Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bedard Bests Wakefield, Red Sox...Seattle 1 Boston 0...RED SOX DVD SET DETAILS

The Boston Red Sox hitting woes continued Wednesday night at Safeco Field in Seattle as the Erik Bedard fueled Seattle Mariners defeated the hitless wonders, that baseball team from Boston, by a score of 1-0. The Sox collected two hits, if you want me to be precise, but two hits were clearly not enough. And all this came on a night when the "old man," knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, spun an 8 inning beauty, allowing only five base hits and one run while walking none. His only mistake was a home run ball to Yuniesky Betancourt in the third inning. Wakes had this to say after the stinging road defeat...

“I made some adjustments from my last start and they paid off, but unfortunately, I came out on the short end of the stick,” Wakefield said."

Manny Ramirez, looking for career home run #500, went 1-3 with a single, which was one of the two Red Sox hits in the game. Clearly the Red Sox hitting has taken a turn southward, WAY southward (at this rate, they'll end up in Cuba!), but after four games in Baltimore beginning on Friday, home cooking will be theirs again.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was sent back home to Boston for an MRI on his aching right shoulder, so Wakes will take his turn in the rotation on Monday with his normal rest. It looks like Justin Masterson (thanks Rooster) will be slated to go Tuesday in the Fenway Park opener of a nine game homestand. He'll face the Tampa Bay Rays. He's had two very effective fill-in starts for the big club, and we all have to hope that Daisuke will miss only a start or two. The MRI will tell all, and we await with bated breath, whatever bated means.

So, tonight being a baseball-free night, I will have time to review each of the six DVD discs that comprise the new A&E Home Video release entitled THE BOSTON RED SOX : THE ESSENTIAL GAMES OF FENWAY PARK, and devise some sort of contest so that two of you will each win a copy. It consists of 6 DVDs and has a running time of more than 16 (!!!) hours. Here are the details, just to wet your appetites...



Sept. 30, 1967 Regular Season vs. Minnesota Twins® (9/30/67): Carl Yastrzemski hit his 44th home run as the Sox tied for the lead in a four-team American League® pennant race.

1975 World Series® Game 6 vs. the Cincinnati Reds® (10/21/75): This see-saw battle of the Titans ended with Carlton Fisk and his 12th inning game-ending home run.

Regular Season vs. Seattle Mariners® (4/29/86): 23-year-old Roger Clemens set the Major League record with 20 strikeouts in this hallmark game.

1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game® and MLB All-Century Team celebration (7/13/99): Fenway Park was selected to house the final Mid-Summer Classic of the 20th Century and the festivities riveted the world.

1999 American League Championship® Series Game 3 vs. New York Yankees (10/16/99): Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez shutdown the vaunted Yankees and former Boston pitcher Roger Clemens with 12 strikeouts over 7 innings.

Apr. 22, 2007 Regular Season vs. New York Yankees® (4/22/07): Boston dispensed with its archrival Yankees in large part thanks to four consecutive home runs.

***DVD Bonus Features***

The Origins of Fenway Park
Ted Williams: Fenway's Hometown Hero
Ted Williams Throws out First Pitch at 1999 All-Star Game
Vintage Film: Yaz 1968 World Series Highlights at Fenway
Yaz 400th HR and 3000th hit
Red Sox Clinch 1986 ALCS in Fenway
Brunansky's amazing catch clinches 1990 AL East Crown
Last inning of Derek Lowe's No-Hitter (4/27/02)
Red Sox score 10 runs before making their first out (6/27/03)
Bill Mueller walk-off HR vs. Mariano Rivera (7/24/04)
Dave Roberts: "The Steal" 2004 ALCS Game 4
Big Papi's 2004 Postseason Walk-off Hits
Last inning of Clay Buchholz's No-Hitter (9/1/07)


Peter here. Sounds good, doesn't it? My very next post will give all of you a chance to win a postage-free set, my thanks to you for stopping in and being a part of my dwindling audience. I've already thought of a name for my "goodbye" post, but I don't plan to use it...hopefully not EVER. So good luck to all of you. I wish I had a set for each and every one of my regular readers. OH, a hint...the quiz might have absolutely nothing at all to do with baseball. Right now, it has nothing to do with anything, for I don't know what it is. I'll figure it out, though.

Have a great Thursday and click on the title of this post to get a better look at the metallic silver-packaged art work of the DVD set. And with that, I bid adieu, or say goodbye, maybe sayonara or shalom, maybe hola or hasta manana. Or maybe just this...BE WELL. Click on that title for a better look at what's coming up. Soon. Is that a tease? I sure hope so. Any of your wonderful comments are welcome with open arms and my smiling thanks.


At 5/29/2008 9:54 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

How long can this sh*t go on? Maybe Baltimore will be the elixir to cure our road sickness. Let's start a new win streak tomorrow!

That DVD set looks really nice; the silver cover would match my TV. Seriously, that set has a lot of wonderful Red Sox times. I hope after your preview you give it your stamp of approval. I trust your Red Sox expertise and your infallible wisdom (hoping flattery will get me somewhere).

And enough of this "goodbye" post talk ... your loyal readers won't hear of it. What we lack in quantity, we make up for in quality. Don't make us storm the castle, you just keep blogging and we'll keep enjoying.
"Boy, you're going to carry that weight a long time."

At 5/29/2008 10:12 AM, Blogger Peter N said...'s comments like yours that make me sure I ain't going anywhere. And Rooster, from RATIONAL SOX FAN, will also have a contest for the same UNBELIEVABLE set. And it is!!! If you haven't visited his blog, well, you should! It's on my link list, sorta near the top. Thanks for your kind words...Peter

At 5/29/2008 11:19 AM, Blogger Rooster said...

Peter - I'm looking forward to both our reviews of the DVD set tomorrow.

BTW - I am pretty sure Jed Lowrie won't be pitching Tuesday ;)

I think you meant Masterson. Tough to keep all these new kids straight!

Stop by - I figured out why the Sox weren't hitting!

Keep up the good work Peter!

At 5/29/2008 11:59 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

My bad..holy s**t! Thanks...

At 5/29/2008 12:00 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

I can't believe that I did that!

At 5/29/2008 1:33 PM, Blogger wicked pissa dude said...

The Sox couldn't even muster a run or two for Timmy? This is absurd. Manny we're looking at you homie. Hit #500, get us a win and call it a night. Then you can go back into the Monster and have a drink with the score keeper.


At 5/29/2008 2:10 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

WPD, thanks, and I share your feelings!!


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