Friday at Fenway
It’s raining. Game is officially in delay mode. It’s coming down pretty steadily but supposed to let up soon. I’ll keep you posted. It looks pretty ominous out there.
Good to be back at Fenway. A three-game series with the Brewers looms. The Red Sox are beat up and in a slump. Probably nothing 37,000 vocal enthusiasts can’t solve.
A couple of interesting subplots tonight. I know everyone will be happy to see Gabe Kapler back. Who doesn’t like Gabe Kapler? He’s not playing, however, so the standing ovation might have to wait until tomorrow.
It will be a far different story for Eric Gagne. There have been few less disastrous trade acquisitions than Gagne, though the Red Sox did win a World Series in spite of him. It should be high comedy to see the reaction he gets if he comes out of the bullpen tonight.
The guy starting for the Brewers tonight is also a former trade acquisition the Red Sox would have loved to have a re-do on. Remember how they traded Freddy Sanchez for Jeff Suppan on July 31, 2003? By the time the playoffs rolled around, a struggling Suppan didn’t even make the rotation. However, Red Sox fans do love him for his incredibly poor baserunning on behalf of the Cardinals in Game 3 of the 2004 World Series.
This could be the night for Manny to hit 500. Yes, he is two away, but he’s had good success against Suppan (7-for-21, three homers) and that doesn’t include the blast Manny hit off him in the World Series.
The Red Sox are healthier then when you saw them last. Drew (wrist) and Lugo (concussion) are both back in the lineup. Coco is still feeling sick. Ellsbury is in center.
Oh, and there’s also quite a big Celtics game tonight. I thought Game 5 was a breakthrough performance for Rondo. Perhaps he can carry it over tonight on the road and they can be playing Game 1 against the Pistons on Sunday instead of Game 7 against these Cavs. Then again, if it goes to Game 7, they can finally avenge the Game 7 loss to Cleveland in 1992.