What’s In Store For The Red Sox?

What’s Going To Happen To The Red Sox The Rest Of The Season?

You Decide!

A) Bats Come Alive and The Sox Win The Division

B) Pitching Helps The Sox Win The Wildcard

C) The Sox Implode And Finish Third In The Division

D) The Sox Fire Theo Epstein In September  

Is This The Celtics Last Year To Win?

Time Could Be Running Out On The C’s

The 2007-2008 Boston Celtics season was magical in every way possible.  The team went from worst to first in just one season thanks in large part to the additions of the Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.  The formation of the Boston Three Party and emergence of Kendrick Perkins and Rajon Rondo made Danny Ainge look like a genius.  Now, two seasons removed from their 17th NBA Championship, the Boston Celtics feel the pressure to put up an 18th banner.

That’s why this off-season, Ainge has restocked the Celtics squad with the likes of Rasheed Wallace, Marquis Daniels, and Shelden Williams while re-signing Glen Davis, Brian Scalabrine and Eddie House.  So with a starting five who won a Championship two years ago and revamped bench, how could the C’s not be the favorite to win in 2009-2010 and beyond?

Well, with the balance of power now shifting over to the Eastern Conference and the emergence of Orlando and Cleveland, the time for Boston to win is now.  Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett are now approaching their twilight years.  With the addition of Shaq in Cleveland and Vince Carter in Orlando, the competition will be tough, but the C’s can handle it. 

Bar any serious injuries and setbacks the C’s should be the favorites.  But only in 2009-2010? Time will only tell what the future holds for Doc Rivers and the Celtics, however, the one thing that remains a certain for our beloved Green Team is that this next season should be another magical ride. 

Don’t Take Those Socks Off Just Yet!

Ok folks we know many of you are in panic mode after this weekends debacle but don’t put that tail between your legs just yet!

The Yankees did not win the world series and the Sox are still in a good position to make the playoffs. I am not writing the division off totally but if we can get things back on track and make the playoffs even in the wild card position we got a shot.  If you remember a few years back, the Sox made the playoffs in the wild card spot and went on to win it all.  So don’t hang those heads just yet and always keep your Sox on folks!  True fan’s don’t turn on their team and true fan’s don’t run and hide!

Say it:  “I am a Red Sox Through Thick & Thin”

Boston Looks To Avoid Sweep

Sox Announce That Tazawa Will Start On Tuesday

The Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees Sunday evening looking to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of their rivals.  With the offense putting up zeroes and the entire pitching staff overworked, the Sox announced that Japanese rookie Junichi Tazawa will take John Smoltz spot in the starting rotation and pitch on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.

First things first, however, and that’s tonight’s game.  Jon Lester takes on Andy Pettite in hopes of avoiding the sweep.  Jason Bay is back in the lineup for Boston as David Ortiz takes a seat in tonight’s game against a lefty.  

The Sox are rumored to have put a claim on Washington Nationals shortstop Christian Guzman who would help fill the hole the Sox currently have at short.  Guzman is batting over .300 and will be an instant offensive upgrade over Nick Green and Jed Lowrie.   

Celtics Close To Inking Big Baby

Glen Davis Set To Sign With C’s

According to Frank Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe, the Boston Celtics are close to signing Glen “Big Baby” Davis to a two-year deal.  The agreement is likely to be announced next week.

Adding Glen Davis to a front court that already has Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace, Brian Scalabrine, Shelden Williams, and Bill Walker improves the C’s bench dramatically.  Signing Big Baby, after having a great end to the second half of last season and the playoffs, was a preference of Danny Ainge and the Celtics this offseason but the C’s had to wait and see what the market value for Davis was.

 

Heavy Dose Of Denial

Ortiz Denies Steriod Use

David Ortiz says he never used steroids.  Do you believe him?  With the Red Sox slugger denying allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs and in particular, steriods, all that is left to be had is public opinion. 

So in the wake of Ortiz’ revelation and denial, the Red Sox and their fans must choose what side of the fence they’re on and how they will treat their once beloved slugger.  Big Papi could could have been “careless” back in the day and be telling us the truth.

He could also be pulling our chain.

Ten days after acknowledging that his name was on the list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, Big Papi went 0-for-3 against the New York Yankees as the Sox lost their fifth straight game. Ortiz’ situation is almost a good distraction with Boston reeling as Terry Francona and the Sox are struggling both on and off the field.  

The ship is sinking fast and Ortiz is at the bow.  

You’d think with Ortiz off of the “supplements”, he wouldn’t be carrying such a burden on the Sox or at least tippin’ the scale.  But with his name being released, all the pressure is on Ortiz to make up for dragging the Red Sox name through the mud.  

Then again, I am sure all would be forgotten in Red Sox nation if Big papi smashed a three-run home run off the Yankees on Sunday.  There’s nothing a three-run home run couldn’t do to help solve his messy situation.   

Sox Sputtering, Need A Boost

Boston Bullied By Bronx Bombers

Lets make something clear.  Red Sox fans, it’s not time to panic.  Yet.

The Boston Red Sox are reeling after losing three straight to the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.  The Sox have fell 3.5 games back of the Yankees and have seemingly lost all confidence.  With the David Ortiz revelation, John Smoltz disaster, and nagging injuries, Boston is 8-11 since the All-Star break.  

Luckily for the local nine, Josh Beckett toes the rubber tonight, facing off against former teammate A.J. Burnett at Yankee Stadium.  The Red Sox need Beckett to be superman and dominate the dynamic Yankee lineup.  If he’s not, and the Sox lose to the Yanks, the Sox season could go south fast and force the hand of Theo Epstein in the upcoming weeks.
With a black hole at shortstop, ineffectivness from the starting rotation, and lack of power from the outfield, the Sox have a lot of issues to address.  Internally or externally, Theo needs to fix these problems or he could finally be found accountable for his mistakes (for the first time).  
Even with everything going so poorly for Boston, a win tonight against the Bronx Bombers could ease the worries of Red Sox nation and give the Sox a much needed boost.

Patriots Acquire Burgess From Raiders

Pats Sack The Opportunity Of Adding Pass-Rusher

The New England Patriots acquired defensive end Derrick Burgess from the Oakland Raiders for a 2010 third-round and fourth-round pick.  

The acquisition of Burgess, a two-time pro bowler, instantly upgrades the Patriots defense and gives them a dynamic pass rush from the defensive end position.  The 6-foot-2-inch Burgess cost the Pats two draft picks in 2010 and $2 million for base salary in 2009.

Burgess has 47 career sacks and is a eight-year veteran of the NFL. Disgruntled in his past few years in Oakland, a change in scenery and management should brighten Burgess’ outlook on playing, much like that of Randy Moss in 2007.

New England tried to acquire Burgess back before the draft but couldn’t come to an agreement with Oakland regarding draft picks.  However, the two teams kept the lines of communication open and pulled the trigger on a deal just one week into training camp.   

Sox Sweep Blue Jays

Are the Red Sox back on track?

It looks like that train that fell off the track might be repaired and moving forward again. The Red Sox behind Lester tonight won 8-1 and let up only three hits.  The sleeper player that you don’t see in the box score is our new shortstop Alex Gonzalez who probably saved 3 hits and a few runs tonight.  JD drew also knocked in 2 home runs

Consider that in the first inning Lester let the bases loaded with no outs! He then went on to pitch a gem of a ball game. Victor Martinez also homered and the Sox complete the sweep just in time for the Yankees to roll in to town this weekend.

Sox Sign Byrd, Again

Boston Adds Veteran Presence For Stretch-Run

For most people, it’s the early bird who gets the worm, but for Paul Byrd, good things come to those who wait.  
The Boston Red Sox announced the signing of veteran righthander Paul Byrd, who was acquired by the Sox in 2008 from the Cleveland Indians, and went 4-2 with a 4.78 ERA in 49 innings for Boston last year.  This time around, the Sox snagged Byrd who hasn’t pitched at all this season and will most likely be called up to the major leagues when rosters expand on September 1st.
The acquisition of Byrd gives the Sox some more flexibility when it comes to the starting rotation and bullpen.  With John Smoltz and Brad Penny sputtering as of late, the Sox could use another veteran arm to get the job done.  However, issues still arise about how much the 38-year-old Byrd still has left in the tank.  
Nevertheless, Byrd will ease the mind of Theo Epstein and company if one of the Red Sox starters goes down with injury (or ineffectiveness).  On a side note, Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session next Tuesday in hopes of joining the big club sometime before the end of the season.

Sox Can’t Get It Done In Tampa

In a marathon long game that took 13 innings the Sox couldn’t get it done in a game they probably didn’t deserve to win anyway.

Cowbells clanging and fans roaring, what once appeared to be a tidy victory turned into an exhausting 4-2 loss in 13 innings for the Red Sox at their recent house of horrors, Tropicana Field. In the end, amid a contest that started Tuesday night and ended just shortly after midnight on Wednesday, a familiar theme emerged for the Red Sox: It was too much Evan Longoria.

The All-Star third baseman clocked his second homer of the night, a two-run walk-off blast with two outs in the bottom of the 13th against Takashi Saito.-Full Story By RedSox.com

Trade Deadline Day

-2:10 p.m. Red Sox in the mix on most deals
-2:11 p.m. WEEI reporting Sox on verge of signing Victor Martinez
-3:08 p.m. Sox trading Masterson & another prospect (Nick Hagadone) for Victor Martinez.  Deal about done