Over the Hump!!!!!

They did it!           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76RrdwElnTU&feature=related

Yes they did, for the first time this year the Red Sox are over .500, following a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers last night at Fenway Park! It was their seventh attempt to get over the hump and going in, it did not look good as they faced last year’s MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander. However when it was said and done, the Tiger ace had surrendered more runs (5) and more hits (10) than any outing this year.

David Ortiz had three hits and a pair of RBI including a home run into the Monster seats.

Daniel Nava’s three run double in the fourth inning broke the game open giving the Sox a 4-0 lead.

Daniel Bard drew even 5-5 with 5 2/3 innings in which he surrendered two runs.

Four Red Sox relievers recorded holds last night paving the way for Alfredo Aceves 12th save of the year.

Scott Podsednik has become the latest Red Sox scotch tape and glue guy.

The Red Sox most recent center fielder, 36-year-old Scott Podsednik, last played in the major leagues with the Dodgers in 2010. Since then his baseball journey has taken him from Clearwater FL, to Dunedin FL, out for a stint in Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League before returning east to Lehigh Valley PA and Pawtucket Rhode Island before landing in centerfield at Fenway Park. Last night he contributed two more hits and scored a run. He is hitting .467 in six games with the Red Sox and he still can run like the wind!

Last night Bobby Valentine started his 40th different line up in 49 games. And it was that 40th line up which finally got this Fenway rendition over the hump!

On May 10th, the Indians shelled Josh Beckett on their way to an 8-3 win at Fenway Park. The loss put the Red Sox at 12-19, mired in fifth place seven and a half games back. Since that time they have won 13 of 18, Beckett has had three starts, pitched 21 2/3 innings, given up three runs for a 1.24 ERA, only 15 hits and the Red Sox have won all three games, Beckett winning two of them.

Since Beckett’s “golf” scrum with the media, he has been lights out!

I must confess that the 2012 rendition of the Boston Red Sox was, going in, not an easily likeable bunch. My son asked me early on, how many of those guys can you really like? And going down the list he was correct, they were a bunch who collectively would be hard to root for, however, it’s always about the name on the front of the jerseys and that is for whom to root.

Last night the Red Sox got over the hump. They are 25-24, still in last place in the AL East but they are only 3 1/2 games out of first place and 2 1/2 out of the Wild Card race. Youngsters named Doubront and Middlebrooks and Nava and Aviles have emerged as forces and then you throw in a 36-year-old reborn outfielder looking for his last grasp at the brass ring and you know, it’s  pretty easy to root for them.

Tonight Bobby Valentine will make out his 50th line up card. In all probability it will be his 42nd different line up. In the line up will be Dustin Pedroia, playing with a splint on his thumb to protect a torn abductor muscle in his thumb. What the hell is that? He’s going to try to play through it. Of course he is and that is why anybody who loves the game of baseball roots for that guy because I am convinced that if you closely examine what runs through his veins, you would find a bazillion kabillion microscopic baseballs.

Ya know what? I’m starting to like these guys!

And so it is on this day in Fenway Park history, May 30, 2012, over the hump day.

 

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Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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