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Red Sox Live Recap: Mookie Betts Is Really, Really Good

I went to the Sox game last night, and just like that their 4 game losing streak is now a 1 game winning streak. While I’d love to take all the credit, there is one guy who take most of it, and his name is Mookie Betts. Mookie homered twice and turned a great double play in the Sox’s 2-0 win last night, and this could be the type of game to really get him going offensively. Rick Porcello pitched great, holding the Rays scoreless through 7 innings, and Alexi Ogando and Koji did their thing to seal the victory. It’s fitting that the Red Sox celebrated the 1975 team last night, because this current team does have some similarities. During Fred Lynn’s interview on the pre show, he mentioned how that 1975 team was a good mix of veterans and young guys. The 2015 Red Sox have Bogaerts, Betts, Holt and Swihart all under 27 years of age and a solid group of veterans headlined by the clubhouse leader David Ortiz. The pitching staff is still in shambles, but if we’ve learned anything from the first month of baseball, it’s that the AL East is going to be up for grabs come October. It’s a very long season, and while I’d like to see them make a move to bolster the starting rotation, I’m not going to go into panic mode on May 6th. The hitting will come around, and hopefully the pitching will follow suit. All I know is this is going to be a fun/incredibly frustrating team to follow over the summer.

– Ryan

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Mookie Betts Had One Of The More Memorable Home Openers In Red Sox History Yesterday

Robbing Bryce Harper of a three run homer in the top of the 1st. Stealing two bases on one play for only the 11th time in MLB history. And to top it off, knocking a three run homer into the monster seats to give the Red Sox the lead for good. That’s one hell of a home opener for a guy who doesn’t turn 23 until October, and Mookie Betts is officially one of the most exciting Red Sox players to come along in a long time. The Sox are 5-2, and a large part of that success belongs to Betts and his infectious energy. He’s the rare combination of incredible athletic ability and on point baseball instincts, and he’s leading this Red Sox team in the right direction. We’ve still got a lot of baseball to go, but I’m looking forward to watching Mookie Betts for a long time to come.

– Ryan

10 Things I Would Do If Kevin Love Came to Boston

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Kevin Love has apparently been showing some interest in moving east and joining up with the Boston Celtics. Over the weekend he attended a Red Sox game at Fenway Park and even was caught shaking hands with Rondo! As far as i’m concerned this is a done deal. If you shake Rondo’s hand and come to Fenway Park for a game then you are an official Bostonian in my book. Listen Kev, can I call you Kev? Mr. Love? Ok, I’ll go with Kev. Kev, Boston is a town of champions, do you want to be a champion? That’s what I thought. Bill Paxton is from Texas, but I would be willing to bet if he had a choice on where to be born and play professional basketball it would be the Bean. And if that’s not reason enough to be a Celtic here are 10 added bonuses.

The 10 things I would do if you [Kevin Love] played for the Celtics

  1. Buy your away and home jerseys. Nothing says “come to Boston” like merch royalties.
  2. Knit you a nice sweater. I can’t knit, but I will learn.
  3. I will be your personal assistant. Dry cleaning? Done. Rides around town? Chauffeured. Dinner reservations? Not to brag, but I have NEVER waited for a seat at Chilis.
  4. I will give you a personalized pre-game warmup. I am not known for my athletic abilities, but ask anybody I know (or at least Ryan) and they/he will undoubtedly tell you about my skills as a basketball trainer. They don’t call my backyard “the breeding ground for pro athletes”* for nothing.
  5. Hand written letters to all your correspondents. Texts? Emails? Phone calls? SO impersonal. From now on I will write and hand deliver all of your messages. This might make things take a lot longer, but trust me you will be a better man because of it.
  6. I will be the interior decorator of your New England home. New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts? Wherever you decide to buy a home leave it to me for the decorating. How do you feel about patterned wallpaper, comic book posters, and the color orange?
  7. Buy you a 30-rack of your choice**
  8. Take you on a private tour of Rhode Island. The majority of the day will be spent at my house playing video games or in Newport flying kites, but if you ask me, that’s Rhode Island in a nutshell.
  9. Join Ryan and I on a trip back to Fenway Park for a Red Sox game. If this actually happens then it is a real treat because it is a rarity we even make it inside the stadium.
  10. Wake up calls every morning, and not just a regular wake up call, nope, I will call you and sing any song you request. Most of the time I will ignore your request and sing “Fields of Gold”, but honestly is there a better option, especially with my range?

-Matt

 

*Nobody calls it that
**Busch Light

Ryan Does Fenway

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Polo on Saturday. Fenway last night. The life of kings. Boston is hands down my favorite city in the world. While I can’t call myself a Celtics, Bruins or Pats fan, I am a dirt dog, die hard Red Sox fan. I still count being at Fenway for Trot Nixon’s walk off home run in the 2003 ALDS as one of the best moments of my life. Being a Sox fan definitely hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows. While I got to experience two world series wins so far in my lifetime, the previous 10 years (and the 76 before that) were pretty much the worst stretch a professional fan base has gone through (I know the Cubs still haven’t won a world series, but they just suck. The Red Sox had really good teams that drove knives through your hearts in October). Now that the 2013 Red Sox seem to be back to their winning ways, me and slippery Mike decided to make a trip to Fenway. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to visit “The Cathedral of Boston”. On a Red Sox game day, the energy around the ballpark is unmatched. Stop by Copperfield’s, Boston Beer Works, Cask N’ Flagon or any number of bars for a pregame beer or six. Your next stop should be to scan your ticket and embrace Yawkey Way with the best sausage and pepper sandwich you’ll ever eat. With a satisfied stomach and an unlimited amount of beer at your disposal, the only thing left to do is take in the sights and sounds of the ballpark and watch the Red Sox kick some ass. Trust me on this one: if you go to Fenway, you’ll be itching to go back again and again. If, like last night, the Red Sox happen to lose, make sure you get a good consolation prize:

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– Ryan

P.S. I’m just glad this trip went better than the last time I traveled to Fenway..

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