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Friday, October 23, 2020

Just Say No

With the World Series in full swing the Boston Red Sox (who will not win their fifth title despite losing the fewest games in a single season in franchise history) are searching for a new manager.  Reports from all manners of places have had them interviewing Pirates coach Don Kelly, Diamondbacks bench coach Luis Urueta (oh to hear Remy pronounce that), possibly Dodger coach George Lombard, Cub coach Will Venable and possibly others.  Of course, all of these interviews come while the elephant ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: October 23, 2020 at 12:59 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Monday, October 19, 2020

The Perfect Post-Season - World Series

Well, we reach the end of our series.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it.  With no baseball during the first four months of the season and then the Sox playing “baseball” for two months a little look back at some fun seemed like a good exercise. The timing of this ending is fitting as my youth baseball coaching for this year will also be ending this week.  I guess it’s time to move on.  A few random comments;

- I only go back as far as 1986 here.  No 1975.  I was five years old so while I’ve seen the ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: October 19, 2020 at 06:23 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Saturday, October 10, 2020

The Perfect Post-Season: ALCS

After sweeping all five games of the perfect Division Series the Sox go out and sweep all seven games in our perfect ALCS as well.

ALCS Game 1 - 2003 - Sox 5 at Yankees 2 - I’ll always believe the Sox were the better team in 2003.  Entering this series I was sky high with confidence and game one did nothing to diminish that. Homers from Ortiz, Ramirez (as part of a four hit day) and Todd Walker ringing one off the foul pole chased Mike Mussina.  Tim Wakefield dominated the Yanks not getting ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: October 10, 2020 at 09:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Perfect Post-Season

The postseason begins and the Sox look to come out strong in the Division Series.  One of the great things about the last 40 years of Boston Red Sox baseball is the number of memorable games that are available to us with a good outcome.  One thing I realized is that the Sox have at least one win in every possible postseason game with the exception of game 7 of the World Series.

ALDS Game 1 - 1998 - Sox 11 at Indians 3 - There are moments when you know you’ve picked the right job.  My boss ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 29, 2020 at 10:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Monday, September 28, 2020

Meet the 2021 Boston Red Sox - Position Players

With the 2020 season coming to an end yesterday let’s take a look at what the 2021 Boston Red Sox look like at this very early date.  For these purposes I’m going with the 26 man roster that the 2020 season was supposed to feature.  Obviously depending on what happens with the plague and the whole world coming to an end thing may change this but we gotta start somewhere. Starters in bold.

Infield: Bobby Dalbec, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Tzu-Wei Lin, Christian Arroyo, Michael Chavis

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 28, 2020 at 08:59 AM | 33 comment(s)
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Friday, September 25, 2020

Party Like It’s 1975

For the first time since 1975 the Boston Red Sox completed their home season without ever having me in attendance.  I suspect that my absence was not noteworthy (though how cool would it be if Sam Kennedy* called me up and said “hey, here are free Opening Day Monster seats next year, we missed you”) but with just three games left I figure we can do some talkin’ about the state of the Sox.

Thanks for the Memories - If last night was Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s final home game at Fenway Park it was a ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 25, 2020 at 10:25 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Imperfect Schedule - Games 152-162

The final regular season installment of our program (I’ll keep it going for the post-season) features lots of champagne, partying and some wonderful memories for me and I hope for you.

Game 152 - Indians 8 at Sox 9 - 2000 - I remember this one fondly.  It was the day half of a day-night doubleheader and my father and I were set to be in attendance.  He got stuck in traffic and arrived after the top of the first.  No biggie except Roland Arrojo had put the Sox in a 7-0 hole and the old man ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 17, 2020 at 09:08 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Lining Up The Minors - The “Huh” Edition

Without a true minor league season this year it is tough to get a feel for what is happening in Pawtucket.  Still some reports are coming out and it’s worth taking a look at what is in the pipeline;

1B - Triston Casas - The reports about Casas have been glowing.  He’s been getting playing time at Sim City and hitting bombs pretty regularly. He is one guy who has probably benefitted from all of this.  He’s not on the radar for 2021 yet but he’s looking at a AA start and a fast track if ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 08, 2020 at 08:17 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Sunday, September 06, 2020

The Imperfect Schedule - Games 141-151

The Sox keep the winning ways going after the brief blip in the last stretch.  At 150-1 they’ve probably clinched the AL East at this point but they are continuing to work hard.  Eleven games in this segment and the next one to get to 162.  This one features a bunch of Yankee games for some reason.  It should have included Roger’s second 20K game also (game 151) but the game I chose just had some names I wanted to include and a unique event in Red Sox history so I went with it.  I also ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 06, 2020 at 11:15 PM | 4 comment(s)
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Monday, August 31, 2020

Job Done!

And as the trade deadline passes the Boston Red Sox have had their most successful and important day of the season.

No, I’m not talking about the trades they did or did not make (more on that coming).  I am referring to the fact that based on the agreement between MLB and the MLBPA with the passing of the trade deadline all luxury tax calculations are reset* and the Sox have accomplished what they wanted back when they traded their best homegrown player since Yaz (and arguably before that). ...Read More...

Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: August 31, 2020 at 07:15 PM | 48 comment(s)
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Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Imperfect Schedule - Games 131-140

Well the dream is over.  After 134 consecutive victories our virtual Sox fall to defeat.  The loss is on the list as it remains one of the great memories of my time as a season ticket holder.  It’s an absolute classic and was a really wonderful and memorable night at Fenway with a good friend for me.

Game 131 - Mariners 1 at Sox 8 - 2003 - There really aren’t many interesting game 131s.  Anyways, as was his wont Pedro dominated the Seattle nine for six innings then Grady Little handed the ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: August 22, 2020 at 11:17 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 121-130

At least in one universe the Sox are a professional baseball team playing well.  They run their record to 130-0.  A bunch of personal memories here.

Game 121 - Sox 24 at Indians 5 - 1986 - I remember watching this one on my parents’ 10” black and white TV.  Against highly touted southpaw Greg Swindell making his MLB debut (and I remembered that off the top of my head) the Sox went bananas.  Spike Owen scored six runs, Tony Armas drove in six (Owen batted after Armas in the order) and on a ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: August 13, 2020 at 09:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 02, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 111-120

The Sox stay hot running their record to 120-0 with ten great victories here.  This stretch features some huge run totals and a near no-hitter.

Game 111 - Sox 5 at Tigers 4 - 1980 - Making his first start since May of 2019 Mark Fidrych pitched 8 innings allowing 11 hits and 5 runs.  Fred Lynn and Tony Perez had three hits apiece and Jim Dwyer hit a solo home run off the Bird in the 8th to make a winner of BIll Campbell.
Game 112 - Rangers 7 at Sox 8 - 2005 - The Sox jumped out early and led ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: August 02, 2020 at 10:32 PM | 3 comment(s)
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Friday, July 31, 2020

What Have We Learned

Truthfully? Not much.  It’s seven games.

But despite that I think we can make some too early judgments before what I imagine will be a fairly ugly weekend in the Bronx.  There is a pretty sizable gulf between the two clubs that is exacerbated by the Yankees being the kind of big slugging team that the Sox should be expecting to struggle with.  I kind of want to see Josh Osich pitch against Aaron Judge this weekend just so we can learn how far a baseball can travel.  Anyway, the Sox are 3-4 on ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 31, 2020 at 04:57 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Baseball (Finally) Begins

It’s a bit later than we expected in circumstances we never could have imagined but the Boston Red Sox 2020 season will finally begin on Friday as the Sox face the Orioles.  The good news for the Sox is that the playoffs will feature 16 teams rather than ten.  The bad news is that pitching staff which does not look especially impressive.  There are so many changes this year and on the field the biggest one is probably the 30 man roster rather than the usual 25 man roster.  Let’s take a short ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 23, 2020 at 10:37 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Monday, July 20, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 101-110

The Sox keep it going running their record to 110-0.  While the real thing will kick off on Friday the Perfect Schedule version of the Sox just keep on keepin’ on.  The toughest call here was game 104 which could have been David Ortiz’ walk off against Fauxsto Carmona.  I went with a more personal memory though.

Game 101 - Sox 8 at Yankees 6 - 2012 There wasn’t a lot to cheer about in 2012 but The Pedro Ciriaco Game was one thing. The Sox blew a 6-1 lead but Ciriaco smoked a go ahead ...

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Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: July 20, 2020 at 08:03 PM | 12 comment(s)
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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 | 4 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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