Apologies for the lack of posts the past few days – we’re having technical difficulties that have kept us from keeping Fenway Fatales breathlessly updated.
But, what an update we have: the Red Sox maybe, sort of, kind of appear to almost be… getting on a roll? They lit up the fireworks for a 15-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, and then pulled out a hard-fought 6-5 win over Miami last night.
With the two wins, the Sox finally pulled out of last place (like I said last time – take THAT, Toronto Blue Jays!), and over .500 again. Hopefully, this time it will last.
David Ortiz has made some news the last few days – first, with a grand slam on Wednesday night, the 396th home run of Papi’s career. The Sox hit four home runs that night, chasing Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco in just 3 1/3 innings. Off the field, Ortiz caused an even bigger explosion, when he went off on the Boston media and its strange obsession with why one of the most talented and highly-paid teams in baseball has trouble staying above .500 (funny, that):
It seems every day there is something new about players. People need to leave us alone and let us play ball. It’s becoming the [expletive] hole it used to be. Look around, bro. Playing here used to be so much fun. Now every day it’s something new not related with baseball. People need to leave us alone, man. Play ball and do what we know how to do.
Ortiz was responding to an ESPN report that described an absolutely toxic atmosphere, and relayed that a lot of staff was already shipping their resumes to other organizations. I understand Ortiz’s frustration, but still: the media SHOULD be questioning why the Sox are mired in such a prolonged slump this year. It’s not fair to expect the media to sit back and applaud the good, while not asking about the bad. Part of the deal of playing in Boston is that the fan base here is very involved and very invested – the media needs to answer questions for the fans, and Ortiz getting annoyed at that doesn’t make him look any better.
The other big news the last few days: it looks like Kevin Youkilis is on his way out of Boston. The aging corner infielder is clearly being Wally Pipped by the young, dynamic, impressive third baseman Will Middlebrooks, and there’s no way Adrian Gonzalez and his contract are going to play right field for too long. No substantiated rumors have crossed my Twitter feed yet, but here’s a question: what do the Red Sox need, and what can the Red Sox realistically expect to get for Youkilis? I say, trade him for two legit pitching prospects and (maybe) a bench player, and call it a day.
Currently, the Red Sox are supposed to be opening up a series against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway. But, I can tell you with utmost confidence that the game won’t start anytime soon – it’s currently raining in Boston, one of those booming thunderstorms that always follows a three-day heat wave.