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Pepper: Scutaro stumble costs Red Sox

Posted on: September 29, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: September 29, 2011 4:00 pm
 
Scutaro

By Evan Brunell


The Red Sox authored an unimaginable collapse, riding a 7-20 September all the way toward falling out of the playoffs at the last moment. As Boston fell to Baltimore 4-3, the Rays walked off against the Yankees 8-7 in an amazing end to the season. There's one play that stands out when looking back at how Boston blew Game 162 against the Orioles, and it appears to have been influenced by Red Sox Nation invading Camden Yards.

The setting: Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro is on first base in the eighth inning with Boston up 3-2. Carl Crawford at the plate. He slices a line drive to left fielder Nolan Reimold, who dove in an attempt to catch the ball. Scutaro, rounding second, heard cheers from the crowd. Scutaro, having briefly lost sight of the ball, paused, thinking cheers meant Reimold had made the catch. Except that Camden Yards is sometimes called Fenway Park South and it was no exception Wednesday. So the cheers actually meant Reimold had missed the ball.

"I heard the screaming, but I don't know if it was their crowd or our crowd, so I don't know if he made the play or not," Scutaro told the Providence Journal. "I just got a bad read. I should have just kept going."

Scutaro picked it back up once he realized what happened, and third base coach Tim Bogar tried to send him home anyways. The ball took a few hops to reach Matt Wieters, but it reached him before Scutaro did. Out.

Who knows if the Orioles would still have tied the game up or won in the ninth, but that extra insurance run and the wasted opportunity will haunt the dreams of Red Sox players all offseason.

"It seems like, the whole September, nothing works out for us," Scutaro said. "Everything went different ways and everything was against us, pretty much. I guess it was our destiny to be out of the playoffs. Nothing worked out. We didn't play good enough. What can I say? That's baseball."

Wakefield returning: Tim Wakefield has decided he wants to play another year and intends to return to the Red Sox. “I’ve definitely made up my mind that I definitely want to come back next year,” Wakefield told Fox Sports. “I have another goal in front of me that I’d like to accomplish, and that’s the all-time record for the Red Sox in wins. I’m only seven away. I think the fans deserve an opportunity to watch me chase that record. We’ll see what happens.”

Pavanostache: Carl Pavano had a mustache in 2010 that drew all manner of attention and was dubbed the Pavanostache, and enjoyed one of his best seasons. He didn't rock it at all in 2011 -- until Wednesday's final game, where he tossed his first shutout of the year, throwing a five-hitter. Does the mustache have some mystical power we don't know about? (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Payroll rising: The Marlins' payroll will rise, but president David Samson reined in expectations, saying that it won't reach as high as $100 million. The Marlins will set a record for payroll at the very least, he says, but payroll figures to top out at $80 million. (Miami Herald)

Moneyball: The controversy over Moneyball continues, and the subject of both the book and movie finally weighed in. GM Billy Beane responded to allegations from manager Art Howe that Beane had a hand in crafting Howe's negative portrayal in the movie. "I was wondering who was going to be the first guy to think I produced, wrote or directed this movie," Beane told the San Jose Mercury News, saying he wasn't involved in making the movie. "Now I have my answer. [Howe's] comments are completely misguided."

Skippering: Davey Johnson wants to return to the Nationals in 2012, but Washington is going to continue with interviewing other internal candidates. It still appears likely Johnson will return. (MASN)

Arrested: Milton Bradley has been arrested for the second time this year after allegedly swinging a bat at his wife and missing. He was booked on felony assault, released on bail and is due back in court Oct. 18. (Los Angeles Times)

Affair: Yankees GM Brian Cashman has just been caught up in what could be a messy affair. He is alleged to have entered into a relationship with a woman in 2009 who was married. (Deadspin)

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Pepper: Scutaro stumble costs Red Sox

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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Pepper: Scutaro stumble costs Red Sox

Bottom line is you lost



Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Pepper: Scutaro stumble costs Red Sox

Milton Bradley swinging and missing at his wife is most apt-he did a lot of that in his former day job too!

As for Red Sox, nothing would have been written about this whole business regarding Scutaro had they won this game anyway-not that there's any guarantee that the result would have changed.

The bottom line is that no team, even one as strong as Boston, would have an easy time overcoming the loss of three starting pitchers. Does anyone seriously believe that an average starter would have done worse than what amounted to the combination of Wakefield/Andrew Miller? With a real starter, Miller never makes the club and Wakefield is absolutely buried in the bullpen. For all this, Red Sox 90 games.

Tampon Bay and Pinstriped Scum can now go have their tickertape parade, once they actually win something. Their first-round opponents might have a little to say regarding that, though.   




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Pepper: Scutaro stumble costs Red Sox


Um, yoohoo, did you read the whole article? it says clearly that the third base coach waved Scutaro home. And if you had seen the game you would have seen it too.



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Pepper: Scutaro stumble costs Red Sox

Wieters is impressive as a catcher, that really stood out above the boston AAA play....wait a moment, that's too much credit, AA play.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Pepper: Scutaro stumble costs Red Sox

Arrested: Milton Bradley has been arrested for the second time this year after allegedly swinging a bat at his wife and missing. He was booked on felony assault, released on bail and is due back in court Oct. 18. ()

This "swing and a miss" domestic is ironic on so many levels...only question remaining is whether this assault qualifies Milton Bradley as a "3 Strikes" felon.




Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Pepper: Scutaro stumble costs Red Sox

Wakefield returning: has decided he wants to play another year and intends to return to the Red Sox. “I’ve definitely made up my mind that I definitely want to come back next year,” Wakefield . “I have another goal in front of me that I’d like to accomplish, and that’s the all-time record for the Red Sox in wins. I’m only seven away. I think the fans deserve an opportunity to watch me chase that record. We’ll see what happens.”


B.S.
I predict that if that quote starts making the rounds, it will come to light that it was fabricated.  Wake wouldn't say that crap.   



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Pepper: Scutaro stumble costs Red Sox

So fans want to blame the Yankees AAA team and everyone else but they really need to LOOK IN THE MIRROR! 7-20 in SEPT! LOL


Sox fanx need to look in the mirror?  They don't play the games.  The Red Sox went 7-20 in September, not the fans, kiddo.  


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