Saturday in the Citi

OK, that’s my last corny pun about Citi Field for a long time, since, who knows when I will be here again? Perhaps in October for a Red Sox-Mets World Series? Otherwise, it could be a while.

Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the nod in Boston’s final game of Spring Training.

Kevin Youkilis is over the flu bug — intestinal turmoil as his manager referred to it as — that took him out of the lineup on Friday night. Youk is back in there today. Rocco Baldelli will lead off and play center against the left-handed starter. Ellsbury will come in off the bench at some point.

Brad Wilkerson has apparently decided he will accept an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket. This, after a horrific spring in which Wikerson hit .119 and struck out 18 times in 42 at-bats.

Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield pitched in a camp game back in Fort Myers today, throwing six innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, two walks, three strikeouts over 83 pitches. 

The Sox will work out at Fenway on Sunday and then open their season. It will be the first Home Opener at Fenway for many players on the roster. Here is the list of those players who have never had an Opening Day with the Red Sox:

Justin Masterson; Brad Penny, Ramon Ramirez, Takashi Saito, John Smoltz, George Kotarras, Jed Lowrie, Rocco Baldelli, Chris Carter and Mark Kotsay

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I think it could be a Mets-Sox World Series.

http://metsgo.mlblogs.com/

Go figure, since they all have had LONG and STORIED HISTORIES with the Red Sox! ;) Whodathunkit?! ;) But they can start great careers with us now! “Masterful” Masterson is off to a great start! GO SOX!

Go figure. Since all those guys have had such LONG and STORIED histories with us! ;) Whodathunkit? ;) But they can start those storied careers now!
Lester has walked 4+ batters his last 2 outings! I hope he gets that ironed out for the Opening Day Series! I hope his arm is OK!
Speaking of Series, Metsgl, a Mets/ Red Sox WS would not hurt my feelings at all–I would look forward to avenging 1986! GAME ON! GO SOX!

Bloody caputer–tape delay again! :/ SNARL!

thats ma boy…..big jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeedddddddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!!

can u imagine a cubs sox series or sox mets….new tv records im thinkin…judge

Nice pun Ian,

Oliver Perez fell apart in his 2/3 of an inning. I’m surprised that no one went out and talked to him sooner! I do have a question though… how did he get away with only one earned run? Maybe I’m just delusional (my brain is off because it’s spring break) but I remember seeing that he only had one earned run!

Great to see Jed with that grand slam! I am very confident having him start shortstop Opening Day.

Dice-K walking guys… not too surprising, but still stressful. Somehow… he’ll get it out of unscathed. Him and his lucky double plays!

Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Nice pun Ian,

Oliver Perez fell apart in his 2/3 of an inning. I’m surprised that no one went out and talked to him sooner! I do have a question though… how did he get away with only one earned run? Maybe I’m just delusional (my brain is off because it’s spring break) but I remember seeing that he only had one earned run!

Great to see Jed with that grand slam! I am very confident having him start shortstop Opening Day.

Dice-K walking guys… not too surprising, but still stressful. Somehow… he’ll get it out of unscathed. Him and his lucky double plays!

Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Nice pun Ian,

Oliver Perez fell apart in his 2/3 of an inning. I’m surprised that no one went out and talked to him sooner! I do have a question though… how did he get away with only one earned run? Maybe I’m just delusional (my brain is off because it’s spring break) but I remember seeing that he only had one earned run!

Great to see Jed with that grand slam! I am very confident having him start shortstop Opening Day.

Dice-K walking guys… not too surprising, but still stressful. Somehow… he’ll get it out of unscathed. Him and his lucky double plays!

Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

I’m not near a TV right now – so I’ll keep checking in to see how things are going! Dice-K walking batters? Okay – somethings never change! (Hey, I got MLBTV free preview to work! WHOOO HOOO!!! (Hi Ellen my WHOOO HOOO sister!!!) Lester looked a little iffy last night – let’s change that! And it is REALLY hard to type when you take a slice off the top of a finger slicing a bagel – I don’t recommend doing to! ;-) GO RED SOX!!

Happy Birthday Greg!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I didnt realize there was a new thread! OOps.. my non-blonde

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The 1st homerun hit in Citi Field Park is a GRAND SLAMMER by our boy JED!!!!!! Good Job Jed!!!

By ellenc on April 4, 2009 1:30 PM
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The MLBTV>COM Gods still dont like me, but MLB Network does!!!!! I’m watching on my not-so-big screen TV!! lol

By ellenc on April 4, 2009 1:32 PM
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Consider that my present to you, Greg!! Oh and here is a little song for you: (sung in the style of Marilyn Monroe to JFK)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR GRE-EG, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!

By ellenc on April 4, 2009 1:35 PM
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Oh, Here’s an update for Judge: There are ONLY Seventeen thousand three hundred minute til 1st pitch!!!! (barring any unforseen delays)

By ellenc on April 4, 2009 1:42 PM
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make that SECONDS not minutes

Uh oh.. Elizabeth is stuttering!!!! I hate when I do that!!

We’ll forgive you Ellen! ;-) We’re all giddy about opening day being upon us! GO RED SOX!!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

someone please scream play baaaaaaaaaall….i need a fixx lol….say it…say it now….judge

Its not Judge, but will my version do???
PLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY BALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!
BATTER UP!!!

Its not Judge, but will my version do???
PLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY BALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!
BATTER UP!!!

The caputer is really doing wonders today–EVERYONE is stuttering–stuttering…Hmmm!…GO SOX!

I’m doing it now too!! It’s an epidemic!!!

reg, Did you see my song for you?? It’s in the novel that I pasted over from the last blog.

DICE-K!!!!! Maybe we can all chip in and PAY him not to walk so many! UGH!!!!

Julia

Okay – I’m aging faster watching Dice-K pitch again! UGH!!!! But we got out of the inning!

Julia

Nice job getting out of the inning, Dice-K! Now, if he can not load the bases in the first place!!… GO SOX!
Yes, I finally saw the song, Ellen! THANKS!

Ellen – can we have a video of you singing it a la Marilyn? lol!

Greg – Dice-K is going to test us this season again! Ugh!!!

Julia

Hey, at least Jed got us started off well! Keep up the great work! GO SOX!

Nice getting out of that jam. 6-1 is okay! WE LOVE JED!!!!!!

Julia

Nice pun Ian,

Oliver Perez fell apart in his 2/3 of an inning. I’m surprised that no one went out and talked to him sooner! I do have a question though… how did he get away with only one earned run? Maybe I’m just delusional (my brain is off because it’s spring break) but I remember seeing that he only had one earned run!

Great to see Jed with that grand slam! I am very confident having him start shortstop Opening Day.

Dice-K walking guys… not too surprising, but still stressful.

Ramon Ramirez doesn’t have the same ability to walk people and get out of it unscathed. Still… better than Perez

Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

VARITEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love having him back :)

VARITEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love having him back :)

TEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am LOVING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia

okay. filll me in.. I missed that.. I laid out in the sun and had to shower off..

9-1, bottom of the 9th! Tek got a HR and the announcers on MLB.com are REALLY annoying! lol!

Julia

I’m back from a birthday excursion! Thanks, Ellen, for the recommendation of Mike Lowell’s book–I just got it! Looking forward to reading it!
But what happens as soon as I return?? A BB! COME ON< SOX! FINISH THE JOB!

Good, we DID IT! GO SOX! On to OPENING DAY! CAN”T WAIT!

I think that they are the sMETs announcers, no?

Yes – they were the Mets announcers! Makes you love Rem-Dawg and Donnie-O even more!

Julia

I think so, Ellen. I am beginning to see why folks here are partial to NESN! I like ESPN’s Miller and Morgan, and Joe Buck of FOX (not so much, McCarver). But I’ll take NESN any time–I look forward to hearing more of Rem-Dawg! GO SOX!

I don’t Tek will have a “career” year, nut I do think that he’ll do far better than the 220 average that he had last season. He seems more relaxed at the plate and seems to be “seeing” the ball a lot better. Go Tek!

Yes, he does, Ellen. I think your projection will be accurate. Let’s hope it keeps up! Lowrie is doing well in Lugo’s absence, like I hoped. Keep it up in the regular season, guys! Go Tek and Jed! GO SOX!

my boy ripped a 7th inning triple to plate 2 in pony league in 7th to win game wahooooooo….goood sign for baseball this year i hope lol…..judge

I think that’s great Judge!!! You go Lil Judge!!!! Just keep your eye on the ball!!!!! Keep on knockin’ that ball!!

wouldnt ya know he finally got a good number….hes 10…cant beat that 1

Good for your son, Judge! Do I recall correctly that he also plays hockey? I hope he does well! Take care.
GO SOX! GAME ON!

yup yup …..ok its after midnight and the season starts in less than 24….less than 48 for soxxxxxxxxxxxxx……thank the almighty its time for baseballlllllllllllllllllll………….100 wins this yr and off to another series win!!!!!!!!!!go sox…judge

this could be another yr like 1986….bruins are hot and could be in finals….sox are prob best team on paper ive seen in my lifetime….celts are rollin….and pats are always good in the brady and belichek era…..can we say sweep em all BOSTON?…..oh yeaaaaaaaaaaahhh…….judge

it may not be the sox playing today but freakin baseball begins 2day….PLAY BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALL…….LORD I LOVE THIS GAME….lets rock……judge

Sounds great, Judge, I hope you are right. I would hope, though, (esp. if the Mets represent the NL in the WS) that the Red Sox would AVENGE 1986! I can’t wait! PLAY BALL! GO SOX!

Ok Judge here’s your update…. 27 hrs 13 minutes…. or 1633 minutes or….97,980 seconds.. take your pick bub!!! lol

… and I’m right there with you.. I’m going to open my office in the morning, go to the dentist (cleaning) then back home to sit in front of the tv and wait..(when you were a kid did you ever get up early on Saturday or Sunday before the cartoons and sit through the test pattern??LOL )

many many times….id get up…sneak out and fish till 6am when they all began lol….that and listen to the sox on the radio when they were playin on the west coast till 1 am under my blanket with one of those am pocket radios lol….judge

I am hoping that tomorrow’s game is not washed out, but the weather forecast does not look promising. I even scheduled some meetings on Tuesday so I could have Monday afternoon cleared! At least if the game is rained out we won’t have to watch a game on Monday and then suddenly be without the Sox for a day before the series picks up again.

Jeff
http://www.soxandpinstripes.com

I’m with you Jeff. I wish we had not had that hole in the schedule on Tuesday, but it may work out for the better if Monday’s game is rained out. PLAY BALL! GO SOX!

Yeah.. but I have tomorrow OFF!!! So everybody hit your knees and pray to the RedSox and Baseball Gods for ZERO RAIN tomorrow!!!!
Hey Judge.. update time…. 28 hrs 48 mins, or.. 1728 minutes… OR… oh shnit.. Let’s PLAY REDSOX BALL!!!

Hi all! I’m still here. Traveling a lot this Spring with my son’s AAU team. Spent most of my free time working with him and watching Cactus League ball — we are part-time residents in AZ — and unfortunately little, if any time, watching our Sox. But we WILL be glued to the television for Opening Day against the Rays! My son can’t wait for his beloved Jason Veritek to launch one over the Monstah! One more time, Nation!!! PLAY BALL!

Hey, Jim, good to hear from you again! I was wondering how you were doing–I hope you are doing well.
I see that Tuesday is forecast to be worse, so we’d be wise to get the Monday game in! Get the game in guys! GAME ON! GO SOX!

Welcome back, Jim!! Just in time to PLAY BALL!!! 06:05:00 and counting now..(too early for the other breakdowns!!lol)

Hi All! PLAY BALL!!! I have to teach today – but I’ll have all my fingers & toes crossed that we’ll get the game in! I was down by Fenway yesterday (put a couple of photos up on my blog last night!) and you could feel the excitement in the air!!! GO RED SOX!!!!! It is GAME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Hey! All!

I have an open afternoon this afternoon, allowing me the luxury of sitting in front of the TV. Now let’s hope the weatherman will co-operate. I remember one Opening Day while I was attending BU circa 1970-74, it snowed by the 5th inning!!!That was a cold day!!!

Let me add my voice to those of the rest of you:

PLAY BALL!!!!! GO SOX!!!!!!!

-david benjamin

I can’t believe it is April 6th. Wow. It seems like yesterday or last night the Sox were in a game 7 against T.B.

My favorite Opening Day moment was back in 1986 when Dwight Evans took the first pitch from Jack Morris and smoked it for a H.R. What a great start to the season, we all know what happened that year. Who can ever forget when Bob Stanley took the ball on Opening Day in Millwaukee back in 1987……That guy that wore #21 was holding out, I can’t seem too remember his name, LOL!!

Beckett is healthy and raring too go!

90 percent chance of thunderstorms and a hi of 49!!!! That all but says Baseball!! lol

No game today, see you folks tomm. afternoon!

rat piss….gotta wait another day….well ill have to watch the O’s rip ny a new one….judge

rat piss….gotta wait another day….well ill have to watch the O’s rip ny a new one….judge

The fact that we have all been “stuttering” only proves 2 things…
1) This Spring was FAR TOO long, and
2) We are all suffering from withdrawl.
ahhhh please??? can’t we just play ball????

oh.. and this is ALL Brians fault.. Remember his April fool joke on us???? lol

Does anyone have the Boston weather forecast for tomorrow? What is the chance we’ll need to do a rain-prevention dance for game time? (I noticed, if my eyes have not failed me) that the scheduled time is later than originally set. Is the weather supposed to be cleared out by 4:00? Am I right that the game’s scheduled time has been moved? Ian?
LET”S PLAY BALL TOMORROW, GUYS! GO SOX!

Greg, noaa.gov (national oceanographic and atmospheric association, very very accurate btw) says 20 percent showers with temps i the low 50’s.. as I said earlier, that just screams Spring and BASEBALL, huh??
as far as the reverse rain dance.. you have to act like Papelbon (only now it would have to be NAKED!!!) and dance on your front lawn at home or at your office in teh parking lot.. and Hey, Don’t call me, I have NO bail money!!! lol
YES.. the game is scheduled as having 1st pitch at 4:05..
Let’s freaking PLAY BALL already… I am JONES-ing

While the rain prevented us playing today- all was not all lost. The Yanks, and their one billion dollar pitching investment did not do too well. They started off in the right direction— down. Let’s hope they keep heading that way.

Ellen, I know very well about the NOAA. Their brain trust is here in the Asheville Federal Bldg.! I have worked at several of their Red Cross blood drives. You’re right, they are top-notch. So sounds great, Ellen, thanks.
Phil, kinda nice seeing CC get banged around, and Tex going 0-4! (Think they got their money’s worth?) ;) LET’S PLAY BALL! GO SOX!

plaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall……im so excited i feel like a virgin at an orgy….well u get the idea lol….GO SOXXXXXXXXXXX….AND THE YANKS LOST YESTERDAY….i know u think im a yankee hater and im biased….well i am a yankee hater but its a healthy hate not a moronic hate…i dont know who pushed the sabathia button but i mean comon… a lefty in the east where he plays us,o’s, jays, and rays 19 times each….lord….it aint cleveland or milwaukee big fella….now ur gonna see what its like to pitch in a real division…..judge

IDOBELIEVEIDOBELIEVEIDOIDOIDOIDOBELIEVE!!!!!
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
LET’SGOREDSOXLET’SGO CLAPCLAPCLAP!!!!!
trixie’s here!!!!

plaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall……im so excited i feel like a virgin at an orgy….well u get the idea lol….GO SOXXXXXXXXXXX….AND THE YANKS LOST YESTERDAY….i know u think im a yankee hater and im biased….well i am a yankee hater but its a healthy hate not a moronic hate…i dont know who pushed the sabathia button but i mean comon… a lefty in the east where he plays us,o’s, jays, and rays 19 times each….lord….it aint cleveland or milwaukee big fella….now ur gonna see what its like to pitch in a real division…..judge

plaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall……im so excited i feel like a virgin at an orgy….well u get the idea lol….GO SOXXXXXXXXXXX….AND THE YANKS LOST YESTERDAY….i know u think im a yankee hater and im biased….well i am a yankee hater but its a healthy hate not a moronic hate…i dont know who pushed the sabathia button but i mean comon… a lefty in the east where he plays us,o’s, jays, and rays 19 times each….lord….it aint cleveland or milwaukee big fella….now ur gonna see what its like to pitch in a real division…..judge

nj ellen in your 1st day in fantasy…looks like a tuff 14 teams should be very competative….judge

Thanks Judge.. I got into a league with MLB.COM and I have no freaking idea how this league works… I gues I’ll just play around with it and see what happens.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Fooey!I was hoping the 4:05 PM start would mean an ESPN broadcast but I don’t see it!

Judge,
A “healthy hate” is something I have a little trouble wrapping my brain around.

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