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Archive for April, 2007

He’s Schill got it!

Wasn’t that such an excellent pun! Man, I crack myself up! ;-) Anyway, I don’t want to throw around any “I told you so’s”, but that was a good one from Schilling, eh? Aside from a solo home run by his arch-nemesis Frank Catalanotto, Curt held the entire Rangers lineup in perpetual check. Wiping the taste of Opening Day from his mouth, Schilling rolled through seven innings on 102 pitches. At one point, he retired 10 batters in a row. After some theatrics in the 8th, Papelbon came in and nailed down the last 5 outs on 15 pitches, to save the 3-2 win for the Sox and Schilling. Oh yeah, remember that Ortiz guy? He remembered he was an awesome baseball player and hit two home runs in his first two at-bats, accounting for all of the Red Sox runs. Next up, the Sox return home to Fenway for the first time in 2007. Mariners beware.

On a similar note

Both The Boston Globe and Boston Herald were thinking along the same lines in both headlines and photographs. “Dice-KKKKKKKKKK” screamed both papers on their main front pages, posting a ‘K’ for each of his 10 strikeouts.
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The Herald’s sports page on the back employed the headline, “The Dice Is Right!”
Mike Petraglia / Special to MLB.com

How original! In other news, the Sox fell 2-0 to the Rangers today, after a lot of bad first-pitch swings. The offense will eventually come around in a big way, just wait for it.

Hop on that dead horse!

We’re only 3 games into the Sox season, and there’s already some factiods and sayings that have been regurgitated a few too many times. For example:

  • Dustin Pedrioa is the first rookie to open the season as a starter since Shea Hillenbrand in 2001.
  • Dustin Pedrioa is the 12th opening day second baseman in 13 seasons./Julio Lugo is the 4th Red Sox shortstop in 5 seasons.
  • The Japanese media/general population really dig Matsuzaka
  • Any and all puns on “Dice-K,” a nickname I’m not real big on to start with. This includes such gems as “Rolling the Dice-K” or “Ice-K” to refer to him pitching on a cold day.
  • Puns in general used as headlines for sports columns. I’ve been guilty of this myself on occasion, but why does every sports column have to start with some sort of pun? Is there a class on this in journalism school?

I’m sure there’s some other things I’m missing, but maybe this will become a recurring post. Lord knows a lot of dumb things can be said over the course of a 6-month season. ;-)

Race for the Ace

The Sox have officially won their first series of the season, mirroring the 7-1 score last night and beating Kansas City 4-1 tonight. Schilling stumbled out of the gate, but Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka both jumped out to lead the race for ’07 staff ace. I’m sure Schill will be fired up for his next start to show he can still hang. The offense is slowly coming to life (the bottom of the order being especially slow to come about), but I’m not too worried. J.D. Drew has gotten his Red Sox career off to a great start. I said it before, and I’ll say it again, I think this is going to be a really good team. Onward to Texas!

Ouch

The Sox got their first big stinker out of the way today, in the form of a 7-1 drubbing by the Kansas City Royals (yes, those Kansas City Royals). Gil Meche justified his contract for at least a day, and Schill had pretty much nothing good to throw for hopefully just a day. Now that they’ve gotten it out of their system, let’s get a nice win streak going! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to watch most of it, so you can read better recaps from Schilling himself and/or Rob Bradford. Time to look toward Wednesday…