Random thoughts while trying to make sense of the events of last week….
— Nobody puts on a pre-game ceremony like the Red Sox at Fenway. You can credit Dr. Charles Steinberg. Not sure what his title is these days with the Sox but Saturday afternoon’s honoring of the victims of the marathon event had his fingerprints all over it.
— Having said that, David Ortiz delivering an obscenity on live TV, in front of 37,000 folks at Fenway including many kids – you can’t do that. I know he said what a lot of folks wanted to say. I know he apologized. It was not his first time speaking into a mic. He knows better.
— The old baseball adage of the importance of retiring the first batter of an inning – going into the weekend series with KC, Red Sox pitchers had retired the leadoff hitter in 84 of 129 innings. The ERA is 1.32 when the leadoff guy records on out. The ERA is 5.49 when the leadoff guy gets on base. (From the Maniacal One-Chuck Waseleski)
— A tip of the cap to UMaine coach Steve Trimper – 400 wins coaching college baseball in the northeast is tough. It’s a lot of innings of cold, windy and rainy baseball.
— Someone has suggested that having fans sing the national anthem in unison should happen before every game and to forget about having stars perform the anthem. I like that idea.
— The best athlete around just might be kayaker Trevor MacLean, the nine-time winner of the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. You try to sit in a 16-inch space for two-plus hours and paddle for 16 miles. By the way, his boat is not even built for river racing.
— Just when I started to warm up to New York fans for the singing of “Sweet Caroline” along come the knuckleheads who booed Paul Pierce at Madison Square Garden as he spoke before the game one playoff on Saturday.
— B’s coach Claude Julien is in a tough spot. He is a defensive-first minded coach but his team can’t score goals. In comes players like Jaromir Jagr and Carl Soderberg who are offensive-minded first players…this is going to be interesting.
— For those sick and tired of the song “Sweet Caroline” – how do you feel about it right now?
— I never saw it, but former UMaine coach Shawn Walsh kept a piece of paper in the center drawer of his desk that he put there on the day he was hired. The note read “if you don’t have the best of everything, make the best of everything you have.” Good advice.
— Now that Allen Webster has had a chance to pitch in a Sox game how about the next wave of arms, currently at double-A Portland…
Anthony Ranuado: 2-0 / 1.1.5 ERA / 17K / 5BB / 17 INN
Brandon Workman: 3-0 / 3.00 ERA / 25K / 2NN / 18 INN
Matt Barnes: 1-0 / 7.71 ERA / 11K / 4BB / 9 INN
Imagine if just one or two of these guys and Allen Webster can join the Sox rotation down the road? I think there will be an all-farm system rotation soon.
— Howland’s Matt Mulligan is a Green Bay Packer. How neat is that.