What, me worry? Nah, not yet.
One of the hardest things about being a Red Sox fan in New York is all the yapping I hear from my Yankee-fan friends anytime the Yankees are up by at least a game to the Sox. Everyone keeps asking me what’s going on with the Red Sox this season?
At 0-6, the Red Sox are off to their worst start since 1945, when they lost a team-record eight straight. And yes, Boston, favored by many to win the World Series, returns to Fenway Park for its home opener Friday against the Yankees. But I’m still not worried. Let me remind everyone….it’s only the first week of baseball! There are still 156 more games to play this season.
With that being said, I will still feel a lot better if the Red Sox take at least 2 of the 3 games this weekend against the Yankees before hopefully turning things around next week in their series with winless Tampa Bay.
While I’m optimistic that this won’t last long, a few things concern me. The Red Sox are 0-6 away from Fenway, which is traditionally where they lose pennants and the pitching, particularly the bullpen, has been awful. Their team ERA is 8.32, the bullpen’s is 8.34 and the team has given up 14 home runs in 40 innings. On top of that, they’ve only scored 6 runs in their last 4 games. As I watched the bullpen blow another game today (Thursday) against Cleveland, I couldn’t help but wonder……how many of my Yankees fan friends will be texting me tonight?
The Masters started today (again…I’m writing this on Thursday). There’s nothing more relaxing to me than kicking back on the couch on Sundays and watching some golf. Expect a ton of Tiger Woods coverage this weekend…even if he isn’t within 10 strokes of the leader. I like Matt Kuchar’s chances of winning the green jacket this year. He had a career year in 2010 and has made 8 of 8 cuts this season and has finished in the top 10 in six of those tournaments.
Thank you to everyone who has called or emailed me this week to wish me luck on my new column or told me they actually read it. I really appreciate it! I would also like to thank the many coaches and Athletic Directors who took the time to send me information this week. I look forward to working with all of you and covering your sports programs. If I haven’t responded to your e-mail or phone call yet, I promise to get back to you this week.
This week we are featuring a preview of the Finger Lakes-East Varsity Baseball League. Next week, we will feature the Wayne County Baseball League (Sorry, we couldn’t fit it all in one issue and I’m still waiting on a few coaches to respond). Again, if you would like your program covered, have a story for me, or would like to report your scores, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (315) 538-0072.