As I mentioned in the FREE Red Sox Insider newsletter, I’m sure I’m not the only one who breathed a sigh of relief when I heard that Yaz’s triple bypass surgery was complete success and that he is now resting comfortably. Thanks to all of you who had your thoughts and prayers with number 8 (who will be celebrating his 69th birthday on Friday!)
Now onto what what’s putting dents in the Green Monster this Week…
Here’s a question I will pose to all of you this week: If it was the bottom of the ninth in our last regular season game, with the bases loaded, with two outs, and we were down by 2 runs….and our playoff hopes all hinged on this one at bat, who would you like to see at the plate?
Would it be Youk, who’s just been smoking the ball lately? Would it be Pedroia, who’s just been drilling “lasers” off the green monster all year? Would it be Jason Bay, who’s done nothing but score and drive in runs since he arrived? How ’bout J.D. Drew, who’s been as consistent as anybody all year-round? Or then again, is it that guy Ortiz??
They’re not quite double-jointed as Phelps, as elegant as Nastia, or as timeless as Misty May and Kerri Walsh, but those 5 guys (6 if you count the injured Mike Lowell) have become quite the formidable group of hitters.
And I’m not saying this as a bad thing. We just have an incredibly well-balanced offense now. You could easily make the case for any one of those aforementioned guys to be the one you want to see in a clutch situation.
I’m interested to hear what you think and what your rationale would be. Let me know in the comments.
From the, “I can’t believe what I just saw” column…try this one: And yes, I actually did see this with my own eyes. The other day, American Idol’s Melinda Doolittle sang the National Anthem. As she was exiting the field (minding her own business), Dustin Pedroia ran up to the top step of the dugout (like an 8 year old hearing the sweet sound of the ice cream truck), screaming, “Melinda! Melinda! I voted for you!!” He stuck his hand out hoping she would stop by to shake it (which she, very graciously did). It was by far one of the funniest things I’ve seen all year. The best part…he was completely serious.
Also, it should be known that everyone who met Melinda said she was one of the nicest celebrities they’ve ever met. Turns out she really is as sweet as she seemed on TV.
Ok, outside of baseball, there is a bedazzled jacket wearing rock star coming into town this Saturday, and I’ll admit, I’m not sure if I’ll laugh or cheer when I see the outfits he sports when he comes on stage.
I’m also quite intriuged to hear how loud the crowd is for “Sweet Caroline.” I think I might get the chills for that one. And yes, I do realize how embarrassing that is. I just don’t care.
“Sweet Caroline,” of course, was written about Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK), and has been played in Fenway Park since 2001. Ironically enough, the first year “Sweet Caroline” was played at every single Red Sox home game was 2004. Coincidence??
Also, while we’re on the subject of concerts, I want to pass along our condolences to the family and friends of the very talented LeRoi Moore, the saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band. As I’m sure many of you know, the Dave Matthews Band played Fenway Park in the summer of 2006. Moore passed away from sudden complications following an ATV accident.
And after somewhat of a hiatus, I’m happy to bring the return of the fan photo of the week! This week, I’m highlighting a great photo of Dan, formerly of Hampden, Maine. This was taken while Dan was in the Chilean Andes, near Santiago, Chile. I feel like this is one of those Leonardo DiCaprio “I’m the kind of the world!” type moments. If you’d like to send your Sox photo in, please email it to me at email@example.com.
All is pretty quiet in the Front Office today. We just read a few more Laffy Taffy jokes (none of them worth sharing). And while we’re on the subject of not worth sharing…let’s talk about the performance of the Front Office employees at our weekly (when the team is not in town) Front Office basketball league…a little rusty ladies and gents…I expect better next time around. Embarrassing pictures will be spared this time…
All the best from inside the Front Office!
“The Voice of the Nation”
PS – I should mention that not everybody was rusty at basketball. Really, it was just me.