Sox serve up garbage

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Sox serve up garbage

I was at Fenway last night, and by looking at the crowd you never would have guessed that they were cheering for a team thats four games under .500.

Sure, there were a few extenuating circumstances in that it was a beautiful night, that it was the Sox first home game in two weeks, that it came against a team with legitimate star power and featured a tribute to Johnny Pesky. But regardless of anything that was going on, and despite the pathetic record, entitled roster and an ownership group thats more deserving of a pantsing than another sell out, the crowd really brought it last night at Americas most belovediest ballpark in the whole wide world. There was a buzz around the stadium. Very few empty seats. If no one told you (and I guess, if you were pretty drunk), you would have believed this was 2008.

The fans were ready to roll.

In return, the Sox served up a pile of garbage.

Let's get one thing straight: Ervin Santana has been awful this year. Coming into last night, he was 6-10 with a 5.59 ERA. Batters were hitting .291 against him in road starts. He had a 12.21 ERA in July! And even though he's been slightly better as of late, Santana was ripe for the picking.

Instead, he not only beat the Sox, but he shut them down. As did, for the most part, the four relievers who followed. For the night, the Sox left eight men on base. They were 0-5 with runners in scoring position (a number which is depressing for at least two reasons). They gave their fans who are somehow still there, so unwilling to let this season go exactly one reason to stand up and cheer. Literally one swing of the bat.

And now they find themselves even deeper in what looks to be an already insurmountable hole 13 games back in the East; eight games back in the Wild Card. I don't think this is what the owners envisioned when they built the AL East standings into the Green Monster.

But for now, all the seats in front of the Monster miraculously remain occupied.

Although just to be sure, let's check back in a few days when the Royals come to town.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

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Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”