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4 more wins.
GloucesterCast 10/20/13 With Guest Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro
Topics Include: Red Sox Clinching and Odds That John Farrell getting Manager of the Year, Farm Bar and Grille vying for East Gloucester Spot, Smartphones on planes, GMG Caps, Passports Closed for a couple of weeks for Olive Kitteridge miniseries taping, Posts of the week including Kim Smith’s Love Letters To Gloucester and Marty Luster’s Phyllis A Video, people who email comments to GMG instead of posting their comments under the respective post.
Sox crush the Rays in the first game of the ALDS. Game 2 photos tomorrow.
Yesterday we were hanging out with my favorite wolf at Wolf Hollow in Essex freezing our asses off.
And today on Lansdowne Street outside Fenway Park I can almost say in the past hour it has gotten downright hot. Hope the Red Sox stay hot like this Italian Sausage Rubber Duck and I are having. Not an Ambie but it is the locale that gives it the zing.
ps. Did anyone catch the moon right before sunrise this morning? The smallest waxing crescent I have seen in a while. If it is crystal clear tomorrow it should be even smaller, (yuck clouds predicted.) New moon on the 10th.
So I was listening to Toucher and Rich this morning on the Sports Hub 98.5 (because Dennis and Callahan on WEEI suck so bad), and they were talking about a possible Red Sox trade of John Lester.
What? Trade John Lester? So I went over to Fenway Park to find out if they really mean to do something as drastic as trading John Lester and found two feet of snow in the park.
I guess we are back to the good old Red Sox we grew up with. You know, the one where it would be a cold day in hell before they won the World Series? That one.
Found an article at Main Street Arts and Antiques in “American Boy” published in June 1917 that would be useful to our Red Sox team of 2012.,.
“How to Run the Bases” by Ty Cobb
5PM edit: I came back an hour later and there was $4.85 in the cup. Should Rubber Duck consult a lawyer before we move to a more popular beach? The overhead is dirt cheap. A few breadcrumbs, maybe a fish rack or two.
I stole the concept for this idea from XKCD comics and forgot to atribute them. They are math nerds who make you laugh with equations and other science stuff. I usually wet my pants when I read them. The seagull one was just weird.
I think there might be a game today. This is from the roof of my lab. I can see the top of the big screen so it’s easy to see Varitek and Wakefield walk out from under the big flag draping the Wall but the game is tough to see. Back to work.
This is one season I am not predicting anything. My sister thinks I am Beaker right now looking at the Red Sox crashing an burning out of the gate. But 162 games later The Sox could end up with that trophy with all the flags.
Rubber Duck predicts the Sox end up somewhere in between those two. Go Sox. But don’t buy those late season games until later in the summer. Good seats may be available …
Posting at first pitch instead of my normal 2PM slot. Verlander first pitch. Oy.
I just read on the Eagle Tribune’s Smitty on Baseball that that Curt Schilling will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Looking at the list of inducted players I see that Pedro Martinez isn’t in there. How can that possibly be?
If it wasn’t for Pedro’s willingness to throw inside and intimidate opposing players I just don’t see us winning a World Series. Pedro played for the Red Sox from 97-2004 and was dominant throughout. Schilling had two good years and then was injured for his remaining two. This is ridiculous in my opinion. Your thoughts?
Pedro Martinez Red Sox 1997-2004-
The seven-year contract he received from the Red Sox had been considered a huge risk in the 1997 offseason, but Martínez had rewarded the team’s hopes with two Cy Young Awards, and six Top-4 finishes. Martínez finished his Red Sox career with a 117–37 record, the highest winning percentage any pitcher has had with any team in baseball history.
Curt Schilling with the Boston Red Sox 2004-2008
On October 19, 2004, Schilling won Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. Notably, he won this game playing on an injured ankle—the same injuries that contributed to his disastrous outing in Game 1 of the ALCS. These injuries were so acute that by the end of his performance that day his white sock was soaked with blood, which is now referred to as “the bloody sock”. Following the game, Schilling took the famous sock and threw it away in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse. The win forced a Game 7, making the Red Sox the first team in MLB history to come back from a three-games-to-none deficit. The Red Sox would go on to win Game 7 and the ALCS and make their first World Series appearance since 1986. Schilling pitched (and won) Game 2 of the 2004 World Series for the Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals. In both series, he had to have the tendon in his right ankle stabilized repeatedly, in what has become known as theSchilling Tendon Procedure, after the tendon sheath was torn during his Game 1 ALDS appearance against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As in Game 6 of the ALCS, Schilling’s sock was soaked with blood from the sutures used in this medical procedure, but he still managed to pitch seven strong innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out four. This second bloody sock was placed in the Baseball Hall of Fame after Boston’s victory over St. Louis in the World Series. A four-game sweep of the World Series erased the Curse of the Bambino.
Schilling was once again runner-up in Cy Young voting in 2004, this time to Minnesota Twins hurler Johan Santana, who was a unanimous selection, receiving all 28 first-place votes. Schilling received 27 of the 28 second-place votes. Later, the entire Red Sox team was named Sports Illustrated’s 2004 Sportsmen of the Year, making Schilling only the second person to have won or shared that award twice.
Schilling began 2005 on the disabled list due to recurrent ankle injuries. He returned in July as Boston’s closer. He eventually returned to the starting rotation and continued to struggle. The Red Sox made it to the playoffs, but were swept by the Chicago White Sox in three games.
For the 2006 season, Schilling was said to be healthy. He began the season 4–0 with a 1.61 ERA. He finished the year with a 15–7 record and 198 strikeouts, with a respectable 3.97 ERA. On May 27, he earned his 200th career win, the 104th major league pitcher to accomplish the feat. On August 30, Schilling collected his 3,000th strikeout. Schilling has the highest ratio of strikeouts to walks of any pitcher with at least 3,000 strikeouts, and is one of four pitchers to reach the 3,000-K milestone before reaching 1,000 career walks. The other three who accomplished this feat are Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, and former Boston Red Sox ace and teammate Pedro Martínez.
What a difference a year makes. Last year Fenway was full of snow but Sox were preseason favorites to win the World Series. This year it is sunny almost 70F and they are picked to inhabit the basement of the American League East.
I’ll take the this year, hands down. (This is me trying to pass as an official construction worker boss man so they would let me into the park. I got thrown out about five minutes later. Once I pulled Rubber Duck out of my pocket it was game over.)
I was driving in past Fenway Park this morning and as I moseyed down Lansdowne Street something strange was happening. The sky seemed to be flashing yellow, then magenta, then the next moment it would be pure Red Sox red. They were testing out the new super mega screen. I’ve posted earlier how this pure black monolith sucked the light out of the sky above Fenway like that one in the movie “2001 a Space Odyssey”.
I immediately got on my cell to my pal who sells tickets in Fenway and asked her what they were doing and she explained that they could now put anything up on the screen. So I gave her the internet address and a moment later,
If you do not say “wow” the first time you enter the park this season you really ought to check your pulse.
The new Center Field scoreboard is the most obvious new feature to Fenway Park. This morning they lowered the last black panel of screen into place. It’s hard to see what it is made of because it is so black it sucks the light out of your eyeballs.
This thing is massive. 100 feet wide and 38 feet high. 65 brazillion high intensity LED lights imbedded and IBM Watson will be used to run the HD video on this screen.
OK, I don’t know how many lights and the computer will be slightly smaller than Watson. Now to figure out how to get tickets for Opening Day.
Wally the Green Monster will be down on Yawkey Way to see the Red Sox truck off today at noon. Another GMG reporter will have to be assigned as I got dragged up to Sunday River skiing and might not be back until Wednesday. (They almost have as much snow as Gloucester!)
[Breaking News Edit] Wally is not a no show. I just don’t know how to read. Wally is scheduled for the truck sendoff next Tuesday Feb 8. I will be there to interview the green thing then. I’ll leave the rest of the story as is.
Wally the Green Monster was supposed to wave the Red Sox truck off at noon today for its trip to Florida to signal the start of preparation for Spring training. But crack meteorologist Dylan Dryer (seen here) updated the Channel 7 weather forecast:
A magnified view shows Fenway Park currently buried under the
“ga” of “Shit Load Again.” Wally decided to kick back at the Cask and Flagon to down a few Irish Coffees while your GMG Cub reporter flashed his Press Pass to the guard and made his way into Fenway Park:
As you can see, even if the green one had risked freezing his kibbles and bits there would be no way that Wally would have seen his shadow. That means that in twelve days the Red Sox pitchers and catchers report.
A last shot of Fenway. In a very short time Carl Crawford will be in this left field to ensure that no opponent hits will reach the turf while on the other side of the inning he sprays homeruns to all fields.
Warms me right up just thinking of it. Adrian Gonzalez at first. Youk at third, Pedroia at second , and since it is an odd year a scorching year for Beckett.
On Monday they finished ripping down the old centerfield Monster Screen and scoreboard. Didn’t seem all that long ago it was brand new but it sure was all rusty and rotten coming down. Then they put up a weird set of poles in the right field and I thought they were going to put up the Monstah Screen over there but no.
Today they finished putting up two huge vertical beams which obviously are going to hold the biggest LCD playback screen in New England front and center in centerfield.
The crane lowering the second vertical tower in place is parked on Lansdowne. These things are huge! I have no idea what the right field seven towers are going to be. A menorah? Flags for the seven World Series we win in this century?
Meanwhile, with all that spare time between Patriot’s playoff games check out the Red Sox Depth Chart. Warms the heart on these cold winter days. Carl Crawford in left and Adrian Gonzalez at first. Deep depth on that field.
Sure these guys “feed 38,000 hungry, screaming fans 80 plus times a season” according to the Gloucester Daily Times, but the problem is that they are about to run into the buzzsaw that is know in the entire known universe as THE WORLD’s GREATEST LOBSTER ROLL documented in these pages time and time again.
Poor fellas. They should have picked on Curt McAdams from Bucky’s BBQ and Bread who uses French baguettes and loads the goddamn roll up with lettuce, then they would have easily rolled over the competition but they had to go and call out Good Morning Gloucester.
From the Gloucester Daily Times this morning-
Next Week: Fenway Park Executive Chefs challenge Joey Ciaramitaro to lobster roll competition
By Times Staff
It might be hard for some of us to believe but Fenway Park and the Red Sox have two gourmet-class executive chefs overseeing all of the ballpark food needs. Not only do they feed 38,000 hungry, screaming fans 80 plus times a season but they also serve hundreds of catered events inside the park, from weddings to class reunions to birthday parties.
Like the team, the Red Sox chefs are not afraid of competing with anybody, and they are so confident that they claim that the Fenway lobster roll is better than even what is served in Gloucester.
if I can convince them to allow for spectators does anyone want to go in and be part of the studio audience?