September 26, 2012

On Baseball: At Fenway, a sense of desperation

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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Bobby Valentine
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Take a look. A good look. Wednesday night is expected to be the final time that Bobby Valentine wears the Red Sox uniform at Fenway Park as the team’s manager.

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WHO: Red Sox (Lester 9-13) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Cobb 9-9)

WHEN: 7:10 p.m.

WHERE: Fenway Park


"Give me a full season, I could have done something different. That's not the way it worked."

Going back to the bullpen did not work, either. Bard struggled in Pawtucket and has struggled here.

At least Bard knows he will begin 2013 as a reliever.

"That makes the most sense," Bard said, hoping for a fresh beginning next year.

Bard is not the only one. Everyone is looking for an improved -- and healthier -- season next year. This year's group, high-priced as it was, could not deliver.

But what can fans base their hope on for next year? Will we hear a "Every game REALLY matters this time" promotion on NESN?

Before we get to 2013, we have to rid ourselves of 2012. With the Red Sox simply playing out the season, they used a little memory-lane magic before Tuesday's game, recognizing the 2004 World Series team, complete with a mini-Duck Boat parade and highlights on the Fenway video board.

Remember those players who gelled into a team that defied history and pressure? Back then,the games did matter.

"That group of guys was not just a team but a unit," said Kevin Millar, here for the reunion. "You remember the tightness. We were not the best players -- we had a couple of superstars -- but it was the best unit."

So maybe this franchise can return to being the best, reclaim that magic and bring back the days when a ticket to Fenway was really worth something.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

Twitter: ClearTheBases


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