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Wade Rage

Wade Miley was born in 1986. In true Millennial spirit Miley ripped into authority figure John Farrell after he was pulled from the game. Miley lasted four innings with nine hits (three of them home runs) and five earned runs. “But I didn’t walk anyone and I struck out three!” yelled Miley as he stalked Farrell in the dugout. Dennis Eckersley was not impressed by Miley’s behavior. On the positive side David Ortiz clouted a solo homer in the eighth inning. Pablo Sandoval went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. If these two ailing bats recover perhaps the season can be salvaged. It wasn’t enough for the Red Sox to avoid a series sweep against a divisional rival. Maybe get a few more Red Sox batters sippin’. Off the field Tonya Carpenter, the fan who was critically injured by a shattered bat at Fenway, was upgraded to “good” condition. Game 61: June 11, 2015 Boston Red Sox27-34 5 L: Wade Miley (5-6) 2B: Pablo Sandoval (6), Mookie Betts (12)HR: David Ortiz (7) Baltimore Orioles29-30 6 W: Chris Tillman (4-7)H: Brad Bach (4), Chaz Roe (1)S: Zach Britton (17) 2B: Adam Jones (10), Delmon Young (6)HR: Jones (10), Nolan Reimold (1),...

Big Time

Forget being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Dennis Eckersley is represented in a mascot race. That is baseball immortality. Not only is Eckersley’s inspiring come-from-behind win chronicled in the video below but also Don Orsillo and Eckersley’s awkward white man high five is captured for posterity. Your browser does not support iframes. And unlike the Red Sox, Eck won! In real life Rickey Henderson would win that race with one leg. Next season they should add Charlie O. Finley chasing after Rollie Fingers with a price gun. The Hall of Fame mascots watched on as Dustin Pedroia homered in the sixth inning. He drove in Brock Holt, who singled with one out in the inning. The Red Sox scored only two runs off the formidable Oakland pitching staff. The Oakland Athletics have scored 377 runs and allowed 243 runs. Their Pythagorean W-L record of 50-23 is ahead of their actual record of 45-28, but even with the shortfall they lead the American League. The Los Angeles Angels have rebounded from their slow start to keep pace in the Wild Card race with Detroit and New York. Across San Francisco Bay the Giants lead their division with the...

Real Heroes

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his rescuer, Carlos Arredondo, threw out the ceremonial first pitch last night. Bauman had both his legs blasted off and Arredondo held his severed artery shut. Arredondo couldn’t save his own sons, one who perished in the Iraq War and another who took his life out of grief for his slain brother. But he could save another man’s son. It was the first time the pair had been honored together since the terrorist attack. Your browser does not support iframes. This game was enjoyable not just because we could honor true heroes but also because Pedro Martinez visited the booth. Adding to the mix was Dennis Eckersley, who was filling in for Jerry Remy. It was amazing to hear two all-time greats talking about how and why a current ace, Cliff Lee, was dominating the home team. Pedro stated that one of his idols was Reggie Jackson; he even spent his last dollars on a ball autographed by him. I can’t wait for him to rib Jackson about that, just as Rickey Henderson did when, as a young fan, he was handed a pen with Jackson’s name on it rather than an autograph....

Dennis the Menace

Dennis Eckersley seems to jinx games where he is engaged as a color analyst. Don Orsillo recalled an extra innings contest replete with rain delays that didn’t end until approximately three in the morning. At the top of the third Eckersley marveled at Mark Reynolds’s strikeout rate and noted that slumping slugger had yet to smack a home run this season. Seconds later the ball found the standing room only aisle on the Green Monster, tying the game 1-1. In the bottom half of the third Adrian Gonzalez led the return volley with a long line drive single to left. Dustin Pedroia doubled but Gonzalez could only advance to third. Both runners advanced on David Ortiz’s ground out and Pedroia tagged scored on Cody Ross’s sacrifice fly. But for every advantage the local nine gained the Orioles had an answer. The next frame commenced with Jon Lester walking Adam Jones on four pitches, which annoyed Eckersley almost as much as Baltimore’s defensive gaffes. The second least likely player on the field to triple did so — Matt Wieters’s fly ball glanced off the ideal spot on the right field padding to elude Ross. Wilson Betemit may be awkward in the...


Game 56: June 6, 2009 Rangers1L: Derek Holland (1-3)32-23, 1 game losing streak Red Sox8W: Jon Lester (5-5)33-23, 1 game winning streak Highlights: Don Orsillo has an unusual amount of experience in calling no-hitters for someone who has been a major league play-by-play man since only 2001. His first game was Hideo Nomo’s no-hitter against the Orioles and he has since announced no-hitters by Derek Lowe, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. This game had everything: a perfect game bid, a disputed home run, a balk, a double steal, and a David Ortiz home run.Last night Dennis Eckersley contained himself and didn’t say baseball’s n-word, but as before, his restraint (or lack thereof) did not determine the outcome of the game. It was Jon Lester’s combination of his fastball velocity and location set against his deceptive breaking ball delivery that bewildered the Rangers’ hitters for nine innings.Only Michael Young could solve the southpaw pitcher. The Texas third baseman broke up the perfect game with one out in the seventh. Lester’s fastball caught too much of the plate and the instant the ball came off Young’s bat it was clear that not even Jacoby Ellsbury would run down the missile.Lester received an...


Game 53: June 3, 2009 Red Sox10W: Josh Beckett (6-2)31-22, 3 game winning streak Tigers5L: Armando Galarraga (3-6)28-23, 2 game losing streak Highlights: Kevin Youkilis was cleated by Josh Anderson in the eighth. As the camera got a close-up of Youkilis writhing on the ground in pain, Don Orsillo taunted Dennis Eckersley: “What’s he saying, Eck?” Eckersley wasn’t falling for it, though. “I’m not going there any more,” the pitcher said resolutely. Where Dennis Eckersley will go is saying “no-hitter” right in the middle of one in the making. While I wouldn’t engage in jinxing, I don’t get incensed if others do, particularly someone in the broadcast booth. They have to call the game, after all.Eckersley was clearly excited about Josh Beckett’s pitching. He’s usually boisterous, but from the fifth inning on you could not stop him, you could only hope to contain him. Eck can’t help it, it’s a chemical imbalance.Beckett had the Detroit hitters completely off balance. He was painting with his fastball and touching up with his breaking pitches. The potential perfect game fell by the wayside early with Placido Polanco’s one-out base on balls in the first. After that baserunner another Tiger didn’t touch a bag...

Modori [戻り]

Game 42: May 22, 2009 Mets5W: Johan Santana (6-2)H: Bobby Parnell (8)S: Francisco Rodriguez (12)22-19, 1 game winning streak Red Sox3L: Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2)25-17, 1 game losing streak Highlights: “Modori” means return in Japanese. Like Matsuzaka I returned to Fenway last night; I was there to help kick off the series sweep against the Blue Jays and hoped to do the same for the opening of interleague play. Johan Santana had other ideas. Santana is one of those lefties that doesn’t rely on craft rather than stuff. His nasty repertoire had all the Red Sox hitters befuddled. Kevin Youkilis, who rarely get punched out, struck out swinging thrice, as did David Ortiz. Since his time off, Ortiz has had to face off against three southpaw starters, and one of them could legitimately be titled the best pitcher in baseball. Santana may have gone to the weaker senior circuit, but his pitching translates to any league.My voice is hoarse from trying to out-yell Mets fans. They were in full throat and it being May they weren’t choking. Come this September these Mets fans will have abandoned their garishly garbed team in favor of the Giants or Jets (whichever team is doing...


Game 26: May 4, 2009 Red Sox6W: Jon Lester (2-2)H: Ramon Ramirez (4)S: Jonathan Papelbon (7)16-10, 1 game winning streak Yankees4L: Phil Hughes (1-1)13-12, 2 game losing streak Highlights: Yankee fans longed for the good old days. Back on April 18, 1923, the day the original Yankee Stadium opened, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1. In fact, New York club swept the four-game series and went on to win the World Series. The times, they are a-changin’. Dennis Eckersley has found his new calling. As a color analyst he offers a distinct perspective: that of a Hall of Fame pitcher. As much as I appreciate Jerry Remy’s contributions in the booth, he approaches the game as a workaday ball player while Eckersley brings an elite player’s point of view.Eckersley comes from much the same era as Remy, an era where there was no interleague play, no 24-hour media coverage, no exorbitant salaries. If you played in the American League, guys in the other league were like aliens existing in an alternate reality. Pitchers played the same game and were on the same teams as hitters, but they were their own species.Eckersley is such a creature. I don’t doubt he...


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