Monday, April 11, 2011

Rox Talk - Week 2

The Week That Was
A 5-1 week against the Dodgers and Pittsburgh. The Rox currently stand at 6-2. One and half game lead in the division. Currently 3-1 at home and 3-1 on the road, the Rox have outscored its opponents 41-27 (expected wins is 5 versus historical wins at 3). On pace for 122 wins with 830 runs scored and 547 runs against. Playoff indicator (Runs scored/Runs Against ratio) is 1.52 (1.16 indicates high playoff potential).

What can you say?  Nice two game sweep of the Dodgers and a good first outting on the road.  Other than that I got nothing.

World of Baseball
1)  Manny
Manny announced his retirement this week after supposedly failing another drug test.  Hard to believe a player is that stupid or so egotastical to think that MLB wouldn't find it again.  To me Manny is all that is good and bad in baseball.  The good was his ability to hit a baseball and the bad was his attitude.  The good was his days winning world championships for the Red Sox and the bad was his quitting on the team that gave him that opportunity.  The good was his goofiness and the bad was his defense.

My first game at Fenway was June 11, 2004 and the Red Sox were playing the Dodgers.  The game was 1-0 in the top of the ninth when Manny made a bone head play in Left allowing the tying run score.  Of course in the bottom Ortiz made up for Manny's mistake but I will always remember how silly Manny looked tyring to catch the ball.  My final memory was him striking out has a Dodger and soon after that being traded.  It is a shame that such a great player will be a footnote in the Hall of Fame.  All the talent in the world and yet not a lot of real world smarts.

2) New York Times Magazine - Phillies Article
Awesome article about the magic that is pitching...

3) Fenway 99th Opening Day
And finally Fenway will celebrate its 100th opening day next year...amazing!

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