Hey everyone. I’m back from my unexpected leave of absence. Now, when someone takes a leave of absence from whatever, there are usually some pretty good reasons for taking a break. Sometimes work or other activities get in the way and their schedules are too cramped up for whatever they are taking a break from. Now, my excuse… a fried computer. My computer basically exploded and we had to get a new one. My parents took like a week to get it too so I was unable to keep up with anything I did daily on the internet. I couldn’t keep up with this blog. Now with my fantasy teams. Nothing. But now I’m back and I’m ready to discuss what was probably the craziest moment from this week. And we all know I’m all about the crazy.
The Red Sox and Tigers opened up a four game series on Monday night, the day that my computer fried. So, it was set to be a good one. The Sox had just been swept by the Yankees, much to my liking, and the Tigers are still in the race for the top spot in the AL Central. You wouldn’t really expect fireworks in an out of division game like this. But of course, it’s the Red Sox and they have had their fair share of fights, in division and out.
Now, this was the most recent brawl that the Red Sox were involved in. This one was between the Sox and Rays, or should I say, Coco Crisp and James Shields. Shields threw a fastball that clunked Coco in the right thigh. After the pitch, it seemed as though Coco was just going to go down to first but then all of a sudden he charged the mound, ready to get it on. Shields threw a punch and wiffed as Coco dodged it and caught Shields in the back of the head as other Rays’ players came over to defend Shields and take Coco off him. Then the benches cleared and you know the rest. This is the memorable pic from that fight.
Now, how can you forget the Red Sox Yankees brawls from the past. Here’s the most famous one in which A-Rod and Varitek went at it after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. A-Rod and Varitek exchanged words as Rodriguez was walking down to first. Then, with a gesture of his hands, A-Rod taunted Varitek who then threw his glove into Rodriguez’s face and it was on. Here’s that famous pic.
Then there was the other famous fight in which Pedro Martinez threw Don Zimmer to the ground. That was really a crazy one. I remember watching it with my dad and I was like, whoa, I can’t believe Pedro did that to an old man like Zimmer. Here’s that pic.
Just face it world. The Red Sox are fight prone. They have been involved in some of the most memorable fights in recent history. They have all been caused by pitchers throwing at batters. They have all been between in division rivalries. And they have all been crazy adventures to watch. Just get over it Red Sox Nation. Your team is a fighting team. Now, that’s not totally a bad thing. I mean if you get thrown at then you should be angry. But charging the mound and throwing punches shouldn’t be how it ends.
When Kevin Youkilis was hit by a pitch from Rick Porcello, Youk was fired up. He had reason to be. Only one batter earlier had Porcello thrown at Victor Martinez. But the pitch missed Martinez inside and Martinez himself was a little fired up. He didn’t charge the mound though. When the next batter Youkilis got hit, he knew he had been thrown at. He charged the mound and him and Porcello tumbled to the ground as the rest of the two teams charged out from the dugouts and their positions in the field. It was crazy. Here’s that memorable pic.
Youkilis was FRIED with a five game suspension. Porcello, a five gamer as well. It was indeed a crazy fight and the sparks were once again started by a pitcher throwing at a batter.
Now, here’s a fun fact. The four brawls that I mentioned in this post all took place at Fenway Park. Intersting. Maybe the Red Sox just like getting the fans behind them by getting in a brawl. I don’t know but it’s a thought.
Until next time…
Being a Yankee fan, or even for those Red Sox fans on this MLBlogosphere, these next four days should present nothing else but Red Sox-Yankees analysis on any Yankee fan’s or Red Sox fan’s blog. That’s so simple. The best rivalry in baseball is nothing short of what it is put up to be. It is the single best part of the MLB. It is my favorite part of the year when the Yankees and Red Sox face off and everyone else’s involved in this rivalry. And basically, it is the only thing that should be talked about by any Red Sox or Yankee fan during the 18 games they play each other every year. It is just STELLAR.
So, everyone knows that the Yankees have been unsuccessful against the Red Sox thus far this season. They have been unable to win at home or on the road; extremely disappointing to Yankee fans. Now, with first place in our posession (meaning the Yankees), the Bronx Bombers have a certain upside to things now, now that they have succeeded past the Sox without actually beating them. But these next few games they play against the Red Sox will be played with a bigger sense of importance. The Yankees can really pull away from the Red Sox, and push their already solid 2.5 game lead to maybe a 5 game lead or a 6 game lead at best. A sweep would be phenominal seeing that we haven’t beaten them once this season. Four straight wins would be STELLAR.
The Yankees and Red Sox play a total of ten games to finish off the season series. Three of those are in Boston and the rest of them are in New York. This is a huge advantage for the Yankees and they need to take advantage of it. I can’t think of any better way to say it than that. If you can’t win at home, you don’t have as good a chance to win on the road.
Victor Martinez… just aquired in a blockbuster deal from the Cleveland Indians. A catcher/first baseman that has helped the Red Sox immensely in their current infield situation. They have Mike Lowell who hasn’t been to the top of his health. Since this has been the case, he has not started at third in the recent past and has forced Kevin Youkilis to shift over to third, the position he came to the Red Sox to play. Victor Martinez has fit into the first base position and has let Jason Varitek remain behind the plate. Late in the games, Mike Lowell has appeared to pinch hit giving the Red Sox much needed depth. Martinez will get his first dose of the Yankees-Red Sox action and will be a huge part in it. Martinez is the offensive bat that has fit into an already loaded lineup for the Red Sox that has its fair share of power and just general good hitting. It will be interesting to watch how he performs.
Now, going sort of off topic. How about that Kung Fu Panda?
No not that one… this one.
Pablo Sandoval has been a huge part of bringing the San Francisco Giants back into the playoff race. They are currently first in the wild card race in the NL, only a half game ahead of their closest competitors in the NL West, the Colorado Rockies. The Giants aren’t going to get to the top of the division, with the Dodgers easily pulling away from day one, but with Sandoval leading the way offensively, the Giants could be the underdog that gets into the playoffs. They have the pitching; Lincecum and Cain. They have the defense; Rowand and Molina among them. They have the offense; Sandoval and Sanchez. What else is their that they need. Obviously they don’t have an overly great team, but they have what it takes to perform to a high standard and they could surely make it to the playoffs. Now, how far will they go in the playoffs? I’m not so sure. They do have to face off against the best of the best in the NL; the Dodgers, the Phils, most likely, and possibly the Cards, the Cubbies, or even the Brew Crew. All tough teams, but they should have enough to get into the playoffs in the first place. Sandoval leads the way offensively and all I can say to the Giants is this:
THE KUNG FU PANDA WILL LEAD YOU TO WHERE YOU NEED TO BE.