A fan's response to Lucchino's letter Larry's letter

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A fan's response to Lucchino's letter Larry's letter

A direct response to the letter that Larry Lucchino sent to season ticket holders earlier today:

Dear Fenway Sports Group,

As your team crosses the midpoint of the 2012 season, it still flounders unacceptably at .500. If only your efforts to improve the team on the field matched your efforts off the field to shill and profit from it. You talk of history and nostalgia, but all fans are left with is tasteless promotion on top of tasteless promotion, resulting in a nine-inning infomercial. If this was being done as a means to financially improve the team, we the fans could live with it. But thats clearly not the case as the front office apparently fears the luxury tax threshold far more than mediocrity.

To say that the teams play has tested the mettle of the faithful is like saying the Mayor tests the durability of the Kings English. Its maddening more often than not in spite of the bullpen jelling and young players emerging to play pivotal roles. Thats because some of the veterans are content to lead Ross, Aviles, Nava, Middlebrooks and Salty to the exact same place they lead the team last year: nowhere. With leadership from entitled, truculent malcontents like Josh Beckett and Kevin Youkilis, you risked entrenching a culture of complacency that left this team on the outside looking in last season. The departure of Youkilis was a step in the right direction, but its only a first step and it's come months too late.

Your one on-field constant, Big Papis performance, suggests that maybe long-term job security isnt the best option for your players. We fans could care less that he blasts the front office at every turn, because frankly, you frauds deserve it. And, as long as an angry Ortiz remains a productive Ortiz, please keep the option to be a Red Sox forever renewable only through arbitration.

And constantly off the field is a great way to describe Jacoby Ellsbury. Its clear to real fans that he is more concerned with playing for his next team than he is for this team. So, instead of waiting for his contract to expire, please feel free to expedite that process for him through trade. As a result, the teams medical and rehab expenses should drop like the ratings of Sox Appeal and with the money saved; you can then hire some new medical personnel that, unlike the current disciples of Dr. Nick, can actually diagnose fractures.

But forget players returning from the DL. What would really make Red Sox fans green with envy is a general manager who didnt have Larrys hand infused into his backside. John already told us all that Larry runs the Red Sox but does he have to run them into the ground? Many of us are willing to give Ben Cherington a chance to build this team into a winner, even if that means one, two or even three steps back this season. But if the front office is going to override his decisions for the good of the TV Show then just let an actual Muppet run the team. My choice would be Animal.

While you suggest that fans come to the park early, many of us diehards dont see a reason to come to the park at all. Do you play Sweet Caroline on a loop during BP now? I have news for you gentlemen, the only thing that will make the ballpark experience any better is with a contending team. And, much like having sections of tickets available at
game time isnt a sellout, being within striking distance of the second wild-card spot isnt contending, especially with the large expectations and payroll this team carries. Instead of pimping A Living Museum, youd be better served overhauling a team destined to be the Walking Dead come late September.

In honor of Acts of Kindness Month, my suggestion for you and your entire ownership group would be to promptly sell the team. Preferably the sale would be to an entity that wouldnt allow early success to transform it into complacent soulless accountants. Red Sox fans demand and deserve a team run by fearless sportsmen obsessed with victory and championships, not ratings and profits. So, on behalf of all Red Sox fans who still value on field success over off the field schlock, the only truck day we will truly look forward to is the one that removes you, Liverpool, Carmine, LeBron and the rest of your belongings from Fenway for good.

Go (Bleep) Yourselves,

Mike from Attleboro

Weird umpire replay mistake helps Red Sox to record-tying 20 Ks

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Weird umpire replay mistake helps Red Sox to record-tying 20 Ks

New York’s mistake helped the Red Sox, and they weren’t playing the Yankees.

The Red Sox struck out 20 in a game for the third time in franchise history on Thursday night, and they were able to do so only after MLB’s replay team — based in Manhattan — gave Craig Kimbrel an extra batter to strike out in the ninth inning.

A 6-2 win over the Rangers featured 16 strikeouts for Red Sox pitching heading into the top of the ninth at Fenway Park. Kimbrel came on for a non-save situation because he had five days off previously.

There’s always that outside chance for a four-strikeout inning, and it happened. Even for a four-strikeout inning, however, this was bizarre.

The first batter, lefthanded hitting Nomar Mazara, swung and missed at a back-foot breaking ball for strike 3 — a literal back-foot breaking ball, because it hit him in that foot after he whiffed on the pitch.

On a swing and a miss with a pitch that hits the batter, the ball should be dead. He should not have been able to reach first base. But the umpires didn’t catch the ball hitting Mazara, and instead saw it as a wild pitch. 

Sox manager John Farrell asked for a review and the umpires went for one, but came back empty-handed. The crew was told, erroneously, that the play could not be looked at and the batter was awarded first base.

“It was just a swinging strike three, ball that go away and he obviously reached first base,” crew chief Alfonso Marquez told pool reporter Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. “The only thing that I can tell you, and the only thing I will say is, this was a replay issue. New York will come out with a statement.”

You could say it worked out just fine. Kimbrel went on to strike out the next three, and got the Sox to 20 Ks.

Kimbrel and Tim Wakefield are the only Red Sox pitchers to fan four batters in a single inning. Wakefield did it in the ninth inning on Aug. 10, 1999. 

Kimbrel did it once before as well, when he was with the Braves on Sept. 26, 2012.

No one has struck out five in a major league inning, although Kimbrel has as good a chance as anyone.

“The guy strikes out the world,” Matt Barnes said. “It’s ridiculous. … His fastball is seemingly unhittable. Complement that with the breaking ball he’s got, which comes right off that same plane, when he’s commanding it like he is, the numbers kind of speak for themselves. It’s kind of ridiculous. It’s fun to watch.”

The Sox have struck out 20 in a nine-inning game three times since 1913. Roger Clemens' two 20-strikeout games are the other two.

Red Sox win 4th straight behind stellar outing from Pomeranz, 6-2

Red Sox win 4th straight behind stellar outing from Pomeranz, 6-2

BOSTON - Drew Pomeranz pitched six strong innings and tied his career high with 11 strikeouts to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

Xander Bogaerts and Deven Marrero hit their first home runs of the season helping Boston to their fourth straight win.

Pomeranz (4-3) made it as far as six innings for the third time this season and beat Texas for the first time in nine career outings.

Elvis Andrus homered and Nomar Mazara had two hits and an RBI for Texas, which has lost four of five overall and has lost 15 of 21 on the road.

Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland had RBI singles in the first inning as Boston got to Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez (1-3) early.