Sunday, July 01, 2007

- The kids and I made our first trip to McCoy Stadium for 2007 to see the Pawsox take on the Charlotte Knights. We went with a group of friends and had great seats, and of course it's always fun to return to my home ballpark. It was pretty much a perfect evening for baseball, weather-wise.

We saw an excellent game, as the Pawsox won 3-2. We had the good fortune to catch Jon Lester, who got the win. Lester gave up 2 runs in 5 innings to get the win. Craig Hansen, who is trying to regain his phenom status, pitched a scorless 7th and Travis Hughes pitched two innings for the save. All the offense for the Pawsox came in the 4th inning on RBI doubles by Brandon Moss and Michael Tucker.

- As I'm writing this, the legendary Tigers announcer, 89-year-old Ernie Harwell, has joined Jon Miller and Joe Morgan in the ESPN broadcast booth. All I can think was, "Is there any way we can get rid of Morgan and keep Harwell?"

- It was an incredibly frustrating weekend watching the Sox. They dropped the middle two games of a four-game set to a terrible Rangers team, losing both games by 1 run. The frustrating part was that the Sox had numerous opportunities to score in both games, but just couldn't seem to get the clutch hit.

- I don't know what the Sox are going to do about Julio Lugo. He's falling further into a black hole, and it just seems to be getting worse. On Wednesday he had a nutty in the dugout when Francona pinch hit for him with Alex Cora late in the game. No offense, but .190 hitters don't deserve to get mad when they get pinch-hit for.

Then last night, Lugo pinch-runs for Pedroia, who had doubled in the 8th with the Sox down by a run and Youk at the plate. Then, inexplicably, Lugo attempts to steal 3rd and is thrown out, ending the inning.

This may be a case of a guy trying to do too much, but he has to think before he takes off in those situations.


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