Vincentives

The Texas Rangers have a one game lead for the American League wild card… so you would think they would need all the help they could get.

Vincente Padilla led the team in wins in 2008. He has the third highest win total on the team this year. He has a winning record (8-6) and while his ERA is ugly, it IS under 5.00 which in an achievement in Texas.

So naturally they cut him.

And the Rangers clubhouse is acting the same as the orphanage in Problem Child when John Ritter took the kid home.

He must have been a MISERABLE teammate.

Awful.

Disgraceful.

He’s a free agent.

I want the Red Sox to sign him!

What? You ask! Sully, if he was such a bad teammate in Texas, how will he be better in Boston?

I have no clue what kind of teammate he was in Texas.
I wasn’t there.

Do you know what makes a BAD teammate in my eyes?

Brad Penny getting bombed every 5 days.
Junichi Tazawa letting up homer after homer every 5 days.

Call me crazy and you’ve called me worse… but there’s only 7 weeks left in the season.

Couldn’t Padilla sign on and want to show the Rangers they were wrong?
Couldn’t he be motivated for a month and a half to play well and be nice… and put himself in position to become a millionaire again?

How can he be worse than Penny?

Which goes to show you how bad things are with Penny.

I’d rather have a guy who had swine flu pitching than Penny!

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Red Sox show some fight!

I called my dad last night during the Giants – Dodgers game last night and my dad couldn’t resist giving my Red Sox a little dig.

“You root for thugs! Hooligans! The Giants are role models!”
He might be right. But I can tell you one thing… this is NOT a repeat of 2006.
The Red Sox got smacked around in a 5 game sweep by the Yankees in ’06 and suddenly the team went limp. Either everyone got hurt or they quit.
This team got swept by the Yankees and are coming out swinging, in EVERY way!
The team is showing some fire, some guts and can even survive and ejection or two.
Youk gets tossed?
Fine, Lowell will come off the bench and hit a pair of bombs.
Seeing Lowell and Bay hit homers was more than heartening.
And the kid Junichi Tazawa let up 3 runs but guess what? It wasn’t a do or die inning like the bottom of the 15th in New York!
Just keep winning games, Red Sox.
The Magic Number to make the playoffs is 50.

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Glub… Glub… Glub…


Hey Junichi Tazawa! Welcome to the big leagues!

The Red Sox cut a Hall of Famer to make room for you.
No pressure.

And oh yeah, your first game will be in extra innings at Yankee Stadium in a game the Red Sox need desperately to win.
And each pitch you throw could end the game.
Good luck.
All things considered, he didn’t do that badly. He gave the Red Sox 1 2/3 of shutout ball… until of course letting up a walk off shot to A-Rod.
In the 15th f—ing inning!
I guess scoring a single run in the first 14 innings was too much to ask for.
2 of the Sox last 4 games were lost deep into extra innings.
2 of the Sox last 4 games had their bullpen wriggle out of trouble with the game on the line only to see an All Star third baseman launch a 2 out walk off shot.
If the Red Sox lose tomorrow, they will have matched their longest losing streak of the year.
On August 2nd the Red Sox were 1/2 a game out of first. When August 8 ends they could be 5 1/2 games out. 
They could drop 5 games in the standings in less than a week! Is that even mathematically possible? They went from being on the verge of over taking the Yankees to possibly having Texas and Tampa catch them.
Let’s hope this is the low point.
Let’s hope this is the wake up call.
All I know is I can’t watch tomorrow. I’m sorry boys. I love you and you know I always root for you… but tonight took too much out of me. 
And Tazawa… next time hopefully you will pitch in a less stressful enviornment!
Let’s update the board.

DODGED A BULLET GAMES – 14

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.)
July 1 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Sox score 4 in the 9th and Lugo wins in in the 11th)
July 8 – 5-4 win against Oakland. (Wind keeps Hairston’s 9th inning go ahead homer in the ballpark)
July 10 – 1-0 win against Kansas City. (Pedroia drives in the only run with 2 outs in the 8th.)
July 30 – 8-5 win against Oakland. (Ortiz tests postive then hits a 2 out 3 run go ahead homer.)
July 31 – 6-5 win at Baltimore. (Youk’s 2 run homer saves Smoltz from another bad start.)
TEETH GRINDER GAMES – 19
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.)
June 28 – 2-1 loss to the Braves. (Tying run on base in the 9th. Solid Penny outing wasted)
June 30 – 11-10 loss at Baltimore. (The Red Sox blow a late 10-1 to the lowly Orioles.)
July 3 – 7-6 loss to Seattle. (Red Sox comeback in the 8th only to lose in the 11th.)
July 4 – 3-2 loss to Seattle. (Saito walks three in the 9th as the Mariners rally to win)
July 9 – 8-6 loss to the Royals. (Bullpen blows early 4-0 lead.)
July 21 – 4-2 loss at Texas. (Beckett loses a complete game and the Yankees take over first.)
July 22 – 3-1 loss at Texas. (Sox are swept for the first time all season.)
July 28 – 9-8 loss to Oakland. (Sox blow 3 run lead in 9th. A’s rally with 2 outs in 9th and 11th.)
July 29 – 8-6 loss to Oakland. (Down 5-0 in the first, Sox comeback falls short)
August 4 – 4-2 loss in Tampa Bay. (Longoria hits 13th inning walk off with first base open.)
August 5 – 6-4 loss in Tampa Bay. (Sox gets swept in a 2 game series with the tying run at the plate).
August 7 – 2-0 loss in New York. (A-Rod’s walk off with 2 outs in the 15 ends a teeth grinding marathon.)
Down to -5
At this point all I want is ONE game in the Bronx!!!!

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