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Bruce of Winchester - Salty is not being sat. He is the DH, and is there anybody else that could fill in effectively for Papi while he is healing? Salty went 2 for 4 last night. I would not want to make Gonzales the DH (also 2 for 4) when he is so much more effective at first. Shoppach did not do that bad - kept the Tigers to 1 run in the first, third, and seventh, while batting 1 for 4 and scoring a run, at least as good as Tek was in batting.
I am assuming that the more he catches, the more confidence the pitchers will have in him. I know I am starting to believe in him as a sound back-up catcher.
Regarding Sweeney's hand injury: IDIOT!!! (And not in the 2004 sense of the word.) Granted, he may have been on the chopping or trading block, but he is STILL a member of the Red Sox until the moment he's not, and as such, needs to think about the benefit of the team. We all have frustrations, and granted, he was likely upset at his poor performance in that game. Does that give him permission to do something stupid like punch a wall? NO!! He has a responsibility to his teammates (and yes, to the fans) to give 100%. Now he cannot do that, and may have earned himself a trip to the DL. While he may not be in the top 5 on the team in terms of production, he is still a valuable member. Each player has something to contribute. Apparently that was lost on him in his moment of self-absorbed angst. If I hit a wall every time I got upset at a poor performance by the Sox this year (as a team or any individual player)... good grief! Not sure there are enough walls to even consider that.
RedSoxRita in Dalton
I attended the Red Sox / White Sox game on July 17. During the National Anthem (with color guard) I noticed the entire White Sox team out of the dugout along the third base line. What a refreshing sight! I looked over to the other side and saw about five Red Sox players standing out of the dugout. The rest of the dugout was empty. Everyone in the clubhouse? This is a travesty. The Red Sox should be more respectful to our Anthem and to the men and women in the armed services who protect us. Shame on you, Red Sox.
John * Nashua
Off the normal subject as I have written "us" off for this season. I recently received our mascots "Wally and Molly" and was just wondering if they had last names. If not....I came up with a couple that should create a comment or two. Wally Remy and Molly Orsello. I wonder how the new "fathers" would like that distinction. Care to comment?
Jim from Maine
OK, I know I've stated my opinion that booing is never ok, and a lot of folks disagree, which is fine, but does anyone think it's ok to boo an injured player?!? I heard the boos tonight (Tuesday) as Josh Beckett left the game with an apparent back/side injury. Really? Is that what we fans have become? He had been pitching very well until he was injured and if you watched, you could clearly see exactly when it happened and how his pitches changed. I have to say that I find that deplorable behavior from the fans. Let's hope this injury isn't another serios one for the Sox. Lots of folks wanted Beckett to be traded before the deadline today. Well, he wasn't, and for better or worse we must now support him. Booing an injured player is, in my opinion, totally unacceptable.
Jeneen * Beverly, MA