Saturday, March 8, 2014
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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Some fans will never like Stephen Drew. Maybe it's because they didn't like his brother, the emotionless J.D. Drew. Or they don't like that he struggles against left-handed pitching. Or maybe it's just because, in comparison, Xander Bogaerts is so fun to like.
Bogaerts had two important walks in Game 4 of the ALDS against Tampa Bay. He was also used as a pinch-runner in Game 3 and scored. He his an exciting player and the Red Sox are giddy about his future.
But Drew remains the starter at shortstop. He not only plays very dependable defense (just not as flashy as say a Jose Iglesias), his OPS (combined on-base and slugging averages) ranks third among American League shortstops. And his personality fits in this clubhouse. He's a grinder who is respected by his teammates.
It is also easy to say Drew will start in the ALCS because neither possible opponent has a left-handed starter.
ST. PETERSBURG — The last time I watched a celebration at Tropicana Field, it was the home team piling onto each other. Meanwhile, the visitors clubhouse could not have cleared out faster. That was the 2008 ALCS.
Tuesday night (into Wednesday morning), the visitors clubhouse was covered in plastic. It didn’t take long for the champagne spray to cover anyone who dared to enter.
Red Sox 3, Rays 1 (the score in Tuesday’s game and in the ALDS). For a recap of the game, see our story.
Two celebrations down (the AL East and now the ALDS).
John Farrell: "That just was an exciting game."
Joe Maddon: "What an interesting, wonderful game to stay solvent in."
Solvent? You do have to give Maddon credit for avoiding cliches.
But it was exciting and interesting. Wonderful? That depends on who you were rooting for.
David Price was a little steamed after giving up seven runs in Tampa Bay's loss to the Red Sox Saturday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
First he complained about David Ortiz taking to mush time to admire the home run he hit off Price in the eighth inning.
Then he fired back at two TBA analysts (former MLB pitcher Dirk Hayhurst and Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci) who had criticized Price's performance. Price used his Twitter account to get back.
Greetings from Manchester Airport. Headed for Tampa.
I know its trendy for sports media types (especially in radio) to come off at know-it-alls, guaranteeing victories and defeats, declaring when teams are done.
Many of them had a field day after the Yankees won Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS.