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Were the 2007 Red Sox the Most Unlikeable Championship Team?

All year we’ve been celebrating the 2004 Red Sox Championship team and for good reason. Of course in 2004, nobody could have imagined the franchise would go onto win 2 more World Series in a 10 year span, and each team that won, had a different personality. 2004 was the year of the Idiots who asked the question “Why Not Us?” 2013 was the year of the beard, and helped a city cope with tragedy. But what was 2007? There really wasn’t much personality, just a team trying to win ballgames.

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Sure you might be thinking “What’s wrong with that?” and you’re right, there’s nothing wrong with that, but with the power of hindsight, it’s easy to see, there weren’t a lot of likeable players on the team.

The Ace of the club was Josh Beckett. He had won a title in 2003 against the Bronx Bombers, and he first entered the national spotlight when he pitched a complete game gem to clinch the series for Florida in 2003. In his first year with the Sox in 2006, he wasn’t what he was billed as. He gave up the long ball a lot, but in 2007 he had himself a year. When October rolled around, he was dominant.

With the Red Sox trailing 3 games to 1 against Cleveland in the ALCS, he stepped up and pitched a fantastic game to get the Red Sox back in the series and helped save the season. But we all know what happened to Beckett in the years following. He seemed to not care when he was pitching, and he was the ringleader in the Beer and Chicken scandal of 2011. He was booed out of Fenway during the 2011 and 2012 season, before finally get the boot to the Dodgers, were he was mediocre at best. Despite helping Boston to a World Series title, he might be one of the least liked Boston sports stars of all time.

Then there was Jonathan Papelbon. In his 2nd full season in the big leagues he was a dominant closer, and was untouchable in the playoffs that year. But even in 2007, you could tell he was crazy, and pretty much an ass. The only reason we liked him, was because he was on our team, and he was winning. Read more

Red Sox Report: Red Sox Extend Win Streak To 6, Beat Angels 6-2

In the first game of ten on their west coast road trip, the Red Sox were victorious against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, winning 6-2, thanks to a Josh Hamilton error in the seventh inning that scored Shane Victorino.

With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh inning, Angels Outfielder Josh Hamilton dropped a routine looking fly ball to give the Red Sox a lead they wouldn’t give up. Still by up by one run in the eighth, Big Papi, pinch hitting for Brandon Snyder, delivered with a two-run homerun giving the Sox a 5-2 lead.boston-red-sox-v-los-20130706-045731-178

 

The win was the Red Sox sixth in a row, and they’ve now won nine of the last ten. The win also puts the team 20 games over .500 for the first time since September 2011.

Another key factor for the Red Sox was starting pitcher Felix Doubront, who gave up just 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out four Angel’s batters. At this point it’s pretty clear to see that Doubront has turned a corner on his rough April and May, and has proven to be a reliable fifth pitcher in the rotation. Since June 1st, Doubront has an ERA of 2.73, which is much better than April and May when he had an ERA over 5.00.

The way Doubront has been pitching will for sure make the Red Sox question what their trade needs are at the deadline. If Doubront is this reliable, and with Clay Buchholz ready to start rehabbing, another starter might just make the clubhouse unnecessarily crowded.

The Red Sox team as a whole is seeing the ball very well, as it was the second consecutive game in which every starter had at least one hit in the ballgame. Ellsbury went 1 for 5 extending his hitting streak to 15 games. In the top of ninth, the only Red Sox hitter without a hit to that point, Mike Napoli, joined the party in a big way by hitting a homerun against his former team.

Before the game was underway in Anaheim, the Baltimore Orioles lost to the New York Yankees, and they now trail the Red Sox by 5 games in the AL East. The Red Sox don’t show any signs of slowing down, and they continue their 10 game west coast road trip at 10:05 tonight, and then wrap up the series tomorrow before heading to Seattle.

The majority of this road trip is 10pm games, so if you have a regular job, or you like sleep, enjoy watching the highlights or the Sox in 2 the following day.

Red Sox Report: Red Sox Cool Off Red Hot Blue Jays, Take 3 Of 4

Despite Koji Uehara blowing a ninth inning lead on Sunday, the Red Sox powered past the Toronto Blue Jays and took 3 out of 4 games this past weekend at Fenway Park. By taking three out of four, the Red Sox once again proved that they are for real, and that their not in first place because of luck.

The Blue Jays came into the series hot after winning 12 of their last 14, but Boston slowed them down, and once again sent them below the .500 mark that they worked so hard to get above this past month.

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After beating the Jays 7-4 on Thursday, the Red Sox beat them 7-5 on Friday, no thanks to Andrew Bailey who pitched just two thirds of an inning giving up the lead to the Blue Jays. The Red Sox offense was able to regain the lead, and Andrew Miller pitched a solid inning and a third for his first win of the season.

Saturday was the one day the Blue Jays were able to beat the Red Sox. Trailing 2-0 in the 7th, the Red Sox rallied and were able to tie the Jays 2-2, but no sooner did Toronto score again taking the lead for a final time. Jose Bautista was Toronto’s savior in that game by hitting two homeruns off Red Sox pitching.

By taking three from the Blue Jays, the Red Sox now have a 3 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East, and Toronto is down by 8.5 games, last place in the division. Above the Blue Jays in the standings are the Yankees, and Rays, who both trail the first place Red Sox by six games.

After an off day on Monday, the Red Sox will host the San Diego Padres for a three game interleague series. The Padres are in 3rd place and trail the Arizona Diamondback by 2.5 games in a VERY weak NL West.

After the Padres series, the Red Sox will head west on a 10 game road trip with stops in Oakland, Los Angeles (Angels of Anaheim), and Seattle, before the All-Star break begins on July 15th.

Not only are the Red Sox winning, but they have proven to be an exciting team that is likeable. There are cynics who yawn at the idea of baseball and the red sox (I’m looking at you Scott Zolak), but this team is truly something to watch. And besides, there are no other sports being played right now. So unless you enjoy spending every minute of the summer watching your twitter timeline trying to figure out where Rajon Rondo and Tyler Seguin will be playing next year, flip on NESN and enjoy America’s pastime.

With The AL East Pennant Race Heating Up, The Red Sox Continue To Win

How many people thought the Red Sox would have had the best record in baseball after the 1st month? How many people thought the Red Sox would be in 1st place in the AL East on June 5th? The answer is not many. I’m sure if you got inside Ben Cherington’s head or even Larry Lucchino’s head they wouldn’t have thought the team would be in first place, (Seeing what else is in Lucchino’s head might be pretty scary!!) but the Red Sox, like the Yankees have surprised fans and analysts alike.

After taking 2 out of 3 from the Yankees in the Bronx, and then demolishing the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, 17-5, the Red Sox have a 2.5 game lead in the division over both the Yankees, and Baltimore Orioles. In fact the entire division, with the exception of the Toronto Blue Jays, are separated by just 4 games.

The Blue Jays were hyped up to be the best team in baseball just as the Red Sox were before the 2011 season. Now Toronto looks more like the 2012 Red Sox as they have yet to turn a corner and start winning consistently, like the 2011 Red Sox did in May of that year.

Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava

The Red Sox have had some pleasant surprises along with a few concerns in the third of the season that has been played. One surprise has been Daniel Nava, who was once an Independent League ballplayer. Nava has been with the Red Sox organization since 2008, and made his Major League debut in 2010 when he hit a grand slam on his first ever major league pitch. He spent all of 2011 in Pawtucket, and many fans, including myself, probably didn’t realize he played in 80 games for Boston last season. Read more

Hanrahan Goes Back on DL, Tazawa will be Red Sox Closer

As the month of April ended, all seemed well in Red Sox Nation. The hometown team had one of the best April’s in franchise history, and the only minor concern was the closer situation with Joel Hanrahan on the Disabled List. Less than two weeks into May, and the closer situation, and the Red Sox performance has taken a turn for the worst.

Joel Hanrahan struggled right out of the gate this season with the Red Sox. To start the season he didn’t have any clean saves. Every save he made, came only after getting into major jams in the 9th inning. On April 10th, with the Red Sox leading the Baltimore Orioles by two runs, Hanrahan came on to pitch the top of the 9th inning. Hanrahan didn’t last even make it to the end of the inning as he gave up 5 earned runs in two thirds of an inning.

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That game was Hanrahan’s first official blown save of the season, and three days later he was called upon to pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hanrahan wasn’t even able to get an out as he walked two batters and then was taken out if the game.

After the game against Tampa Bay the Red Sox announced Hanrahan had been playing through a forearm injury and was placed on the 15-Day DL. I don’t like to accuse players of faking injuries, but when it comes to pitchers it is very easy for a team to use the excuse that the pitcher was already playing hurt and that’s why he wasn’t performing at his expected level. In all likeliness, the Red Sox shut Hanrahan down to help get his mind together to be able to perform better.

The 15 days off didn’t help. In his second game back he was called upon to close a game against the Blue Jays. This move was a shock to most fans as Manager John Farrell had announced that Andrew Bailey, who had pitched well in Hanrahan’s absence, was now the closer. Hanrahan hushed some critics when he got the save against the Blue Jays. Read more

Red Sox Drop Two To Orioles, Set To Face Rays For Four Game Set

For the first time in the young 2013 season, the Red Sox lost a series, dropping two games to the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. After a strong performance in the Home Opener on Monday, despite cruising through 8 innings on Wednesday night, the Red Sox were not able to take a second game from Baltimore.

Joel Hanrahan after blowing a 2-run 9th inning lead on Wednesday

Joel Hanrahan after blowing a 2-run 9th inning lead on Wednesday

On Wednesday night the Red Sox had a 2-run lead in the top of the ninth inning. And then the new Red Sox closer, Joel Hanrahan, who pitched a rough inning in the home opener, came in to the game and allowed the Orioles 5 runs, and the game. Hanrahan and the Red Sox had the Orioles on the ropes, but they failed to throw a knockout punch.

On Thursday night Alfredo Aceves, starting in the place of John Lackey, pitched a decent game. Aceves gave up just two runs in 5 innings on 6 hits, and 3 walks. One of the runs allowed by Aceves was a solo home run to Chris Davis, the AL leader in RBI’s with 19 in just 9 games.

Clayton Mortenson relieved Aceves after 5 with the score tied at 2, and gave up a single in the 7th inning with 2 outs before being pulled for Andrew Miller. Miller was not able to get the final out of the inning as he walked Manny Machado, and then was replaced by Koji Uehara. Uehara gave up a double to Adam Jones which scored the Orioles third run of the game, and that was all they needed to beat the Red Sox.

Winning one-run games is nothing new to the Orioles, as the 2012 Orioles won 29 one-run games. Besides the minor hiccup in the 7th inning, and Hanrahan’s struggles, the Boston bullpen has been very efficient this season.

I guess the Rays didn't hear what happened to last Pro Sports team to wear letterman jackets to New England

I guess the Rays didn’t hear what happened to last Pro Sports team to wear letterman jackets to New England

Next the Red Sox will continue their home stand with the Tampa Rays coming to town for four games. The Rays are taking a page out of the Houston Texans playbook, and on their trip from Texas to Boston, the team will all be wearing ugly letterman jackets. The Red Sox hope it works out for the Rays just as much as it did for the Texans who lost 42-14 in Foxboro on Monday Night Football.

The Rays will start Alex Cobb on Friday night against Felix Doubront. Cobb did not allow a run in his first start of the season and has been the best starter for the Rays so far this year. After Doubront goes on Friday night, the Rays will be challenged by facing the Red Sox two ace’s, Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The series will conclude on Patriots day morning, a game which starts at 11:05 am.

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