No Late Inning Heroics As Sox Fall To The Rangers

A day after news of David Ortiz’s shooting came out, the Red Sox hosted the Texas Rangers. Prior to the game, the Red Sox honored Ortiz with a moment of silence. Both fans and players reflected on Ortiz, and wished him a speedy recovery. Fans were looking for a win for Papi. However, the game didn’t end with any late inning heroics. The Red Sox didn’t show their inner “Big Papi” as they lost in extra innings to the Rangers.

Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Brock Holt’s single scored Michael Chavis to scorelate inning heroics the tying run. The Red Sox had multiple chances to win the game, however, nothing came of those chances. With Ryan Braiser on the mound the hopes of a win faded as the Rangers won 4-3 in eleven innings.

The Red Sox Respond Following Ortiz News

Sunday night sent shockwaves through Red Sox Nation. David Ortiz was shot in his hometown in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz, who is in stable condition following the shooting, was flown to Boston. Red Sox President Sam Kennedy told reporters that the Red Sox are bringing Ortiz to Boston for further medical treatment.

Players, coaches, and former players were all in shock. Alex Cora and Jason Varitek spoke to the press about Ortiz. Both of them spoke highly of Ortiz, and wished him a full recovery. By watching them speak, one can see their concern for Ortiz. The reaction and response from around MLB shows that this is more than just a game. Baseball truly is a community.

Holt’s Late Inning Heroics Couldn’t Pull The Sox To Victory

This game saw the match up of Chris Sale and Mike Minor. Sale, coming off a great start in his last outing in Kansas City, was looking for win number three. Minor, who has been known as the Red Sox’s punching bag, was looking for win number six.

Right off the bat, things were looking up for Boston. With one out in the first, Andrew Benintendi hit a two run home run. This allowed Sale to have a comfortable lead right away. Sale went seven innings, allowing one run and striking out ten. The Sox lined up the win. Brandon Workman pitched a solid eighth inning. Matt Barnes, however, allowed two runs to score. This put the Rangers up 3-2.

In the bottom of the ninth, Shawn Kelley allowed Chavis to reach base by walking him. With two outs in the inning, Brock Holt’s late inning heroics scored Chavis with a single. Holt would be the final out of the inning after being tagged out at home.

Even with the bases loaded in the bottom of the tenth, the Red Sox batters couldn’t spark any late inning heroics. Benintendi stuck out, and Xander Bogaerts lined out to the center fielder. This brought the game to the eleventh, and brought Ryan Braiser into the game.

Braiser’s first batter, Danny Santana ripped a double to right field. Santana, who has been a thorn in the Red Sox’s side the whole game, would later score. Elvis Andrus singled later in the eleventh, scoring Santana. The bottom of the inning saw Chris Martin, the Rangers closer come in. Unfortunately, the Boston bats remained silent.

The Aftermath of the Game

As the game was coming to a close, media outlets reported that David Ortiz had landed at Logan Airport. Ortiz was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital where his care will continue.

The Red Sox announced that the Game 2 starter will be Darwinzon Hernandez who will make his first major league start. The last time he played in the big leagues was against the Tigers back on April 23rd. Hernandez went 2.1 innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.

The Red Sox also announced that Wednesday’s game will be at 4pm so that fans can watch Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals that will be taking place at TD Garden. Boston fans are looking for a double win on Wednesday. Go Red Sox and Go Bruins!

Defying the Odds – The Tale of Dustin Pedroia

From the moment he became a major league baseball player, Dustin Pedroia has been defying the odds. Many called him a bust. Many believed that due to his size, he could never cut it in the big leagues. Here we are fourteen years later. The long time second baseman for the Red Sox is taking a leave from the team. It was announced on Monday that Pedroia is going to take some time to figure things out.

Now, what does that mean? Have we seen the last of the Lasershow? Many fans believedefying the odds that he’s about to hang up his spikes and call it a career. Others think differently. It’s a tough situation for Pedroia, who has been the heart and soul of this team from the very beginning.

Defying the Odds Since Day One

Like many members of Red Sox Nation, we take notice when a new player gets called up to the big leagues. August 22nd 2006 was no different. Fans were wondering who this rookie infielder from Woodland, California was. All that they knew about him was that he was doing well enough in Pawtucket to get the call every player looks to get.

Pedroia isn’t your average infielder, but he won the heart of the Nation. He was a dirt dog on the field. Many dismissed him due to his size, but he made them think twice when he was at second base. From his sweet swing, to the flash of leather, Pedroia is the definition of dirt dog. There was something special about that kid from California. Since 2006, Red Sox Nation got to witness Dustin Pedroia’s career.

Pedroia never gave up the fight to be the best. From winning Rookie of the Year in 2007, to MVP in 2008, he was a complete player. A definite force in the clubhouse, Pedroia led the Red Sox to three World Series Championships. This last one, despite not being able to play, he was able to use his voice and lead. That is the reason why he is “Captain” material, and why he is respected in the clubhouse in Boston.

A Proven Leader In Boston

As mentioned, Pedroia is no doubt the heart and soul of the Red Sox. He has been part of this team for fourteen seasons. This also makes him the ultimate veteran player on the roster. Pedroia is one of the few that can say that they have been with the same organization throughout there career. Not many players can say that. Especially players who have been in the game as long as Pedroia has.

What Does the Future Hold For Pedroia?

“I’m at a point right now where I need some time.” – Dustin Pedroia.

Following the announcement that he is going to the 60 day injury list, the Red Sox held a press conference with Pedroia, Dave Dombrowski and Alex Cora. Pedroia, sporting a black shirt and a Red Sox cap, answered questions from the media. You can tell that he was fighting back emotions as questions were being asked. For a guy like Pedroia, who lives to compete, it’s tough to face reality.

With this leave of absence, maybe Pedroia will retire. It’s up to him and his family to determine what comes next. It hasn’t been an easy road for the 35 year old the past few seasons. For young fans, seeing a player who you’ve grown up watching every day retire, it’s a strange feeling. I only hope that when he does officially retire, the number 15 ends up in the right field rafters. Nobody should ever wear that number again.

When Should Fenway Host The Next All Star Game?

Before we know it, the 2019 All Star Game will be here. Many fans look forward to the next All Star game in July where their favorite players play on center stage. Of course, you can’t forget the Home Run Derby. There’s also the Celebrity Softball game. Am I the only one who watches that?

Anyways, the Red Sox have put their name in to be selected for the 2029 All Star Game. Ifnext all star game it’s held at Fenway Park that year, it’ll be exactly 30 years since the last one was played at Fenway Park.

The Midsummer Classic

If there’s one thing fans love to do, it’s bust the ballot box. Not literally, but close enough. Around the same time every year, fans hop online and vote for their favorite players until their fingers bleed. We all do it, don’t lie.

This year’s game is going to be held at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Home of the Cleveland Indians. This will be Cleveland’s sixth time hosting the game. The last time they hosted was in 1997.

This year’s game is special for the Red Sox, because the American League manager is Alex Cora. Since 1934, the managers for the All Star teams are the ones who led their teams to the World Series. Usually with this responsibility, the managers pick other managers to be on the bench. One can only wonder who Cora will choose to have at his side in Cleveland.

Are The Red Sox Ready To Host the Next All Star Game?

I think so. Why not, it’s been 20 years. The last time Fenway Park hosted the event, Ted Williams threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and stars like Tony Gwynn and Jeff Bagwell were playing. 1999 was also the year of the All Century Team. This team included Williams, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan and Willie Mays. 1999 was also the 70th All Star Game that included many current Hall of Famers, like Bagwell, Cal Ripken Jr, Gwynn, and Pedro Martinez.

In that game, not only did Williams throw out the ceremonial first pitch, but it was announced that the MVP Award would be named for him. Of course, it was only fitting that the first Ted Williams MVP went to Pedro Martinez. In the game, Martinez went two innings, and became the first pitcher in All Star Game history to strike out the side.

Since then, the game has been played in many cities, such as New York, San Diego, Arizona, Miami, Cincinnati, and most recently, Washington DC. Kansas City hosted the 2012 All Start game, Fenway’s 100th birthday. Why not have Fenway and the Red Sox have the 90th All Star Game? Hey, maybe Pedro can throw out the first pitch?

One Can Hope Fenway Will Host the Next All Star Game!

All we can do now is wait. Hopefully, Major League Baseball chooses Boston for the 2029 All Star Game, or maybe for an earlier one. They’ve already chosen Philadelphia for the 2026 game, in honor of America’s birthday.

With that in mind, don’t forget to vote for your favorite Red Sox players. We need to send them to Cleveland to join Alex Cora and to continue the American League dominance.

Dustin Pedroia setback: Is his role in jeopardy?

The latest version of a Dustin Pedroia setback reawakens whispers stemming from last season. They are whispers that the most loyal Pedroia supporters have tried to silence for over a year. The whispers that might suggest Pedroia’s career winding down, due to the nagging issues from his surgically repaired knee.

Yet another setback makes a timeline for Pedroia’s return unclear

News out of the Red Sox camp today proved quite discouraging. After being scratched Dustin Pedroia setbackfrom a Saturday start in Portland due to knee soreness, Pedroia reportedly suffered a setback after a doctor examined him on Monday. The news is troubling, seeing as the second baseman has already spent a month on the injured list with a bad knee.

At the time of his IL placement, it was reported that this knee issue was not related to the part of his knee that has undergone multiple surgeries. In an at bat in Yankee Stadium, Pedroia “felt something pop,” which led to his eventual rehab assignments up in Maine. More recently, he missed Saturday’s game as more of a precaution, given some general soreness. Pedroia had been rehabbing for a decently long stretch of games. The fact that he has endured another setback ensures he will be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.

If the latest issue really does differ from past knee injuries, then perhaps there is hope he can overcome it. As things currently stand, however, the signs point negative. Pedroia missed all but three games in 2018 due to that knee, and he fought through those limitations throughout 2017 as well. His former days as a masher and a dirt dog might well be a thing of the past. If he is to return in 2019, significant recovery will have to happen.

Pedroia will have competition for playing time once he returns

The self-proclaimed “Laser Show” has had a fantastic career in Boston, earning three World Series championships, an MVP, Rookie of the Year, four All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves, and a reputation for laying it all on the line. There’s no doubt that his aggressive style of play has provided many victories. It could also be said that his hunger to play daily through injuries is what is hampering him. With that, the door is creaking open for that playing time to be absorbed.

Michael Chavis currently makes the loudest case to take the spot away, as the rookie infielder has thrown up a torrid .282/.407/.563 line in his first 20 big league games. His versatility to also play at third and first base gives him the edge.

Eduardo Nunez recently returned from the IL and ripped a two-run homer in his first game back. But the veteran has not been overly productive otherwise in 2019. Meanwhile, fan favorite utilityman Brock Holt recently suffered his own setback due to a bad shoulder. His recovery timeline is indefinite.

The Dustin Pedroia setback has been a major cog in the machine that has resumed the franchise’s place as a premiere team. It would be a shame for the knee that he’s had fixed so many times continue to hold him back. If he continues to miss time, there might not be a spot for him to come back to.

Alex Cora’s 2019 Red Sox are back

Admit it, that April was horrendous. It was tough to watch. As the 2019 gates opened for the defending greatest single-season baseball team of all time, Red Sox fans were left puzzled. Something was off. Suddenly an offense that was capable of dropping 7 runs an inning at will last season, couldn’t get 7 hits a game. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley were dropping routine balls, Chris Sale’s fastball lost that zip. Fans couldn’t help but wonder if it would be another worst to first season. Alex Cora isn’t worried.

One person whom seemingly hasn’t been rattled by any of this, sophomore manager Alexcora Cora. Sox fans didn’t question him last season when he wanted to change the Red Sox approach in Spring Training and try to have the best March record. He thought that by installing a mentality of winning in Spring Training, it would put championship aspirations into the minds of this promising group. That group never looked back, on their way to 108 regular season wins and their fourth title since 2004.

Alex Cora is the perfect manager for this 2019 team.

This season, Cora had a different approach. With the shortened offseason due to the postseason success, Cora wanted to rest his starting pitching. Sale, Price and Eovaldi merely didn’t pitch in March. He thought by resting these veteran arms, they would have more “Juice” later in the season, as supposed to the beginning.

So when Sale isn’t striking out the side on 9 pitches early in April, fans may be concerned. When he doesn’t have that upper 90s “Sale stuff” we are so accustom to seeing, fans may get concerned. But this is all part of reigning champion manager, Cora’s plan.

Now I sit here, looking at the Red Sox calendar on May 9th and I see just as many wins as I do losses. 19 wins to 19 losses for the reigning champs. If the season ended today, they would be a meager one and a half games out of a playoff spot. A spot that some media and fans alike, thought just two weeks ago, we wouldn’t ever see.

On May 8th, Chris Sale dazzled the Baltimore Orioles for 14 strikeouts, and 1 earned run in 8 innings. He pitched an immaculate 7th inning. Basically, vintage Chris Sale. That’s a performance we see from Chris Sale usually in early April. So maybe that Spring training approach has given him that much needed slower pace. A pace that will help him not fizzle out at times in August and September. That approach also will help him avoid that scary term, “dead arm,” that plagued Sale last season.

May 8th was a turning point to this years team.

That game also had Bradley leap up in the bottom of the 9th to rob Trey Mancini of a walk-off homerun. Those routine plays that he and Betts were missing in April, are now not only being made, but being made into memes. We will see that catch on 2019 highlight reels to come and its a reminder as to why Jackie is still in a Boston uniform. Its a reminder of that Cora philosophy of not panicking and letting the inevitable talent outweigh the early season flaws.

That game will be a turning point for this Red Sox team. Throw April out of the window. It’s a new season. 19-19 for the 2019 Red Sox. A team that will never be below .500 again.

Cora Deserves Respect for White House Decision

Alex Cora finally made his decision this week about whether he would go with the team to The White House to celebrate their World Series victory. Cora is not going. Neither are many of the other players including Xander Bogaerts, David Price, and Rafael Devers. Whether you agree with him or not on this issue, Cora deserves respect for his decision. He’s the manager, and he’s setting an example about doing what one feels is right in the face of adversity.

“The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a longcora deserves respect ways to go,” Cora is quoted as saying to the Associated Press. “That’s our reality. It’s pretty tough to go celebrate when we’re where we’re at. I’d rather not go and be consistent with everything.” Cora may have been referring to The White House’s claim that $91 billion was allocated to help rebuild Puerto Rico in the wake of a devastating hurricane. That number is well below what the unincorporated U.S. territory has actually received. While Cora did not specifically mention the president, it is difficult to ignore the white elephant in the room.

Red Sox Nation hasn’t hesitated at all to chime in with their opinion about Cora’s decision, many of them negative that question his patriotism and devotion to America. Some are angry that Cora isn’t showing respect for the U.S. President, whose office has a tradition of hosting victory celebrations for teams that won their respective championships. While this is true, today’s political climate has made it very challenging for sports teams to decide whether to visit The White House as part of their celebrations. Some say that teams should go regardless of who is president because that’s tradition. Others argue though that to go would not only validate the president’s controversial actions, but is a betrayal of their own feelings.

Cora Deserves Respect for Staying True to his Homeland

Cora is Puerto Rican and therefore American by birth. However, his primary allegiance is, and always will be, to his homeland. You can’t blame him for that. The fact that he made a well-thought out and articulate decision reflects his maturity. It also reflects his professionalism. In my view, he is saying that he will not partake in a celebration when there’s still so much to be done. Frankly, not only is he entitled to that belief, but he doesn’t really have to answer to anyone for his decision other than to ownership, and God.

The controversy to not attend such events at The White House is nothing new. The focus on a zero sum scenario where one side has to be completely correct and justified, and the other side can’t have even a modicum of respect makes it challenging to have rational discussions about this topic. Cora did not personally criticize anyone though. He showed his appreciation for what the government has done, but is also stating that there’s much more to do. Furthermore, Cora is not obligated to fulfill anyone’s definition of patriotism or loyalty. While he will have to accept any consequences of his decision, it doesn’t make him any less of a man. Going to The White House wouldn’t make him a patriot anymore than standing in a garage would make him a car.

I commend Cora for standing up for himself, and more importantly, for Puerto Rico. There’s a rich history of athletes, both Democrat and Republican, who received their fair share of criticism for making similar decisions. At the end of the day, anyone who says that Cora is making a political statement is missing the point. If anything, they’re contradicting themselves by trying to make it about politics. It’s not about politics, it’s about doing what he thinks is right. With that said, Cora deserves respect for his decision not to go to The White House.