Sunday, June 12, 2005

Flu Sucks. Food Poisoning Sucks. Put Them Together...

Hola amigos. I'm back, and am at about 60% capacity after having been laid low by a combination of flu and food poisoning late last week, hence the lack of new posts.

I was unfortunate enough to watch the Red Sox continue to stumble in the National League parks as the interleague schedule resumed last week. The Sox were lucky to escape St. Louis with one win in the three-game series there, and have thus far lost the first two games of their three-game set with the Cubs, having lost a game yesterday that they should have won. They try to avoid a sweep tonight, and I have the added misfortune of having to watch the game on ESPN and listen to Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. Miller is fine, but Morgan is the most irritating man behind the mic in the business today. The over-under on the amount of Big Red Machine references in nine innings is 30.

Anyway, the Sox are struggling badly. Johnny Damon, David Ortiz, Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek are the only players doing anything offensively. Manny Ramirez looks completely confused at the plate. Bill Mueller, Kevin Millar and Mark Bellhorn are doing almost nothing with the bats. Edgar Renteria, who looked like he was waking up from his early slump, has fallen back into a funk. The pitching staff is getting bruised, especially the bullpen. Alan Embree has been terrible, and Matt Mantei has been wild. Mike Myers and Mike Timlin have been good. Long man John Halama might be given another chance to start if Tim Wakefield has another rocky start tonight. Closer Keith Foulke has been hittable, but is showing recent signs of regaining his dominance.

Stay tuned for some music reviews. I have some things to say about the latest releases from Bruce Dickinson, John Norum and Edenbridge. Blog at ya later!

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