No Red Sox fan will forget the collapse of September 2011 and the reports that followed about the in game “activities” of the starting rotation. On nights when certain starters (Beckett, Lester, Lackey) were not pitching they descended into the club house to play video games, drink beer and eat fried chicken. The immature actions became the poster of failure for the 2011 Red Sox. It led to Terry Francona being ousted as the manager.
It led to Theo Epstein jumping to take the President of Baseball Operations job for the Cubs. It forced ownership to make a change and bring in a disciplinarian (Bobby Valentine).
Early in Spring Training all alcohol was banned from the clubhouse. Yet despite all the changes made by the Sox the immaturity of their roster, particularly their starters, continues to rear its ugly head. Continue reading
A move that has been expected for some time has completed. Everyone seemed to know Youkilis was on his way out of Boston, it was simply a question of where would he end up. On Sunday that question was answered as Youkilis trades in his Red Sox for White ones (not actually since the White Sox actually wear black socks).
On an emotional Sunday Youkilis played his final game for the Red Sox, at home in front of the Fenway faithful.
When he was removed for a pinch runner he was given a standing ovation and tipped his cap to the fans. Youkilis received hugs from his teammates as he left the field.
The Red Sox will pay a large portion of Youkilis’ remaining contract (which expires at seasons end). In return Boston received RHP Zack Jackson and Utility Infielder Brent Lillibridge. Neither player are likely to see significant playing time for the Red Sox.
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Kevin Youkilis’ days in a Red Sox uniform are dwindling and a number of teams appear to have some degree of interest in acquiring his services.
Most reports have narrowed the teams interested in Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers. The White Sox and Pirates appear to be the two most serious suitors.
Youkilis has been made expendable by the performance of rookie Will Middlebrooks.
Middlebrooks has homered in 3 of his last 4 games and has 9 total for the season (Youkilis has 4). The Red Sox are 17-1 in games that Middlebrooks has recorded an RBI.
Youkilis has struggled in recent seasons with a multitude of injuries and has had numerous trips to the DL. His performance on the field has dipped and he doesn’t appear to be the same player that hit 29 and 24 HRs in 2008 and 2009. Continue reading
On Friday night the Boston Red Sox will play their final interleague series of the 2012 season against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway. The Red Sox have had a successful interleague schedule against the senior circuit posting a 9-6 record while outscoring their opponents 77-59.
Coming off their first ever sweep of the Miami Marlins (not simply because of the name change, it includes the Marlins when they were still Florida) the Red Sox find themselves a season best 3 games above .500.
It was Boston’s first home sweep (of at least 3 games) since July of 2011.
The recent run of strong play has seen the Red Sox climbing back into the playoff race sitting 5.5 back of the Yankees in the East and only 2 back of the Wildcard.
The Red Sox will turn to Jon Lester (4-4, 4.53 ERA) on Friday Night looking to extend their win streak to 6. Lester will be opposed by Jair Jurrjens (0-2, 9.37) fresh up from the Minors after a tough start to his season. Continue reading