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Halfway Home

All three teams topping the American League East won yesterday so none of the troika gained an advantage. In addition to their half-game advantage over the Red Sox the Yankees have more starters on the All-Star roster. Here’s the breakdown for the AL East leadersYankees: Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera Reserve: Alex RodriguezRed Sox: Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester Reserves: Adrian Beltre, David Ortiz Injured: Dustin Pedroia, Victor MartinezRays: Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, David PriceSince Boston has 10, count ’em, 10 players on the disabled list, the fewer players who need to jet to Los Angeles during the Midsummer Classic the better as far as I am concerned. I can’t help think that Joe Girardi had nefarious thoughts when he appointed Buchholz and Lester even though they deserved to be on the roster. If all goes well this will be the first of many selections for the pair of aces. Clean-up hitter Kevin Youkilis leads his team in runs and is tied for second in runs batted in but also tops the list on hit by pitch. The Red Sox first baseman will be on the ballot for the fan selection. Girardi’s selection of Miguel Cabrera...

Invitation

Game 81: July 5, 2009 Mariners4BS, L: Miguel Batista (2, 5-3)42-39, 1 game losing streak Red Sox8W: Justin Masterson (3-2)49-32, 1 game winning streak Highlights: David Ortiz gave Tim Wakefield a huge hug right in the middle of the pitcher’s in-game interview. Wakefield became the second-oldest player to make an All-Star team; in 1953 46-year old Satchel Paige represented the St. Louis Browns. Terry Francona obviously does not consult the promotional calendar when he makes his lineups. It was Rhode Island Day at Fenway and Rocco Baldelli, one of four active major leaguers born in Little Rhody*, rode pine. Francona was probably too embroiled in his plan to wind Tim Wakefield up about the All-Star Game. The skipper tried to play a joke on his veteran pitcher by calling him into the office after he had distributed everyone else’s All-Star gear; but “cheesed up” very quickly. The man has been waiting almost two decades, Tito!The burning issue in Rhode Island at the moment is whether or not to drop “Providence Plantations” from its official name. The place name had nothing to do with plantations in the sense used in the South; rather, the state’s connection to slavery came from merchants...

Six Tickets for Red Sox

お目出度うご座います。Omedettō gozaimasu means “congratulations” expressed in the polite form. One uses the polite form to those whom one respects, and Hideki Okajima’s 2007 statistics command such deference: 41 innings pitched, 2 wins, 4 saves, 0.88 ERA, 10 walks, 37 strikeouts, 4 earned runs. The fans agreed and submitted 4.3 million votes for Okajima so that he could join Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, and Manny Ramirez in San Francisco for the All-Star Game. Tom Caron on NESN thought that Kevin Youkilis might have a chance to join them since Alex Rodriguez has pulled up lame. Just one more plot line to follow to leading up to the Midsummer Classic....

Neshek Courts Skinhead, Yankee Votes

In the heated race for the final spot on the American League All-Star roster, Minnesota Twins reliever Pat Neshek urged two of his largest bases of support, skinheads and Yankee fans, to “rock the vote.” Neshek admitted there is sizable overlap between the two groups, but is unconcerned because fans have unlimited votes. “If there’s one thing my proponents are known for it is their zeal.” Neshek characterized his campaign as one of two choices for those supporting truth, justice, and the American Way. “You got Kelvim Escobar, born in Venezuela and playing out there in that leftist hotbed California, and Roy Halladay, who was born in Colorado but chooses to be a turncoat by pitching for an entire nation of liberal pansies,” said Neshek as he summarized his opponents’ shortcomings. “Jeremy [Bonderman] is pretty American, but I was born in Wisconsin, which was admitted into the United States 41 years before his home state, Washington, was,” conceded Neshek. “He plays for a city that is true blue, Detroit, so I find him an acceptable option should voters not select me.” Neshek explained his particular enmity towards Boston Red Sox set-up man Hideki Okajima. “I really feel for that city,...

Get the Man to San Fran

The signed behind home plate transliterated said, “Okajima-senshu ni tōhyōshiyō.” Translated to English it exhorted, “Let’s vote for Okajima!” Here’s the link to vote. Senshu is the honorific applied to athletes, tōhyō means vote, and the verb ending shiyō is the volitional or hortative conjugation. Or, as Jonathan Papelbon said, “Let’s get my man to San Fran, it’s closer to Japan.” By the time the game started Okajima pulled ahead of Jeremy Bonderman. This sign probably helped, along with my constant prodding....

Oki Doki!

Kevin Youkilis isn’t in the running even though he deserves a spot on the All-Star roster, but you can still support another Red Sox player. Vote for Hideki Okajima through this link. Once you enter your information, you can click on the “vote again” link and the form will be auto-filled. Josh Beckett, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, and Manny Ramirez would probably enjoy the company. Okajima’s head should only be allowed to hang during his follow-through. Vote early and often....


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