June 26, 2006


Weathering new heights -- Sox rained out for 6th time in ’06 (Jeff Horrigan, June 26, 2006, Boston Herald)

With a relentlessly blotchy weather radar and a dire forecast calling for the potential of a hard day’s night at Fenway Park, Major League Baseball decided it was best for the Red Sox and Philadelphia to wait until today at 1:05 p.m. to wrap up their interleague series. [...]

With a more encouraging forecast in line for today and both teams sharing a mutual day off, the decision to reschedule was relatively easy.

“If you’re going to lose an off day, at least they did it (early) so the guys can get out of here and have the rest of the day (off),” Sox manager Terry Francona said. “That is very helpful and very considerate.”

The rainout was the Sox’ sixth this season, with five coming at Fenway. It marked the most home rainouts for the team since 1989, when it also had five games postponed. The Sox only had four rainouts all of last year.

Here's how biblical the rain has become in New England: the greatest obstacle to mowing your lawn isn't the puddles but the frogs that have taken up residence.

More ammo for arsenal: Lester’s cutter boosts his stock (John Tomase, 6/26/06, Boston Herald)

Jon Lester considers his cutter his fourth pitch, which says a lot about his fastball, curveball and changeup.

The left-hander may very well have the best pure stuff on the Red Sox staff, effortlessly tossing 94-mph fastballs, snapping off 77-mph curveballs and hitting just about every speed in between.

The pitch that really helped him take off is the cutter. It gives him a weapon off the inner third of the plate against right-handers and makes the rest of his repertoire more dangerous.

“You’ve got a two-seamer running away, a four-seamer in, a curveball and changeup away, and a cutter in,” Lester said. “You’ve got basically five or six different looks and the hitter has to honor each one. It gives the hitter another pitch to think about in the back of their mind that you might throw.”

While the cutter may be a revelation to observers, it’s not to his teammates.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 26, 2006 7:30 AM

Three data points:

The lead story on NPR this morning was that it was raining in the mid-Atlantic states. I thought this was odd until they mentioned that I-495 around DC was partially closed. Inconvenience DC, get on the evening news.

I think I've actually managed to mow my lawn only once in the last month. (Anyone want to graze some sheep?) Of course, once is a misnomer, as I actually had to go it two or three times.

We dropped the kids off at camp yesterday for four weeks.

Now, how long is a cubit?

Posted by: David Cohen at June 26, 2006 8:48 AM

Can Lester throw any of those pitches over the plate regularly?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at June 26, 2006 10:26 AM

I had to do my imitation of Shelley Winters in The Poseidon Adventure this morning in order to get the sump pump working. Fortunately, no heart attack.

Posted by: Bryan at June 26, 2006 10:40 AM

Heathcl-i-f-f! Heathcl-i-f-f! Heathcliff Slocumb!

Posted by: Barry Meislin at June 27, 2006 5:38 AM