Skies part for Manny
The rain subsided. The tarp came off the field. And then Manny Ramirez nearly made it rain again with one of the most prodigious home runs we will see all season. The moon shot went way up into the seats in center field.
The blast was hit at a clip of 481 feet, the third longest homer ever hit at Jacobs Field. Jim Thome struck the longest at 511 feet. Mark McGwire ranks second with a 485-foot missile. And now Manny just being Manny all over again, silencing those boos. Yes, they are still bitter around here that Manny left for the greener pastures of Boston.
Schilling will make one more rehab start after tonight — on July 31 at
Columbus. The most logical time to expect Schilling to pitch for the
Red Sox is August 6 in Anaheim. He was almost unhittable in Toledo tonight, limiting those poor Mud Hens to two hits and no runs while striking out eight over five innings. Of Schilling’s 66 pitches, 24 were strikes. It seems pretty obvious that Schilling has accomplished everything he has set out to do, and the last rehab start is simply a matter of biulding his pitch count up.
In other news, Jacoby Ellsbury tweaked his groin and has been placed on the seven-day DL by Pawtucket. Former Major Leaguer Brady Clark was signed to a Minor League contract, where he will likely fill in while Ellsbury is out.
Not sure if Clark would be a fit in Boston. I think at this stage they’re better off with WMP. I mean, Clark was a decent player a couple of years ago, but there must be a reason he couldn’t make it with the Dodgers.
I jokingly asked Josh Beckett on the bench today who will pitch tonight if Gabbard doesn’t wake up. Gabbard literally napped for over an hour in the clubhouse sitting on the chair in front of his locker. Beckett figured maybe he was at least on the couch. Nope, I witnessed it with my own two eyes. Nothing was waking Gabby up. Oh well, he did take the mound when it was time to play ball and there was no crick in his neck.
Comical moment in the clubhouse today was when Manny hollered for someone to buy him his own Nintendo. That’s all these guys have been playing for the last four days here in the visitor’s clubhouse.
On to tonight’s lineup: