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“He is doing everything.”
Those were the words of FOX play-by-play man Joe Buck following Pedro Ciriaco’s stolen third base and run scored thanks to a throwing error by Russell Martin in the seventh inning last night.
The former PawSox infielder finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and four runs batted in against the Yankees (not the ones from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre). His four hits and four RBI were both career highs, and his single in the third inning was his first hit as a Red Sox. Add to all of this seven assists at shortstop.
Ciriaco stole the show last night from everyone, including former Pawtucket teammate Mauro Gomez who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. Gomez has now hit safely in all four games since being recalled on July 3 and is batting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles, three RBI and two runs.
No surprise, those watching Ciriaco & Company last night took to Twitter. Here are the best tweets about Pedro on what turned out to be the biggest baseball night of his life.
Jenny Dell - NESN (@JennyDellNESN): Ciriaco having a night!! All the folks at #Fenway saying ”Pedro, Pedro, Pedro” chants are ringing around the park.
Gordon Edes - ESPNBoston.com (@GordonEdes): Just a guess, but this has to be the greatest night of Ciriaco’s baseball life. “Pedro, Pedro” chants.
Christy Lemire – AP Movie Critic (@christylemire): So Kevin Costner plays Pedro Ciriaco in the movie version of this game tonight, right?
Pete Abraham – Boston Globe (@PeteAbe): Standing ovation as Ciriaco comes up. This is crazy
Michael Berger – WEEI (@MichaelSBerger): Quite appropriate that Pedro Ciriaco, who wears #77, has a huge game for the Red Sox on 7/7.
Jared Carrabis – New England Baseball Journal (@Jared_Carrabis): There are five-year-old children in Boston that, sadly, have never seen a #RedSox World Series. The wait is over. Pedro Ciriaco is here.
Michael Sangalang – Producer, WBZ-TV (@MikeSangWBZ): Never bet against a Pedro at Fenway #RedSox #ciriaco
Red – Red Sox Blogger (@SurvivingGrady): WHO DIED AND MADE YOU PEDRO CIRIACO
One down, 143 to go.
I had a terrific time calling last night’s PawSox win with Steve Hyder, but it feels great to get the first broadcast out of the way. As I prepare for game No. 2, I’ll be taking a break from my pre-game prep for something you very well may want to join.
From noon-1:00 I’ll be talking Red Sox prospects with Grodon Edes on ESPNBoston.com. In what is being called “Red Sox Chat: Minor League Voices,” this event will take the form of an online chat where fans can give their two cents and ask questions. The rest of the “voices” include my great friend and “Voice of the Portland Sea Dogs,” Mike Antonellis, the play-by-play broadcaster for the High-A Salem Red Sox, Even Lepler, and Mike Andrews of SoxProspects.com
You can CLICK HERE to enter/read the chat. Who knows, if you ask a question and mention the blog, there might be some kind of prize.
- The PawSox 4-2 win over Buffalo last night marks the club’s 7th consecutive Opening Day win – the longest in franchise history.
Second baseman Pedro Ciriaco had a strong PawSox debut going 4-of-5 with two RBIs. Who cares that only one of his hits left the infield. With his speed, he doesn’t have to hit ‘em quite as deep to reach safely. By the way, he was one of only two International League batters with four hits last night (Matt Carson of Rochester also had four).
- When Steve interviewed Pedro on the field following the game, I loved it when Ciriaco said “thank you” to the fans. It might not seem like much to the players, but that kind of gesture goes a long way these days.
- One game into the season and we’ve already seen outstanding defensive plays by the two guys who get hyped the most for their defense: Jose Iglesias and Che-Hsuan Lin. Jose made an outstanding line drive catch on a ball that, off the bat, I would have told you had a 100% chance of landing in left field. Lin, meanwhile, made a catch sliding forward and on his side on a ball that seem destined to be a bloop single in shallow center. These guys will be fun to watch.
- New Pawtucket right fielder Jason Repko showed nice speed and great hustle when he reached on an RBI infield single in the 5th. I had a chance to interview him at Media Day and really enjoyed our conversation.
Around the International League
- The new “Empire State Yankees” were almost no-hit last night by Lehigh Valley. If not for a Ray Krumi double in the 7th, it would have been all zeros for the club without a home this season.
- In his Triple-A debut, arguably baseball’s top-prospect Bryce Harper went 2-of-4 with a double against Rochester.
- Speaking of the Red Wings, former PawSox first baseman Aaron Bates had a nice Opening Day for the Twins’ Triple-A club, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.
- One day into the season and we already have our first rain out (Charlotte and Norfolk), and our first extra inning game (Durham topped Gwinnett 4-3 in a 12-inning, 4:04 contest).
We hit the air tonight at 6:00 with the pre-game show. First pitch in the series finale with Buffalo is set for 6:15.
Talk with you then.
Gordon Edes does an outstanding job covering the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com. The long-time Boston sports reporter was kind enough to let me interview him inside the press box at JetBlue Park Wednesday afternoon. We chatted about his impressions of the Red Sox Spring Training, what he thinks the club will do with Jose Iglesias, and, most importantly, his terrific Spring Training tan.
In addition to joking around with Gordon, I spent the majority of Wednesday around the Red Sox minor league camp. The PawSox had about as exciting of a Spring Training game as you’ll find, edging the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A, Twins) 4-3 thanks to a walk-off home run by left fielder Ronald Bermudez. The 23-year-old, who hit only three homers in 85 games last year, scorched a high-inside pitch deep to left field with one out. All four Pawtucket runs came via the long ball Wednesday, thanks largely to J.C. Linares’ three-run bomb in the eighth inning.
Justin Germano started for the PawSox and pitched four impressive innings. Germano, who appeared in nine games last season with the Indians, showcased a nasty curveball and struck out five batters – three looking. Germano appears to be one of those guys on the bubble right now. He has big league experience and is doing everything he can to hold a spot in the Red Sox bullpen come Opening Day.
Former Pawtucket catcher and recent off-season Red Sox signing Kelly Shoppach played in the Triple-A game Wednesday. He hit second in each of the first four innings and finished 0-for-4. (Funky stuff like this happens sometimes in minor league Spring Training games.)
All three of the Red Wings’ runs were scored off right-hander John Maine who allowed a two-run double and later a wild pitch that allowed the runner at third base to score. Maine is looking to regain some of his form from 2007 when he went 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA as a member of the New York Mets.
Tony Pena, Jr. tossed the final three innings and looked sharp, striking out four and allowing just one hit.
I’ll be back at the minor league complex early Thursday morning to watch batting practice and grab a few more interviews. Later in the afternoon I’ll be putting together our PawSox Insider radio show which will air Saturday, and then at night I’ll be in attendance for the Red Sox vs. Yankees game from JetBlue Park. Be sure to check back for more content throughout the day.
It wasn’t as good as Al Michaels and NBC’s Sunday Night Football, but I did enjoy watching the Oscars last night. From a behind-the-scenes standpoint, I was most amazed when, during the “pre-game show,” Robin Roberts talked about how the producers of the Oscars spent the past four and a half months preparing for the show. Speaking of which, remember Robin from her days on SportsCenter? Maybe it’s because I grew up watching her on ESPN, but I’ve always thought she does a great job.
Now that I’ve gotten over Horrible Bosses not winning Best Picture, it’s time to get my focus back on baseball, the Red Sox, PawSox, and Spring Training. Here’s what’s going on today that I think you might find interesting:
- Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that Josh Beckett will start the inaugural Grapefruit League game at the new JetBlue Park this Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.
- Curious what third base will look like for the Red Sox next year? Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald wrote a nice article this morning about the relationship PawSox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has formed with Kevin Youkilis.
Said Youkalis, “’I think you owe it to the guy that’s below you at the minor league level to teach him how to play the game because that’s going to be the guy who’s going to succeed you when you’re done … He’s an outgoing kid, and I won’t shy away … You want him to take over and make history here. You’ve got to work with him and teach him the game.’”
- Peter Abraham wrote a great article this morning that touched on pretty much every topic of Spring Training. Out of all he wrote, PawSox fans might find this most interesting:
“Ryan Lavarnway may not make the Opening Day roster. But he is on the verge of doing some special things. He carries himself like a player who knows where he’s going.”
The funniest line from his article: “The players get a snack break during workouts and are served mini granola bars and apple sauce. It’s like watching a bunch of oversized day campers.”
- FanGraphs.com is releasing their MLB television broadcaster rankings. Over the next three days, FanGraphs will publish the rankings in groups of 10, starting with No. 30. The results are taken from fans voting on a scale of 1-5 for charisma, analysis, and then overall performance. Should be interesting.
- Someone impersonated Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles on Twitter, claiming he was traded. #identitytheft
- Gotta see more pics from Red Sox Spring Training? Here are some good ones.
- Love funny, terrible pics from Spring Training? Here’s a great site dedicated to just that.
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I’ll leave you with a picture taken earlier this afternoon from my lunch-time talk with the Providence Rotary Club. Not only did they have a sizable group of around 60 members, but I was served one of the best lunches I’ve every had at a Rotary meeting: some perfectly cooked cod with vegetables.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
146 days ago
That’s when the picture above was taken. The picture which sums up how every Red Sox fan felt that night and for the subsequent months, until today. All the frustration, anger, and disbelief can now be exchanged for hope, excitement, and expectation.
The Boston Red Sox open camp at Fenway South, the team’s new 106-acre Spring Training and Player Development Complex, today when 34 pitchers and six catchers will participate in the team’s first official workout.
All workouts from February 21-March 2 will take place at the Fenway South Player Development Complex. On most days the workouts will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m.
The team’s first full-squad workout is scheduled for Saturday, February 25. The Red Sox will have 64 players in Major League camp with 13 infielders and 11 outfielders joining the pitchers and catchers.
Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) of ESPNBoston.com is there in Ft. Myers and posted the picture below on Twitter this morning of the opening moments of the first workout of 2012. He’s a must-follow if you’re a Sox fan with a Twitter account.
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