…Jenny Dell says hi.
Jeff Green will miss the entire 2011/12 NBA season as he will have heart surgery after doctors found an aortic aneurysm. Green is expected to make a full recovery.
Now this is not a Boston Red Sox post but I felt it necessary to send my best wishes to Green in this tough time.
Thankfully the doctors found this before it was too late. Best wishes to you Jeff for a speedy and healthy recovery. We hope to see you back in Celtic green soon.
Green was brought to Boston last season in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson.
If you want to send your wishes to Green, you can tweet him @unclejeffgreen
At the end of each week I am going to try and post a great quote from someone on the team. With some of the characters on this squad I don’t think I will have any issues.
This week I have two…
In yesterdays game, Papelbon was inserted into the batting order when the Red Sox gave up the DH, this is what he had to say.
“The last time I took pitchers’ batting practice was in high-A ball,” said Papelbon. “I hit 5 out of 10 out.”
When asked about his slump, Dustin Pedroia responded with this…
“When I get hot, it’ll get ugly.”
I suspect Pedroia will have plenty of quotes in these posts.
Dear Terry Francona,
It is time to free Carl Crawford from the number eight spot in the order. He is hitting over .400 in the month of May and would be much more valuable in the two or five hole. Jed Lowrie has cooled off and can be moved down in the order to make a spot for Crawford. I would prefer you put him in the two hole because Crawford and Ellsbury back to back is unstoppable. Pedroia will have no issue batting fifth because he is the ultimate team player. Make this move ASAP.
This past week has seen ups and downs for the Red Sox. One day you think they are back on track and winning, as they should, and the next they are losing 14 inning marathons and getting blown out 11-0 the next day.
The week began on Sunday with a walk-off by Carl Crawford against Seattle. Things have since looked up for Crawford, as he is 6-16 at the plate since. The Sox then continued their domination of the Angels winning the first two games of the series but lost a heart breaker in 13 innings and got absolutely blown out of the water, 11-0, in the series finale.
My concerns, once again, lay with John Lackey. He got absolutely shelled in the series finale and the issues he had at the beginning of the season arose again. He was walking and hitting batters left and right. The good news is, the rest of the staff looks good, even Tim Wakefield, who will pitch tonight against the Twins.
The bullpen is also a huge concern with the only effective pitchers being Bard, Papelbon and Albers. Dan Wheeler and Bobby Jenks have been thrown on the DL because they are “hurt” or because they just suck. Hopefully things turn around.
As of now, I have no concerns with the offense as everyone is really coming around as of late with Crawford’s recent surge. Everyone who should be hitting is hitting, except for Pedroia but he is Pedroia and will snap out of it.
Despite the 14-17 record, I am still expecting big things out of this team. Look for them to head north of the Mendoza line by the end of May and continue to rise in the standings. If we still have a losing record by the end of May, Terry Francona may have the check the heat on his manager’s seat.
One last thought, which game are you more pissed to go to, a Lackey start or a Matsuzaka start? I’d go with Lackey.
Sign this guy up to be a pass rusher for the Pats. Perfect tackle.