Thursday, August 13, 2009

Beckett Wins 14th...Remy Returns For A Visit...Boston 8 Detroit 2

Oh, what a night Wednesday at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts! First up, the game. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers by a score of 8-2. The Sox were ahead 3-0 after three and put the game away by scoring five big ones in the fifth. Josh Beckett was just cruising, as was the defense behind him. He earned his major league leading 14th win and is on his way to an easy 20 plus. Cy Young anyone? He ended up going seven full and gave up just those two runs on three hits, walking one and whiffing six. Nice job, Josh!

On the offensive side, with Kevin Youkilis out for game one of his five game suspension, Jason Bay, who finally has caught fire and Mikey Lowell, who has batted .393 since the All Star break, carried the load with three hits each. Jason was on base five (!) times. He said this after the game...

“It’s only been three games, but I feel a lot better,’’ Bay said. “I’m feeling much more comfortable in the box. When you’re not comfortable, you’re searching. You’re trying to move your feet a little bit, you’re trying this, trying that. You’re trying to find the magical little tweak, because most of the time it’s nothing major. You’re trying to find that one little thing that keys it off for you.

The Boston manager spoke about Bay and Mikey Lowell, who will help carry the load during the absence of YOUK...

“Mikey Lowell’s - with some intermittent starts - really swung the bat well,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “Jason Bay looks like he’s trying to get hot again. That’s very welcome. When Jason gets hot, as you can see, it’s not just singles. He starts driving the ball out of the ballpark. What a different team we look like.

The win makes it three in a row for the Sox and they'll face Verlander, the Tiger ace, tonight. Buchholz will go against him. Let's hope they make it four straight. GO SOX.

Jerry Remy made an emotional visit to Fenway Park during the game last night and as he stood in the booth with old friend Don Orsillo, the Fenway Faithful rose as one as his video appeared on the giant screen and gave him a standing ovation. I was moved to tears and he was clearly emotional. He has had a successful battle with lung cancer but the resulting depression has crippled him. Through therapy and medication, he is winning that battle, too. Here he is...

“I have boxes and boxes of cards, letters, prayers, kindergarten schools’ letters, tweets, e-mails. In a way, at first, it worked against me because it felt like I was letting people down,’’ said Remy. “But I was crying reading them. My wife was reading them - I couldn’t read them - while I was on the couch. She’d read them all to me. In a way, you feel like you’ve done something right for these people. And there’s no way I can get back to them. If I get back on the air,’’ he said, “that’s the way I can thank them."

Jerry, we're all waiting for the day you'll be back on the air and we KNOW it won't be long. We miss you, we miss you, we miss you.

That's it for this Thursday morning. Make it a good one and as always, BE WELL. Oh, click on this post's title for more Red Sox coverage. Thanks for being here.


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