Feet of Clay????? Again……

The end came for Clay Buchholz with one out in the fourth inning last night and the Sox trailing 1-0 on a first inning home run by Alex Rodriquez.

                                         Manager John Farrell whistles for the cavalry….

In a game that can only be described as disappointing the 2015 Red Sox showed well…..not much.

What Buchholz did was predictable. It was his 17th career outing against the Yankees and he entered with a record of 5-8 against the pinstripers and an ERA of 6.08. The night ended with him 5-9 and that ERA still north of six!

And now help me here. I know I’m getting curmudgeonly as I tip toe into the winter of my days, but I do not recall a big game that he has gone out and simply got er done! Does anybody out there remember him winning a big game?

In that vein he’s 73-51 in his career, pretty good on the surface. But he’s 29-29 in July, August and September. Pretty mediocre! Oh and he’s 0-0 with a 4.21 ERA pitching 25 2/3 innings in five post season starts. Not exactly what one could call “step up” performances.

It actually all came undone in the fourth. A couple of boots in the infield; even one by everybody’s favorite dirt dog, Brock Holt!

I don’t know it just seemed to be an overall non-competitive effort across the board. I did not see the fire you thought would be present. It is after all the Yankees and there is after all the chance to really climb into this thing.

The next two days will tell us a lot……Win or lose I’ll invoke the words of Coach Raul Jose Velez….”JUST COMPETE!”

And as for Clay??? History tells us this……

Maybe tonight, this kid will step up and put his own stamp on the Red Sox/Yankee rivalry.

Talented 22 year old southpaw, Eduardo Rodriquez, will make his ninth career start tonight at Fenway!

Oh and by the way….Am I being picky here or is a professional sports trainer really supposed to look like this?

And so it is on this day, in Fenway history, July 11, 2015

 

 

 

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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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3 Responses to Feet of Clay????? Again……

  1. We couldn’t watch. We just couldn’t. Too painful.

  2. mhasegawa says:

    I think the Sox have a psychological thing about the Yankees. Plus, I gather that Clay is hurt – again.

  3. Garry Armstrong says:

    Ray, it is Monday, the day after we lost, 8-6 in the bad news bears version of the wrap up game with the Yankees heading into the all-star game break. Time to restock the sniffing glue in the clubhouse while Jon Henry goes sailing on his yacht — away, away — beyond the sea.

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