Sunday, September 16, 2007


Josh Beckett took a huge step towards earning the 2007 AL Cy Young award by outpitching and outclassing Chien Min Wang for his nineteenth win of the season. He defeating the New York Yankees in a much needed game for the Sox...the final score was 10-1. The lead is back to 5 1/2 games, five in the loss column, with 13 games left to play. He pitched 7 innings, giving up only one run on 3 hits and striking out 7. Wang, on the other hand, went only 5 2/3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits. No contest! Beckett said this about the two teams......

"We were playing against a tough team," Beckett said. "And I think they'll say the same thing. They knew they were playing against a tough team, also. That's why our games last 12-13 hours."

Well, Josh, they may seem that long, that's for sure! And the tension between the two teams was palpable. Kevin Youkilis, who the Yankees and their fans intensely dislike, was hit on the hand and wrist area. He immediately left the game to have it X-Rayed, and the results were negative. He has a contusion, which is a bad bruise, and will be out for a couple days. Beckett hit Giambi in the upper arm as retaliation, and both teams were warned. Tensions were sustained in the 6th inning when gutsy Eric Hinske, who was 2 for 4, barrelled into Jorge Posada in a vain attempt to score. Posada hung on to the ball but was shaken up enough to have to leave the game and go to the hospital. Thankfully, he's OK.

It's Roger Clemen's return to Fenway Park tonight, and he will face Curt Schilling, who has been pitching great lately. I hope Clemens doesn't try any "funny stuff' out there on the mound, or something bad could and probably will happen. This is the first real test for his ailing elbow, and I expect him to be as or more hittable than the two previous pinstripe starters. Quite a change from the last time the trio pitched against the Sox in Yankee Stadium in August.

So the sting from Friday night is gone, the Yankees are a game farther back than they were, and all is right in Red Sox Nation and Red Sox International. Tonight, at 8pm on ESPN and ESPNHD, the nation will turns its eyes toward that patch of green in the city of Boston. That place is called Fenway Park. They play baseball there. GREAT baseball.

Click on the title of this post for more on Josh Beckett and the weekend series so far, penned by the Globe's Jackie MacMullen. Have a great Sunday, and be well. Go Schill! Put the nail in the Yankees' coffin. Tonight's the night, as Neil Young once sang.


At 9/16/2007 7:52 AM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...

"I hope Clemens doesn't try any "funny stuff' out there on the mound, or something bad could and probably will happen."

Peter, you might as well hope the steroid-eating fat man stands on the mound naked singing "When the Saints Come Marching In." It will be a barn burner at Fenway tonight.

At 9/16/2007 8:05 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Oh MCW, you are preciously so so funny. Thank you for the outloud, "wake up the neighbors" laugh. Priceless.
I will be watching........thanks, as always, for your words of wisdom. You made my day.

At 9/16/2007 8:05 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

And brrrrrr, that mental image you painted will quickly be banished from my grey matter. I hope!

At 9/16/2007 9:01 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Roiger Pop Rocket has a habit of coming down with Injuries, which are self-inflicted, because he used quantities of Steroids over the years, in his attempt to fool Mother Nature:

This will catch up to him, rather-painfully, as I've seen him get hurt in a Game or 2 here from my NYC Perch;

Whenever he got hurt, it was not a pretty sight to see, for Roiger is a might oversized.

At 9/16/2007 12:11 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hey Mike.....he's 45...he's gained bulk (yeah, right!)

At 9/16/2007 12:17 PM, Blogger Krystle THE Red Sox Oasis said...

wow, i FINALLY remembered to comment this journal, i'm terrible on commenting.

oh my gosh, the hit on posada, that was hard. it was interesting to say the least. but mccarver made it almost more then it was. but hinske is a big guy so who knows.


At 9/16/2007 12:44 PM, Blogger Sooze said...

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At 9/16/2007 12:45 PM, Blogger ian said...

You're right Krystle, McCarver did make it a bigger deal then it was. The ball got there when Hinske did.

And Hinske even checked on Posada in his next at-bat.

What to do tonight, Sox and Pats on at the same time. I'll have both on my two tv's in the living room.

At 9/16/2007 2:24 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hi Krystle and Ian.....
Selena Roberts, in her NY Times commentary today, called Youk the "team biker thug!" And Hinske a "beer barreled something." What idiocy!!! Even Joe Torre said it was a clean play. I guess it doesn't take much baseball savvy to write that kind of BS!

At 9/16/2007 2:26 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And two TVs are better than one!!!! Clemens goes DOWN!!

At 9/16/2007 2:26 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

While we watch!!!

At 9/17/2007 6:52 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Monday morning....and so it goes.


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