So the Phillies/Blue Jays game that was scheduled for Toronto this weekend has been moved to Philadelphia because of the G20 Summit.

Look, I know it is probably harder than it looks to create the schedule, but are you telling me NOBODY noticed that there was going to be massive security problems in Toronto this weekend?

In baseball’s infinite wisdom they decided to move the series to Philadelphia and count it as a home game for the Blue Jays.

Now Toronto gets the money at the gate, but the Phillies get the concessions, parking, T shirts and Toronto misses out on the return of Roy Halladay.

It’s not fair I say and I think baseball could have found a neutral site for this game to be played.

And the staff at Sully Baseball have come up with some alternate locations that would have made it a little more ever for both squads.

La Stade OlympiqueMontreal.

It’s just sitting there, looking like the Starship Enterprise, in the middle of a big field in Montreal. Play it there. And you get to have a series in Canada!

Sure the stands will be empty and the few fans there will be apathetic thinking “What’s the point? This team isn’t staying.”

But how will that be different than the last bunch of years for the Expos?

Miller Park Milwaukee.

Isn’t that Bud Selig’s go to “in case of emergency” plan? Send them to Milwaukee?

Sure the Brewers are playing there this weekend. Have it as a double header! See the Brewers and Mariners in the day, Blue Jays and the Phillies at night!

Keyspan ParkBrooklyn.

Bring big league baseball back to Brooklyn for at least one weekend!

Sure it will be a stretch to call the Blue Jays the home team here… but with all the Mets fans in Brooklyn, the Phillies will DAMN SURE feel like the visitors!

Doubleday FieldCooperstown, NY.

I have been advocating playing an honest to goodness counts in the standings game in Cooperstown for years.

Why not now? It’s close enough to Canada to have a few people come down and it would be a nice weekend trip to the Hall of Fame and see a big league game while the weather is still nice in Upstate New York.

Estadio LatinoamericanoHavana, Cuba.

A global summit is happening in Canada. And someday Cuba will be opened up and asked to rejoin the economies of the world.

Wouldn’t a ballgame in their grandest ballpark be the first step? And maybe the Blue Jays and Phillies could smuggle some of their star players out with them!

Nelson Mandela Bay StadiumPort Elizabeth, South Africa.

Sure everyone is going bonkers over the World Cup in South Africa, but while they are thinking about sports, we can help introduce a little hardball there as well!

Although there is no avoiding the vuvuzelas there!

Stade de GeneveLancy in the Swiss Canton of Geneva.

If we need a neutral site, who is more neutral than Switzerland?

My family actually lived in the Swiss canton of Geneva when I was in the 3rd and 4th grade and when I lived there I played little league with the other transplanted American kids. Trust me, there are enough Americans living in Geneva to make it a packed house.

Hey, it was good enough for one of the best baseball movies ever… and evidently it is up for sale. If the field is going to fade away like Shoeless Joe walking back into the corn, it would be nice to play a real honest to goodness ballgame there.

Are you worried about attendance?

People will come, Ray. People will come.

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Nobody deserved to win this game… but I am glad we did anyway

Possibly the stupidest win of the year.
I completely gave up on the game 2 times.
I completely thought the game was in the bag 2 times.
Dice-K was terrible… until he settled down.
The offense was amazing all night and Pedroia made everyone wonder if the humidor was busted.
Speaking of busted… the bullpen.
The Boston Red Sox bullpen’s line…
5 IP, 9 ER, 13 hits, 2 walks, 2 blown saves
When the bullpen averages 3 base runners an inning and nearly 2 runs an inning, and the team WINS… then you’ve dodged some SERIOUS bullets.
The last time I saw anyone avoid being shot by that many bullets, it was in Pulp Fiction when Vincent and Jules weren’t hit by the kid firing the gun at them and Jules was convinced it was a miracle.
Papelbon got the win… wow. He better buy Pedroia a nice dinner in San Francisco this weekend.
Let’s update the tally and get the hell out of Denver!


April 4 – 9-7 win against Yankees (On Opening Night, the Red Sox overcome a 5-1 Yankee lead with a game tying HR by Pedroia and a go ahead passed ball.)
April 10 – 8-3 win against Kansas City (Beckett out pitches Zack Greinke and nearly gets decapitated by a line drive.)
April 14 – 6-3 win in Minnesota. (Okajima gets Morneau to pop up with the bases loaded in the 7th and Papelbon wiggled out of a 9th inning jam.)
April 20 – 7-6 win against Texas. (Darnell McDonald introduces himself to Boston with an 8th inning game tying homer and a walk off hit in the 9th.)
April 21 – 8-7 win against Texas. (The Red Sox were down 4-0 early only to win it on Youk’s 2 out 11th inning double.)
April 23 – 4-3 win against Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 3-0 lead but win it on Adrian Beltre’s bases loaded walk.)
April 24 – 7-6 win against Baltimore. (The Red Sox score 6 in the 7th and hold off a late Baltimore comeback attempt.)
April 26 – 13-12 win at Toronto. (The Sox blow an early 5-0 lead but hang on for dear life in a slugfest.)
April 27 – 2-1 win at Toronto. (Buchholz holds the Jays down for 8 but it takes a bases loaded walk in the 8th to go ahead.)
April 28 – 2-0 win at Toronto. (Daniel Bard wiggles out of trouble in the 8th to help Lester shut down the Blue Jays and finish the sweep.)
May 4 – 5-1 win against the Angels. (Juan Rivera misplays Jeremy Hermedia’s 2 out flyball into a 3 run game winning double)
May 5 – 3-1 win against the Angels. (Papi and Beltre homer and the Sox hang on despite squandering many potential rallies.)
May 6 – 11-6 win against the Angels. (Dice-K puts the Red Sox in a 4-0 hole before they even bat. The Sox bats respond.)
May 10 – 7-6 win against the Blue Jays. (Sox blow an early 2-0 lead, take advantage of some errors and hang on.)
May 18 – 7-5 win in New York. (Sox climb back from a 5-1 hole. A day after hitting a walk off homer, Marcus Thames drops a fly ball to start the winning rally for the Sox.)
May 25 – 2-0 win in Tampa. (Big Papi supplies all the offense as Papelbon wiggles out of a 9th inning jam.)
May 29 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Zack Greinke holds the Sox to one run, but they make it stick)
June 1 – 9-4 win against Oakland. (Lackey puts the Sox in a 4-0 hole but Victor Martinez goes 5-5 and the Sox score 9 runs late.)
June 2 – 6-4 win against Oakland. (Dice-K puts the Sox in a 3-0 hole before they come to bat, but come back thanks to Papi’s homer.)
June 8 – 3-2 win at Cleveland. (With Papelbon unavailable, Okajima, Ramirez and Bard hang on to make a winner out of Wakefield.)
June 19 – 5-4 win against the Dodgers. (Sox make 4 errors, blow a late lead and let Manny homer, but they win it in the bottom of the 9th on a Pedroia single.)
June 20 – 2-0 win against the Dodgers. (Dodgers blow an early bases loaded scoring opportunity and allow Buchholz to settle down for the win.)
June 24 – 13-11 win in Colorado. (The bullpen lets up 9 runs in 5 innings, but Pedroia homers 3 times including with 2 outs in the 10th to win a wild and stupid game.)


April 6 – 6-4 loss against the Yankees. (Scutaro’s error leads to the winning run.)
April 7 – 3-1 loss against the Yankees. (Sox leave the winning run on in the 9th only to lose on Granderson’s 10th inning homer)
April 9 – 4-3 loss in Kansas City. (Bard coughs up the lead, denying Wakefield a win.)
April 17 – 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Sox can’t score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 11th… lost it in the 12th.)
April 17 – 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay. (The Red Sox comeback falls a run short, leaving two on in the 8th)
April 25 – 7-6 loss to Baltimore. (The Sox blow a 4-1 lead, leave the winning run on second in the 9th, let up 3 in the 10th and could only score 2 in the bottom of the 10th)
April 30 – 5-4 loss in Baltimore. (Tejada ties the game with a 2 out 8th inning homer and wins it with a bloop in the 10th)
May 1 – 12-9 loss in Baltimore. (Dice-K and Wakes get pounded, wasting 2 homers from Ortiz and an early 4-1 lead.)
May 2 – 3-2 loss in Baltimore. (Varitek is thrown at home trying to score with 2 outs in the 8th. Sox get swept in the 10th.
May 12 – 3-2 loss against the Blue Jays. (The Sox rally in the 9th comes up a run short and Kevin Gregg gets an ugly save.)
May 15 – 7-6 loss in Detroit. (The Sox blow a 6-1 lead and lose it on a 2 out bases loaded walk in the 12th.)
May 17 – 11-9 loss in New York. (The Sox come all the way back from a 5-0 first inning hole to take a 9-7 lead in the 9th… but Papelbon lets up a 2 run game tying shot to A-Rod and a 2 run walk off shot to Marcus Thames.)
May 21 – 5-1 loss in Philadelphia. (Big Papi’s bid for a game tying 9th inning grand slam is caught at the warning track.)
May 274-3 loss to Kansas City. (Dice-K walks the go ahead run in and lets another score on a wild pitch as the Royals no name bullpen shut down the Hot Sox.)
May 28 – 12-5 loss to Kansas City. (Sox blow a 3-0 first inning lead to be blown out in Fenway.)
June 3 – 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox lose a slugfest where two Boston runners are thrown out at home.)

June 6 – 4-3 loss in Baltimore. (Sox rally to tie the game in the 9th only to lose it on a small ball rally in the 11th.)

June 10 – 8-7 loss in Cleveland. (Sox blow an early 5-0 lead and then after rallying in the 9th to take the lead coughed it up with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th)
June 13 – 5-3 loss to Philadelphia. (Sox 9th inning rally comes up short)
June 22 – 2-1 loss in Colorado. (The Sox waste a solid Lester start and twice leave the bases loaded.)
June 23 – 8-6 loss in Colorado. (The Sox batter Ubaldo Jimenez around but Papelbon lets up 2 homers in the 9th to lose it.)

Up to +2
Red Sox versus Giants starts tomorrow… it’s grandfather vs. father vs. son in the Sullivan home!

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