Well, the Sox gave away another one last night. They could have gained 1.5 games vs. TB for the Wild Card but they blew a 4 – 1 lead.
The hopeful & forgiving part of my brain, the part that gives Jose Canseco the benefit of the doubt, the part that voted for O’Bama, the lobe that reluctantly acknowledges that Jeter and Cano are outstanding players, that part of my brain is looking past the end of the season and asking, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WHEN THE SEASON ENDS NEXT WEEK ?
Well, I have been meaning to research a historical list of Baseball players with the most anatomical names. Ed Head and Bill Hands to name two. And there are the lighthearted citations of Johnny Dickshot and Nippy Jones.
The list explodes when nicknames are mixed with proper surnames
Like Footsie Blair. Clay Barfoot. Barry Foote. Footer Johnson.
Jerrod Head. Ralph Head. Chase Headley.
Bird Eye Truby, Eyechart Mientkiewicz, Human Eyeball Lord, Eagle Eye Hemphill, Camera Eye Bishop. Wagon Tongue Adams.
Iron Hands Sullivan, Handy Andy Pafko. Brad Hand. Rich Hand.
There are 3 HOF’ers. Rollie Fingers, Three Finger Brown and Shufflefoot Boudreau.
Piano Legs Hickman, Piano Legs Gore.
Three Finger Newkirk.
Jim Hearty, of the 1894 San Fran Hot Peanuts. What a cool name.
Derek Livernois. Gary Tongue.
And my personal favorite, Walt “No Neck” Williams. The hustling little man on The 70’s ChiSox who well matched his nickname visually.
Who did I leave out ?
BACK TO UGLY REALITY
Even though the team has lost 6 in a row, 8 of 9, 13 of 15, and 18 of their last 26 games, the mission has not changed. The Sox have got to put their best team on the field 6 more times.
The Probables haven’t been fully announced. Here is what is on the team sites:
Fri, Sat, Sun at NYY: Lester v TBD, Wake v TBD, TBD v TBD
Mon, Tue, Wed @ BAL: all TBD.
I expect they will start Beckett & Lester as per the norm in the final 2 BAL games. That means they have to pick two guys to start on Sunday and Monday. It’s a crap shoot. Lackey and Miller are the worst of the remaining choices. Bedard is a Box of Chocolates. The rotation should round out as follows:
Fri @ NYY 7:05 Lester vs. TBD.
Sat @ NYY 4:10 Wake vs. TBD.
Sun at NYY 1:05 Bedard vs. TBD
Mon @ BAL 7:05 Lackey vs. TBD
Tue @ BAL 7:05 Beckett vs. TBD
Wed @ BAL: 7:05 Lester vs. TBD.
Lackey could swap days with Bedard but The Sox will probably see if an extra day of rest helps the most flawed starter on the team. God only knows who Baltimore will start. Now that the Yankees have clinched, expect them to rest CC, Nova and Colon. Expect they will throw AJ at us this weekend with some minor leaguers, which is all in our favor, my fellow Sox fans.
I have never been and will never be a supporter of the New York Yankees. But I must say something here. After beating the hell out of Tampa this week, the Empire may further ingratiate themselves to Sox fans by starting poor pitchers and September call-ups all weekend against us. In so doing, the Yankees may do more to help the Sox at season’s end then the Sox themselves are doing.
What a crazy flipping upside down year.