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3 In The 13th

What a wild night it was in Philadelphia last night. Every single position player played except all three backup catchers, George Kottaras of the Red Sox and Chris Coste along with Paul Bako of the Phillies. A total of twelve pitchers came in the game and struck out 34 batters. Jon Lester  got eleven while Joe Blanton struck out seven.

The final score was five to two but ended in the thirteenth inning when Boston scored three runs in the top of the inning and then Daniel Bard got his first major league save and Takashi Saito got his second win of the season. Youk and J.D. Drew supplied the power as each hit solo home runs off of Joe Blanton.

The lineup was a little questionable and it was not the only questionable thing Terry Francona did. Here is the line up so you can be the judge.

1- Dustin Pedroia, 2B

2- J.D. Drew, RF

3- Kevin Youkilis, 3B

4- Jason Bay, LF

5- David Ortiz, 1B

6- Jason Varitek, C

7- Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

8- Nick Green, SS

9- Jon Lester, P

Of corse playing at Citizens Bank Park there are not any DH’s so Terry Francona put David Ortiz at first base and moved Youk to third. I liked the move because Ortiz has finally broken out of his slump, hitting three home runs in six games. Ortiz though went one for three with a strikeout before being taking out of the game for Mark Kotsay in the sixth.

The other questionable thing Terry did happened in the ninth. Jonathan Papelbon needed the day off and Takashi Saito had pitched a hard earned 1.1 innings against the Yankees and Francona wanted to give him the day off even though he could have pitched in the ninth. Saito came in and got two outs in the 12th and got the win. Anyway so with Boston up by one run in the ninth Ramon Ramirez came in.

Ramirez had given up back to back home runs in his last outing against the Yankees and with Ryan Howard up Ramirez gave up another home run. Let me just say I would have never put him in. I mean sure he has been having a good year but I would have put in either Manny Delcarmen or Justin Masterson. Delcarmen last pitched Thursday and Masterson came in and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in extra, striking out three. I might have considered Daniel Bard, who later got the save that game but because he is a young kid I can understand Terry not wanting to put him in and then have him give up a home run.

Anyway Ramirez’s ERA is up to 2.10 and he has now given up four home run, seven earned runs, eighteen hits, and has walked ten in 30 innings. I really did not like the Coco Crisp trade even though I agreed he needed to go. Boston could have got a lot more for him. But I am getting off topic. Ramirez is in a slump or whatever you want to call it and before the season started I thought he should be a mop-up reliever. Maybe he should become a mop-up reliever for a little while.

Jon Lester though was the talk of the game though he gave up just two hits an earned run and walked just two. He also struck out eleven including six straight (the record is ten though in case you were wondering set by Tom Seaver) Lester got Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Raul Ibanez to strikeout twice. 

Lester has been on fire his last three starts striking out 34 going two and zero. His ERA for his last three starts has been 1.23 against the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Phillies. Lester has only walked seven batters and given up seven hits. Against teams with guys like Vernon Wells, Ian Kinsler, and Raul Ibanez.

Lester pitched seven great innings but did run into some trouble in the second. After a leadoff single for Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino doubled moving Ibanez to third with no outs. Lester then got Pedro Feliz to ground out but Ibanez scored on the play. Carlos Ruiz would ground out for the second out of the inning but Victorino would move to third. Joe Blanton though grounded out to second as the hits to Ibanez and Victorino would be the last hits he gave up.

Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bay and Jacoby Ellsbury went a combined five for 23. The four of them batted just .217. They also combined for seven strikeouts. On a positive note they combined for two RBIs, scored two runs, and did not make an error along with the rest of the team. Youk also had a home run and stole a base like mentioned before. 

Dustin Pedroia did not have such a good game. Mr. MVP went zero for seven and left four runners on base. He did not strike out though. Pedroia said after the game, “I haven’t had the best at-bats, but the balls I hit hard seem to get caught. You hit stretches like that throughout the year. I’m not to concerned. We’ll get in there tomorrow and work on it.”

Even though Youk did hit a home run it was not his best game. Youk went one for five with three strikeouts. Of corse Youk had a run and a RBI. On another positive note Youk played Golden Glove defense at third and then after Mike Lowell came in he played Golden Glove defense at first.

Jason Bay who I think we can officially put into MVP talks did not have his best game either. Bay went two for five with three strikeouts. He did score the first run in the thirteenth inning and have a walk. 

Jacoby Ellsbury was playing his first game back since hurting his shoulder diving for a ball. Ellsbury did not have his best game as he went two for six with an RBI in the thirteenth inning. Ellsbury did strikeout once though. In the field he looked fine same thing running he did not steal any bases or make any diving catches but he does not need to every night. 

The Red Sox mostly played small ball to win this game. Besides Kevin Youkilis’ and J.D. Drew’s home run there were no other extra base hits in that game. The Phillies only had three extra base hits. Even though there where a total of seven runs there where only sixteen hits and eleven of those hits were singles.

Tonight Dice-K faces off against Antonio Bastardo, a young lefty who is two and zero so far this year. Tonight David Ortiz is sitting with Mike Lowell playing third and Rocco Baldelli is in right. I think the Red Sox will get an early lead and keep that lead. I also think Dice-K will pitch like his old self earning the win.

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Mr. Epstein please just Call Up Clay already! Send down Ramon Ramirez because this guy is dominating in AAA with an ERA of 1.75 and he is 4-0! Please call him up and ohh ya this is for you.


AND VOTE FOR ANDRE ETHIER!!!!!!!!!!

Photo Credits

1-makeamemory.com

2- bostonsports.mlblogs.com

There is An E In Inconsistent But No K

*-Before I start the mono test came back negative so yah.
The Red Sox won an inconsistent game yesterday with a win over the Detroit Tigers. I really was not worried the whole game though except when Youk was taken out of the game when I believe Josh Anderson ran down the line and accidentally kicked Kevin Youkilis in what at first I thought was his achilles tendon but the announcers on ESPN said it was his ankle. More on Youk later though.
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Boston scored ten runs and had thirteen hits. We scored six runs in the top of the eighth along with two in the first and fifth. And the lineup is working. Since the change we are averaging 7.66666666666666666666666666 (you get the point right).
We gave up five runs on only three hits. None of the runs where earned. Yep we gave up five unearned runs all in the eight inning. In that inning we had three errors. One at second, shortstop, and third. 
Why? Well the inning started when Mark Kotsay went to right replacing J.D. Drew. The Brandon Inge doubled on a three-two fastball. That would be Beckett’s second hit given up and his last. Inge would then leave the game when Ramon Santiago pinch ran for him. Beckett then hit Gerald Laird with a 92 MPH fastball. Tiger’s shortstop, Adam Everett popped up to Varitek behind the plate.
Then the errors started Dustin Pedroia made a bad throw to first. Clete Thomas was safe at first while Gerald Larid went to second and Ramon Santiago scored. Beckett then struck out Placido Polanco with a 93 MPH fastball. 
Daniel Bard came in for Josh. Then when Nick Green made an error Josh Anderson was safe at first and Laird and Thomas moved up a base. That was the play in which Youk got hurt. Mark Kotsay moved to first and Rocco Baldelli went in to right. On the next play Mike Lowell made an error with Miguel Cabrera was safe at second as Anderson and Thaomas moved up and Laird scored. Then Curtis Granderson hit a triple to center as he cleared the bases on a 97 MPH fastball. Then after a mound visit Bard got Jeff Larish to ground out to end the inning.
As of about noon eastern time the latest on Youk is that Terry Francona says Youk should be fine. After Josh Anderson kicked his ankle. Francona also said, “He got more of a bruise. I think all of our fears were that got spiked, then everybody came up from the replay and said he kind of got kicked with the back foot. He said he’ll be OK.” However It would not surprise me if Youk did not start at first tonight.
The pitching though was the best. I remember saying that the MLB could use a no-hitter or a four home run game, etc. And Beckett nearly did that. However Beckett knew he had a no-hitter going he was smiling and over throwing. So in the seventh with two outs Curtis Granderson got the first hit off of Beckett after walking Magglio Ordonez. Beckett would then get Jeff Larish to strikeout. 
Beckett ended up pitching 7.2 innings giving up two hits, three runs (zero earned), walked just two and struck out nine. Daniel Bard did good even though he gave up two unearned runs and gave up just one hit. Takashi Saito proved to a great addition because if Papelbon needs a day off (like last night) Saito can come in and close the door because he used to be the closer for the Dodgers. He walked two though but had a strikeout.
In the bottom of the ninth Julio Lugo and his hurt knee took over at shortstop and was in the order as the fifth batter. Nick Green then moved to third. Those moves obviously meant that Mike Lowell was out of the game. However after Saito came in and Youk went into the clubhouse Lowell was ejected. So the bottom of the ninth was pretty confusing. 
To start the innings Saito walked Ramon Santiago on twelve pitches. Saito then walked Laird. A
mound visit was called and Saito got Adam Everett to fly out to J-Bay. He struck out Clete Thomas on three pitches. Saito hit Placido Polanco with a fastball. Saito then closed the door as he got Josh Anderson to fly out to center.
The offense though was also fantastic. The game started when Dustin Pedroia singled and J.D. Drew hit his 200th career home run, his eighth off the season. In the fifth Ellsbury singled for the first hit of the inning. Nick Green would doubled scoring Ellsbury. Dustin Pedroia would ground out to third but interference would be called scoring Green.
The eight though was where we exploded for six runs. Zach Miner would come in and Pedroia would single and the steal second. J.D. Drew walked then. A mound visit would be called but it did not help as Youk doubled to center scoring Pedroia and moving Drew to third. Jason Bay would single to load the bases. Lowell though would strikeout on three pitches.
Nate Robertson would come into replace Miner. On his second pitch he gave up a doubled to Big Papi! Drew and Youk would score and Bay would go to third. Jason Varitek would double 77 MPH slider scoring Bay and Ortiz. Jacoby would single moving Tek to third. Nick Green would score Tek but the Tigers got Ellsbury out a second. Pedroia who batted previously in the inning would ground out and the Tigers got Nick Green out at second.
At the end of the game every position player but George Kottaras would play in the game and the Red Sox combined had 23 total bases. Boston is now tied with the Yankees at the top of the A.L. East with a record of 31-22 which is tied with New York for the second best record in the A.L. and tied for fourth in baseball with the Yankees and the Brewers. 
In case you where wondering the next time Boston faces New York is June ninth-eleventh in Boston. So by then Boston will be leading the East by at least three games when the series is done.
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So Mr. Theo please Call Up Clay! Ohh and I hope you like chocolate . . .
Chocolate Box
And remember vote Andre Ethier!
And before I finish my pick for the NBA finals is the Magic in five.
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Photo Credits
1- http://moodythinking.com/2009/03/
2- http://blog.masslive.com/redsoxmonster/2009/05/josh_beckett_and_his_baseball.html
3- http://search.espn.go.com/takashi-saito/
4- http://redsox.wordpress.com/2008/07/16/breaking-down-the-red-sox-lineup-jd-drew/
5- http://maxradi.us/food/chocolate/christmas2004/photos.html
6- http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Blogs/News?oid=oid:772587

Change Red Sox Nation Can Believe In

*- Sorry this could have been up Monday night but I have been super sick. Today I had to go to the hospital with a temp of 104.9 F. The doctor thinks I might have mono. So if I don’t blog for a few days do not worry.

I thought the Red Sox where having a hard time scoring runs! Well how does eight runs sound along with a pitcher who struck out twelve! Unless your a Blue Jays fan that is awesome. Why did we score eight runs because of this.

1. Dustin Pedroia- 2B
2. J.D. Drew- RF
3. Kevin Youkilis- 1B
4. Jason Bay- LF
5. Mike Lowell- 3B
6. David Ortiz- DH
7. Jason Varitek- C
8. Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
9. Nick Green- SS
Yep Pedroia batted first, J.D. batted second, Bay batted cleanup, Mikey batted fifth, and Jacoby batted eight. If I remember correctly Pedroia batted first for most of his 2007 year in which he won the Rookie of the Year award. Jacoby just had a twenty-two game hit streak snap the other day and now is batting eight.  And Big Papi is still batting sixth.
Overall I love the line up. It is spread out so every three batters there is at least one guy who could hit a home run (Youk, Bay, and Tek) along with fast guys who can turn singles into doubles (Pedroia, Bay, and Ellsbury). 
Yes Pedroia and Bay only have thirteen combined stolen bases but they are players who are super fast but do not steal that much. For example look at Andre Ethier and Hunter Pence. They only have eight combined stolen bases but can turn singles into doubles easily.
Anyway I am getting off topic. Now Tuesday after the off day or the next time Julio Lugo plays I would bat Ellsbury last. Yes call me crazy whatever. Jacoby batted behind Varitek so if Varitek is say at second and Ellsbury at first Ellsbury cannot steal. Lugo is another guy with speed but he never really steals much. 
But look at it this way Lugo’s on base percentage is .345 which yes is .010 points higher then Jacoby’s but Lugo has 21 hits in 23 games. Ellsbury has 64 hits in 49 games. Lugo has eight walks while Ellsbury has eleven. Lugo’s batting average is .276 while Ellsbury’s is .299. So maybe OBP is a messed up stat. Or maybe Lugo gets a little more lucky and more errors happen when he is up.
Anyway it is better then having your catcher hit in front of a speedster. Of course though I wish Jed Lowrie started and not Julio Lugo started at shortstop.
My favorite change in the lineup was Pedroia batting first and J.D. Drew batting second. Drew should not have batted third at all. Yes he has seven home runs but he is not a third batter. Pedroia could bat anywhere in the lineup as he gets on base, can steal, rarely strikes out, and one some days (like yesterday) he can hit for power.
Your first and second guys have to have a high OBP so you big guys can drive them in. Drew seems like he always gets on base as his OBP is .359 this year and his carer OBP is .391. Pedoria’s OBP is .416 for this year. 416 which is tied for fifteenth in baseball. (Youk has the highest with .478.) Then if Youk gets on base (and he probably will) Jason Bay is tied for the most RBI’s in baseball with Adrian Gonzalez with 49 in just two months!
Now there are a few ways to get Big Papi going so he can turn back into the feared slugger he is. One is you could drop him to the seventh spot or even last. Then after Big Papi has say a four hit game or gets two doubles or whatever Terry would move him up one spot as at and Ortiz would say, “Finally Something Good Happened,” and Ortiz would slowly move up till he becomes the slugger he is. However with Jason Bay having an MVP season maybe he will stay at fifth.
The other thing that has the highest risk would be if he gets voted into the Home Run Derby. If I remember correctly Ortiz was third in fan home run derby voting in the A.L. Which  I think would put him in the derby even though he only has one home run. 
That could be good or bad. That could have Ortiz swing for the fences more which as everyone knows makes guys strikeout. Now the good news about the bad news (If that makes since) is that that would be in the first half of the season. If Big Papi hits a ton of home runs in the derby (which he will) I believe he will start hitting again just in time for the playoff run.
I like Ellsbury batting eight because like I said before it spreads the “wealth” of the lineup. So when whoever is batting it is not going to be a one-two-three inning because Ellsbury’s OBP is .335 and his batting average is .299 like mentioned previously.
So how did the lineup end up doing? Well they scored eight runs and had eleven hits. Pedroia went one for four with a home run and three RBIs. J.D. Drew went one for four with one RBI and two strikeouts along with a sacrifice fly. Youk had a great game as he went two for four with three runs two RBIs. He also had two home runs.
Jason Bay went two for three with one run, RBI, strikeout and he hit his fifteenth home run of the year. He also had two doubles. Mike Lowell went two for five with an RBI and three strikeouts. He did have a double though. But maybe The Red Sox should consider moving him if he has a few more bad games. Big Papi went one for five with a run a double and a strikeout.
Jason Varitek went zero for two with three walks and a run. Jacoby went one for three with a walk. See he could not use his speed with Varitek in front of him. Nick Green (who should start at shortstop till Jed Lowrie gets back) went one for four with a run. Nick had a double but got picked off at first after his walk.
So hopefully this lineup will score more runs. I believe it will. Facing Detroit Tuesday their pitching has to be good but Detroit does not have the best starting pitchers besides Justin Verlander. I am predicting they sweep the Tigers.

A Bad Day In Baseball

First off I am sorry I have not been blogging lately. This whole week I have had drama practice along with a baseball game on Tuesday and on Thursday I had my drama show. In case you were wondering we did Peter Pan and I was John, the kid with the glasses. Friday I went to the Astros game because my godmother’s husband is the announcer for the San Diego Padres. Sunday I will get to go up into the booth and I will show you pictures of both games.
Wow lots of steroid news lately. Ugh . . . Can we just ban steroids from the USA or something. Well I guess that would not even work because the Blue Jays are in Canada and many players come from outside of the USA. But until someone solves this problem you will be seeing posts like these.
Manny, Manny, Manny. Wow, I really did not expect this. I mean I usually say my least favorite players (A-Rod, Jeter, etc.) took steroids but most of the time I joke around about that stuff. Well when the news about A-Rod happened then I would joke around that I was right.
However I never would have thought Manny would have done this. Believe it or not I fell sorry for Manny. Even though Manny did do something illegal he should not be suspended for 50 games. He did not do HGH or something like that. It is pretty strange what he took but he did not make him self stronger with the drug. If I was Bud Selig I would have suspended him for 30 games. I know rules are rules but they need to make it so if you take illegal substances besides steroids suspended you for 30 games and HGH and other steroids suspended you for 50 games.
Believe it or not Manny is still one of my favorite players. I have never been mad at him just very . . . very irritated. I do not believe in all that junk people said about Manny and why he left Boston. If it was not for Manny the Red Sox would not have won the 2004 World Series and maybe not the 2007 World Series. Sure he was a terrible fielder but up until the end he was a good person in the clubhouse.
The one problem is the facts are not all right. Just read what Manny had to say. 

“Recently I saw a physician for a personal health issue. He gave me a medication, not a steroid, which he thought was OK to give me. Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy. Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing; I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons. I want to apologize to Mr. McCourt, Mrs. McCourt, Mr. Torre, my teammates, the Dodger organization, and to the Dodger fans. LA is a special place to me and I know everybody is disappointed. So am I. I’m sorry about this whole situation.” 
Why did the doctor not know that it was banned. Was the doctor a Padres, Giant, or Angel fan? Just kidding If he did know about that and he was a fan of another team well can I just say jerk! If When I play in the MLB I am going to ask if this medicine or whatever is legal before I eat it or whatever.
The Dodgers should somewhat be thankful. What if MLB suspended Manny in September. Then LA would lost him for the postseason. Every one said who ever got Manny would win the west well I think it nows relies on another Dodger. More on him in the next few days though. But whoever guess correct will get a prize. Manny will come back sometime around July third which is better then October third.
Now one of the big questions that pops up is how will this effect his Hall of Fame voting. This one is very, very hard. He did not use HGH but many Hall of Fame voters want to be consistent. If they did not vote for McGwire they will probably not vote for Bonds or Clemens. However I would vote for Manny if I could vote. It might take longer then say Ted Williams but I think it will take him six to nine years for him to get in.
The problem is though I wonder how kids fell. No I do not mean me I mean little kids in say first grade. The probably do not understand all of the steroid stuff. So what do the parents say to them. Do they tell them Manny got hurt or do they say he took HGH and not the real stuff he took. I do not know since well I am not a parent but if you are I would like to know what you would say if your kid was around seven.
The problem is though Manny just added to the list of Red Sox juicers. Now I doubt he took them with Boston but what about Roger Clemens and many say Mo Vaughn took steroids. A few people at school say Big Papi took steroids and one person told me Jon Lester took legal steroids when recovering from cancer. I could care less about Lester taking steroids because if he did they where legal.  Now maybe I am just over reacting but maybe I should be worried. I mean the Yankees only player I can think of that took steroids was A-Rod.
Speaking of A-Rod what was that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why did he have to do that! What about karma! Was being out for the season it! I do not care if he hits home runs but on his first at bat! I would have loved him to strike out. I mean kids know he took steroids. I some ways he is “telling” kids that steroids make you hit home runs. They somewhat do but think of all the bad things they do. It is gross and disturbing.
I do not want to go to much into A-Rod because that really is old news but before I go I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to the families of Dom DiMaggio and former Detroit Piston’s coach Chuck Daly.

Papi Problems And A Little NBA Talk

I am sure you know it by now. Chan Ho Park has more home runs then David Ortiz. Big Papi is batting .208 with no home runs and just twelve RBI’s in 96 at bats.
Now the reason for the problem is unknown. It may be because of his wrist injury suffered last year. However watching him swing it does not look like he is in pain. It looks like he is trying to swing for the fences.
Let me just say trying to hit a home run is not a good idea. When I try to hit a home run I strikeout most of the time. When I try to hit a triple I groundout. When I try to hit a double I get a single most of the time. When I just focus to get on base and try to drive in the runner on second or third. I get on base and drive in the run.
Big Papi does not have the kind of power he had in 2006. Yes he is only like 33 but we have seen it with a ton of players. For example look at Eric Gange. Of corse it is believed that when he stopped using steroids he started doing bad.
I honestly could care less about home runs. If Big Papi doesn’t hit a single home run this season I would not care. As long as he drives in 100+ and bats .300+ I will be happy. Home runs are nothing. No one in baseball has the job of hitting home runs. If you hit a home run awesome if you do not who cares. As long as you do not strikeout looking I will be fine.
Big Papi may not have the protection with Manny in the lineup because well Manny is Manny. Manny could strikeout every time this season but pitchers would treat him like he is the guy who hit 500 home runs. Kevin Youkilis could do better but pitchers would still be afraid of Manny more then Youk.
So either until Big Papi finds his stroke or starts driving in runs and getting doubles. Here is what my line up would lock like.
1- Jacoby Ellsbury
2- Dustin Pedroia
3- Jason Bay
4- Kevin Youkilis
5- J.D. Drew
6- Mike Lowell
7- David Ortiz
8- Jason Varitek
9- Julio Lugo
Now I would rather have Jason Bay then say J.D. Drew in the third spot because I think J-Bay is just underrated. He will hit around 30 home runs a year but I love guys who can hit doubles of the Green Monster. Even though J.D. Drew has eight doubles and Bay has only five Bay also is A.) a little faster and B.) is kind of hot. He is not the hottest player but still I like J-Bay and he is still getting better.
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Now for some talk about the NBA. As many of you probably know my Boston Celtics are facing the Orlando Magic in the second round of the playoffs today.
Many say that the Magic will go on to the next round however I say it will be the Celtics. So far in the game we are down by 19 but I have faith in my team. The reason for many predicting the Magic over the Celtics is because we don’t have one of our best players, Kevin Garnett (note that I didn’t say KG is our best player).
Many believe that that is why we went to seven games against the Chicago Bulls. That is 100% not true. We didn’t go to seven games because Garnett was not on the court but rather the fact that he was on the bench. KG was a distraction to the team. I mean just imagine one of the greatest players of all-time not playing.
*Update we are now down by 14*
But we should not have went to seven games. Garnett is our best defensive player, Ray Allen is our best shooter, and Paul Pierce is the best all around player and the best player on the Boston Celtics. But even with KG on the bench we still have a big three.
Rajon Rondo has made a name for himself this season. He was nearly an all-star and turned the Big Three into the Fab Four. However many treat the team like we only have two all-stars, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Well those people must have an IQ of 1. Ray Allen is the best shooter of all-time. He is second on the all-time carer three pointers made and still has a ton of years left. I read an article in SI a while ago and it said that Pierce’s 34 and Garnett’s 5 would soon be up in the rafters. Well Ray Allen’s 20 and Rajon Rondo’s 9 will be up there soon.
*Update at the end of the third quarter we are down by 16*
*Update after checking my e-mail we are down by ten! I can smell the comeback!!!!!!!!!*
My second topic is the MVP voting. Today LeBron James won the MVP award. Unlike the MLB the NBA does not give awards out for both leagues.
LeBron James like Derek Jeter can be described in one word, OVERRATED! Tons of people say he is the best player on the planet. I say nice joke. Lets compare stats to Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups and Kobe Bryant.
ASSIST PER GAME     POINTS PER GAME       REBOUNDS PER GAME
James- 7.5 (2)               James- 32 (1)                 James- 11.3 (2)        
Pierce- 2 (6)                  Pierce- 23.1 (6)               Pierce- 6.9 (3)       
Wade- 5.5 (5)                Wade- 28.8 (2)                Wade- 5.3 (4)        
Howard- 1 (7)                Howard- 24 (4)                 Howard- 15.8 (1)    
Paul- 10.4 (1)                Paul- 16.6 (7)                  Paul- 4.4 (6)         
Billups- 7.4 (3)              Billups- 22.6 (5)               Billups- 4 (7)       
Bryant- 5.6 (4)              Bryant- 27.4 (3)               Bryant- 5 (5)      
So Based on my awesome, crazy formulas based on just stats the voting should have looked like this . . .
1.) James
2.) Wade
3.) Howard
3.) Bryant
5.) Paul
6.) Billups
6.) Pierce
and not this . . .
1.) James
2.) Bryant
3.) Wade
4.) Howard
5.) Paul
6.) Billups
7.) Pierce
The one problem is an MVP has to have more then stats. For example Chauncey Billups turned the Denver Nuggets around so he might be fifth and not sixth. So really I would have voted like this . . .
1.) James
2.) Wade
3.) Howard
4.) Billups
5.) Bryant
6.) Pierce
7.) Paul
Okay well I have a confession to make that may kill me. Don’t worry I have already written my will so here I go. LeBron James is the best player on Earth.
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RIP
Bob 🙂

The Real Reason Boston Lost Yesterday

Terry Francona logged on to his lap top Thursday morning at nine in the morning. He quickly went to check Eat, Sleep, Baseball his favorite blog of all-time. Not even Curt Schilling’s blog, 38 Pitches or Jim Rice’s blog, Ask 14 stood in the way of Eat, Sleep, Baseball.

He read the entry and was surprised when he learned it was Bob’s birthday. “Hey this kid wants a present well give him a present.”
At the same time Boston Celtic coach, Doc Rivers went to check his favorite baseball blog, Eat, Sleep, Baseball. Rivers was also surprised to find out it was Bob’s birthday.
When it was time for the game Terry Francona made a quick speech. “You guys now Bob at Eat, Sleep, Baseball?” “Yeah,” the team replied. “Well today is his birthday. Josh I want you to throw a no-hitter.” This kid has some serious talent and is already being compared to Nolan Ryan. We need this kid to play for us. So we need to do every little thing to get him to come to the Red Sox.”
The team was feeling pressured. Josh was the most nervous. He had read Eat, Sleep, Baseball tons of times before. He loved the blog and didn’t want to disappoint Bob.
Josh started talking to the team a little bit latter. “Guys we need to win this game, not just because of the Rays but for Bob.” Now the rest of the team was feeling the pressure. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia the most. They knew that Bob’s two favorite players where them.
When the news got to the bullpen Javier Lopez and Jonathan Papelbon where hit the hardest. Javier knew that he was on Bob’s fantasy team and did not want to disappoint. As for Jonathan he knew that Bob was most likely to be his replacement in about ten years. He also knew that like Javier he was also on Bob’s fantasy team.
The team lost because of the pressure. They had never been more pressured in their life. Not in game seven of the ALCS. Not in the 2004 and 2007 World Series. In the end Boston choked under the pressure. The team was disappointed but the knew the Celtics might win to back them up.
At the start of the game the Celtics where fired up. One more win and they would go to the second round of the playoffs against the Orlando Magic. They wanted to end this series because A.) they where tired and B.) the wanted to bet the Bulls already. I mean this was a two seed going up against a seven seed.
When Doc Rivers told them the news the fell under the pressure. Boston scored 51 points at the half but was still losing.
At halftime Doc Rivers told the team that he wanted to win one for Bob. Ray Allen came out a played great basketball rarely missing a shot. At the end of the game Allen had 51 points!
Paul Pierce and Glen “Big Baby” Davis also wanted to win one for Bob as the scored 45 combined points but they both fouled out along with center, Kendrick Perkins.
Rajon Rondo wanted to win it the most though for Bob. He made nineteen beautiful assist and grabbed eight rebounds.
However when Derek Rose overheard the news at the start of the third overtime he got a plan in his head. Rose hated pretty much every fan of the Celtics and he wanted to ruin Bob’s birthday. He told the team and they agreed to send the series back to Boston.
The only difference was Rose told his team that Bob was a Bulls fan. If most players on the Bulls knew it was his birthday then the would have still wanted to win but not to ruin Bob’s birthday.
With the last shot of the game and the Celtics trailing by one. Rajon Rondo attempted to shoot the ball. Rondo thought he had the shut for about .00005 seconds then Derek Rose blocked his shot sending the series back to Boston. 
So in the end one team lost do to pressure the other was on the wrong side of an evil plot. Oh well the Red Sox are still gonna win it all and the Celtics are going all the way.

It’s My Birthday!!!!!!!!!