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The 2010 Boston Red Sox — Put a Fork in Em’

Pedroia Red Sox

This picture really shows how small Pedroia actually is, doesn't it?

This post has been a long time in coming, but alas, there is now no way to avoid it — the 2010 Red Sox are toast. Burnt. Finished. Done. As of writing this post the Sox have 30 games to play, and are 7 games off the wild card pace. Ain’t happening.

While many Boston writers wrote the Sox off as early as mid-July, I held out far longer than most. Yes, it’s partially cause I want to “believe.” But it’s not like good play couldn’t have gotten the Sox right back in it. At one point last week they were a mere 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East. But at this point, they are short on time, talent, and inspiration. As a fan its most disappointing to see that they couldn’t put a decent run together.

That being said, I can’t really feel surprised. This was certainly a very interesting season in many ways. If you had told me at the beginning of the year that the Red Sox would claim Johnny Damon off waivers and Clay Bucholz would lead the league in ERA I would have given you more markers to huff. Theo Epstein chose a defense and pitching strategy which seemed strange in the AL east, yet in resulted in one of baseball’s most potent offenses and a rather lackluster pitching staff.

At the end of the day, you can throw the excuse card at me all day long, but that would just be you making excuses — the Red Sox season was simply derailed by injuries.  At this point Dustin Pedroia has missed 58 games, while Kevin Youkilis has missed 31 and is out for the rest of the season. Both players were off to great starts. Jacoby Ellsbury, a key offensive piece, has missed 115 games. His defensive replacement, Mike Cameron, has missed over half of the season. Josh Beckett has pitched under 100 innings, and Victor Martinez missed 23 games — during which backup catcher Jason Varitek got injured and found himself on the disabled list. And that’s just the beginning of the Sox woes this season. I simply have never seen a string of injuries this severe, which is most disappointing. Nobody wants to see the baseball season end in September.

I am however happy that I feel like I can look forward to next season with a huge amount of optimism. Despite all of the injuries and widespread criticism of Theo Epstein’s pitching and defense strategy, the Red Sox are 16 games over .500. Imagine if they had stayed fairly healthy? Needless to say, they’d be right in it, if not on top. Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, and David Ortiz are the heart and soul of this team, and 2/3 of that heart is missing. Imagine if A-Rod and Texiera were missing in New York? Or Longoria and Crawford in Tampa? It’s a scary thought. And I think Theo knows he better step up his game this offseason.

So who’s going to step up and beat the Yankees for me?

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Shaq, Youkilis — Thoughts on Boston Sports

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The Celtics signing Shaq and Kevin Youkilis’ thumb injury are both topics that deserve their own posts, but I have a video too good to not share with you all today — in lieu of time we will keep this brief.

Kevin Youkilis — Youk is out for the rest of the season with a rare thumb injury — suffered against the stupid Cleveland Indians. This is just too much. Youk is probably our best all around player, and we simply can’t make the run that we need to without him and Pedroia in the line-up. We need Pedroia back asap, but frankly, I think this is the injury that pushes the Red Sox over the edge — and ultimately out of the playoffs. I hope I’m wrong. Notes: On a slightly brighter note, Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam last night, following the Indians intentionally throwing at him and the benches clearing the previous night. Way to go, Adrian.

Shaq — Although Jim Rome and the rest of the world seem to be hating on the Celtics move in picking up Shaq, I honestly love it. When Kendrick Perkins went down in the NBA finals versus the Lakers, we suddenly didn’t have a single player capable of defending the Lakers’ big men. Now, all of a sudden, we can choose from Shaq, Kendrick Perkins, or Jermaine O’neil. That’s pretty awesome in my book. Sure Shaq is 38, slowed up, and not the player he used to be. But he’s still a huge body that smaller centers need help to defend, and he can open up looks for Ray Allen and Paul Pierce when he’s not turning and dunking. He averaged something like 13 points and 7 boards a game last year, but he did it in 23 minutes per game. That’s still pretty damn good production, and that’s exactly how the Celtics should use him — sparingly, but effectively. Plus, he adds to the Celtics already awesome chemistry. Plus plus, he cost us nothing. My picks for the NBA’s best team next year, in order: Heat, Celtics, Lakers.

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Lowell, Beckett Key in a Big Night for the Red Sox

Mike Lowell

Kudos to Mike Lowell, who slapped Red Sox owner John Henry around a bit by blasting a home run over the green monster on the first pitch he saw since returning to the Red Sox. While Lowell was busy hitting 3 home runs for the PawSox last week, Henry was actively trying to get him traded. This guy has never gotten any respect in his career — for a clutch performer and World Series MVP, he is wildly underrated. Not to mention his glove.

Kudos also to Josh Beckett who pitched a 3-hit, 8 strikeout gem needing only 103 pitches through 8 complete innings. Beckett was then taken out of the game as he was busy brawling with the Indians. You can see the video on ESPN.com. Beckett is listed at 6’5 and 225 pounds — and he looked very mad.

This game was a key win for the Red Sox, firing up a team that now is missing their two best players (Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia). Now is the time for them to start making a run.

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