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Monday, July 06, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 91-100

The Sox hit triple digits here at they run their record to 100-0!  This series includes arguably the most iconic regular season game in club history which is a shame in some way because that punted Nomar’s 3 homer birthday party against Tampa off the list.

Game 91 - 2014 - Other Sox 4 at Sox 5 - It’s weird the things you remember.  White Sox starter Chris Sale shut down the Good Sox for 7 innings.  In the 8th down 4-0 rookie Mookie Betts singled to shortstop but was hustling all the way ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 06, 2020 at 08:56 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Warning: Actual Baseball Content

With the Sox supposedly and hopefully getting spring training going on Wednesday I suppose some random thoughts on the coming season are appropriate.  Like many of you I find myself befuddled by quite a bit.  Who is healthy, how do the rosters (especially the taxi squads) work, is this a good idea, is the full 60 game season going to be played?  There is just a lot I don’t know and from what I’ve seen on the various interweb searches I’ve done uncertainty is the name of the game.  So ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: June 28, 2020 at 08:51 AM | 23 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 81-90

The perfect schedule continues apace with the Sox running their record to 90-0.

Game 81 - 2008 - Sox 5 at Diamondbacks 0 - One of the reasons I love baseball is that there are so many ways to play the game.  This is a classic matchup, Tim Wakefield the ultimate soft tosser against Randy Johnson the classic fireballer.  Timmeh got the better of this matchup thanks in part to a three run tater by Kevin Cash.
Game 82 - 1998 - Expos 0 at Sox 15 - The Expos got a dose of what they had been serving ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: June 24, 2020 at 10:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 71-80

Onto games 71 through 80 of the perfect schedule.  The Sox go to 80-0 but it was close as game 77 was the game where Pokey Reese made a spectacular catch while crashing into the wall at Yankee stadium and former Red Sox John Flaherty had a walk off double but I decided the Mariner victory was better.

Game 71 - 1994 - Sox 10 at Brewers 8 - What started as a pitchers’ duel exploded into life.  The Brewers scored 4 in the 6th to go up 5-2 but the Sox got a run in the 7th and 5 in the 8th with ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: June 14, 2020 at 05:33 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Monday, June 01, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 61-70

On we go with our next set of ten games in the perfect schedule.  The Sox run their record to 70-0 with this set of ten games.  This set includes a mix of thrillers and routs so get the duck boats ready, get the duck boats ready!

Game 61 - 1995 - Tigers 11 at Sox 12 - Roger put the Sox in a 5-0 hole in the top of the 3rd but the Sox rallied for 8 in the bottom of the frame with Valentin, Naehring, O’Leary and Stairs driving in runs.  Up 11-6 in the ninth Ken Ryan and Stan Belinda couldn’t ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: June 01, 2020 at 07:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 51-60

With the Sox not playing their 51st game today against Tampa Bay we continue our perfect schedule.  The Sox run their record to a solid 60-0 today with some dramatic wins.

Game 51 - 2017 - Sox 13 at Other Sox 7 - Chris Sale’s much ballyhooed return to Chicago was a bit of a dud as the elite pitching matchup against Jose Quintana became a slugfest.  Jackie Bradley (4) and Deven Marrero (5) combined for nine RBI out of the 8&9 spots in the order.
Game 52 - 2006 - Sox 3 at Tigers 2 - I remember ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 21, 2020 at 09:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Friday, May 08, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 41-50

Back at it for another set of ten games from our perfect schedule.  This one features one of the truly great regular season games in semi-recent history as two true elites engaged in a tremendous pitching battle.  The Sox will now be 50-0 (slightly ahead of their 2018 pace) when this set of games is completed.

Game 41 - 2011 - Orioles 7 at Sox 8 - Ah those halcyon days of 2011 when everything was wonderful and Adrian Gonzalez was unstoppable. His walk off two bagger completed a comeback from ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: May 08, 2020 at 11:17 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 31-40

Continuing the perfect schedule the Sox run their record to 40-0 here with some great games.  It feels like this set leans a bit heavier to more recent games.  Anecdotally it’s felt to me like May has always been a rough month for the Sox so there weren’t a lot of choices here.

Game 31 - 2017 - Sox 17 at Twins 6 - This was a wild one. Craig Kimbrel had to whiff Mauer and Kepler with a man at third in the 8th to hold the one run lead then the Sox struck for ten in the ninth.
Game 32 - 2000 ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 26, 2020 at 06:48 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Book Closed

So at least one bit of relatively good news involving the local nine.  The MLB report on the sign stealing investigation has generally cleared the club with the heat coming down on replay coach (or whatever he’s called) JT Watkins.  The Sox by and large escape punishment with only a second round pick in 2020 being forfeited.  Watkins himself is suspended for the 2020 season and also cannot act as replay liaison for the 2021 season (really, what do they call the replay guy?).  Alex Cora is also ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 22, 2020 at 03:06 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Monday, April 20, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 21-30

So anyway, it appears that someone*, and we won’t point fingers, goofed and didn’t post this on April 17th which would have been the day of game 21.  Anyway, here are games 21-30 on The Perfect Schedule.

* OK, it was me.

Game 21 - 2002 - Devil Rays 0 - Sox 10 - 37 years after Dave Morehead turned the trick Derek Lowe hurled a no-hitter backed by Rickey Henderson’s first Red Sox’ homer.
Game 22 - 2017 - Cubs 4 - Sox 5 -  In a highly anticipated matchup against the World Champions the Sox ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 20, 2020 at 02:35 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 05, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 11-20

Today would be game 11 for the Red Sox so I will continue the exciting new series that the world hasn’t been clamoring for with the next set of 10 games;

Game 11 - 1985 - Sox 12 at Other Sox 8 - TIL that Marty Barrett actually hit two grand slams in his career.  One was the final homer of his career and his only non-Red Sox homer (off Dave Righetti no less).  I assume you have figured out that his first grand slam was in this game.
Game 12 - 2003 - Orioles 0 at Sox 2 - Derek Lowe with 7 ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 05, 2020 at 10:32 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Opening Day Memories

On Thursday the Red Sox should have been beginning the home portion of their schedule.  Alas circumstances mean that the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd and the smell of the sausages will not be assaulting our senses.  But it is worth taking a moment to think back to Opening Days past.  I’m sure we all have our own memories, I’ve had the good fortune to attend virtually every home opener since about 1980 and here are a few of my memories;

1981(ish) - It was COLD in our seats in the ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 01, 2020 at 05:58 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 1-10

Opening Day is in theory Thursday but of course that has been postponed and it is highly unlikely that we will see anything close to a full season of Major League Baseball this year.  I thought I would fill the gap of game reports by highlighting some games for us to look back at over the last 40 years.  Today I start with the first 10 games of the season.

Game 1 - 1995 - Twins 0 at Sox 9 - A season much like 2020 with a delayed an uncertain start (for VERY different reasons), a wunderkind GM ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: March 24, 2020 at 03:20 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Be Well

Whatever your take on current affairs I think it is fair to say this is an uncertain and nervous time for all of us. Even in the wake of 9/11, horrible tragedy that it was, within a week things were relatively normal. This situation is clearly more uncertain, honestly in mh nearly half century I don’t remember this kind of uncertainty.

For now I just want to tell everyone here, even the Yankee fans, to please be well and take care of each other. I’ll leave this as an open thread and if ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: March 15, 2020 at 09:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Report From the Fort

Photos from the first two games I attended

With the season just two weeks and change away your man Jose has been on the scene for a vibrant and electrifying bit of spring training baseball.  OK, the baseball season is closing in and Jose has been on the scene but I wouldn’t describe it as a vibrant and electrifying time.  I suspect I’m not the only Red Sox fan feeling a bit of malaise with the season about to start and the club having a lot of questions looming over not just this season but ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: March 11, 2020 at 10:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 01, 2020

2020 Vision - Coming Into Focus

With the Sox finally playing baseball games and actual news coming from Fort Myers we are getting a bit more knowledge about who will make up the Sox Opening Day roster.  There are still plenty of decisions to be made and the uncertainty of the sign stealing investigation still looming.  Anyway, while we wait for more news let’s consider where we stand;

Infield
Rostered: Mitch Moreland, Michael Chavis, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Jose Peraza, Tzu-Wei Lin

Disabled List: Dustin Pedroia ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: March 01, 2020 at 09:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Real Pretend Baseball!!!!

After a quiet and uneventful off-season….no wait, after a complete shitshow of an off-season the Boston Red Sox will officially begin their slate of spring training games on Saturday afternoon after the unofficial opener against Northeastern on Friday.  I think it suffices to say that most Sox fans are less than pleased with the off-season on any number of levels.  Having said that, the Sox should still be a good team though candidly I fear a 2012 style disaster but that’s emotion not logic ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: February 22, 2020 at 10:27 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

2020 Vision - Version 2.0

Well, now that the Sox have made their big move it’s worth taking a look at what the 2020 Boston Red Sox now look like with some notes about the changes from version 1 (https://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/sox_therapy/discussion/2020_vision)

Infield: Mitch Moreland, Michael Chavis, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Jose Peraza, Tzu-Wei Lin

Changes from Version 1:
Drop Sam Travis, Marco Hernandez
Add Moreland, Peraza,

Adding Moreland is a nice little move that I think fits well.  He’s ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: February 05, 2020 at 10:52 AM | 33 comment(s)
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Counterpoint: Also Not OK

Jose already covered the main topic well. I just want to step back and reconsider the following statement:

It’s not official but There is no baseball case for moving Mookie.  If the Sox wanted to cut payroll they should never have offered a contract to Jackie Bradley and traded JD Martinez.  Or they could have traded David Price with quite literally no return and gotten contract relief that way.

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villageidiom Posted: February 05, 2020 at 08:15 AM | 117 comment(s)
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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Not OK

Un-bleeping-acceptable.

It’s that simple.  The Boston Red Sox have traded a player who should be spending his whole career in Boston as a true homegrown superstar for a few baubles in hopes of competing in 2024 or something.

Oh who are we kidding?  They made this trade so John Henry could get himself a new ivory back scratcher.  This is not freakin’ OK and to pretend that it is is nonsense.  I have been a diehard Red Sox fan my whole life.  My favorite players have included Fred Lynn, ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: February 04, 2020 at 09:27 PM | 164 comment(s)
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Sunday, February 02, 2020

Truck Day Is Upon Us

It’s TRUC…oh who cares?

Sorry, I want to be excited but I can’t be.  With the potential/likely trade of Mookie Betts looming like Damocles’ sword it is difficult to really get excited here.  The truck leaves Monday at noon but, well hell it’s possible I’ll have to put up another post talking about the biggest trade the Sox have made in eight years and arguably longer than that Monday morning.

But for now, let’s try to be optimistic.  Whether or not Mookie is on the roster the Sox ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: February 02, 2020 at 10:42 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Who’s In Charge?

I’m putting the cart before the horse a bit here but based on the suspensions and subsequent firings of Jonathan Lunhow and AJ Hinch in Houston it is looking likely that the Boston Red Sox are going to need someone to manage the team for a large chunk of 2020 and potentially beyond.  I’m just going to throw out a few points and I figure this is as good a place to speculate while we wait for the inevitable hammer to fall on Cora (as it should based on available evidence);

- I think firing ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: January 13, 2020 at 03:58 PM | 138 comment(s)
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Saturday, January 04, 2020

How Serious Are They?

‘John Henry said that in 2020, the Red Sox “need to be under the [luxury-tax threshold of $208 million] and that was something we’ve known for more than a year now.” Werner later clarified that it was a strong preference rather than an absolute.” (Boston Globe - Alex Speier)

Some follow up headlines;

Sox Ownership says payroll slashing is coming (NBC Sports)
Red Sox want to start cutting payroll (Yahoo)
Red Sox will cut payroll (NY Post)
Red Sox want to slash payroll for 2020 season ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: January 04, 2020 at 07:09 PM | 49 comment(s)
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Sunday, December 08, 2019

2020 Vision

With the Bruins loss on Saturday night the Sox are no longer the last Boston team to lose a home game in regulation. With that shame no longer attached and the Winter Meetings underway it is time to look ahead to 2020 with a first look at the Opening Day roster as it currently exists;

1B - Michael Chavis
2B - Marco Hernandez
3B - Rafael Devers
SS - Xander Bogaerts
LF - Andrew Benintendi
CF - Jackie Bradley Jr.
RF - Mookie Betts
C - Christian Vazquez
DH - JD Martinez
IF - Tzu-Wei Lin
IF - Sam ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: December 08, 2019 at 05:20 PM | 71 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thankful for an Amazing Decade

It seems to be a thing to pick an All-Decade team these days and with Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, upon us it’s a good way to express our thanks for this amazing decade where the Boston Red Sox won as many World Series titles as the rest of the American League combined.

So, just a bit of fun for your reading pleasure or to be ignored.  No refunds will be issued.

1B - Mike Napoli
Other Nominees: Mitch Moreland, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis

First base has been a bit of a rotating ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: November 27, 2019 at 08:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Gumbo Limbo, Mookie Betts and “Not My Money”

Let’s get the part where you all hate me out of the way.  While the Boston area freezes its collective caboose off I’m down in Naples, FL sitting on the lanai with a cigar, a Guinness and some nachos looking at nearly clear blue skies.  I tell you this not to make you feel jealous (well, not “only” that) but for reasons I hope to make apparent.

Of course this is the Off-Season of Mookie and everything has to do with Mookie.  As a practical matter the Sox can do three things this ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: November 16, 2019 at 03:37 PM | 100 comment(s)
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Monday, November 04, 2019

Musings on Rule Changes and Bullpen Construction

Starting next season there are two new rules that affect most of the season:

1. Active roster size expands from 25 to 26.

2. Any pitcher who enters the game cannot be removed until the first of these three events:
- injury
- end of the half-inning (or game)
- they have faced at least 3 batters.

As the offseason begins, what do the new rules - the second one, specifically - mean for the Red Sox bullpen?

villageidiom Posted: November 04, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

J.D. Martinez’s Qualified Decision

We’re about a week away from JDM’s big decision. Big decisions aren’t easy.

villageidiom Posted: October 29, 2019 at 11:44 AM | 61 comment(s)
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

2020 is in Bloom

While anything official will wait for the end of the World Series multiple reports (Joel Sherman, Rob Bradford among others) are reporting that the Red Sox are hiring Chaim Bloom* as their next General Manager**.

* see what I did with the title?
** I don’t care about titles, he’s doing the job traditionally associated with GM so that’s what I’m calling him

On all of these hires we really know so very little about the people involved that it is hard to make any particularly substantive ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: October 26, 2019 at 03:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Let’s Get On With It

In 147 days the 2020 Boston Red Sox will open their spring slate against long time rivals Northeastern University.  By the time that happens it is likely that much will be changed from the 2019 Red Sox.  I don’t think I am being an unreasonable homer when I say I feel optimistic about the team.  Yes some things are in flux but there is a remarkable amount of talent on hand and I expect the Sox to be around the midpoint of last year’s 108 wins and this years 83/84/85 (depending on today and ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 28, 2019 at 10:13 AM | 14 comment(s)
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