But he's just so gosh darn dreamy...
The World Series is over which means it’s time for the
NBA season to get started MLB hot stove season to get started. In the next few weeks we should see a cornucopia of transactions ranging from meaningless trades to blockbuster signings. It’s these coming weeks that will play the biggest part in shaping the upcoming season for every team in baseball. Throw in the fact that there’s no NBA right now and even the smallest deal should make major headlines.
Things got started on Friday with the Indians coming completely out of nowhere to acquire veteran right handed pitcher Derek Lowe from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor leaguer Chris Jones. In the deal, Atlanta is picking up $10 Million of the $15 million owed to Lowe in 2012. This makes the deal a win for the Indians and a real no brainer. With Carlos Carrasco lost for all of 2012 thanks to Tommy John surgery, the Indians needed to find a competent right hander that could complete the rotation. For $5 million dollars, that’s not bad. Continue reading
For anyone that knows me or follows this blog with any kind of regularity, it should be more than obvious that baseball is my favorite sport. With the countless number of hours I’ve spent playing and watching baseball I figured I had seen all there is to possibly see. Last night, I was proven wrong as the Red Sox and Rays showed us all why sports are better than any reality tv show or scripted drama you could come up with. You couldn’t have written a better ending to the 2011 regular season then what they penned last night.
All the Red Sox needed to do was win in order to ensure at least a one game playoff this afternoon. The same went for Tampa; win and you’re guaranteed a tomorrow. The most likely scenario to play out appeared to be a one game playoff. The Red Sox were playing the Baltimore Orioles, cellar dwellers in the AL East and one of the worst teams in baseball. The Rays were playing the Yankees, who had sealed their playoff fate weeks ago and were playing scrubs and setting up their rotation. How could both teams not win and force game 163? Continue reading
The Indians lost to the Red Sox last night. My expert analysis… It had to happen eventually. The Indians also ran into the 2007 version of Josh Beckett instead of the 2011 version. He was good last night. Fausto Carmona was less good, not bad, but not great. With the normal, full-strength lineup his performance probably would have been enough to win, but with the injuries and lineup juggling Manny Acta has been doing lately he needed to be better.
The big blow of the game came off of the bat of 87 year old Jason Varitek. The veteran catcher slash captain of the Red Sox showed signs of life for the first time in ages last night when he sent a two run homer into the stands in the 7th. It was the difference in the game, plain and simple. Jason flippin’ Varitek… ugh. I’m sorry, I’m just having a tough time believing the Tribe lost a game due to the blind squirrel theory. I’d like to punt that squirrel this morning.
The bright sport from last night’s game was Travis Buck. He went 2 for 4 with 2 Runs scored and a home run. Since he’s been recalled from Triple A, he’s been hitting a lot better than he did during his first go around on the big club. He’s hitting for average and now is starting to hit for power. I really like Travis Buck. He was a high draft pick with a lot of upside. I’m intrigued to see what else he could possibly provide to the Indians moving forward.
Anyways, thanks to work I don’t have time to get much deeper into last night’s game. They square off against the Red Sox in the rubber match of the series today at noon. It’ll be Jon Lester versus Mitch Talbot, who’s making his first start coming off of the DL. Here are the lineups.
- Michael Brantley, CF
- Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
- Shin-Soo Choo, RF
- Shelley Dunca, DH
- Matt LaPorta, 1B
- Austin Kearns, LF
- Jack Hannahan, 3B
- Lou Marson, C
- Adam Everett, 2B
- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
- Dustin Pedroia, 2B
- Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
- David Ortiz, DH
- Jed Lowery, SS
- Carl Crawford, LF
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Mike Cameron, LF
- Drew Sutton, 3B
The Indians did it again last night with another dramatic late inning rally. This time the Boston Red Sox were the victims. Of course, this isn’t the first time the Red Sox have seen this nightmare play out. They saw it first hand back in April as they were being swept out of Cleveland. However, this time it’s a completely different scenario playing out. The Red Sox are no longer a running joke. They’ve been one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past few weeks. The Indians meanwhile are no longer a nice little story. With the win last night, the Tribe became the first team in baseball to reach the 30 win mark, further solidifying their status as the best team in baseball. Continue reading
When Rajon Rondo's elbow bent sideways and backwards, all of Boston held their breath...
The human elbow is the region surrounding the elbow-joint the ginglymus or hinge joint in the middle of the arm. Three bones form the elbow joint: the humerus of the upper arm, and the paired radius and ulna of the forearm.
For the Boston Celtics the human elbow mean’s everything right now. It’s a symbol of guts and courage and it’s attached to the body of Rajon Rondo… all 6′ 1″ 171 lbs. of him. Continue reading