Over the past week I’ve learned something new about myself – I don’t know a guy. You know, a guy – a guy that can hook you up and help you out, do you a favor that will either save you time or money.
I’m pretty sure my dad has a few guys – he knows a lot of people. Our friend Brad has a guy (actually, he’s got a few too). His Uncle, I guess, is the ultimate “guy.” Need new tires? Forget about it, he’s got a guy. During one of the Red Sox playoff games in Florida this year, he, all of a sudden the night before, had access to a plane ticket from Boston to Florida and tickets to the game at a near-nothing rate. One of my co-workers TOTALLY has a guy. This past week, he got hooked up with tickets to the Celtics game AND the Patriots game on Thursday. Even Dan Buzz knows a guy – he’s got a bakery guy. Yes, a bakery guy.
So the moral of the story is, if you ever need something, I am probably the last person that can help you out. But, I do know a couple of guys that know a guy
With the Yankees set to open a new stadium next year, the Red Sox played their last series at Yankee Stadium this week…and they won 2 of 3 The Yankees look pathetic as the regular season winds down (will likely miss playoffs for first time in 14 years), but the Red Sox seem to be kicking it up a notch at just the right time (won 8 of last 11). Anyway, in honor of the last series – the end of an era - here are a couple fun statistical nuggets from the games this week:
● 8/26: A-ROD’S NIGHT TO FORGET Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and two double-play ground outs in the Yankees’ loss on Tuesday. It was the first time in A-Rod’s career that he had multiple strikeouts and GDPs in the same game. His total of nine DP ground outs in August already matches the highest total by any player in any month this season, and it’s his highest total in any month of his career. (Update: A-Rod now has 11 double-play ground outs in August – ouch!)
● 8/27: PEDROIA’s SLAM – WILL IT BE THE LAST AT YANKEE STADIUM?
Could it be, with only 14 regular-season games remaining to be played in the current Yankee Stadium, that its final grand-slam homer will belong to Dustin Pedroia, whose eighth-inning blast capped the scoring in Boston’s 11-3 win in the Bronx on Wednesday night? Pedroia’s was the 17th Yankee Stadium grand-slam hit by a Red Sox player (the most by any visiting team), with Ted Williams, who hit three grand-slams in the Bronx, being the only Boston player with more than one. But only once before had a Red Sox second baseman homered with the bases full in the House That Ruth Built; that was Bill Regan, who did it in 1928.
● 8/28: LESTER TAKES A TOUGH NO-DECISION
Jon Lester struck out eight batters and did not issue a walk in 6 2/3 innings on Thursday. Since 2000, only one other Red Sox pitcher registered at least eight strikeouts against the Yankees, while not walking a batter: Pedro Martinez, who whiffed 11 without a base on balls in the Bronx on July 7, 2003.
Voting is under way for MLB’s 2008 All-Star Game. Be sure to vote for all your favorite Sox players. You can vote up to 25 times. Thanks to Boston Dirt Dogs for pointing out that if you want to vote for Jacoby Ellsbury (and why wouldn’t you?), you need to write his name in because he’s not on the actual ballot. Click to vote.
We attended our first Red Sox game of the season at Fenway park yesterday. The weather was good – although a few degrees warmer would have been nice. Everyone was out, as usual, toting their Red Sox garb. The crowd seemed particularly excited at this game – probably because it was the second home game for the Sox and they had beat the Tigers the day before 5 to zip. Unfortunately, we didn’t win yesterday, but we were thoroughly entertained by a couple of guys sitting in front of us. Our seats were in the second row up from the field right next to Pesky Pole, so the guys in front of us were RIGHT on the field. The whole game they were tossing back beers and heckling outfielder Magglio Ordonez from the Tigers. I’m sure Magglio is used to a heckler every now and again, but I know I would have a hell of a time concentrating on the game with guys yelling crap like “M-A-G-G-L-I-OOOOOOOOOOOOO….Magglio,” “you have such beautiful hair Magglio,” and when Ortiz was up “take a step further back, Magglio…..no, you need to take a few more steps back!” That was just a few of the comments, but they kept me laughing. Dan even chimed in (trouble-maker) when Magglio raced over to Pesky Pole to make a catch and heckled him about the golden highlights in his luscious locks. Go Red Sox!