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Down on the Uptons

Have B.J. Upton’s ways rubbed off on his brother Justin since they have been together on the Braves? Justin, the “little” brother, played Fenway’s left field too deep. Even Steve Lyons noticed that anything over his head would hit the wall anyway so Justin should have moved in a bit. This was proven in the eighth inning when Brock Holt’s single dropped in front of the left fielder. Not only did Justin come up short he let the ball get by him, allowing Holt to take second base. Xander Bogaerts drove in Holt with a soft liner to right-center, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of the visitors. Dustin Pedroia reached base when his rookie counterpart Tommy La Stella miscommunicated with Andrelton Simmons. Pedroia’s slow bounder came up the middle and La Stella thought Simmons was going to field it. Instead it got through to La Stella behind the keystone sack. An experienced middle infielder pair would have turned a double play but instead the Red Sox had runners at first and second with none out. A.J. Pierzynski’s then dropped a single into shallow center. B.J. ran up to field it but it clanked off his glove. Brian Butterfield...

Long Distance Relationship

I can’t wait for the long distance part of my relationship with the Red Sox to be over. I just couldn’t miss two consecutive games in a row, but my computer conspired against me. After two years of faithful service the speakers on my Compaq 6910p no longer work. I tried to reinstall the speaker drivers to no avail. I discovered that something is wrong with the speaker drivers, not with the sound itself, so when I used headphones I could listen to the WEEI broadcast. Hunched over a laptop, alone in a hotel room 437 miles from Fenway: not the ideal way to experience the Red Sox, but it’s better than no baseball. Although Joe Castiglione is a skillful radio broadcaster, seeing the video replay of Chris Young’s snare of Victor Martinez’s fly ball to deep center was impressive. Castiglione mentioned that Young’s cap went askew in the collision with the wall and that he seemed shaken up by the impact, so I specifically looked for those things in the highlight reel. Indeed, the center fielder jogged away from the wall rubbing his ribs, his hat jauntily tilted like a dandy’s. Unlike other outfielders we could mention, his ribs...


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