Taking a look back on the
tireless antics of the 2001 Boston Red Sox...
April 2, 2001
A friend of mine in Los
Angeles forwarded me his friend's opening day rant:
Date: Monday April 2, 2001
From: Kevin Hench
Subject: Opening Nightmare
Where do I
begin? First, what the hell am I spending $95 a month and another $130 for the
MLB Direct TV package if I can't see every friggin' Red Sox game?
Between me, my
buddy Dave and the weirdo we met at Dublin's, we spent two hours on the phone
with Direct TV, trying to figure out how to get the Boston Fox affiliate in Los
Angeles. Obviously, it's possible. But apparently the local
affiliates have cried to the lawmakers so no matter how much the viewer pays to
retrieve the beams in the air there is no way around this. It is a huge
friggin' drag. But the weirdo is working on it and has a few leads.
Second, why the
hell do I see Trot Nixon credited with a sacrifice bunt? If I'm
interpreting this box score correctly, Trot was probably instructed to bunt
after Chris Stynes reached in extra innings. Again, why? Trot was
second in the Grapefruit League in homers and had already provided all the
offense for this anemic group of stiffs with a solo shot. Perhaps Jimy
didn't realize that while Trot was hitting second - and in most cases the bunt
there is the right thing - he had Varitek on deck (this guy should never, ever
hit third in a Major League game) and D-Lew in the hole after pinch-running for
Manny. Are you telling me that you want Trot to sacrifice himself for
Varitek and D-Lew? Once again Jimy proves that the subtler aspects of
baseball strategy escape him. Obviously, anyone who knows baseball would
rather have Hillenbrand in the two-hole with Trot hitting third and Varitek
hitting seventh or lower. Bizarre.
This was the
first of many games we will lose this year because of our crappy defense.
And we didn't even make an error. Lansing - and maybe even Awfulman - make
the play that Stynes blew to cost us the game. Moving Stynes to second
makes us better offensively - couldn't you tell? - but it weakens us defensively
at two positions. Why do we have so few guys who can hit and field and so
many who can do neither.
And as if
Clemens winning weren't insult enough, Brady Anderson gets the winning knock.
How's Mike Boddicker doing?
This is as
depressed as I've ever been after an April game.