Fenway Park

As you may have noticed, I have been missing since last Thursday.  I’ve been up in Boston trying to find a job.  Lucky me, huh?

Hope you’ve been enjoying Weller’s links in my absence.

I realize that Matt Holliday, Freddy Sanchez, and Cliff Lee have now all found new teams but that’s not what I want to talk about.  The last night I was in Boston, I had on of those nights where the stars aligned and I everything went perfect.  Follow the jump to find out what happened. (Suspense!)

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2009 Baseball Previews – AL East

It’s about time for the 2009 Major League Baseball season to commence, so I’m going to do a little division by division break down.  Today, we’ll look at the best division in baseball, the AL East.

Last year, the Rays dropped the Devil and took home their first Division crown since joining the league in 1998.  In fact, they finished above last place for the second time ever.  In 2004 they cruised to a 70-91 record, good enough for 4th.  Continue reading

Braves Get A Slap In The Face

smoltz_john_ap_260As I watched the Tennessee basketball team lose (again), I saw a quick line on ESPN’s Bottom Line. It said, “Red Sox close to deal with P John Smoltz. Naturally, this didn’t make me very happy. Loyalty in sports is truly dead. I’m not going to crucify Smoltz until I hear the details about the signing. Maybe the Braves had the chance to match the Sox’ $5.5 million offer. Maybe not. Either way, it’s going to be extremely painful to see Smoltz in a uniform that isn’t Atlanta’s.

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Stat of the Day (2000 A.L. E.R.A. Title)

As Bryan alluded to, Pedro Martinez has some great numbers, but maybe none more eye-popping than his 2000 American League E.R.A. crown.

Martinez’s E.R.A. that season, while he was pitching for the Boston Red Sox, was 1.74, an impressive feat on its own considering he faces a designated hitter instead of a pitcher about three times a game. What is really amazing, though, is that Roger Clemens, while pitching for the New York Yankees, finished in second place with an E.R.A. of 3.70.

One For The Ages

It’s been about a week since I last posted something here, but that’s because I haven’t been around much due to various graduations, finals, and concerts. My sabbatical has ended and with summer upon us, I may have a little extra time on my hands. This Friday I will be headed on a baseball tour that will last about 10 days, but I will talk more about that later. Onto the night’s events…

Earlier tonight, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester threw a no hitter against the Kansas City Royals. Obviously any time someone throws a no-hitter it’s a pretty big deal, but this one had some added significance.

Lester struck out 9 and walked two over the course of the game. The no-hitter was the 18th in Red Sox history, placing them second to the Dodgers 20. The Mets, Padres, Rockies, and Rays have never thrown a no-hitter. Also, this was the fourth no-hitter Jason Varitek has caught, which is a record. (His four no-hitters were Nomo, Lowe, Buchholz, and Lester) Four of the last six no-hitters in the AL have come from Red Sox pitchers, which the others coming from Justin Verlander and Mark Buerhle.

Now, the added significance of the Lester no-hitter is that he is a cancer survivor. In September of 2006, Lester was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, causing him to miss the remainder of the season. In December of that year, after extensive chemotherapy treatments, Lester’s CT Scans came back cancer free. Lester was able to go to Spring Training in 2007 and started the year at Class A Greenville. By April, Lester had battled his way up to AAA Pawtucket and on July 23rd made his first start of the season for the Red Sox against the Cleveland Indians. In that game, Lester pitched 6 innings and earned the victory. For his efforts, Lester was the recipient of last year’s Tony Conigliaro award, which honors a player who “best overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage.”

Having had cancer touch my family more times than I care to think about over the last year, I can’t help but be ecstatic for Jon Lester. For anyone who’s seen the effects of cancer, this is an unbelievable feat. Players like John Kruk, Eli Marrero, and Brett Butler have all overcome various forms of cancer to return to Major League form, but none of them have accomplished something of this magnitude. Hopefully it will bring more attention to those who have been affected by this disease and bring inspiration to those who are currently battling it. Hopefully I will be writing a similar post about Doug Davis when he returns from thyroid cancer later this year.

So congratulations Jon Lester on a beautifully pitched ballgame. Throwing no hitters will never get old. Beating cancer in any way will never get old. Doing both at the same time is just about as good as it gets.

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