I was going to rip Ortiz for trying to score on Cespedes' arm on a short single to left. Replay showed he was waved around by the third base coach. WTF? Could have had runners on first and third with no outs, but traded that for a runner on second with one out. No way Ortiz was going to get his fat butt home from second on that hit.
Used to be a lot of fun tailgating at Giants Stadium. That is, until my SIL went nutso. She was a practicing attorney and wound up really tight. She would pick fights with people tailgating near us over the slightest thing. Stopped going to games with her, and we would go with other people.
Ben Cherington out as Boston Red Sox general manager...
Red Sox hire Dave Dombrowski as president; Ben Cherington out as GM
I'd be stunned if they aren't negotiating Farrell's dismissal as well. His recent cancer diagnosis makes that a tricky move from the PR viewpoint but I think it has to happen.
Then again, maybe with a President/GM giving Farrell the right pieces, he could Manage a contender.
I suspect Cherington will take the rest of the year off, then rejoin Theo in Chicago in some capacity.
Not that it matters now, but the offense has put up 62 runs over the last six games.
I'm not surprised that Cherington stepped down. There was no way he was going to take a demotion to assistant GM under Dombrowski who although is president of baseball ops will be the GM just like he was in Detroit.
Interesting that he said in his press conference today that the decision makers are the guys upstairs.
The root cause problem was clearly Lucchino. Now that he is gone, there is hope.
I still can't believe they're firing Don Orsillo for the crap NESN ratings for Sox games. Last place team. Getting blown out by 10 runs and Remy/Orsillo do their thing to fill dead air. Blame the announcer. Hello?
Firing Orsillo is a dumbass move, and I'm not even a Sox fan.
JBJ has a higher slugging percentage than Fat Papi. Really tired of Fatso's antics. Now the huge gold chain with medallion and the 70s disco open jersey look. What an ass.
Edit: JBJ hasn't grounded into a DP, too. Guess (1) he's too fast, (2) batting 9th means people above you aren't on as much, (3) it's a K when he makes an out, and (4) did I say he's fast.
Liked the throw from the LF corner to hold A-Rod to a single last night.
Last edited by Cooper; 09-02-2015 at 08:29 AM.
JBJ has only played in 44 games. Ortiz has a 3 month batting slump averaged into his statistics. He was on all the sportswriters "Most disappointing" lists two months ago. Let Ortiz get his 500 home runs and have his swan song retirement year next year. The team won three World Series with the guy. He's headed to the Hall of Fame if he doesn't get caught in some juicing scandal. It's not like the fans have anything else to cheer for with a last place team. I don't see a worst-to-first miracle next year.
I'm wondering when the bottom drops out on Fenway season ticket sales. It's corporate money buying the tickets and a lot of those seats sit empty because companies can't give the tickets away to see AAA-quality baseball. The seat is sold so it counts as paid attendance even if nobody shows up so they're still showing 35,000 average attendance even though there are a lot of empty seats. If NESN is in the dumpster to the point where they fire the announcer, their TV ratings must be awful. I imagine Comcast has the data from every set-top box and is playing hardball with the cable contract and it's tough to sell advertising at premium prices when nobody is watching. It's tough to meet payroll when all the revenue sources dry up.
Ortiz hits #499 and #500. Witnessed by maybe 10,000 at the Trop in St Petersburg.
Here is an MLB.com link to a clean video that is better than the crappy YouTube one I found.
The Sox need pitching. You can't win when the best starting pitcher on your staff would be a #3 on a good team. Only Detroit has a worse team ERA this year. Buchholz is the only starter with a sub-4 ERA and he's done his usual thing where he has missed 10+ starts and only pitched 113 innings.
Switched to MLB network right after no. 500.
"And Ortiz has hit number 500. Important that he did it today since they start a road trip tomorrow. Make that they have one more home game after today, then go on the road. In the long history of Fenway Park, he is the first player to hit number 500 there ... " Pause. "Oh, he hit it on the road."
Other announcer: "I like your story better."
"Never let facts get in the way of a good story."