Your Titanic Red Sox

What is up with the AAA-tacular Sox lineup tonight?  Did the whole team come down with some airborne flu on their charter flight from Texas?  Is Terry channeling the ghost of Ralph Houk, circa his near-death Sox stint?  Cora, Bellhorn, Stern, Mirabelli, Millar all in at the same time?  God help us if this is any sign of things to come, we’ll be looking up in the standings in no time whatsoever.  The ship be sinking…at least tonight.

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  • Boneheaded play of the night:
    Trot Nixon being picked off of second with 2 outs and the bases loaded on a 2-0 count.
    I would call this a brainfart, but Trot hasn’t yet exhibited possession of said brain to warrant such a classification.

    SF July 7, 2005, 8:45 pm
  • Edit: Bonehead play of the day goes to Philly Francona’s time alone in the Managers office when filling out the lineup card. No Damon, Manny, Varitek, or Renteria? What the hell kind of bonehead plan was this?
    On another note, I have been a avid supporter of Kevin Millar during this season’s terrible slump, but for this guy to come out and say what he said on EEI (see dirtgogs) is unacceptable. In response, and much like the rest of RSN, I say – take your terrible looking at bats and mediocre defense with you when you go loudmouth. It’s one thing to shoot off your mouth all the time if it’s warranted or you happen to actually be making contact with the basebal, but it’s entirely another when you have neither. Goodbye Vazquez, goodbye Payton (and thank you for the good defense and good at bats this year), and hopefully, goodbye Millar –
    Hello Jason Schmidt.

    Brad-SF July 7, 2005, 9:28 pm
  • I think tonight’s lineup was due to the non-off day and playing three games in the notorious Texas heat, as well as Cabrerra sporting an OBA of .192 (or so) against righties, so pretty much every lefty wound up in the lineup. Makes sense, I suppose, though I still can’t understand why Mirabelli (R) would start as opposed to Tek (S). Unless it’s to save Tek for tomorrow and Saturday or something like that.
    It was still a weird lineup, though. And why the hell was a career .243 hitter in the leadoff spot?! Stupid.
    It’s all moot anyway at this point. If Trotsky hadn’t been picked off, or if the rain had stayed away, the Sox might’ve won tonight. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.

    Sox Fan in VT July 8, 2005, 12:13 am
  • What’s the thinking on Schilling being the closer? That he’s the best they’ve got, or that his starts at Pawtucket haven’t been good? Does he know how to warm up quickly?
    Olerud is hitting, but the way he just faded away in the postseason last year was mysterious. Millar would be wise to quiet up and wait and see.

    john yf July 8, 2005, 7:09 am
  • Schilling is not the closer, as far as I have read. He’s in the pen. He can’t warm up quickly (see Damon’s comments on this at Dirt Dogs). All in all, Schilling in the pen is not ideal on any level. He’s clearly still hurt.

    SF July 8, 2005, 7:31 am
  • Olerud did not fade in the playoffs. (remember the homer off Pedro in Game 2 of the ALCS?) He was injured, that’s all

    Will July 8, 2005, 8:25 am
  • The injury was mysterious because no one talked about it, and then they let him go after the season and signed Tino. Tino had one great hot streak this season, but no one expected him to hit, and for the year he’s down to .225. Take out the hot streak and he must be way below the Mendoza Line.
    Was Olerud the only one who thought he was so injured he couldn’t play? Did the team feel let down by him? There was just something strange.

    john yf July 8, 2005, 9:50 am
  • John:
    Olerud had surgery in November to repair torn ligaments in his ankle. Where’s the mystery, exactly?

    SF July 8, 2005, 10:55 am

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