It has already been a remarkable season, a roller coaster ride for the Nation. Here are some highlights of a memorable April.
Josh Beckett allowed 5 homeruns to Detroit on April 7.
Clay Buchholz allowed 5 homeruns to the Yankees on April 20.
The Sox reeled off their 3rd straight win on April 15 – after having lost 5 of 6. Bobby Valentine then poisoned the clubhouse with anti-Youkilis rhetoric, which was followed by 5 straight losses from April 16 to 22.
All of that was followed by the Sox winning 5 in a row from April 23 to 27. A rainout in between the streaks brought the healing. Playing the Twins and White Sox didn’t hurt either.
200 former Red Sox were present at the 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway on April 15.
The next day’s NY Post headline shouted “100 Years of Kicking Ass” touting the Yankees’ 6-2 win. Typical New York crass talk.
Johnny Pesky and Dobby Doerr were rolled out in wheel chairs at the Fenway anniversary. It is sad to see such fine and loveable men constrained by infirmity.
Jon Lester looked absolutely lost in Minneapolis as he blew a 3 – 0 lead, seemingly perplexed by the Twins ability to hit him.
Danny Valencia, batting .218, and not noted as a power hitter, crushed a Lester fastball 410 feet for a 3 run homer to dead center.
The Yankees decided that starter Michael Pineda will miss a year with an anterior labral tear. That news was quickly followed by a sighting of Mariners DH Jesus Montero taking Ricky Romero yard for his 3rd homerun of 2012. Brian Cashman, I love you.
The Miami Marlins found themselves in last place despite the new stadium, new manager, and having signed Heath Bell, Mark Buehlre, Carlos Zambrano and Jose Reyes. There was also Ozzie Guillen’s flippant support of Fidel Castro. The Marlins have not sold out a game, even on opening day, in this beautiful new park that seats just 37,442. What a mess.
We witnessed the sudden passing of Moose Skowron due to congestive heart failure and complications of lung cancer. Although a true blue Yankee, Moose was a good and down-to-earth guy. He spoke at the World Series Club of Hartford County on 11-17-03. He impressed that audience with an ability to be abruptly honest and accidently funny. Farewell and God speed, Bill.
The national media noticed Dylan Bundy, the top pitching prospect in the Orioles system. All Bundy did was to pitch his first 13 innings of pro ball without giving up a hit. The Delmarva Shorebird faced 40 batters, recording 39 outs and yielding a walk. This 19-year-old Tulsa native has a fastball that touches 99 mph, plus a curve and change. Watch out AL East.
Tim Lincecum surprised everyone with his 8.04 ERA and 1 – 2 record.
A psychic referendum is underway on the status of Bobby Valentine as Red Sox Manager. Will he complete his 2 year contract ? Will he last until Labor Day ? Sox fans are now very familiar with the narcissistic, attention loving Valentine and stomachs are churning all over New England. Bobby is a sideshow that the Sox do not need. Larry, you’re the Man, but you need to find a better manager.
Carl Crawford hit the Red Sox lottery when he went pay-for-no-play with a wrist injury. The ordinarily hard working Crawford will be lost for almost all of the 2012 season. Carl is pulling down $19,500,000 for not swinging a bat or running down a fly or performing any other game activity this year. Good god.
May the next month be brighter. Go Sox !