Juxtaposin’ June around the yard with late October.
A bald eagle flew by while I was on the roof juxtaposin’:
Did you know there are deciduous pine trees? They turn color in the fall and the needles fall off, just like leaves. I didn’t know they existed until moving here 20 years ago.
BTW – I sold 155 books at the novel stand this season.
Red Sox Report 2018 – World Series game 5, 10/28/18
Sale “Big Papi-ing” up the team when they were down 4-0.
I am writing this final 2018 Report the following day, after having watched the game with someone who cares as much as I do about the Sox winning (and that’s saying something ‘cuz I’m all-out, full-blown crazy), the man who was here for the 2013 World Series, Benny Higgins. Here we are seconds after the 4th Red Sox World Series win in our lifetime:
Steve Pearce grew up a hardcore Red Sox fan. After being a true journeyman in the AL East—literally on every other team—he finally came here. STEVE PEARCE IS HOME.
Chris Sale became the first pitcher since Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser of the Detroit Tigers in 1945 to get the first and last outs of a World Series. When David Price got Manny Machado to fly out to left field in the sixth inning of Game 2, it began a streak of batters retired by Red Sox pitching that would stretch until the end of the game. It was the longest game-closing streak since Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series (also against the Dodgers).World Series MVP Steve Pearce totaled three home runs in approximately the span of 24 hours in Games 4 and 5. In doing so, he matched the World Series career total of David Ortiz, who also had three (playing in three World Series’). Speaking of Pearce’s multi-home run Game 5, it placed him on a genuinely elite list of other players who have also achieved the feat in a World Series clinching game. Of the 10 other players to do it, nine are in the Hall of Fame (the exception being the not-so-anonymous Kirk Gibson).The historically long 18-inning Game 3 took more than seven hours to finish, setting a playoff record. That was underscored by the fact that Game 3 took longer in total time than the entire 1939 World Series.The Red Sox endured a pronounced slump from the top four hitters in the lineup during all of Game 3, and into Game 4. It reached 41 at-bats without a hit until Steve Pearce’s timely home run tied the game (leading to a Boston win).After never experiencing a hitless streak lasting more than eight at-bats in the regular season, Mookie Betts – winner of the American League batting title in 2018 – was mired in an 0-13 streak in Game 5. Then, with the Red Sox holding a one-run lead, he launched a scorch-bomb. It was his first career postseason home run. Slump over.—————————————————————————————————- At some point, MLB is going to have to take action regarding Machado.
IN THIS SERIES, MANNY MACHADO TRIED TAKING OUT PEARCE BY DELIBERATELY SPIKING HIS FOOT AT 1ST. The coward on FOX, Joe Buck, said it wasn’t intentional at all—a direct lie by a small man.Think I’m exaggerating? Then I directly question your intelligence. And your wisdom. A week earlier, Machado tried taking out someone on the Brewers in the NLCS:
Machado may have ended Pedey’s career a year ago with an obviously intentional slide right into his surgical spot.
Here’s the Pearce one:
On NESN after game 4, Tom Caron, Steve Lyons, and Lenny DiNardo watched the clip of the Pearce-spiking and, like any idiot with a pea-brain can see, it was intentional. TC mentioned how Joe Buck “lied” about it. Steve Lyons summed up Macho perfectly. I recorded it so I could write it verbatim. Here’s former player Lyons: “I’ve seen enough of it. I’ve seen what he’s done this post season. We’ve seen what he’s done in an Orioles uniform. The guy’s a punk. And that’s just the way he is. He’s a dirty player and we’re all tired of seeing it. I’m not for that kind of crap.That’s BS baseball right there. There’s no reason for any of that.”
DiNardo: “Call me old school. He’s blowing a bubble down the line and taking out the ankles. Call me old school, but someone’s gotta pay.”
And now for a gif of Brock Holt—the opposite of the douchebag Machado—to cleanse the palate:
IT’S THE 1ST TIME IN RED SOX HISTORY THAT THE SOX HAVE WON 50 ON THE ROAD AND 50 AT HOME. For the first time in a 118-year franchise history, the Red Sox have 106 regular season wins. (108.) RED SOX POST SEASON GRAND SLAMS: 1999 ALDS game 5 at CLE – Troy O’Leary 2004 ALCS – game 7 at NYY – Johnny Damon 2007 ALCS game 6 vs. CLE – J.D. Drew 2013 ALCS game 2 vs. DET – Big Papi 2013 ALCS game 6 vs. DET – Shane Victorino 2018 ALCS game 3 at Houston – JBJ
The New England Red Sox (representing 6 of our United States) are in LA for GAME 5 of THE 2018 WORLD SERIES with the dreaded Los Angeles Dodgers. Sox are up 3-1 in the series. (Yes, I’m aware that Vermont and Connecticut are tainted by pure, massive, absolute evil.)
I wonder where your observation of “pure, massive, absolute evil” in Vermont comes from? All my experience is that most Vermonters think of the Red Sox in terms of life and death. Actually they don’t – they’re more important than that! Best regards. Bob
1ST INNING: And the Dodgers take the field… Mookie flies out. BENNY SHOOTS A SINGLE UP THE MIDDLE. PEARCE JACK-MASHES A BOMB TO CENTER!!! 2-0, New England!
Sox then go in order. (When scoring first this whole year, Sox have only 15 losses.) In the bottom, the Red Sox take the field as Price ascends the hill… LEAD-OFF FREESE HOME RUN. 2-1. Walk. DOUBLE PLAY. “Not a” Manny “Dirty Ball Punk” Machado to his baby-souled hate-ape box. STRIKE OUT. 2-1, New England.
2ND INNING: Sox go in order. In the bottom, PRICE: STRIKE OUT. Single. Fly out. STRIKE OUT #3. 2-1, New England.
Remember when Brandon Phelps (OMG it changed it to Phelps—REAL NAME PHILLIPS) won a game for us almost on his own?
3RD INNING: Sox go in order. In the bottom, PRICE: Ground out. TRIPLE. Ground out—runner can’t score! Fly out! 2-1, New England.
4TH INNING: JD SINGLES for naught. In the bottom, PRICE: Machado up. STRIKE OUT #4. Fly out. Line out. 2-1, New England.
5TH INNING: Sox go in order. In the bottom, PRICE: STRIKE OUT #5. Ground out. Ground out. 2-1, New England.
6TH INNING: MOOKIE CRUNCH-LAUNCHES A BAD-ASS 1-OUT BOMB TO LEFT/CENTER! 3-1.
Sox then go in order. In the bottom, PRICE: Ground out. Line out. Ground out. 3-1, New England.
7TH INNING: JD MISSILE-CANONS A LEAD-OFF BLAST-BOMB TO CENTER! 4-1.
BOGIE SINGLES and DEVERS SINGLES for naught. In the bottom, PRICE: Line out. Fly out. Ground out. Price dude. 4-1, New England.
8TH INNING: Pedro Baez to the freeway. PEARCE SCORCH-IGNITES A 2-OUT SOLO BOMB TO LEFT/CENTER! HIS 2ND BOMB! 5-1. JD K’s. In the bottom, PRICE: Lead-off walk. CORA COMES OUT. KELLY: STRIKE OUT. STRIKE OUT! STRIKE OUT!!! KELLY STRIKES OUT THE SIDE IN ORDER! 5-1, New England.
Except for the last couple months of Bobby Valentine (and a couple times a year when I’m away without internet and bunch a few games together), I have written a Red Sox Report for every game of the season, for the last 13 years. My “Red Sox Report” is older than NESN’s.
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This was Napoli’s way of trying to get more fans in the stands at Texas—he’s used to the amazing Fenway Faithful, poor guy. Now he’s on Francona’s Indians. THIS JUST IN: He’s back in Texas.
Kimbrel the Kestrel is the fastest pitcher in MLB history to reach 300 saves.
RED SOX HAVE THE HIGHEST PAYROLL IN 2018! I can’t forgive the firing of Tito, but I love you all over again, John Henry.
Wait—something’s trying to break through into our reality!
Dennis Eckersley, our NESN guy & former Red Sox pitcher (Hall of Famer), was also big in Oakland in his career. They have a foam dude-thing of him racing two other represented famous A’s. I like how Don Orsillo keeps pushing it—Eck is uncomfortable but goes along. They both comment how it doesn’t look like him. But at least it “wins” the “race”:
Don auditioning for The Banana Splits (no one’ll get this joke yet I write it):