when it comes to dogging it in Boston to get out of his contract). To be caught in this situation is inexcusable, like so much else Ramirez has done. I would like to feel bad for Dodgers fans who are shocked by this development, but all I can muster is “Whatever.”

The real issue here is the continuing corrosive effect on the reputation of Major League Baseball and what it means for future players who are today’s talented kids in school. This story follows A-Rod’s confession that he “only” used steriods from 2001-2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers. Ya, right. The message for talented kids today is apparently “do as I say, not as I do” when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs and the professional athletes that succeeded with them but now encourage kids to avoid them. The hypocrisy of it all is sickening, and it reveals the struggle that young talents will have in the future: Take 2 talented players competing for a position. If one juices, and the other dosen’t, who has the advantage? Or, looked at another way, what if one MIGHT be juicing? The temptation to go down that road in the future is obvious.

As the parent of  a youth athlete, I am more concerned about my son’s potential exposure to that type of illegal drug use than any other. Hey Manny, thanks for helping out.