Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Buckle up boys and girls !!!!!!!!!
Aight Aight Aight (pronounced... AIGHT !!!) ready..... set..... here we go !!!!!!!!!!
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM..... in watching the Beantown Bombers recently, I can't help but wonder if they are baked (beans).... or have they packed it in and SETTLED for a wild card play-off spot ?!?!?!? COME [FRIGGING] ON !!!!!!!!!! The Evil Empire is well within striking distance... especially with a weekend series coming up against those YANKERS !!!!!!!!
The difference between being a division champ and a wild card entrant is a bit more than minimal... as the division winner, you are pretty much assured being the home team in AT LEAST one of the rounds of league playoffs - 2 if your record is good enough... and the home field advantage for the World Series goes to the league that won the All Star game.... uh, THE AMERICAN LEAGUE !!!
WHAT ?!?!?! Big deal you say !?!?!?! A bigger deal than you know.... the Sox have one of the BEST home records in all of baseball.... yet, struggle "on the road"..... "boasting" a sub-.500 record away from the friendly confines of the Fens.... I'm no rocket scientist (or I wouldn't be writing this blog) BUT ......yeah, yeah, yeah... I KNOW they have won the Series as the wild card....
I have ranted my thoughts about solidifying a 5-man rotation for the post season.... YES, our boys WILL be in the playoffs !!!! unless they totally [screw] this great summer up.... or just start playing golf NOW, before the weather turns cold for good !!!!!!
I "asked" 2 of the 4 available pitchers - Dice-K, Tazawa, Wakefield and Byrd - to step up.... soooooooooooooooo.... Ok, Diceman seems to be all in here (SURPRISE !!!).... Taz has been "shut down" for the remainder of the season and isn't available..... Wake... dude, I feel for ya but ......... and Byrdy..... I'm pulling for ya but .... BUT NOTHING !!!!!
Let's take Paul Byrd's outing last night....6-2/3 innings, 5 runs, 9 hits, 4 walks, ZERO punchouts... granted NOT a stellar performance BUT !!!!!!!!! ALL of the runs he gave up came in the first inning... an inning I remind you where the home plate umpire was squeezing the [crap] out of Byrd's strike zone.... take that inning out of the equation and .....
And, AND, AND.... the bats "mustered" 2 measly hits and 1 run the entire night... HOW THE [FRIG] can you win a game on 2 hits ?!?!?!?!... let alone a World Series !!!!!!!!! ... and THANK YOU VMart for the only RBI... AND for extending your hitting streak to 21 games !!!!!!!!!
But as I was watching Byrd get "plucked" last night, "something" became PAINFULLY obvious... "What is THAT?" you ask.... well................. shortly after the debacle of an inning that I witnessed, NESN played an interview that put EVERYTHING into perspective... an interview that actually transpired prior to the game..... and interview with pitching coach John Farrell.... an interview that... that.... that.... ALMOST made me trash my television.... (keep reading)
Before, I share the "gist" of this particular interview, allow me to share my "credentials".... yeah, yeah, yeah... 43 years old... played (pitched) little league and pony league ball... coached (pitching coach) little league and Babe Ruth ball for 10 years, coach of a no-hit game... former coach of a current college pitching prospect.... SO?!?!?!? So, does any of this make me an authority... HELL NO !!!!!!!!
BUT ........... what does make me an "authority" is I am lifetime student of the game... and of the Red Sox in particular.... what does make me an authority is that I have eyes and a brain... I KNOW 1 + 1 = 2 !!!!...... which is more than I can say for John Farrell... (here's where you need to tighten the seat belt).....
John Edward Farrell.... MLB pitching record.... 36-46.... 4.56 ERA.... 355 strikeouts.... former teammate of Terry Francona (Red Sox)..... WOEEEEEEEEEEEE WAIT !!!!! WHAT ?????? He was Tito's teammate with the Indians... OBVIOUSLY, it isn't what you know but WHO you know !!!!!!!!
Ok, ok, ok.... Farrell DID pitch in the majors... SO [FRIGGING] WHAT ?!?!?! His record shows he [stunk] !!!!!! Pitching in the majors does NOT a pitching coach make... I'm applying for the Sox' pitching coach position !!!!!!!! This guy has NOTHING on me !!!!!!!!! Read my "predictions".... NUF CED
That being Ced.... here's the crux of the interview.... mind you, this was aired AFTER Byrd got "lit up"... "Blah, blah, blah.... we've been working on mechanics with Paul..." STOP RIGHT [FRIGGING] THERE !!!!!!!!!! MECHANICS !?!?!?!?! You have the uh... [gonads] to admit that you are now [screwing] around with Paul Byrd.... after you [screwed] up Josh Beckett for 3 weeks ?!?!?!
This guy has no idea what he's doing... EXCEPT [screwing] up our pitching staff !!!!! MECHANICS ?!?!?!? "Mr." Farrell.... Josh Beckett is one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball... and Paul Byrd has been pitching twice as long as you ever did.... soooooooooooooo.... STOP [FRIGGING] with their "mechanics"... THEY are obviously better pitchers than YOU could ever dream of being !!!!!!!! And you've PROVEN that working on their mechanics [screws] them up.... [Mess] the [frig] off !!!
John Farrell has GOT to go !!!!!!!! Have the Steinbrenners got him on THEIR payroll ?!?!?! With all due respect to Tito... NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH FRIENDS !!!!!!!!! Farrell is killing you and the Nation....
If Theo Epstein or Mr. Henry happen to stumble upon this post... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE... hear what is being said... we'll all be better off !!!!!! AND, I'm available !!!!!!!!!!!! email@example.com give it a shot boys, you just may be surprised !!!!!!!