Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 9:10 am
D.P. Wire Report 9/30/11 11:32p.m.
As if there was any doubt as to who would win this year's D.P. MLB 2011 Disassociated Team of the Year Award, rumors that had rolled around late last night and came to fruition earlier today as the greatest skipper in Boston history was fired, walked away, failed to have his options picked up, wasn't in God's future plans for the team, however you want to phrase it. Yes, there can be no doubt that the only logical choice even before the rash reaction was the team that was nearly everyone's darling, the team that had the best preseason odds in Vegas, the team that should at the very least easily meet their predestined matchup against Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and the Phillies, the team the Boston Herald proudly proclaimed in March to be "The Best Red Sox Team Ever," and speculated to rival the 1927 Yankees, the Boston Red Sox. Afterall, after acquiring free agent Carl Crawford for just over $430,000 per extra base hit and their blockbuster trade to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres, how could this team that finished 3rd in the AL East last year behind the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees NOT all of a sudden be a clear cut favorite? One person who saw this coming was Yankee's G.M. Brian Cashman. "Yeah, I got into the C.C. sweepstakes just to get ol' Boy Blunder Theo (Epstein) over there to massively overpay for him, and boy, did he EVER. We never had a real interest in Crawford. And now look, by overpaying for him, Theo had no money left to help out his pitching staff. And when the injuries started to mount, we knew it was just a matter of time that they'd be in our rearview mirror, where they belong." And here, Cashman makes a good point. With a team ERA that hovered near 6.00 for the month of September, the Sox historic 9 game September Swoon was clearly fueled by a pitching staff who proceeded to bring their gas cans and Bic's game after game and largely contributed to the fact the the Red Sox couldn't string together a winning streak of longer than 1 game since they took a double-header from the Oakland A's on August 27th. As the losses kept compiling, the team began gripping, and the clubhouse began to fall apart. Some players (see: Gonzalez, Adrian) as recently as the previous weekend versus the Yankees had this misconceived perception that the Red Sox had already clinched, perhaps because of the name on the front of their jerseys, even though they hadn't. And then September 28th happened. A day that will arguably go down as one of the best in MLB history saw the Red Sox 9 game September lead vanished, and entered their game in Camden Yard against the Baltimore Orioles in a deadlock with the surging Tampa Bay Rays who were in St. Petersburg throwing their 2010 Cy Young candidate against the New York Yankees. Things started out great for Red Sox nation as their team scratched their way to a 3-2 lead while the hated Evil Empire roughed up David Price and held a 7-0 advantage that had members of the Red Sox nation who had invaded Baltimore absolutely giddy. But then, as if to foreshadow everything, mother nature began to dampen Sox fans spirits, and everything else in the Baltimore area. So, the Red Sox are forced into the clubhouse, where they start to watch the beginning of the end unfold. First, there was NESN's rain delay coverage, in which Boston Globe hack reporter Dan Shaughnessy promptly tempted karma by declaring the Rays game against the Yankees over, even though, as Yogi Berra once put, "It ain't over 'til it's over." "One thing we have eliminated tonight," Shaughnessy told NESN's Heidi Watney, "is the Red Sox's season is not going to end tonight. They live to play another day." At that cue, karma proved just what a b**** she can be. Suddenly in the bottom of the 8th, the Yankees couldn't get the Rays out. Hits, walks, hit batsmen, and an Evan Longoria 3 run blast later, and the Yankees lead was reduced to a precious 1 run. Uh oh. The rains began to subside and play was getting set to resume in Baltimore as we head to the bottom of the ninth in St. Pete. The first two Rays go down meekly, as Joe Maddon sends .108 1 HR Jonathan Papelbon nightmare inducer Dan Johnson to the plate. As John Kruk and Brian Anderson so accurately pointed out during ESPN's and Sun Sports' broadcasts of the game, he was up there for one reason. He ends up down in the count, down to his last strike, when this happened. 7-7. Now the Red Sox players have to go back out on the field knowing that suddenly, this is very likely a must win game in which they hold a precious one run lead. The mistakes begin to mount. First, this, on a Carl Crawford double in the top of the 8th. Then, this, in the top of the 9th to get out of a bases loaded jam which was set up by a David Ortiz mental error. And then finally the bottom of the 9th. Jonathan Papelbon, images of Dan Johnson's recent homerun in St. Pete to tie the game rattling around in his head, conjuring images of 2008, and tired from having to go a long way in Sunday's doubleheader against the Yankees and throwing a 28 pitch save the night before, takes the mound. Things look good for Red Sox nation as Papelbon gets Adam Jones and Mark Reynolds to strike out swinging on a total of 9 pitches. But then, Chris Davis steps to the plate and sends the first pitch down the right field line for a double to the corner. Kyle Hudson pinch runs for Davis. Nolan Reimold then comes up. After throwing 4 consecutive 4 seamers, the last two of which Reimold swung and missed, putting the Sox 1 strike away from fighting on, Papelbon grooves his fifth consecutive 4 seamer to Reimold, who promptly deposits it in deep right center for a ground rule double. Save blown. Tie game. Season in jeopardy. Then Robert Andino hits a little looper to left. Carl Crawford seems to have a bead on it to get the third out and at least extend the game and maybe the season, but he is slowed down by the weight of his huge paycheck in his back pocket, traps the ball, and the nonchalantly chucks the ball up the line, seeming to not realize this game, and their season, are streaking down the third base line in the form of Reimold. And the celebration was on. Dejected, the Red Sox trudge off the field wondering what just happened, knowing they now need to pray for the hated Yankees to come through. Meanwhile in St. Peterburg, Evan Longoria awaits in the on deck circle as the 3-3 score is posted, and there was much rejoicing. Then, as he is at the plate, they 4-3 final gets posted, and the crowd goes wild. Longoria mentions afterward how hard it was to concentrate. But, somehow, despite the crowd noise, he managed to send the Rays improbably into the baseball post season as the wild card a mere 3 minutes after the Andino walkoff, but more importantly, disassociate the whole Red Sox team and send them home dejected, knowing there would not be a 163rd game or October baseball for the 9th best team money could buy. Ironically, the Longoria homeun was occurring as the Sox entered the clubhouse following their own game, as the baseball gods refused to toy with them and put them out of their misery immediately. After the game, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, who had made a surprisingly good start, especially with the Sox recent struggles in that department, had this to say, "I thought it was completely unfair. I couldn't believe Major League baseball sent us back on to the field after the rain delay to finish the game. Doesn't Bud Selig know who we are? We're the Red Sox, B****! We were up and the game had gone long enough to be official. But, no, they force us back out there, shaken, wet, and disconcerted at what we just saw in Tampa. I mean, to make Pap's try to close the game with images of Dan Johnson hitting a homerun, inconceivable!" The ugly season for the Sox ended in the most ugly way possible as Terry Francona fell on the sword for 25 guys who appeared disinterested, and underachieved. But not to worry, news has come out that Carl Crawford has decided to give back to confused and frustrated teammates and fans by holding a Monday parade in which confetti will be made from some of his shredded millions, and the shredded dreams of printouts of some of the preseason predictions being made in newspapers, periodicals, and websites nationwide. To add further insult to injury, though, the Tampa Bay Rays, who coincidentally enough will be the next team to play at Fenway Park on April 14th for the 2012 season opener have announced that they plan on having a banner hoisting ceremony there. The banner? It will proclaim the Red Sox as "2011 MLB Paper Champions." But the one real award they can take solace in, is the coveted D.P. 2011 MLB Disassociated Team of the Year.
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Tags: Adam Jones, Adrian Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Red Sox, Brian Anderson, Brian Cashman, Bud Selig, Camden Yard, Carl Crawford, Chris Davis, Cliff Lee, collapse, D.P. 2011 Disassociated Team of the Year, Dan Johnson, Dan Shaughnessy, David Ortiz, David Price, Evan Longoria, Fenway Park, Greatest day in MLB history, Heidi Watney, Joe Maddon, John Kruk, Jon Lester, Jonathan Papelbon, karma, karma is a, Kyle Hudson, Mark Reynolds, MLB, NESN, New York Yankees, Nolan Reimold, Oakland A's, Paper Champions, Philadelphia Phillies, playoffs, Robert Andino, Roy Halladay, San Diego Padres, September 28th, Tampa Bay Rays, Terry Francona, Theo Epstein, Yogi Berra
Posted on: October 14, 2008 6:38 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2008 11:25 pm
Wow, one of the great things about being on vacation is I get to post my blog on time. Here goes this week's edition. Hope you all enjoy. And hope I can keep it to ten.
1) Game Over - Well, it just came down that Roger Goodell has suspended Adam Jones for at least 4 games. I still hang on to two contentions that I've been hearing from Cowboy apologists. One, they are hanging on to that allegedly the bodyguard started this and that it was a "verbal" altercation, even citing the police report. Well, first off, even if it is the bodyguard that started it, it's Jones' previous behavior that made the bodyguard necessary and even if he started it, Jones HAS to realize with the short leash he's on, he has to be the better man and just ignore it. Now, on to this being a "verbal" altercation, my response to that is, man when your heard as a kid that words can hurt, I guess they really meant it. Jones showed up at practice Wednesday with obvious facial bruising. Man, those F-Bombs can be rough on the complexion. Also, how big of an idiot is Jerry Jones for not stepping up and doing SOMETHING in the first place. If he does do something to Adam, I don't think Goodell comes down as hard. He still comes down, but now it's a MINIMUM of 4 games. And Jones non-chalantly acted like this was no big deal. Of course it's a big deal, and thinking that nothing was going to happen shows that Jerry just might be as senile as good old Al Davis.
2) Basic Cable - Yup, it was all Lane's fault. The Raiders went out and proved that by performing WORSE than what they were doing. First off, it was the Raiders D that was choking away games, and yet Rob Ryan is still employed. Also, great job by Cable throwing JaMarcus Russell under the bus today. It's obvious he's Al's puppet. And this also proves that Al was on a senile rant in his goodbye speech to Lane. Remember, Lane was the one who didn't want Russell. Well, last week we found out they were still talking, and this week, Al, via Cable, throws JaMarcus to the wolves. The Raiders are a mess.
3) Wild week in the NFL - Last second finishes. Big time upsets. And an impressive, impressive victory by my beloved Buccaneers. Big props to the Rams, Browns, and Falcons as well.
4) NFC NASCAR division - I'm starting to wonder if this isn't the best division in the NFL. The south's only loss was to a team from the south, while the NFC East was inexplicable playcalling by the 49ers away from pulling the 0fer. Guess only time will tell.
5) Hook 'Em Horns - What a great game turned in by Colt McCoy and Texas this week. They fought hard the whole game and were rewarded with a win. While I would have ranked Alabama ahead of them, I can't find an arguement against them being number one. Their upcoming schedule is brutal, so we'll see if they can hold on to it. Meanwhile, why is Oklahoma still a top 5 team? Yes, I know they lost to number 5 Texas on a neutral site, but still. I would have them around number 7 myself. And Sooner fans, your season isn't done, yet, although you will need two losses by Texas. I know there is no rule saying you have to play in your conference championship game to play in the BCS title game, but it will most likely be a case of out of sight, out of mind.
6) How 'bout them Cowboys - No, not the ones from Dallas. The ones from Stillwater. I haven't seen very many better defensive performances this year. Nobody thought anybody would be able to harass Chase Daniels into a bad game. Absolutely outstanding. And now maybe people will recognize Mike Gundy for the good coach he is, and not his press conference blow up at that reporter who ran a bad story.
7) It's great to be a Florida Gator - Wow. Didn't see that blow out coming. LSU looked lost against their first real defense they've played all year. And wow, what a difference a running game that doesn't rely on Tim Tebow makes. Rainey and Demps look fantastic. The fan piece on the expert picks section of this site said that this game would catapult Charles Scott to the Heisman. Oooh, so close. What, did you think he was going to put up 200 yards and 4 TD's against this defense (similar to what some Georgia fans thought Knowshon Moreno was going to do to Alabama)? The defenses in the SEC are just too darn good. With Vandy losing this week, I'd love to see an Alabama-Florida SEC championship game, especially if at least one of them has a shot at the BCS title game.
8) Are the Cowboys ready to implode? - No, not the ones from Stillwater. This time I am talking about the team from Dallas. Injuries are starting to mount. And now they have to go with
9) Madden not making the trip to Tampa - John Madden is taking a two week vacation, citing not wanting to make another cross country trip. Madden's idol Brett Favre called him a wuss. He had called nearly 300 games in a row.
10) My Apologies to Phillies fans - Well, I knew that pick had a decent chance to come back and haunt me. Even mentioned it in my post. I know they still have to win one more game, but I think it's clear that Philly is indeed the better team and should move on. And what a melt down by the Dodgers. I still love Joe Torre, but he made some extremely questionable decisions last night. Meanwhile, what a huge win by the Rays knocking around Lester. Hey, Papi, do the Rays still look scared to you. Despite the baserunning mistake by Upton, what a performance he has put on this post season. He cleared the park on that shot (and Baldelli would have, too, if not for the Sports Authority sign). Still a long way to go in this series, though. Being able to beat Wakefield tonight would be huge. If not, wow, what a series.
Tags: Adam Jones, Al Davis, B.J. Upton, Brad Johnson, Chase Daniels, Colt McCoy, Dallas Cowboys, David Ortiz, Florida Gators, JaMarcus Russell, Jerry Jones, John Madden, Los Angeles Dodgers, LSU Tigers, Mike Gundy, Missouri Tigers, NFC South, NFL, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies, Raiders, Rob Ryan, Roger Goodell, Tampa Bay Rays, Terrell Owens, Texas Longhorns, Tim Wakefield, Tom Cable, Tony Romo