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Entries from Empyreal Environs tagged with “Patriots Day”

Buck Up

Clay Buchholz started off well enough but unraveled in third inning. Of the eight batters he faced in the frame only Adam Jones didn’t have a hit. But Jones came to bat with runners at the corners and even his fielder’s choice score a run. Since returning to Fenway Park and calling up Brock Holt the Red Sox offense has improved somewhat, but not enough to overcome a six-run third inning and an extra run tacked on late in the game. The Red Sox rallied in the fifth inning, putting up a three-spot sparked by Xander Bogaerts’s leadoff walk. Jackie Bradley, Jr. drove Bogaerts in with a ground-rule double to right, Brock Holt lofted a sac fly to plate David Ross, and Dustin Pedroia fired a double down the left field line to score Bradley, Jr. Ross and Mike Napoli homered in the seventh and eighth respectively. The local nine scraped up a run in the ninth with the bases loaded on Napoli’s ground out, but Mike Carp grounded out to Chris Davis for the final out. Although the Red Sox didn’t win on Patriots’ Day they are showing signs that this homestand is serving them well. On every Marathon...

What It Means to be a Patriot

Remember why we fought for liberty. Fight for those who are not treated equally. The pursuit of happiness. My thoughts and prayers to those who were affected by the bombing in Boston today. Game 12: April 15, 2013 Tampa Bay Rays4-8 2 L: Joel Peralta (0-1) HR: Evan Longoria (1) Boston Red Sox8-4 3 H: Koji Uehara (3)BS, W: Andrew Bailey (1, 1-0) 2B: Stephen Drew (1), Mike Napoli (4)3B: Jacoby Ellsbury (3)HR: Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2)...

Dropped

Game 21: April 21, 2008 Rangers 3 L: Dustin Nippert (1-2) 7-13, 4 game losing streak Red Sox 8 W: Clay Buchholz (1-1) 14-7, 5 game winning streak Highlights: Even with Co-Player of the Week Manny Ramirez taking a breather (a well-deserved break with his 10-24 and four homers in the last seven games), the Red Sox smacked 12 hits (including four doubles). Julio Lugo in particular took a shine to the Rangers’ pitching. The veteran shortstop, perhaps feeling the pressure because of Jed Lowrie’s outstanding debut, turned in a 4-for-4 performance with a double, a run batted in, and a base on balls. Nederland, Texas native Clay Buchholz faced off against a team from his home state surrounded by many familiar faces from his Triple-A days: Jacoby Ellsbury led off, Dustin Pedroia manned the keystone sack, Jed Lowrie took over at the hot corner, and Joe Thurston spelled Manny Ramirez in left. Not only were there friends on his side of the ball but he opposed a pair of his former Pawtucket teammates, too: Kason Gabbard was the Rangers’ starting pitcher and David Murphy batted seventh and played right field. Texas seems to spawn great athletes in abundance....

Ballistic Pizza

Red: Patriot fan/pizza hurlerYellow: Pepsi Fan of the Game/pizza recipientLight blue dotted line: Probable pizza trajectory Who comes to baseball games scheduled for 10 AM in hurricane-like conditions? Red Sox fans. In the landscape of extinction, precision is next to godliness.— Samuel Beckett Cabrera and Youkilis were kibitzing when the shortstop got on in the fifth thanks to a walk. Hideki Okajima shut down the side in the seventh. Francisco Rodriguez’s violent delivery on display in the eighth. The Red Sox celebrated a successful homestand. Papi and Tina converse post-game. The final line....

Inundate

Game 11: April 16, 2007 Angels 2 L: Ervin Santana (1-2) 6-7, 4 game losing streak1-1-1 series record Red Sox 7 W: Josh Beckett (3-0) 7-4, 3 game winning streak1-1-0 series record Highlights: Julio Lugo played like Derek Jeter’s over-hyped defensive reputation. Beckett gave up his first home run of the season to old friend Orlando Cabrera in the first inning; the wind was kind to the Angels shortstop. Wally donned a slicker to protect himself from the nor’easter. I abhor when people come late to games. I am a long-time heckler of these shirkers and ne’er-do-wells who typically appear in the fourth inning after having spent innings the first third of the game at an area watering hole and yet still somehow managed to stumble through the turnstiles and make their way to a seat near enough to me for me to wonder if there’s such a thing as sidestream drunkenness. So imagine my embarrassment when it was me who entered the game just as David Ortiz hit his fourth homer of the season. Yesterday my street was flooded because of the storm and it didn’t help that my departure time coincided with high tide. My first attempt...


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