'Twas the night before Opening Day

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    'Twas the night before Opening Day

    This is the best time of the year for baseball fans. I wish everyone on Red Sox: On the front burner a tremendous baseball year.

    Twas the night before Opening Day in New York, when all through the Nation,
    We waited for the results from Ortiz’s 12th Achilles tendon examination


    Our Red Stockings were hung in last place just last year,
    Now the hope is Saint Farrell will lead a team we might cheer

    Ben Cherington was nestled all snug in his bed,
    Dreaming of his free agent has-beens at $13 million a head;
    And glad he didn’t sign a Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract instead



    When out on the web there arose such a clatter,
    Will Jackie Bradley Jr. make the opening day roster? There's 500 Red Sox: On the front burner threads on the matter,
    Away to Fenway we flew in a dash,
    Tore open the laptop, camera ready to flash

    Who's breaking the story? Who's the source in the know?
    Has Mauro Gomez been DFA'd? Has Franklin Morales been put on the DL?


    When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
    But our old friend Lawrence “Larry” Lucchino, with a smile ear-to-ear: “we’ll be offering discounts on food and drinks in April.”

    We knew in a moment, it was the Sox latest cheap trick
    More rapid than Valentine could light a flame and bring shame
    Ben whistled, and shouted, he called them by name!

    "Now Bogaerts! now, Barnes! now, Webster and Vazquez!
    On, Brentz! On, Cecchini! Swihart and Owens!
    To the top of the table! On a prospect I'll spend it all!
    Who cares if the Red Sox won't be playing in the fall?”

    "Now Iglesias now, Ranaudo! now, Workman and Britton!

    They'll be cheering at Comerica Park

    but at Fenway we'll cry
    And while you are reading this, Ben signed another “nice guy”
    It's a team full of dirt dogs and the brother of J.D. Drew
    There's still not enough horses, but there's plenty of glue

    And then, in a twinkling, he strolled to the mound,
    The prancing and pawing of this hard throwing hound,
    Laying his long finger aside of the seam
    He stares just like Martinez… an impossible dream?

    He spoke words to his catcher, and went straight to his work,
    He went into his windup; then he turned with a jerk,
    As he threw out his hand, and was coming around,
    Down toward home plate, the ball took off with a bound;

    He threw like the old Pedro, so lively and quick,
    I knew in a moment, this pitcher had that old kick;
    His heater's upper-90s, the curve ball has bite,
    Ben brought up De La Rosa to pitch every fifth night!

    And Lester and Buchholz came in focused and healthy
    Lackey's ready to roll,
    Dustin knows how we do things; Victorino knows what to say
    And Farrell's got two catchers and two center fielders to play

    Ellsbury stays on the field for his Boston goodbye
    No more stars for us, but the payroll's still sky high
    Papi had the old stroke back, when he hit 'em they flew,
    Everyone batted around, the Rookie of The Year left fielder, too!

    The crowd sprang to their feet, to the team gave a whistle,
    Salty circled the bases, Dempster threw another missile;
    A new year is upon us and the Olde Towne ballclub,
    "Bridge Year be damned! PENNANT FEVER GRIPS HUB!"

    Good Luck To All!

     
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    Great Opening Day in Red Sox History:

    A 21-year-old rookie, Billy Rohr, made his first start at the New York Yankees' home opener on April 14, 1967. Rohr faced Whitey Ford, and was one strike away from a no-hitter when Elston Howard hit a soft single into right-center field. Rohr proceeded to retire the next batter for a 3–0 shutout. 

     
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    Great moment for all Red Sox fans:

    On April 11, 2005, the Boston Red Sox commemorated their historic 2004 World Series victory with a traditional MLB ring ceremony held during a pregame show on opening day at Fenway Park.

     
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    Jackie Bradley on Monday?

    The best debut in Red Sox history.

     1. Ted Cox (1977) 4 for 4 with a walk.

    2. Daniel Nava (2010) 2 for 4 a double and a grand slam on the
    first ML pitch he saw.

    3. Dave Ferris (1945) 3 for 3 (Extra credit for also throwing a
    shut out)

    4. Merl Combs (1947) 3 for 5 with a HR

    5. Lou Clinton (1960) 3 for 5 with a 2B

    6. Rey Quinones (1986) 2 for 3...2 doubles and a walk

    7. Brady Anderson (1988 when he was regular size) 3 for 5

    8. Kevin Youkils (2004) 2 for 4 with a HR

    9. Danny Sheaffer (1987) 2 for 4 with a HR

    10. Sam Mele (1947) 2 for 2 with 2 walks

    11. Will Middlebrooks (2012) 2 for 3 with a double and a SB

     
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    Ted Williams was a .449 hitter in openers, with three home runs and fourteen runs batted in during fourteen games. Williams" also boasted at least one hit in every Opening Day game he appeared in. 

     
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    Jackie Bradley on Monday?

    The best debut in Red Sox history.

     1. Ted Cox (1977) 4 for 4 with a walk.

    2. Daniel Nava (2010) 2 for 4 a double and a grand slam on the
    first ML pitch he saw.

    3. Dave Ferris (1945) 3 for 3 (Extra credit for also throwing a
    shut out)

    4. Merl Combs (1947) 3 for 5 with a HR

    5. Lou Clinton (1960) 3 for 5 with a 2B

    6. Rey Quinones (1986) 2 for 3...2 doubles and a walk

    7. Brady Anderson (1988 when he was regular size) 3 for 5

    8. Kevin Youkils (2004) 2 for 4 with a HR

    9. Danny Sheaffer (1987) 2 for 4 with a HR

    10. Sam Mele (1947) 2 for 2 with 2 walks

    11. Will Middlebrooks (2012) 2 for 3 with a double and a SB


    More best debut:

    April 4, 2001:Pitching in his Red Sox debut, Hideo Nomo threw a no-hitter
     

     April 20, 2010: Darnell McDonald  pinch-hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game, 6-6. In his second at-bat, with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, singled off the wall to win the game, 7-6.

    April 17, 1964:19-year-old Tony Conigliaro  pounced on the very first pitch he saw, a fastball from Chicago’s Joel Horlen, and drove it over the Wall, over the screen, and out of the park.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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    Just 48 hours away from Opening Day Baseball

     
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    Four long years after it began, spring training is over.

     
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    AL East predictions on The Baseball Show on Comcast SportsNet

    Bob Neumeier, Lou Merloni,

    Sean McAdam, Dan Shaughnessy, and Jess Moran gave their predictions for the AL East and the rest of the divisions for the 2013 season.

    Dan Shaughnessy

    Blue Jays 94-68

    Yankees 88-74

    Orioles 86-76

    Rays 82-80

    Red Sox 79-83

    Playoffs

    East Blue Jays

    Central Tigers

    West Angels

    Wild Card

    Yankees

    Rangers

    Sean McAdam

    Rays 92-70

    Blue Jays 89-73

    Red Sox 85-77

    Yankees 83-79

    Orioles 80-82

    Playoffs

    East Rays

    Central Tigers

    West Rangers

    Wild Card

    Blue Jays

    Angels

    Lou Meloni

    Blue Jays 93-69

    Rays 90-72

    Red Sox 85-77

    Orioles 83-79

    Yankees 79-83

    Playoffs

    East Blue Jays

    Central Tigers

    West Angels

    Wild Card

    Rays

    Athletics

    Bob Neumeier

    Blue Jays 89-73

    Red Sox 83-79

    Orioles 82-80

    Yankees 80-82

    Rays 78-84

    Playoffs

    East Blue Jays

    Central Tigers

    West Rangers

    Wild Card

    Angels

    Athletics

    Jess Moran

    Blue Jays 92-70

    Rays 90-72

    Red Sox 87-75

    Yankees 80-82

    Orioles 76-89

    Playoffs

    East Blue Jays

    Central Tigers

    West Rangers

    Wild Card

    Rays

    Angels

     
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     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Gordon Edes,
    ESPNBoston.com East champ: Rays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Rangers
    Wild cards: Blue Jays, Angels
    Champion: Rays

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Giants
    Wild cards: Braves, Dodgers
    Champion: Nationals

    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Rays

     

     
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     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Buster Olney,
    ESPN East champ: Orioles
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: A's
    Wild cards: Angels, Rangers
    Champion: Tigers

     

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Diamondbacks
    Wild cards: Giants, Braves
    Champion: Nationals

    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers

     

     
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     AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUE Jayson Stark,
    ESPN.com East champ: Blue Jays
    Central champ: Tigers
    West champ: Angels
    Wild cards: Rangers, A's
    Champion: Tigers 

    East champ: Nationals
    Central champ: Reds
    West champ: Dodgers
    Wild cards: Braves, Giants
    Champion: Nation

    WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigersals

     

     

       

     
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    Not many people are picking the Oakland A's this year.  They have one of the best starting rotations.  I pick them to win the AL West again.  The Angel's starting rotation is not good and their bullpen is even worse. 

     

     
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    Jeff Passan/Yahoo Sports

    AL East

    Blue Jays 93-69

    Rays 90-72

    Orioles 82-80

    Yankees 81-81

    Red Sox 75-87

    Central Tigers

    West Rangers

    Wild Card

    Rays

    Angels

    World Series

    Tigers over Reds

     
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    ESPN:

    Andy Pettitte isn't entertaining the national thought that the New York Yankees might be as weak this year as they've been in more than a decade. By the time October rolls around, the veteran lefty expects the Yankees will be competing for their 28th championship.

    "I don't let my mind go in that direction because I think we're going to win our division and I expect us to be in the World Series. Bottom line," Pettitte said Saturday before the Yankees played their final exhibition game against Army at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. "I think we got the pitching and bullpen to do that and I feel like if people think we're going to be short on scoring runs, we're going to figure out how to score enough runs to me. To me, I feel great about our club."

     
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    Anyone going to the game tomorrow at Yankee Stadium?

    My manager knows that I am a huge Red Sox fan so if I lie to him and tell him that I am sick and cannot come to work, then he will know that I am BSing him.   LOL

     
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    You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen. —Joe DiMaggio
     
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    Hank Aaron on his first swing of the 1974 season tagged Cincinnati Reds for his 714th career home run to tie Babe Ruth on the all-time list.

     
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    WEEI:

    Asked if it would be his inclination to hoard the team’s depth of prospects or to trade from it to improve the major league team, Cherington made his feelings clear:

    “Generally, we’d rather hoard it. I think it’s no secret that we have not had enough quality starting depth recently, guys that had a chance to come up and really give a jolt in the arm if we needed eight to 10 starts during the season,” said Cherington.

     
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    In response to Bill-806's comment:

    In response to 2004Idiot's comment:

     

    This is the best time of the year for baseball fans. I wish everyone on Red Sox: On the front burner a tremendous baseball year.

    Twas the night before Opening Day in New York, when all through the Nation,
    We waited for the results from Ortiz’s 12th Achilles tendon examination


    Our Red Stockings were hung in last place just last year,
    Now the hope is Saint Farrell will lead a team we might cheer

    Ben Cherington was nestled all snug in his bed,
    Dreaming of his free agent has-beens at $13 million a head;
    And glad he didn’t sign a Verlander to a seven-year, $180 million contract instead



    When out on the web there arose such a clatter,
    Will Jackie Bradley Jr. make the opening day roster? There's 500 Red Sox: On the front burner threads on the matter,
    Away to Fenway we flew in a dash,
    Tore open the laptop, camera ready to flash

    Who's breaking the story? Who's the source in the know?
    Has Mauro Gomez been traded? Has Franklin Morales been put on the DL?


    When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
    But our old friend Lawrence “Larry” Lucchino, with a smile ear-to-ear: “we’ll be offering discounts on food and drinks in April.”

    We knew in a moment, it was the Sox latest cheap trick
    More rapid than Valentine could light a flame and bring shame
    Ben whistled, and shouted, he called them by name!

    "Now Bogaerts! now, Barnes! now, Webster and Vazquez!
    On, Brentz! On, Cecchini! Swihart and Owens!
    To the top of the table! On a prospect I'll spend it all!
    Who cares if the Red Sox won't be playing in the fall?”

    "Now Iglesias now, Ranaudo! now, Workman and Britton!

    They'll be cheering at Comerica Park

    but at Fenway we'll cry
    And while you are reading this, Ben signed another “nice guy”
    It's a team full of dirt dogs and the brother of J.D. Drew
    There's still not enough horses, but there's plenty of glue

    And then, in a twinkling, he strolled to the mound,
    The prancing and pawing of this hard throwing hound,
    Laying his long finger aside of the seam
    He stares just like Martinez… an impossible dream?

    He spoke words to his catcher, and went straight to his work,
    He went into his windup; then he turned with a jerk,
    As he threw out his hand, and was coming around,
    Down toward home plate, the ball took off with a bound;

    He threw like the old Pedro, so lively and quick,
    I knew in a moment, this pitcher had that old kick;
    His heater's upper-90s, the curve ball has bite,
    Ben brought up De La Rosa to pitch every fifth night!

    And Lester and Buchholz came in focused and healthy
    Lackey's ready to roll,
    Dustin knows how we do things; Victorino knows what to say
    And Farrell's got two catchers and two center fielders to play

    Ellsbury stays on the field for his Boston goodbye
    No more stars for us, but the payroll's still sky high
    Papi had the old stroke back, when he hit 'em they flew,
    Everyone batted around, the Rookie of The Year left fielder, too!

    The crowd sprang to their feet, to the team gave a whistle,
    Salty circled the bases, Dempster threw another missile;
    A new year is upon us and the Olde Towne ballclub,
    "Bridge Year be damned! PENNANT FEVER GRIPS HUB!"

    Good Luck To All!

     

    And then the CORE of this BDC FORUM, Iddio,Softy,Gerome,Spaceman,Jim/Florida,Carnie,DAD & BILL-806 along with the rest of the T-BALLERS..... put their head down on the pillow for a good night sleep, and to ALL, A GOOOOD NIGHT !!!!!    Great job IDDIO.......   GO SOX  !!

     




    That didn't rhyme William.........

     

     
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    Jackie Bradley Jr. officially makes  Sox roster, team designates Mauro Gomez for assignment.

     
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     Jackie Bradley Jr will be in left field tomorrow

     
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    Additionally, Ortiz, Breslow and Morales on DL retroactive to March 22.

     
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