Will you be cheering or booing Kevin Youkilis on Monday at Fenway Park? (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for Noontime Sports)
The Boston Red Sox return home to Fenway Park on Monday, and will begin a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox.
Don’t consider this a regular season series because Bostonians and New Englanders will be forced to watch their team’s former first and third basemen, Kevin Youkilis, sporting black and white instead of red and white.
So, we’re curious… will you be cheering for Youk or booing him?
Don’t worry… we won’t share this with Mr. Bobby Valentine, we promise, but we’d like to know how you’ll react to Mr. Youkilis once his name is announced over the public address system.
Answer our poll questions below and feel free to leave comments, too!
Jon Lester will be on the bump Friday for the Boston Red Sox! (Photo Credit: Chowdaheadz.com)
Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome into the final Daily Noontime of the week! Let’s kick-off Memorial Day Weekend with some news and headlines!
* The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will begin their three-game series on Friday at Fenway Park — Jon Lesteropposes Alex Cobb— first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.
* According to various reports — Bobby Valentine strongly believes that if the Sox continue to play the way they’ve played the past 20 games, they’ll win the championship. Boston is 18-12 since blowing a nine run lead to the New York Yankees on April 21, which is the third best record in the American League behind Baltimore (20-10) and Tampa Bay (19-11). If the Sox continue on this particular path, they’d finish their current campaign with 93 wins.
* The Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will conclude their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Saturday at 8PM at the TD Garden. Boston has won three of five meetings against Philadelphia in the seventh game dating back to 1965.
Kevin Garnett paced the Celtics with 27 points on Wednesday, which helped Boston earn a 2-1 series lead against Philadelphia! (Photo Credit: NY Daily News)
It’s Thursday, which means this particular week is slowly motoring along. Here are some news and headlines from the city of Boston!
* The Boston Celtics tallied 32 points in the second, and 29 in the third, as the Green and White captured Game No. 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-91. Kevin Garnettpoured in 27 points, and finished with 13 rebounds, while Paul Pierceadded 24 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
* Boston now owns a 2-1 series lead, and will return to the hardwood on Friday when they attempt to earn a two-game lead against Philly.
* The Boston Red Sox watched their five-game winning streak conclude on Wednesday in Tampa Bay, as the Rays scored twice — once in the second, and once in the sixth — to earn a 2-1 victory. Clay Buchholzlasted five innings, and yielded six hits, two earned runs, but fanned five batters.
* Boston and Tampa Bay will conclude their two-game series on Thursday — Felix Doubrontopposes Matt Moore— first pitch is schedule for 7:10PM.
Every single member of the Red Sox’s bullpen has been thrashed at one point or another in this young season, and in yesterday’s debacle against New York, none of them were able to pitch well enough to hold a 9-8 lead.
The real shame here is Felix Doubront pitched a gem. He went six innings allowing one run on 99 pitches. This is where, for me alt least, the 100 pitch cutoff for pitchers is completely bogus. Doubront got stronger and stronger as the game went on and was pulled when he was in the zone. As much as the Fox baseball broadcasts irk me, Tim McCarver had it dead on when he uttered those same sentiments.
The Red Sox now sit at a 4-10 mark, one half game better than Theo Epstein‘s Chicago Cubs (4-11).
The front office has screwed this team for years to come if drastic changes are not made soon. The Sox tried to play the Yankees’ game, scooping up high-priced free agents in the hopes of winning numerous division titles. Only the Yankees can play that game. The Red Sox need to get back to playing the farm system game and scooping up free agents like Cody Ross; capable, dependable players who, while they may never set the world on fire, will never kill a team either.
Two weeks ago I wrote Boston’s obituary for 2012. It seems after yesterday’s loss we may be writing Boston’s obituary through 2015.
David Ortiz recorded his second double and his 10th RBI of the season on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays! (Photo Credit: USA Today)
Happy Patriots Day! It’s going to be a scorcher, but before we melt away, let’s kick-start the day with news and headlines!
* The Boston Red Sox earned their third consecutive win on Sunday, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4. David Ortizrecorded a double, and his 10th RBI, while Cody Rosssmacked his second home run of the season. Also, Mike Avileswent 1-for-4 with a home run and RBI.
* The Boston Celtics concluded the weekend with a 2-1 record, as they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 94-82. Avery Bradleyand Brandon Bassboth registered 22 points, while Rajon Rondotallied 20 points and 16 assists. The Green and White will conclude their road trip on Tuesday when they travel to New York to face the Knicks.
* Finally, the Boston Bruins will attempt to earn their second win against the Washington Capitals on Monday, as both teams return to the ice for Game No. 3 of this best of seven series. Washington won Game No. 2 on Saturday, 2-1 in double OT, while Boston captured the first contest, 1-0 in overtime.