September 5, 2006


Pena's homer in 10th wins it (STEVEN KRASNER, 9/05/066, Providence Journal)

The reinforcements arrived for the struggling and battered Red Sox last night.

Left fielder Manny Ramirez (right knee) was back in his customary cleanup spot, right behind him was right fielder Trot Nixon (right biceps), and Jason Varitek (left knee) was behind the plate, joining shortstop Alex Gonzalez (right oblique), who had just returned from the disabled list the day before.

And just like that, the magic returned at Fenway Park.

Except that it was Haverhill, Mass., native Carlos Pena, in his third game at home in a Red Sox uniform, who provided the lightning, a walkoff homer into the right-field seats leading off the 10th as Boston rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

It was only the White Sox and, given how badly they've both played since that 18 inning marathon, extra innings were the last thing you wanted to see.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2006 12:14 AM

Nice but you get the feeling it will be too little too late. It will take a great run by the Red Sox and a collapse by both the White Sox and Twins for the Red Sox to make the playoffs.

If the Red Sox do finish the year in a positive fashion hopefully it won't prevent them from making the significant changes that are needed.

Posted by: AWW at September 5, 2006 9:15 AM

Being in accidental conention didn't make them change the game plan the rest of the year, why would it now?

Posted by: oj at September 5, 2006 9:18 AM

OJ - the changes I was referring to were off-season acquisitions/deletions, not the game management for the rest of the year.

We've seen in sports too many times a team make marginal instead of significant changes because they think they are better than they actually are.

Posted by: AWW at September 5, 2006 10:20 AM

We went and saw the White Sox on Sunday play the lowly Kansas City Royals. The Royals won. Kaufman Stadium is a really beautiful stadium, it helped that it was 73 degrees, low humidity and nary a cloud in the sky.

The Royals took 2 of 3 from the White Sox. Prior to that they took 2 of 3 from the Twins. I also think they swept the Red Sox a couple of weeks ago. Still, they are going to have to play some good baseball to avoid 100 losses. In any event, the White Sox, Red Sox and Twins should have at the least, won each of those series from the Royals in August and September.

Posted by: pchuck at September 5, 2006 10:36 AM

The Twins are three pitchers & Joe Mauer. The White Sox are infield defense, Thome & Dye. The Red Sox are Manny, Papi, infield defense & three pitchers.

Subtract Liriano, Thome, Manny & Papi and none of the three is that good.

Posted by: oj at September 5, 2006 10:58 AM

Yes, that's what I meant to. They're shedding a number of bad contracts this year and didn't add new bad ones even though it might have gotten them to the playoffs. They're following a plan they set out in '04--they just weren't supposed to win it all so fast. It's distorted expectations for what was going to be a rebuilding project all along. Most fans get it, which is why Red Sox Nation has taken this catastrophic stretch with relative equanimity. It's mostly sportwriters who are upset.

Posted by: oj at September 5, 2006 11:27 AM

It's hilarious to see BadSawx fans tell other team's fans to give it up, it's over, they're going nowhere, your team doesn't stand a chance, while at the same time actually believing that their own crummy team, which has done things like lose three straight to the Mariners a couple of weeks ago, still has a chance. I know that it's related to the reason the same fans have an unnatural willingness to vote for Kennedys, but I can't figure out exactly how or why.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 5, 2006 11:33 AM

Red Sox fans understood the limitations of their team and approved of them. White Sox fans thought they had a great rotation.

Posted by: oj at September 5, 2006 11:40 AM

Raoul - Middle CT is approximately the dividing line between Yankee nation and Red Sox nation. Most of NH is Red Sox nation. And not all Red Sox fans, even those in MA, are Democrats.

Don't make the generalization that Rush did with Patriots fans (assuming they are all Dems because the team is from MA).

Posted by: AWW at September 5, 2006 2:02 PM