Thursday, September 30
Wednesday, September 29
Tuesday, September 28
Monday, September 27
105 MPH? Seriously? I saw this over the weekend and just assumed I had drank too much for it to be real life.
I mean, he's from Cuba, which means you can add at least 3 years to his age, and he likely took all sorts of horse steroids before making a run for it, but 105 MPH?
Check the gun, test Chapman, then check the gun again.
Seriously, I understand that athletes are getting bigger and faster with enhanced training and technology....but where will it end?
Will guys from Kazakhstan be throwing 111 MPH by the time I'm 35?
The human body is only capable of so much, and even Rick Vaughn couldn't touch 105 in Major League II.
PS: As of last night, I'm the World Champion of my fantasy baseball league....it's a keeper league, and guess who I've got waiting on my bench to ensure continued dominance? Nope, not JD Drew, my main man Chapman. Championship.
I should really know better by now.
Everyone else was watching the Jets and Dolphins in a close one while I watched a closer who continues to ask for a top of the market contract implode yet again.
Pap has now blown 8 saves, most in the AL. His ERA sits at 4.02, by far the highest in his career. Against the hated Yanks? His ERA balloons to 8.64.
You can blame a squeezed strike zone if you want Pap, but the reality is, you're just not that good, and haven't been for nearly two years now....and you're certainly not as good as you think you are.
Last night, you ended the season for the Sox yet again, just like in the 09' ALDS.
Luckily for you, Tom Brady and his Justin Bieber hair was busy saving his defense's ass all day, and as a result, not many people will notice.
When do the Bruins and Celts start up again?
Sunday, September 26
He's beat cancer twice, rejuvenated his career when everyone said he was done, and was the 2007 AL MVP for the Sox. Mike Lowell has nearly been to hell and back, but god seems to keep reminding him to stay in line.
Mikey took a wicked hop to the face on Friday night as the Red Sox continue to try to put a little scare into the Bronx.
It looked bad, real bad, I nearly spit my beer all over the entire bar at the BBC in Falmouth....but in typical Lowell fashion, he picked himself up, didn't rub it, and pushed on.
When Granderson got to first base and asked Lowell if he was ok, Mikey responded: "As long as they don’t rule it an error, I’m good."
That's a man.
Also, Mikey, it could have been way worse.....
PS: I've gotta think more people will be watching the Jets/Miami game tonight than the Sox/Yanks. Continued examples of our sad reality.
Friday, September 24
Wednesday, September 22
No, that is not T Murph.....but either way....Yikes dude, Yikes.
Tuesday, September 21
I'm not going to say much on this....but Josh Hamilton is totally showing Jacoby up here right?
He's got two fractured ribs, and will effectively only be out of the Ranger's lineup for less than a month.
I know, I know, every injury is different, every player is different, only the athlete truly knows...yadda yadda yadda. I don't care, this looks bad.
Then again, Hamilton just looks much tougher than Jacoby, so I'm sure that has a lot to do with it.
Saturday, September 18
If watching this video doesn't give you chills then I don't want you to read ITM ever again.
I just made ITM Gal sit down and watch it with me, and by the time it was over we both had tears swelling up in our eyes. I'm not going to lie, I've watched the trailer 5 or 6 times, and each time I'm a mess with emotion.
As frustrating as this season has been for me and everyone else in Red Sox Nation, this video makes everything worth it. It seems like forever ago already, but I can honestly point to that October as some of the best days of my life.
This 30 for 30 better live up to the hype, because you can't show that kind of trailer to Bostonians and fall short....especially this year. If it does, I'll consider running to Kenmore Square to flip cars and light things on fire.
It premieres on Tuesday, October 5th, 8pm on ESPN. Set your DVRs, mark it zero, next
Wednesday, September 15
A funny thing happened last night. Without even realizing it, I watched the majority of the Yanks/Rays game over Clay Buchholz and the Sox facing off against the AL equivalent of the Pittsburgh Pirates (only if the Pirates had the most talented pitcher in the game).
ITM Gal even called me out for it, walking into the room and saying "why are you watching these clowns?". I swear my stock as a Bostonian went down a bit last night.
But let's be honest. The Yanks/Rays series has a ton of playoff implications (both real, and fantasy for me), and the game was just more entertaining. I know I should have watched the Sox as Clay Buchholz continued to make noise in consideration for the CY Young. But I just didn't.....I coudln't....... in addition to being an irrational and crazed Sox fan, I'm a fan of the game, and I hate that sometimes.
Regardless of my attempt at rationalizing this TV watching decision, I feel officially defeated as a Bostonian and as red sox fan.
ITM Note: Buchholz indeed deserves Cy Young consideration, but let's be honest, he's not going to win it. Maybe if the Sox were headed to the playoffs he'd have a chance, or a few more wins under his belt, but CC mostly has it locked up, despite King Felix (who's on my fantasy team, studly) best attempts at dominance while on the worst team in the AL.
The Greenville Drive, Boston's Single A Affiliate........they ride together, they die together.
Of course there was a brawl in this game, it's game two of the South Atlantic League Championship.....does the stage get any bigger? Pure hype and adrenaline at that point in the game I'm sure.
Considering this is a "bench clearing brawl" I didn't see enough punches thrown to categorize it as such (outside of #25's attempt at a cheap shot). I need the brawls of the 70's and 80's to return. I'm talking headlocks, hay makers and wrestling moves. I want the bat boys and opposing announcers fighting each other.....today's bench-clearers are just not the same.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want people getting hurt, but I wouldn't complain if nun chucks were used at some point either.
I man, just take the skirt off and fight if you're going to fight, otherwise, play some baseball and god damn it take home the South Atlantic League Championship Crown!
ITM note, it may not even be the South Atlantic League Championship, I'm not 100 percent sure if I made that up or not. Either way, it's a meaningless game in an otherwise meaningless Boston baseball season, just with a sad attempt at a brawl.
Tuesday, September 14
The 2006 version of "wait till next year" seems like forever ago, but that theory panned out well. One can only hope for the same for 2011.
With that in mind, it's time to look forward to next year and that may have officially started today with the release of the 2011 Red Sox schedule.
Check out the Full Count Blog for more details.
PS: Lester remains studly, even if no one actually watched. Instead most of us were giggling at the Jets last minute loss to the Ravens last night. Gems all around.
Sunday, September 12
Not only did I not talk Red Sox with the two other clowns who contribute to ITM whenever they feel like it, but never too often, but I also didn't discuss the local 9 with anyone at all for the weekend.
Instead, topics included (but were certainly not limited to):
-The Pats season opener
-Erin Andrew's amazing "coverage" on College Gameday
-How Rex Ryan continues to get fatter, but barks ridiculous quotes - it's a love/hate thing
-We agreed Don Draper shouldn't cheat on Betty, she's just too damn good looking for that
-T Murph's eventual wedding entrance music will be Gunz N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
-After 5 years, Joe Murph finally got new glasses and can actually see things - he just guessed before
-How is it possible that MetroPCS gets away with the blatantly racist commericals? Do Indians just not care about their culture? - We had no real answer for this one.
-How ITM's last post (see below) was indeed its worst of all time
Most Septembers, we would maybe get to one or two of the topics listed above. We'd be too busy bitching about JD Drew's contract and arguing over potential playoff match ups.
Nope. Not this year. This time the Sox weren't even mentioned, and it's September....something I'm still very much coming to grips with.
PS: If the last Post was ITM's worst, this one has got to be second in line. Terrible and I know it. If I wasn't worried about losing my job, I'd spice things up with pictures from this debauchery of a weekend....but I value my real income.
Friday, September 10
Thursday, September 9
Watch the full video here.
Now I'm sure none of you watched this entire video, if you did, I apologize, I owe you 5 minutes and 2 seconds of your life back.
However all it takes is about 30 seconds of watching this until you want to punch this guy in the face right? I mean, sure, he's dropping some random Red Sox facts, most of which we don't care much about since this team is playing meaningless September games with its minor league players on the Fenway lawn, but is this guy for real?
WEEI needs to learn from what Yahoo Sports (see post below) and the rest of the online media already know. Putting nerds with glasses and what looks to be either a bowling league or fake tux t-shirt on your website just doesn't work.
Why do you think NESN kicked Eric Frede to the sidelines in favor or Heidi Watney? Why is Erin Andrews so famous? How do you think an ITM reader came up with the name "Yum Yum Angela Sun"?
Hot chicks rattling off sports knowledge sells, and sells duckets. This guy simply doesn't. (See evidence in pic below:
If WEEI keeps it up, they'll just continued to get dogged by Naughty Massarotti and the Sports Hub.
Wednesday, September 8
Is this real life? Can umpires really eject fans out of the ballpark? If so, how the hell hasn't this happened to T Murph or I yet?
I can't imagine what this fan was saying, but I hope it was worth it. Umps should focus on the game and let the ballpark security do their thankless job.
Their power grabbing continues, it needs to stop. Next thing you know they'll be stopping the game to tell a fan to go in the bathroom and turn their "Jeter Drinks Wine Coolers" t-shirts inside out.
Also, Angela Sun, great work, I really enjoyed your um, insight.
Tuesday, September 7
Alex Speier ran an interesting article today and I thought I'd pass along the highlights (or lowlights) of Boston's top 10 prospects and their end of the season numbers:
1) Ryan Westmoreland (age 20 season): missed the year after brain surgery in March
2) Casey Kelly (20): 3-5, 5.31 ERA, 81 strikeouts, 35 walks, 95 innings in Double-A
3) Josh Reddick (23): .266/.301/.466/.767, 18 HR, 65 RBI in Triple-A
4) Lars Anderson (22): .274/.349/.461/.810, 15 HR, 69 RBI in Double-A and Triple-A
5) Ryan Kalish (22): .294/.382/.502/.884, 13 HR, 47 RBI in Double-A and Triple-A
6) Junichi Tazawa (24): missed the year after Tommy John surgery in March
7) Reymond Fuentes (19): .270/.328/.377/.705, 5 HR, 41 RBI in Low-A
8) Anthony Rizzo (20): .263/.334/.480/.814, 25 HR, 100 RBI in Hi-A and Double-A
9) Jose Iglesias (20): .295/.339/.379/.719, 0 HR, 20 RBI in Short-Season and Double-A
10) Derrik Gibson (20): .230/.321/.300/.621, 2 HR, 40 RBI in Low-A
Between injuries and underachieving it's tough to be psyched about the numbers listed above. There are some bright spots (Rizzo in particular), and I'm still in enough man love with Iggy that I won't let anyone speak a bad word about him.
One thing to keep in mind is how young these guys are, not just in general, but when compared to the average age of players in their respective leagues, they'll all under the line.
As the 2010 Red Sox season already has me looking to the future, you need to take the good (young talent) with the bad (growing pains). I'll also continue to remind myself that these are just numbers, and it's tough to value intangibles and the other million and one factors that go into a good baseball prospect.
....now, if we could just figure out a way to get the Big O off the air. Thank god the Sports Hub has at least given an option....
Monday, September 6
They couldn't believe how expensive it was, or that there were no beer vendors walking the bleachers - Can't argue with any of that.
Sunday, September 5
Beckett hasn't been 2007-like sharp, but he's "scattered" 9 hits while striking out 9 and keeping the ridiculously injured and thus weak Boston lineup in the game.
I'm glad he's pitched pretty well this afternoon, but my "thank you" remains sarcastic. Where were the quality starts when we really needed them Josh? Instead, Beckett improves his otherwise terrible pitching numbers in meaningless games against sub par teams.
(ITM note - the Whitesox have a good lineup, but Beckett's only other real success has come against the likes of the Orioles and the Mariners).
So while the Sox will likely struggle to stay within double digits of the Rays and Yanks for the rest of the season, I'll be looking towards 2011, wondering if the dollars for Beckett are going to be even close to worth it.