Tim Wakefield… conquerer!

Ahhh Interleague Play… I’ll miss you.

Another day and another win for Tim Wakefield.

The dude even got a hit!

174 in all in a Red Sox uniform and a mere 18 behind Roger Clemens and Cy Young for the all time lead in Red Sox history.

I thought Francona was going to manage Wakefield out of a win when he mysteriously lifted DelCarmen for Masterson in the 8th…

And yeah… I thought that McCann hit was gone… and I still don’t know why Drew took the ball away from Ellsbury…

And of course Garret Anderson had to get a 2 out double..

But the Sox wiggled out of it and have won their 7th series in a row.

Keep winning series and the Sox will be in great shape.

After tomorrow, the Sox won’t face the NL again… unless October goes according to plan.


The Magic Number is 85.

Anytime we can get past 86 is fine by me… whether it is 86 years or 1986 that number gives me the willies.

But there were enough moments where I thought the Braves were going to score that I can call this a dodged bullet game.


April 17 – 10-8 win against Orioles. (Overcame 7-0 deficit.)
April 24 – 5-4 win against Yankees. (Bay homers off of Rivera in 9th to tie it.)
April 25 – 16-11 win against Yankees. (Overcame 6-0 deficit.)
April 29 – 6-5 win at Cleveland. (Overcame 5-0 deficit.)
May 12 – 4-3 win at Anaheim. (Down 3-1 in the 8th.)
June 11 – 4-3 win against Yankees. (Down 3-1 in the 8th. Rallied against Sabathia.)
June 12 – 5-2 win at Philadelphia. (Overcame Ryan Howard’s 9th inning shot to win in 13)
June 21 – 6-5 win against Atlanta. (The wind turns Nick Green’s fly ball into a walk off shot)
June 27 – 1-0 win at Atlanta. (Masterson and Papelbon wiggle out of late jams.)
April 14 – 6-5 loss at Oakland. (Sox blow early 3-0 lead. Lose in 12)
April 28 – 9-8 loss at Cleveland. (Sox blow early 5-1 lead. Lopez drops 3rd out.)
May 14 – 5-4 loss at Anaheim. (Ortiz goes 0-7 stranding 12 runners.)
May 15 – 5-4 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox blow their second 4-0 lead in three days.)
May 17 – 3-2 loss at Seattle. (Red Sox strand two in the 9th. Lose in the bottom of the 9th.)
May 23 – 3-2 loss to the Mets. (Papelbon lets up a 2 out 2 run homer in the 9th to Omir Santos)
June 18 – 2-1 loss to the Marlins. (Rain washes out a tight game after 5+ innings.)
Up to +2.
Go for the sweep tomorrow before heading up to Baltimore!

Baltimore deserves better than the Orioles

It is usually said that New York and Boston are the two biggest baseball cities.

ESPN usually says this, mainly because they are in Bristol, CT… right between New York and Boston. And while that media bias is as plain as the nose on my face, New York and Boston are bigger baseball cities than football cities… a rarity today.

Also St. Louis is usually lumped in with Boston and New York as a baseball first city. But most places seem to be football centric with the exception of Detroit (Hockey), Los Angeles (Basketball) and Seattle (Drinking Coffee.)
I will submit that the greatest sleeping fanbase in all of baseball are the Orioles.
Yes they love their football. The scenes in Diner with Steve Guttenberg quizzing his bride to be about Colts trivia rings true. And in the first Daily Show segment I produced, I went to Baltimore on the eve of the 2001 Super Bowl… and trust me, the city was excited about the Ravens.
But they really love their Orioles.
Remember in an 18 season span (1966-1983), this is a team that gave the city of Baltimore 8 trips to the playoffs including three World Championships and three other pennants.
But since back to back playoff berths in the 1990s, they have been irrelevant since Robbie Alomar was called out to end the 1997 ALCS.
This is the 12th straight irrelevant season for the birds. Peter Angelos has all but driven the proudest organization into the ground with horrific free agent decisions, a rudderless organization and a farm system that used to be the best in baseball and more most of the decade as been the most barren.
And often good seats are available at Camden Yards, the standard for new ballparks.
And yet… the Orioles fans are still there.
Remember these are the same fans who arrived at the airport in 1988 to greet the Orioles after they broke their 21 game losing streak to start the season.
And there is still an awesomeness about their fans.
Well yesterday I poked fun at the Orioles/Nationals series this weekend and said that if you went to the game, you’d never have to prove your loyalty to the Orioles again.
I saw the attendance for last night’s game between the Orioles (on pace to finish 74-88) and the Nationals (on pace to finish 48-114).
It was 45.024.
I thought it was a typo.
I had to look it up in 3 other sites just to make sure it was correct.
Each one… 45,024.
Baltimore fans… color me impressed! I will from now on include Baltimore along with Boston, New York and St. Louis as the epicenters of baseball fandom.
Now Orioles management… take a look at that. The greedy Red Sox fan in me wants the Orioles to remain lousy because that would mean 18 games the Red Sox can win.
But for the sake of baseball… you have a fan base who will fill up your park in a lousy series. Put a decent product on the field. You’ve had 12 seasons!
And while you are at it… bring the smiling bird back.

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Doesn’t anyone want to win the NL East?

Seriously, you guys know if you win the NL East, you get to go to the playoffs, right?

Heck the Phillies won the World Series last year, so winning it can be advantageous.
The 5 NL East teams lost tonight by a collective score of 37-7.
The Marlins were the only team to show up, losing in the 8th.
The Mets played the worst defense of any team not paid off by Arnold Rothstein. 
World Series hero Cole Hamels fell apart in the 5th and Ricky Romero flirted with a no hitter.
Josh Beckett continues to own the Braves.
And the Beltway Series drama ended in the 6th with an 8 run explosion by the Orioles.
The entire NL East stayed pat.
Yeah yeah yeah, I know. There’s a lot of baseball left to be played. But not THAT much!
It’s July next week. Teams are thinking about the trade deadline. 
And these games… they count.
Let’s see SOMEONE step up!

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