Results tagged ‘ WBC ’

Hostage in the Red Sox Nation…

I can’t explain it.  Something has taken control of this blog, and I am powerless to stop it… 

 

 

As you know, I was annihilated by Julia of Julia’s Rants on Friday night, and I am continuing to serve my penance.  Only two more blogs until I am free!  Maybe she’ll let me off early for good behavior!

 

Hmmm…

 

 


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Maybe not…

 

Well, let’s begin Part 2 of the 4 part series. 

 

I was fortunate to have selected Julia’s favorite player when she was growing up for my first post-loss blog.  I don’t know if I will be as lucky with the second choice, however, this player was very memorable to me growing up in the 70’s.  I promise to get ‘more current’ in my last two blogs, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the player who had arguably one of the greatest games and seasons ever. 

 

In 1975, Fredric Michael Lynn burst onto the Major League scene and had…

 

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER

 

In perhaps one of the greatest single player accomplishments in major league history, Fred Lynn hit 3 home runs, 10 RBI, and had 16 total bases on June 18, 1975.

 

Boston Globe File Photo

 

The Red Sox were in Detroit facing the Tigers.  It was the third game of a three-game series.  Boston had already taken the first two games thanks to the heroics of Juan Beniquez, who had hit a triple to start the winning rally in the first game and homered to win the second game. 

 

For whatever reason, Fred had trouble sleeping on the morning of the 18th.  Maybe he had an intuition of things to come, as he was about to embark on a legendary day.  He got up early and walked the streets of downtown Detroit.  He headed to Tiger Stadium early for some extra batting practice, but no one could have expected what happened next.

 

 

 

In the first inning, the Red Sox were up 1-0, with Yaz on second when Fred came to bat.  Joe Coleman was on the mound for the Tigers.  Fred subsequently smashed an upper deck home run in right to give the Sox a 3-0 lead.

 

The next inning, with Yaz again on base along with shortstop Rick Burleson, Fred destroyed a Coleman pitch that hit the roof of the upper deck in left center.  The Sox led 7-1.

 

In the third inning, with Lerrin LaGrow pitching, he hit a triple (just missing another home run by three feet).  Two more runs scored to give the Sox an 11-1 lead.

 

In his only failed at-bat, Fred lined out to second base in the fifth.

 

Thanks to his hustle, he beat out an infield single in the sixth inning.

 

Finally, in the ninth inning, facing pitcher Tom Walker, he crushed another upper deck home run in right again to score three runs.

 

By the end of the game, which was won by the Sox, 15-1, Lynn had raised his batting average by 15 points. 

 

June 18, 1975 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan

 

Boston

AB

R

H

RBI

Detroit

AB

R

H

RBI

Beniquez lf

5

1

1

1

LeFlore cf

4

0

2

0

Burleson ss

3

3

2

0

Sutherland 2b

2

1

1

0

Griffin 2b

2

1

1

0

Knox 2b

2

0

0

0

Yastrzemski 1b

3

3

3

2

Meyer lf

4

0

1

1

Cooper 1b

3

1

1

0

Horton dh

4

0

1

0

Lynn cf

6

4

5

10

Oglivie pr,dh

0

0

0

0

Rice dh

4

1

2

0

Roberts rf

4

0

0

0

Evans ph, dh

2

0

0

0

Pierce 1b

4

0

0

0

Carbo rf

3

0

0

0

Rodriguez 3b

4

0

1

0

Miller rf

3

0

1

0

Wockenfuss c

2

0

0

0

Petrocelli 3b

3

1

3

1

Veryzer ss

3

0

0

0

Heise pr, 3b

1

0

0

0

Coleman p

0

0

0

0

Doyle 2b, ss

4

0

0

0

LaGrow p

0

0

0

0

Blackwell c

4

0

1

0

Reynolds p

0

0

0

0

Tiant p

0

0

0

0

Walker p

0

0

0

0

Cleveland p

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

Moret p

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

Segui p

0

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

TOTALS

46

15

20

14

 

33

1

6

1

 

Boston Red Sox                                   4     3     5        0     0     0        0     0     3     -     15       20       0

Detroit Tigers                                        1      0     0       0      0     0        0     0     0    -       1          6       2

 

Boston

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Tiant W (9-6)

6.0

3

1

1

1

4

Cleveland

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

Moret

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

Segui

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

9.0

6

1

1

1

4

 

Detroit

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Coleman L (3-10)

2.0

9

7

7

0

1

LaGrow

0.2

2

3

3

2

0

Reynolds

4.1

4

2

1

2

3

Walker

2.0

5

3

3

1

1

TOTALS

9.0

20

15

14

5

5

           

E-Veryzer 2 (10).  DP-Detroit 2.  PB-Wockenfuss (2).  2B-Boston Yastrzemski (11,off Coleman); Rice (12,off Coleman).  3B-Boston Burleson (1,off Coleman); Lynn (2,off Reynolds), Detroit Sutherland (3,off Tiant).  HR-Boston Lynn 3 (14,1st inning off Coleman 1 on, 1 out,2nd inning off Coleman 2 on, 2 out,9th inning off Walker 2 on, 1 out).  SB-Rice (3,3rd base off Coleman/Wockenfuss).  WP-Cleveland (6), Coleman (6).  U-HP-Jerry Neudecker, 1B-Art Frantz, 2B-Nick Bremigan, 3B-Jim McKean.  T-2:26.  A-13,029.

For the year, Fred Lynn hit .331 and led the AL in runs and doubles.  The left-handed centerfielder also hit 21 home runs and 105 RBI, with 103 runs scored.  He became the first player to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season.

Fred’s greatest season occurred in 1979.  He hit 39 HR, 122 RBI, with 116 runs scored, 42 doubles, 82 walks, and .333 batting average.

His ‘all-out’ style of play robbed him of a Hall of Fame career.  For all his strengths, his weakness was an inability to know when to hold back.  Nagging injuries robbed him of a Yaz-like career, but he still managed to play 17 seasons.  Other teams included the California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres.

For his career, he played 1,969 games; hit 306 HR; 1,111 RBI; and .283 batting average.

He was voted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002.

Fred Lynn was as talented as any player who has ever played this game…

In a trivia note, he roomed together with the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann when both were on the USC football team.

 

THE WBC AND OTHER STUFF…

 

It was miserable to watch Team USA play Puerto Rico on Saturday night as they were clobbered 11-1.

 

The game would have continued but they invoked the mercy rule in the 7th inning to put Team USA out of its misery…

 

 

My favorite player, Derek Jeter Kevin Youklis, went 0-for-3.

 

Team USA will play The Netherlands next in a game that could send DJ Youk home.

 

The WBC is also showing its negative impact with the injury suffered by Robinson Cano Dustin Pedroia.  The potential for injury is certainly the primary risk with the WBC, plus the competition forces the players to push it harder than they normally would at this point in spring training.  Hopefully, Cano Pedroia will be okay and back in camp in a few days.

 

In an unrelated note, A.J. Burnett Jon Lester pitched a very impressive four innings in exhibition play on Saturday.   He did not allow any runs, and is looking very solid as the season approaches.  He is certainly pitching like he deserves the contract he got is getting.

 

Also, Alex Rodriguez Mike Lowell seems to be progressing very well from the torn labrum surgery.

 

Julia, perhaps you can invoke the mercy rule on me? 

 


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By the way, the Crow stew was very tasty.  I am looking forward to dessert…

 

 

To be continued… 

Not Tonight, I Want to Watch the WBC…

The WBC is quite interesting after all…

 

I have to admit that I am starting to get caught up with the World Baseball Classic.  At first, I dismissed it as a ploy by the Commissioner and viewed it as something that would prevent certain players from getting quality spring training time with their respective teams.  Granted, a Derek Jeter doesn’t have to worry that someone’s going to steal his job while he is away, but how about someone like Carlos Marmol?  Carlos should be the Cubs’ closer this year since Kerry Wood signed with Cleveland in the off-season.  However, the Cubs did acquire the Florida Marlins closer Kevin Gregg in the off-season.  I have not been following the Cubs that closely, so I don’t know if Marmol has already been given the closer’s role by Manager Lou Piniella or if he is in competition with Gregg.  But regardless, time away from Cubs camp can’t be beneficial. 

 

Jerry Lai/AP

 

On the same token, Kevin Cash is fighting for a Yankees roster spot as the third catcher.  Meanwhile, Francisco Cervelli has been with the WBC’s Team Italy.  Granted, Italy has been eliminated and Cervelli is on his way to Tampa to join up with the Yanks.  But still, the time away most likely was more beneficial for Cash than it was Cervelli.

 

Sorry, I digressed…

 

I am very surprised to see the Netherlands’ victory over the Dominican Republic.  On the bright side, it means that Robinson Cano and Damaso Marte will be on their way back to camp.  But I still have to believe that the DR was the better team.  Well, I guess on “any given Tuesday”, everyone has a chance.  That’s why the play the games, right? 

 

Two things did stand out to me about the Netherlands-DR game.   

 

First, Ubaldo Jimenez is a freak.  Ten strikeouts in four innings.  Two hits, no runs, no walks, and 43 of 65 pitches were for strikes.  It’s a tremendous line score, and is obviously a tournament record.  I’ve known that Jimenez was good, I just didn’t realize that he was this good.  The Rockies are very fortunate to have him.

 

 

Secondly, Pedro Martinez pitched very well and certainly deserves another opportunity.  The Mets are on record saying they have no interest in re-signing Pedro, but you’d think someone would take the chance.  I mean, c’mon, if you have the chance to go with Carl “The American Idle” Pavano or Pedro Martinez (albeit the antique version), you tell me you’re going to go with the guy most likely to hit the DL first?  I’d think a team that is capable of contending, like the Indians, would take a chance on Pedro as their fifth starter.  In the Netherlands-DR game, Pedro pitched very well (three innings, no hits, no runs, no walks, and two strikeouts).

 

The WBC games have been very entertaining, and I am looking forward to the second round.  Plus, Jimmy Curran has my interest piqued about Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish…

 

 

Steroids, the topic that won’t go away

 

Alex Rodriguez should be thankful for the torn labrum.  The injury and the subsequent surgery have caused people to focus on things other than his admitted steroids use.  So, the surgery definitely has had some positive impact despite the negative of keeping A-Rod out of action for 6-9 weeks.

 

Meanwhile, the negative reports for Roger Clemens keep coming in.  Now, Brian McNamee is saying that he injected Clemens with drugs in the Jacuzzi at Yankee Stadium.  At this point, I fully believe that McNamee is telling the truth.  From my perspective, what Clemens has done is far worse than anything A-Rod did.  

 

 

Okay, maybe that’s not Clemens, but it could be!  ;)

 

I used to feel that Clemens would be a shoo-in for first ballot Hall of Fame.  Now, I don’t believe he should ever get in (not even posthumously).  

 

Aside from Barry Bonds, Yankees who have taken steroids seem to get triple the press magnification than players from other teams.  I realize that New York City is THE major market, but I’d have to believe that steroids found their way into other locker rooms and no team was immune.  

 

Examples should be made of the so-called liars like Clemens and Bonds.  I will always have more respect for those who step forward and admit their indiscretions and crimes than I will for those who continue to deny their guilt.  

 

Yankees Happenings

 

CC Sabathia didn’t last long today as he gave up 5 runs on 6 hits, and didn’t make it out of the second inning in the Yankees 7-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers.  One of the hits was a home run by former Yankee Gary Sheffield.  Ouch! 

 

Meanwhile, Joba Chamberlain pitched much more effectively than he did his previous outing in Tuesday night’s 7-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.   He allowed one run on three hits, striking out three and walking none, in two innings of work. 

 

Sounds like GM Brian Cashman is content to start the season with Cody Ransom as the starting third baseman.  “I’m not optimistic about doing anything,” Cashman said.  “I’m not going to be proactive in trying to do something.  If something presents itself that makes sense, which is not realistic, then maybe it will be somebody different.  I think our answer is here in camp.”  Of course, you never know if that is talk to downplay any sense of desperation on the Yankees’ part or if Cashman is truly intending to stand pat.  My guess is that there isn’t anything that makes sense and it’s not worth parting with a blue-chip prospect at this point.  Now, if Ransom gets off to a very slow start…

 

Alex Rodriguez left a voice mail message for Manager Joe Girardi on Tuesday night that said, “I’m doing well.”  I am hopeful that it means the recovery will be closer to six weeks than nine weeks!  

 

It’s not Yankees news, but for everything negative about Manny Ramirez, there is no question that he is in a league of his own when it comes to hitting.  I noticed these comments by Donnie Baseball, the Dodgers hitting coach.  “By 8 [a.m.], he’s in the cage.  He’ll only take 30 to 35 balls, but he’s almost perfect with them.  He does it slow.  He doesn’t rush.  He’s not firing ball after ball.  He takes his time with each swing.  It’s like each swing is a whole at-bat.  He thinks about what he wants to do and then he thinks about what he just did.  Every swing he takes with a purpose.  And he doesn’t talk much when he’s hitting.  But if he doesn’t like one, he’ll ask what you think he did.”  I don’t condone how Manny treated the Boston fans or the organization, or how he quit on his teammates, but I respect his ability to hit.  That was the only reason that I wanted the Yankees to sign him.  

 

The Sharks Win, The Sharks Win, TTTHHEEE SHHHAARRRKKKS WIN!

 

Okay, they blew a three-goal lead but the San Jose Sharks finally won last night, beating the Minnesota Wild, 5-4, in overtime.  Wins have been hard to come by for the Sharks in recent weeks, so I’ll take any victory that I can. 

 

 

“We won finally and that’s a real good thing,” said Sharks coach Todd McLellan.  “But I’m disappointed in the way we carry ourselves.  I’d like to see some guys step up and swing the bat.  I want to see guys take the challenge on a little bit more.” 

 

It was the Sharks first victory in five games.

 

I am hopeful that the victory will reignite some momentum for the Sharks as they continue the drive for the post-season.

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