Red Sox Decapitate And Dismember The D'Rays-----Hideki Okajima Is An All Star!!
Wow! 13 runs in the first three innings helped Josh "Baseball" Beckett to his 12th win of the season. The batting heroes were many, but if I had to pick two, it would be Coco Crisp, who had a first inning grand slam off the Coke bottle, and Mike Lowell, who went 5 for 6. The Sox have scored 26 runs in their last three games, and we all have to hope they can keep it up for the three game set in Detroit that begins tonight.
And if that wasn't enough excitement for Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International, there was more to come. In the sixth inning the team announced that our lefty reliever supreme, Hideki Okajima, the Darkman, had won the online balloting and will be going to the All Star game. The crowd gave him a standing ovation as he bowed to them from the bullpen. I was touched and moved. He said this, from the Courant.......
"I appreciate all the people who voted for me," Okajima said. "American baseball fans, Japanese baseball fans, teammates, everybody. Big thanks to all the people who supported me."
Well said Oki. And in another bit of Sox news, not good news, I'm afraid, it looks like we won't see Curt Schilling back on the mound until August 1 or so. As long as his shoulder is sound and his velocity is back, we'll sure need him for the last two and a half months of the season and post-season (yes, we will be there!).
Lastly, I wanted to thank all of my readers and fellow bloggers from RSN and RSI for endlessly "blistering their fingers" to get Oki into the All Star Game. Where he belongs. GREAT JOB. Click on the title of this post for more on our newest ALL STAR. And what a great guy he is....a tremendous article from this morning's Globe....please click on the title, you'll enjoy, I promise. Have a great weekend.