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Don't quite understand why Sweeney is benched every time a lefty is facing the Sox! I know he comes with a reputation of not hitting lefties, but for Pete's sake, he's a great fielder and how bad does he have to be to outhit Byrd, who I think is a poor fielder and a worse hitter (even though he did manage two hits on Wednesday). If Papi can learn to hit lefties, let Sweeney get some swings and learn as well - he'd be an even more valuable player than he is now. Thank goodness Papi finally got back on his PEDs! Another article from Mark that says absolutely nothing. By the way, I have been on Bobby's bandwagon since his hiring, and now that he's learned the assets and liabilities of his players, he is orchestration the players as if on a chess board instead of a diamond - will be considered for Manager of the Year by the end of the season IF he puts Sweeney's name on the everyday lineup card.
Phil from Idaho
To Phil from Idaho-I'm with you guy bring back the Sam Adams and KFC and lets have fun playing the GAME.It was great to see Papi go to left field again.That will give Baltimore and others pause to always use the Ortiz shift on him.It's amazing after 55 games the teams are so close in standing.Have a good day RSN.
Dave from RI
John, Thank you for replying. I know next to nothing about softball. If the ump stands farther back behind the catcher can he see home plate? I am also skeptical about the Amico zone. I have tried to find out how accurate it is without any success.
Mark, The Sox are 1 game over .500 in last place in a division that is riddled with injuries. I think Bobby is doing a good job handling a weak bullpen. I question how he is handling the starters. They are racking up high pitch counts early in the season.
I have had a lot to say this season, some right, some wrong, and some yet to be seen. I have said that I want to vote for the American league to have Home field advantage. Our guys may be just a little accident prone. To put it more plainly half our nominees are on the DL and the black cat keeps pacing past the locker room door. I was going to vote weeks ago but am not sure my thinking on this is right.
The question is with this year's starting team spending so much time getting splinters removed because they are still in rehabilitation, why would I want to risk them getting injured for the home field advantage. Logic tells me to send the entire Baltimore Team and let them get beat up while winning. Our guys can sit back and watch the game eating chicken and drinking beer, with no one yelling about it. At the same time they can booth get and stay healthy. We have been talking teamwork lately. This does not seem like the right time to showcase our recovering starters. I would enjoy a different point of view. I am really saying any player but a Boston player should be my vote.
We are playing better but the HR in the top of the eighth doesn't do much for the dinner I just ate. Boston can pull out of this but not before 10:00. It is 11:54 and Score is 5-3 Detroit.
Chuck Lewis * Warwick, RI
They just said it and I had to get to the computer and respond. Don & Jerry just crack me up almost every game. Today it was Remey's bracelet and when Don mentioned dreaming, the giggling was too much because I knew and every one else knew what great dream Jerry would have tonight! Well Jerry, I hope it was a great "good" dream from you! Not a bad game tonight but at this time, it's 5 to 3, Tigers head.
Greg * Henderson, NV.
Hi Mark, I really liked your article about Bobby V. in today's report (5/31) - I couldn't have said it better myself. Before Bobby V. came to Boston, I knew virtually nothing about him so of course, I was a little leery but still willing to give him a chance. Right off it seemed like people were ready to jump all over him and go all negative on him. I decided to stay the course with him and see what he had to offer the team. As soon as I witnessed his "turn around" over the past few weeks, I have become a real Bobby V. fan. The Youkalis issue was blown all out of proportion but that is what the media does - an unfortunate fact of life. At any rate, I don't know what he did within the clubhouse to change but whatever it was, it is working. I suspect the little "team meeting" headed by David Ortiz may also something to do with the boys' starting to live up to their potential. All I can say is let's stay positive, give the man the respect he deserves and see how it goes. This is a huge pivotal year for the Sox so we need to try to let go of the past as best we can. Things may not be perfect but it's time to go forward.
GO SOX - and GO BOBBY V.!
Betty * Middleton, NH
Well we are back on the road again good pitching, fielding, and hitting. What is it about Fenway and consistent wins? I guess they just need time to get used to the Old Girl. Some if not most are catching on. I suppose that with so many new players and getting used to a new Manager learning the field may take some time. I am still unsure how to vote for All Stars and wonder if our guys would do better watching the game. Home Field Advantage is great, but can we risk one more possible injury in non league play? Still looking at an all Baltimore lineup. Nothing against our Sox. Just not sure its worth the risk.
Chuck Lewis * Warwick, RI