Tagged: Manny

Not just a case of “Manny being Manny”

I’m pretty adamant on my stance against drug use. I don’t need to justify my feelings. They just are. My passion for sports is because it’s sports. It’s competitive, it’s fun, and it’s just a game. At the end of the day.

I want to think Red Sox is above all these drug issues. Realistically, it’s probably not the case. I *hate* that this makes all even more likely. I’ve read some comments about how this may “taint” the Red Sox WS win. The truth is the sport is “tainted” already, whether by a Red Sox player or by someone else. And that many fans are like me, wanting to think our teams are too good for this, with our heads in the sand.

It pisses me off that we have to think like that. The fact that we don’t want our teams with the drug cloud over our heads is representative of how we like to see our sports- healthy, clean, competitive, and fun.

27 September: SF vs LAD

Innings watched: From the top of the 7th to the end.

Observations:
– In some way, the Dodgers have been a collector of previous Red Sox hot shots. And now those guys get another post-season shot.
– Joe Torre in a LAD unifrom.
– LAD closer Saito… there really is a trend of hiring Japanese players.

Highlights:
– The hit that broken the Dodgers out of the 1-1 tie.
– The “show of emotion” as the broadcasters called it, at the end of the 8th.

Dodgers also announced the pitching rotation for the first three and Lowe has the privilege of starting the series. I wonder if the postseason clinch is a trend of the Torre touch? 

Gimme a root canal, please

Ouch.

First, congratulations to the Orioles. This is the first O-Sox game I’ve attended in the six years I’ve been living in the area in which the O’s fans clearly overpower the Sox fans in loudness, tenacity, volume, and sheer pressence. I would, unofficially, estimate that it was almost a 50-50 split of the audience. Or somewhere close. Orange stands out louder and often can be confused with bright red in some lighting situations. Maybe because it was a weekday night game. Maybe because the O’s have experienced a bit of a surge early this season. Who knows. But I am impressed and dutifully humbled.

What a painful game to watch. Primarily because I watched the Sox squander away so many opportunities. And give up so many hits both in pitching and in defensive performance.

I cracked up laughing when I realised that Youkilis was the right fielder. Unbeknowst to those of us at the stadium without access to sources like Extra Bases, Coco was out because of an upset stomach (!?!).

I was kinda entertained by Ortiz’s antics in the ninth, although not so pleased by the O’s fans’ catcalls. I thought Ortiz made the wrong call. But I can relate to his pent up frustration. Heck, those of us sitting behind the homeplate, both Os and Sox fans alike, were constantly furious at the home base umpire by his calls. He had a moving strike zone that no one could identify. Even I had to acknowledge the second ball called when Manny was at bat with bases loaded was a strike. In fact, had Manny sturck out, the Sox might have had one more chance to make something of the opportunity. The only consolation we had was that the umpire was consistently inconsistent.

Aie. Bedtime. Way past, in fact. Hopefully the next game will bring better luck. I’ll be back, sitting in the exact same seat.  

Beuller… Beuller?

The “countdown” to Manny’s 500 HR mark. Has seemed to hit a plateau. He was hot, red hot, at the start of the season. But this past week, I was hoping to see one such run on tv while I was at home. No luck.

 

I forget which commercial- Budweiser, perhaps?- that had a scene of the New York Times Square Ball dropping on New Year’s Eve and the ball gets stuck. The crowd just kept repeating the last countdown number.

6.

5.

4.

4.

4.

4.

4.

Manny, how about popping it down to 3?

Am I impatient. Yea, probaby unfairly so given that Manny is hitting at an impressive .370 and he already is tied in third with half a dozen other players in homerun hits. Still.

4.

4.

4.

4.

19 to go

I’m busy, busy, busy, hence the lack of posting lately. Worry not (or do worry, depending on your perspective!), I shall get back in the groove as soon as I get a chance.

In the meantime, I cheer yet again for my favourite player.

 

(photo from Boston.com)

 

Whadya think, Beckett? Aim for another 20-win season? Perhaps exceed it? 19 to go, then. No pressure. Seriously. Although winning 20+ more would be nice as well.

 

Other thoughts:

– Anyone else worried about Ortiz’s silence? As much on a roll as Manny is in, it can’t hide the DH’s lack thereof.  

How Red Sox are you?

I’m clapping like a gleeful 4-year-old with the news of the clubhouse exercising the option for Wakefield. Yes, he is injured. Yes, he had not had a good postseason. Yes, he had not had a good end of the regular season. But 17 wins in a season? It counts for something. It counts for a lot. Then there is also the intangible.

I alluded often to the “Red Sox identity.” The postseason really emphasizes on how professional baseball is different from school teams. It’s business. I don’t say it in a demeaning way, just factually. But, given all that, once the player is on a team, he plays for the team. I didn’t see a single person on that team being half-hearted about the World Series win, even if he was bound for free agency. All this, after all, is a team sport.

But some players got deeper into the sense of team and seem to adopt the team as his home team. Those players identify themselves as a member of that specific team, regardless of pay, and regardless of team’s hardware or lack thereof. Of course, this sense of is limited to some common sense factors like decent treatment from the clubhouse, some level of loyalty to the coaching staff and nucleus team composition.

Some players I feel had developed a true sense of Red Sox identity:

  • Varitek (obviously, the captain)
  • Youkilis
  • Ortiz
  • and Wakefield (for whose return I truly celebrate)

Some, I hope, will develop as they go deeper into their budding careers, and some of whom are starting to show it, but are really too rookie to tell:

  • Papelbon
  • Pedroia
  • Ellsbury

Finally, some who want to, providing the club demonstrates some reciprocal treatment:

  • Lowell
  • Schilling, to some degree

And I’ll dare to say it: sometimes I feel Manny is Red Sox, other times I wonder if he plays more for himself. He certainly has helped define the Red Sox with his seemingly carefree and loose attitude. But who has his loyalty? We may technically hold the contract but what is his heart saying? I can’t tell.

Also, I have no idea where to place Crisp and Beckett. I hope Beckett joins the club in more ways than a contractual agreement. Being the ace certainly made him more appealing but how red does he bleed? How red is he capable of bleeding?

What happened out there?

Well, my celebratory post went out last night right after the game ended. But, more thoughts as I actually review the video highlights online (the things we tv-less fans have to do to get all the details!) Weird moments of last night:

– Manny’s homeru- erm, single. Wow. I’m still confused about what it is supposed to be. It’s really not that big a deal once all the runs start getting clocked in but what a confusing call.

– Beckett-Lofton. What happened out there? I’m just itching with curiosity now. But this account is funny and I haven’t stopped laughing yet. I’m a Red Sox fan through and through, but I’ve definitely appreciated Garko’s blog. Great attitude and great selection of play-off player bloggers by MLBlogs.