They say patience is a virtue. If you are a fisherman you have patience. If you have children you must have patience. If you want to make money in the stock market, you better have patience. I have NO patience for watching Clay Buchholz continue to get behind in the count and then give up the big home run. Ben Cherington gagged the big one when he refused to deal Clay last season when his value was high. Clay gave up five earned runs in four innings of work yesterday in the Red Sox 7-6 loss against Tito’s Tribe. How many times must we watch Clay go out there and get hammered by the opposing team and then make excuses (last night he eluded to the 12 minute starting delay) as to why he can’t deliver. Dave Dombrowski and John Farrell better find a way to trade for a number two pitcher in this weak starting staff.
Please ship Clay out to the first team that bites.
The Red Sox opened their 2016 season Tuesday and for Sox fans it was like Christmas morning, but remember this, you open up all your presents and then are left with just the wrapping. David Price performed just as advertised tossing 6 innings of pure power and domination of the Tribe. Price had some difficulty in the fourth inning after getting two outs but managed to stop the bleeding. This is exactly what a number one starter is supposed to do. At the end of the day he pitched six innings giving up two runs on five hits and striking out 10 Indians. Game time temps were in the mid thirties and Price didn’t let it phase him.
Price benefited from future All-Star Mookie Betts who homered in the third inning and made a nice defensive play in right in the fifth inning. John Farrell’s job is at least safe for now because Shaw and Brock Holt both helped in giving the Red Sox their first win of the 2016 season. The Big Papi era continued with the retiring DH hitting his first home run of a long victory tour season.
Now that you have enjoyed Christmas morning, and you are picking up the discarded wrapping paper do you feel good about the next three days when the Sox trot out Buchholz, Joe Kelly and Rick Porcello? When will Farrell decide that either Shaw or Hanley Ramirez is going to sit because of “general soreness” or a maintenance day resulting in a Pablo Sandoval start at third ? Price can’t win them all and the pressure is on the rest of the starters to produce.
The Boston Bruins finish up their regular season with three home games. Can they avoid a second straight year of missing the playoffs? The Bruins are playing their worst hockey of the season and close it out against Carolina, the Red Wings and Ottawa. The 2015-2016 team has been misfiring almost all season. There have been too many instances of mental mistakes with this team. Another too many men on the ice penalty was called against them in the 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks this past weekend. Who is to blame for this? Do you trash Claude Julien and fire him at seasons end if they do not make it? I say, yes.. and make some changes to the front office as well. Cam and Don Sweeney will be looking over their shoulder if the Bruins do find themselves out of the playoffs. Why wasn’t Frank Vatrano on the roster the entire year? Why does Claude mix and match his lines multiple times during a game? You can blame the player’s as well, at this point in the season they look tired , with no sense of urgency.
Golf is in their future.
April is Autistic Awareness Month, watch Shonda talk about how she and her family deals with Aspergers in this episode of Red Sox Weekly hosted by Rick Aronofsky