Now it is really Opening Day

A nice Tuesday at Fenway Park, as we finally get to see some baseball today.

Kudos — Monster Kudos — to the Red Sox for calling yesterday’s game as early as they did. It would have been a disaster having people sit through that monsoon just to cancel it.

With the first pitch scheduled ceremoniously for 4:06 p.m. ET — some left fielder hit .406 back in 1941 — another great Red Sox celebrates his 91st birthday today. Of course, he is also one of the greatest second basemen of all-time. Of course, I am speaking of Bobby Doerr. I hope he catches himself a giant fish today in the Pacific Northwest and catches some of the game. What a tremendous person. Total class act.

Now that the Red Sox have nine straight games without an off-day, manager Terry Francona doesn’t seem all that concerned about how it will affect usage. He said that the one guy he is hesitant to go back-to-back with right now is Takashi Saito. Saito is the one guy who didn’t go back to back agt all during Spring Training.

Look for Rocco Baldelli to make his first start in a Sox uniform on Wednesday night against Scott Kazmir.

232 Comments

I always post on the prior blg and submit it BEFORE I see Ian has posted again!!!! Can’t blame it on the blode-age anymore!!
They have moved the start time of today’s game to 4:06 in honor of Ted Williams batting average!!! I like that!!!

..and now I see Ian put that in his thread!! WOW… i fel stupid…………….

JUDGEJUDGE!!!!!! Where are you??? its 2 hours 16 minutes til 1st pitch and I need some “play ball” verbage!!!

Bob, that “healthy hate” must be kind of like “righteous anger”. Or “jumbo shrimp” , “honest politician” or some other oxymoron.

Arnie,
Yes, almost like saying there could be a “healthy” indigestion!

Arnie,
Yes, almost like saying there could be a “healthy” indigestion!

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I’m watching the pre-game right now! WHOOO HOOOO!! (Sorry Ellen!) And the 4:06 start time? Pure Class! Happy Birthday Mr. Doerr!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

The Pre-game opening ceremony has begun!!!!!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Hey Arnie, Hi Bob!!! man am I ready for some REAL baseball!!! I ahve to meet with the appraiser (for my mom’s “estate”). They have to appraise the house so everything can be filed in Probate Court. anyway.. Then I can go home and watch “the BOYS”. I can start my happy dance again!!!
IDOBELIEVE, IDOBELIEVE, IDOIDOIDODIO BELIEVE!!!
WOOOOOOOOOOOWOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
LET’SGOREDSOXLET’SGO!!!CLAPCLAPCLAP!!
Where is my WOOO-HOOOOOOOO sister???

Nice cheer for Gabe Kapler!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Like the players coming in from the stands! Very nice touch!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Nice cheer for Gabe Kapler!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Jim Rice & Ted Kennedy to throw out the first pitches! Great choices! Teddy’s grandfather did it 97 years ago!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Jim Rice & Ted Kennedy to throw out the first pitches! Great choices! Teddy’s grandfather did it 97 years ago!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Arnie, oxymoronic as it sounds, there is such an animal as “righteous anger”.

STRIKE!!!! GO BECKETT!!!! GO SOX!!!!! And can they PLEASE fix the comment issues here!!!!!

Julia

OK boys and girls, here we go!

Is anyone else having sound issues, or is it just MLBTV?
I’m glad Jim Rice threw out a first pitch, and that Ted K was healthy enough to do likewise. I’m no fan of his, but I’m glad he’s doing OK.

Great start for Beckett!!!!!

GREAT START!!!! WHOOO HOOO

Julia

Indeed, 3 up, 3 down! Keep it up! GO SOX!

It’s fine on NESN. HR DUSTIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia

DUSTIN!!! REVISITING 07 WS! YES! 1-0!

Started to say – it must be MLB.TV – on other blogs people have complained about it yesterday.

Julia

WAY TO GO, PAPI! Thanks Julia.

Well, at least I can do with Gameday.
WAY TO GO JD!! GO SOX!

DREW!!!!!!! Great hit! GO BAY!!!! KEEP IT GOING!!!!

Julia

Come on, Jason! Get em home!

Bases Loaded! GS anyone? GO SOX!

COME ON LOWELL!!! BASES LOADED!!! You’re welcome Greg!

Julia

Bummer!

Julia

DRAT! GO SOX! come on Josh!

Greg,
I’m sitting here with no audio also!

Only one run, but a good inning for the Sox. They got Shields’ pitch count up some which should pay dividends later. Mikey popped the ball up, but he had a good rip.

I see we still have issues posting comments…again.
How’s the game so far – I don’t get it on TV up here.

I see we still have issues posting comments…again.
How’s the game so far – I don’t get it on TV up here.

You are right Garry. We may also load the bases again in a future inning!
Ellen, thanks again for mentioning Mike Lowell’s book! I’ve started reading it. Got it for my birthday. THANKS!

Come on, MLBTV! We need a live feed with audio!

I’ve got to get Lowell’s book and the new Boston Pops Red Sox Album that came out yesterday. Yes Ginny – posting comments stinks!

Okay – not so good bottom of the 2nd.

Julia

Greg,
I just got audio!

Beckett has been dealing! GO SOX!
MLBTV needs to get their feeds working.

I found the game on GameCast…At least I can follow along. I take it MLB.TV still has glitches today?

So have I, Bob, but…

Sox don’t look nervous to me!

Come on, Josh, get the next guy! Retire the side!

Come on Beckett! Settle in!

Julia

Greg, there is the ILLUSION of righteous anger, but they are mutually exclusive nonetheless. But we could debate that endlessly.

Go Sox!!!

Nice try. 2 down! Come on Josh! GO SOX!

Darn – that was close at second!

Julia

Only one out! Come on, Josh!

walked two in a row…

Beckett is overthrowing and throwing too many breaking pitches.

Yep. Come on Josh! SO or DP!

bases loaded…

Good play, Jacoby! Let’s shut it down, Josh!

Tek is the best in the business at blocking balls in the dirt.

That’s better! GO SOX! We need RUNS!

Bases loaded – one out?????? Come on guys!!!!

Julia

Hey Greg, still thinking Cy Young for Beckett this year?

Ginny – HUSH!!! lol!

Julia

We got our snow down here in NC mtns! Snow showers last night and today!

Come on, Youk! Hit one out!

Absolutely, Ginny!

YOUK!!! WAY TO GO!! Get em home, guys!

YES! DUSTIN! That was a nice play by Pena.

I still love how Dusty can get to third on a single from Youk! Man, he’s fast.

JD is actually getting hits? You mean he’s not hurt today? Wow…

Yes, he is, Ginny! Gotta love it! I’m surprised you would not be picking Josh for at least Cy Young runner up, Ginny! ;)

I’d like to see a down the line shot on that Drew hit. It sure looked foul to me.

Great job by Jason Bay.

Way to go J-Bay! Come on, Mike! Get em home!

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO SOX!!!!! This is our inning! WHOOOO HOOOOO

Julia

WAY TO GO MIKE!

65 pitches for Shields!

Julia

NICE JOB, JED!! GO SOX!

Geez this series is going to wreck my nerves…And it’s only the first 3 games!

It’s still snowing up here!
Hush about what Julia?

Sox are taking it to Shields. Great to see that. Go Sox.

Come on, Tek! Let’s go!

hmmm…Short night for Shields?

That Beckett won’t be in the CY Young hunt! lol! Sorry – couldn’t resist! Sorry it’s still snowing Ginny!

Julia

Tek has had two nice at bats with good contact and nothing to show for it. Looks like he’s swinging the bat well. What kind of a bonus would it be for the Sox if he could hit .260 or .270……!

Did you see Ellsbury over there to back up Bay in case the ball went off the wall? I think Ellsbury could have caught that ball and it was hit to straight away left field. Un-freaking-believable.

Nice play, J-Bay!
Garry, I think if Tek keeps making good contact as he is, he will be fine, the hits will come! Same with Mike Lowell. Both should be fine with their hitting. I hope Mike can feel up to par with his running after a while.

Garry, I think Tek will be fine with his hitting avg. if he keeps making solid contact like he is. Same with Mike Lowell. The hits and avg. will come! I hope Mike is up to par soon with his running!

Nice to see Josh have a quick inning after getting the lead. Well, I’m on gameday so I can’t “see” anything but I follow along.

Hey, what’s with the loooong time for the comments to be submitted?

Keep it up, Sox! Let’s go! Shut em down, Josh!

Garry, I think Tek will be fine with his hitting avg. if he keeps making solid contact like he is. Same with Mike Lowell. The hits and avg. will come! I hope Mike is up to par soon with his running!

Garry, I think Tek will be fine with his hitting avg. if he keeps making solid contact like he is. Same with Mike Lowell. The hits and avg. will come! I hope Mike is up to par soon with his running!

Garry, I think Tek will be fine with his hitting avg. if he keeps making solid contact like he is. Same with Mike Lowell. The hits and avg. will come! I hope Mike is up to par soon with his running!

Looks like we have some new bloggers here. Need some pictures for Brownie’s Brigade.

Garry, I think Tek will be fine with his hitting avg. if he keeps making solid contact like he is. Same with Mike Lowell. The hits and avg. will come! I hope Mike is up to par soon with his running!

Seems to take a minute or two for the comments to show up…

Bloody caputer. When will you quit with these stupid tape delays????!!

Yeah Julia, when is your photo going in to Garry for Brownie’s Brigade??

Ugh!! I wish they would get the tech problems fixed here at MLBlogs!

Julia

Beckett is looking better!

Julia

OKAY!!! I’ll send one to Garry tonight! After the game – I promise – and YES Pink hat!

Julia

Come on, Josh, 1-2-3 inning! GO SOX!

Sorry for the 3X comment there, computer’s acting like a printer with entries in the queue! GO SOX!

7 K’s! Yay!

Julia

WAY TO GO, JOSH! WAY TO SETTLE IN!
Ginny, how do you like your #.2 guy now??

GO BECKETT!!!!

Julia

YOUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lance Cormier is up for you, Ginny? Whaddaya think? Hmmm…

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Youk!!!!

Come on, J-Bay!
Nice hit for J-Bay, bummer for Youk! GO SOX!

Come on, Mike! Get em home!

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Youk!!!!

Tough day for Mike. GO SOX!

Sorrry, Arnie, I’d debate that one all day with you as long as you want.

How did Jason Bay ground into a forceout with the left fielder throwing out Youk at third? I’m on gameday so I can’t see the play. Did Bay hit the ball so hard that Youk didn’t have time to get to third, or did he fall down or have to hold up? Help me out please, ‘splain it to me Ricky.

How did Jason Bay ground into a forceout with the left fielder throwing out Youk at third? I’m on gameday so I can’t see the play. Did Bay hit the ball so hard that Youk didn’t have time to get to third, or did he fall down or have to hold up? Help me out please, ‘splain it to me Ricky.

Come on guys – keep it together!

Julia

OK, Josh, lock em down! GO SOX!

Arnie – Youk had to hold up to see if the ball was going to be caught or not.

Julia

Arnie,
Short hit just trapped by Crawford. Youk in no man’s land!

Get the SO, Josh!

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES! NICE SO, JOSH! ONE MORE!

YES LOWELL!! GOOD JOB BECKETT!!!!

Way to go, Josh! Nice rebound! GO SOX!

Great comeback by Beckett. He’s got great stuff today.

Great job by Beckett!!!

Okay!!! I’m here!!!!
WOOOOOOOOOOO-WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
IDOBELIEVEIDOBELIEVEIDOIDOIDOIDOBELIEVE!!!!!
signed,
Trixie
p.s. That guy on the mound; is his name CY????

Yes Trixie – it is CY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOO HOOOO!!

signed,

Trixie’s Sis!

TEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia

Way to go TEK!!!! Great to see him “seeing” the ball better!!!!

WAY TO GO, TEK! HR!!!!!! KEEP IT UP! GO SOX!

And Shields is GONE!!! (Sorry Ginny!)

Thanks, Julia, Bob.
Runners on 2nd and 3rd, no outs, and Josh doesn’t give up a run! THAT’S pitching!!
Greg, we’ll have to debate that via email.

Yes we will, Arnie, any time.
GO SOX!

GO RED SOX!!!!!

You’re welcome Arnie! Making the Velvet Cake for Easter!

Julia

hey, Jules… Hows it goin????
I was able to catch most of the 2nd 3rd and 4th at Moms while the appraiser worked. Beckett looks all but unhittable!!!! Feeling good about this season!!
GOSOX!

Atta boy, Tek! I knew you could still get it done!

Beckett needs to come out, get ahead in the count.

YES! WAY TO GO, JOSH! 9K!!

Goin great Ellen! Feeling great!!! I was down by Fenway on Sunday and you could feel the excitement in the air!!!! It is going to be a great ride this year!!!!!!!!!!

Julia

THAT’S the Josh Beckett we need all year!! GO JOSH! GO SOX!

10 K!!!!!! JOSH!!! We love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia

A perfectly pitched inning. Bring in the bullpen crew to finish this thing up.

If rolls are reversed this year and Sabathia finishes second to Beckett for the Cy Young, Yankee fans will be ecstatic!

Go Big Papi!!!

Julia, that Red Velvet cake is a good one. A true taste of the South.

Papi looks as if he’s really trying “too” hard…

I’m looking forward to trying it! Will go nice with the ham and lamb! And baseball in the afternoon to enjoy with the cake!

And who decided that the Red Sox needed a west coast swing already??

Julia

Nice hustle to avoid the DP, Youk! GO SOX!

Way to do, Youk! Get him home, JD!

Great move by YOUK!!!! Way to stay alert.

Get him home, Red Sox! LET’S GO!

A perfectly pitched inning!

Bummer – but nice catch :-(

Damn… I thought that ball was going to drop for a hit! oh well.. Let’s keep going Sox!

I could easily get used to Orsillo/Remy!

Nice catch all right. GO SOX!

As a woman I love 14k .. so come on Josh gimme 14K…

Josh out, OKi in.., OKI DOKEY!!!

Come on, Oki! Get it done! GO SOX!

Rem-Dawg and Donnie-O are the best Bob!

Julia

Come on, Oki! DP! SO! Get it done!

OKIE!!!!!!! Not a good start!

Oki walks Aki… NOT LIKING THE WAY THIS IS STARTING!!
COME ON OKI!!!

Nice SO Oki!
Good move, Tito. Come on Masterful Masterson!

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okie!!!!! Yes! 1 K – In comes Masterson!

Let’s get it done!

YES!!!! Four Ks against Pena! COME ON GUYS!!!! KEEP IT TOGETHER!!!!! YES DREW!!! Inning out!

Come on, Justin! Get the side out!

OH MY>>> It feels so good to watch real ball again!!!! I just feel right, you know? I think we are all victims of RSCD (REDSOX COMPULSIVE DISORDER)

Come on, Mike! GO SOX!

Papelbon is coming in! YES!!!

YES!!!! Four Ks against Pena! COME ON GUYS!!!! KEEP IT TOGETHER!!!!!

Looks like Tek’s stroke from the left side is back, nice easy contact all four ABs!

Tek has to be happy. He hit the ball right on the nose every time today. That’s good to see.

Nice SO Justin, let’s get the side out!
I hope this is not a continuous problem for Oki!

I hope this is not an indication of Oki’s upcoming year. I hope he settles in. Good job by Masterson. Pap up next! GO SOX! SHUT EM DOWN!

Shipping Up to Boston just played at Fenway – PAP IS IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RCD indeed Ellen! Got it all year!
Come on Pap, get em out! 2 More!

YES!!!! Four Ks against Pena! COME ON GUYS!!!! KEEP IT TOGETHER!!!!! YES DREW!!! Inning out!

Tek hit the ball right on the nose every time up today. He has to be happy.

RSCD is the ONLY way to be Ellen!

ONE MORE TO GO!!!!!! GO PAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WAY TO GO PAP! ONE MORE!

I hope this is not an indication of Oki’s upcoming year. I hope he settles in. Good job by Masterson. Pap up next! GO SOX! SHUT EM DOWN!

Pap looks a little on the chunky side. Wonder how much weight he put on in the off season.

He needs to take that changeup and put it back in the closet. His whole motion is screwed up when he throws that.

WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1-0!!!!!!!!!!!!! How sweet it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia

Yeah, Garry, it is a work in progress. Hope he does not rely on it much!
NICE SO, PAP! Way to finish it! Great job, Josh! GO SOX! Looking good!

Man that ump loves the outside corner.

Good game. Even better without Joe Migrane. Kevin Kennedy isn’t great, but he’s a huge improvement over Migrane. Now they need to replace that idiot Staats.

well, greg there is one win for you. And no I still don’t like Lance Cormier…

WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1-0!!!!!!!!!!!!! How sweet it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia

Ellen, I’m looking forward to getting a “fix” for out RSCD all year! Sounds good to me! GO SOX!

I had to leave for a bit, but nice to see Josh did well today.

Got the broom ready Ginny! See ya tomorrow!
Nice tribute to Bobby Doerr, Ian! Great job! GO SOX!

1 down, 161 to go !!! and so far we’ve got a perect season!!!

At least Kennedy isnt strictly a DEVILRAY homer!! I didnt mind him too much on Fox,, Jeannie Zalasco?? she’s horrible and Magrane his voice (and Dwayne Staats’) is like nails on a blackboard.

I want to either trademark or patent that phrase and put it on shirts!! (i dont know which process is the proper terminology)

Sorry I couldn’t live blog with you guys, I was simultaneously watching Tim Lincecum go only three innings against the Brewers. He was throwing balls all over the place… not too much control for him today.

Anyway, the minute Fenway appeared on FSN (yeah, I don’t get NESN down here), a shot of adrenaline ran through me. Beckett pitched beautifully to say the least. Ten strikeouts, only two hits! Loved seeing the home runs from Pedroia and our captain. A bit concerned about the lack of hits from Ellsbury, but it’s only the beginning of the season. He really makes a big difference!

I’ll try and be here tomorrow night!
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Arnie.. another oxymoron: MILITARY INTELLIGENCE!! (no disrespect to our troops!) and hey how about just a Moron?? Joe Magrane or Julio!!!

Beckett looked like the Beckett we all saw back in 2007. Beckett was in total control on the mound today.

Great too see Varitek go deep. Great piece of hitting by Bay. I love 2 out hits that drive in runs!

Staats sucks and Kennedy is awful. I agree with Garry, Kennedy is better than Migrane, not by much though. LOL!! It was a great day when Kennedy was canned as Red Sox manager.

What is Boston’s magic number? Just kidding, a longgggggggggggggggg way too go but a good start.

Brian.. good to see youre back from weather caster school!!!! You scored 100%!!

Whoa guys, that’s really weird. For some reason it says that I was signed in as jacobyluvr! That’s really strange! Probably just a mistake or something… but that comment was from me at redsoxgirl46!
sorry for the confusion!

oh so Elizabeth… Your secrets out… NP just stay away from Mikey!!! lol oh and BosoxBrian!!

Ellen,

Not too difficult too predict bad weather for Boston in early April. I guess Don Kent taught me well. LOL!! Garry’s favorite weatherman. A Quincy native like Garry.

A cool night in the St. Pete area tonight, it feels like New England.

It’s really nice and crisp here tonight, yesterday was like a hurricane as far as wind speed.. actually winds were 30-35 yesterday.. Nice temp today and tonight! Although I did have to put on my long sleeve shirt tonight to walk BoeDog..
I hope that you didnt mind me joking about your weather forcast!!

Ellen, while you are “nice and crisp”, we had snow here in the NC mtns.! Might have had to cancel the game had it been played here! ;)

Hold on just a second here……since the Sox beat TB today doesn’t that force a game 9????? I never give up the ship….GO SOX!!!!!!
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Hold on just a second here……since the Sox beat TB today doesn’t that force a game 9????? I never give up the ship….GO SOX!!!!!!
I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,I DO BELIEVE, I DO BELIEVE,

What an awesome start to the season for y’all. Veritek has a great chance to prove a lot of naysayers wrong this year. I hope he does.

– Toby
http://welcometotheshow.mlblogs.com/

So do we, Toby! Way to go, Tek! GO SOX!

Ellen,

Joking on here is highly recommended. Good stuff.

A tad windy over here in the bay area. I wonder if Staats perm would have moved in the wind? HA..HA..LOL…My mother said Staats is very strange looking.

I was VERY pleased that Josh went 7 innings on relatively few pitches (under 100). I hope Lester can do likewise tomorrow. The more times we can have starters go deeper into the game, the better off we’ll be. GO SOX!

Fenway Park is probably the greatest park in baseball history. Every seat feels like you’re sitting on the field.

Jason
http://jmays.mlblogs.com

Many things made watching yesterday’s opening day game from Fenway from afar particularly pleasurable – not least seeing the wonderful condition the ball-park is in, yet again, for the start of the season.

Beckett really did look like he might be getting back to his 2007 best – his fast ball had real venom, his location on both fast ball & curve was spot on, & his curve ball was just plain nasty.

Almost as good, for me, was the series of at-bats Varitek put together – he was making excellent contact repeatedly, until the homer that he just smoked around the Pesky pole. Made me wonder – might he have been over-swinging as last season progressed, & the various pressures started to get to him?

I think that the depth the management have put together in the bull-pen, coupled – if all goes well! – with the solidity of the batting line-up, from 1 through to 9, & one of the best starting rosters in baseball…all go together to offer the tantalising prospect that this could be a very special year for the Red Sox.

Many things made watching yesterday’s opening day game from Fenway from afar particularly pleasurable – not least seeing the wonderful condition the ball-park is in, yet again, for the start of the season.

Beckett really did look like he might be getting back to his 2007 best – his fast ball had real venom, his location on both fast ball & curve was spot on, & his curve ball was just plain nasty.

Almost as good, for me, was the series of at-bats Varitek put together – he was making excellent contact repeatedly, until the homer that he just smoked around the Pesky pole. Made me wonder – might he have been over-swinging as last season progressed, & the various pressures started to get to him?

I think that the depth the management have put together in the bull-pen, coupled – if all goes well! – with the solidity of the batting line-up, from 1 through to 9, & one of the best starting rosters in baseball…all go together to offer the tantalising prospect that this could be a very special year for the Red Sox.

It has been said many times since yesterday that Beckett was phenomenal. If Beckett let that 2 risp with no outs scored in 6th, the outcome would likely be different. The magic number is 161.

Offseason In Review: Boston Red Sox
By Tim Dierkes
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/04/offseason-in-review-boston-red-sox.html

I love the comments written by the fans and remember fan is short for fanatic.

I’m happy too read that Andy provided me with a magic number…….HA..HA…LOL….

Sox on pace for 162 wins in 2009.

Andy, you are certainly right that Beckett’s line would have been much different (and the result) had those RISPs scored. But that isn’t what happened. As he did in 07, when he got into that kind of jam, more often than not, he got out of it. If he keeps that up when he gets in a jam, he will have a very good year, and so will the Sox. Let’s see tonight if Lester can do likewise. GO SOX! Magic Number: 161!

Is it time for the game YET?????? GO RED SOX!!!!!! Hey – I have the new Boston Pops “Red Sox Album” – it’s good!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Great start Lester!!!!! GO SOX!!!!

Does Pena want to take the first train out of town?? K!!!!

I think I’m gonna die here. Not on TV or anything…get to follow along on Espn again.

New thread!

NO!!!!! You can’t see it Ginny! I’m sorry! ;-(

Julia

Looks like Lester’s got it going on tonight…

COME ON SOX!!!! Lester – SHUT THEM DOWN!!!!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good – we got out of that with only one run!!!

WE LOVE DUSTY!!!!!

In terms of viewship – the Red Sox game yesterday had more viewers then American Idol did last night in the Boston area! Yay Baseball!

Julia

Okay – bad running for Youk BUT Yay!!! Tie it up!!!

Yankees are down 2-1 in the 4th! Gee – how terrible! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia

I see you…you’re hiding on this thread!

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