Re: Beckett is toast...say your good-byes asap
posted at 12/28/2011 6:44 PM EST
... how tense they had to be knowing they were going to fall behind every game????
Do you even remember those games?
I'll refresh your memory:
After Wake got one win from #200, here's the real story...
7/29 Sox score first 91 run in the 3rd) Wake pitches shutout ball for 5 innings, then lets up 1 ER in the 6th on a bunt single to 3B, a bunt that moves the runner to 3B, a questionable WP that allows the runner to 3B and a Sac fly. Wow! Horrible pitching by Wake! Wake then lets up a BB and HR in the 7th.
Final line: 7 IP 3 H 3 ER 2 BB He gets the loss. Yup, all his fault!
8/3 Sox score first, again (2 in the 1st). The Indians score 2 in the 4th (one on a GB single up the middle and a GB dbl down the line) and the Sox score 1 in the bottom of the 4th. Wake leaves after going 6.2 5 H 3 ER and 2 BB with the score tied 3-3. We ended up winning, but Paps gets the win.
Has the negative team psychological effects begun yet?
8/14 Seattle scores firts with 3 in the 3rd (one unearned on E6), then gets 1 in the 5th on an weak IF hit to 3B and a GB single up the middle and 6th (HR) and win 5-3.
I'm sure the Sox players by now, were all secretly wishing Weiland would start instead of Wake.
8/20 Sox score 1st (that's 3 out of 4 we scored 1st, but I know, those pesky stats keep getting in your way!) and were up 4-1 going into the bottom of the 6th. (KC had scored their one run on a GB up the middle, a GB out advancing the runner, and a dbld down the line. In the 6th, Wake gets a K, a GB single up the middle, 2 deep dbls and then Albers comes in with us up 4-3 and Wake's man on 2nd with 1 out. The flood gates open and 8 runs end up being scored. (Personally, I think Albers might have had a profound psychological effect on the Sox that game.)
8/26 Sox score 1st (4 out of 5 now), but Oakland comes right back on a 2B, GB single between 1B & 2B, a WP and another single for 2 runs. Then in the 4th with 2 outs... a BB and HR, a K with a PB reaches 1B, another BB, 2B and HR and we get killed. No, players don't blame Salty for the dropped 3rd strike that lets up 3 runs, they secretly blame Wake for all their troubles, and are distracted by knowing that Beckett is having a beer and chicken while they implode.
9/2 Wake pitches 4 shoutout relief innings (3 hits/ o BB in a 10-0 loss)
9/7 Sox score 3 in the first (your statement about falling behind "every game" is looking real truthful, isn't it: 5 out of 6 games Wake started we scored first...so far, but don't let pesky stats get in your way). OK, we're up 3-0 and this happenes: BB, GO, WP, BB, PB, Sac fly. (un earned run). Next inning, up 3-1, Wake let's up a 2-run HR and it's tied in the 2nd. 3rd inning: HBP, WP, 2B, 2 outs, a BB and then a steal of home and an error. The Sox come back and take a 2 run lead in the 4th and later Wake leaves the game with an 8-5 lead. (5 IP 3 H 4 ER). The Sox go on to blow the lead thanks to Wheeler, Bard and Albers letting up 6 runs and we lose 11-10. Wake lets up 4 ERs in 5 IP and the RPs let up 6 ERs in 4 IP, and it's all Wake's fault. I see where the players must be despising Wake by now...subconciously, of course.
9/13 We score first again (6 of 7 now) and win 18-6, Wake gets number 200. Beckett drinks 2 beers in the 8th and 9th. Team morale suffers, and players hate Wake even more after his big win.
9/18 Wake has #200, such a big record that the whole team has now become totally mesmerized and can no longer function as evidenced by Salty's dropped 3rd strike that allows 3 unearned runs to score and TB gets off to a 3-0 lead. Later, another unearned run scores on a 2B, PB, Sac fly, then another on a 1B, SB, WP, and PB, then another on E5 throwing error. Sox down 6-2 and we could have been up 2-0 or 2-1. Wake gets the loss on 5 IP 2 ER. We lose 8-5.
9/25 Wake's last game. Yanks score first on Bunt Hit (4 feet in front of plate), SB, Bunt hit to 3B, SB & throwing error (E2-unearned run), GO, PB, WP (2nd unearned run). Leter, the Yanks score on a 1B and a 1B to RF (E7 on throw). Wake leaves down 5-1 when it could/should have been 1-1 or 1-2. (We lose 6-2)
So, after the 199th win and the big distraction, we scored first in 6 of 9 Wake starts, but the psychological effects of that incredibly important milestone crippled the Sox, drove Beckett, Lester and whoever to drink, and have negative thoughts. It all makes sense now. Tito did not sense this unseen force, and so was fired. Theo ran away, and now we need to blow everything up and start over.
Please, stop the insanity!