- Imagine that…suddenly it is cool to be part of Red Sox Nation. We have to admit, we used to have a soft-spot in our heart for the Red Hose, with their stumbling and losing ways and that old axiom, “our enemy’s enemy is our butt buddy” or whatever that saying is. In other words, our pure hatred for everything Spankee’s drove us to root hard for the Sox. But give the team one championship and all of the sudden they are the greatest thing since Vanilla Ice. If you ask us, with their “better-than-you” attitude the Red Sox are dangerously close to becoming the Duke Blue Devils of Major League Baseball. Of course, maybe the ‘BOSTON RED DEVILS’ fans just need to be reminded that in the last 87 years, their team has as many championships as the Arizona Diamonbacks…fewer than the Florida Marlins…and only one more than the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. [Surviving Grady]
- While we are secret admirers of Surviving Grady (see above), it appears as though the boys over at Soxaholix and Fire Brand of the American League have decided that things are sooooo good, they can take a vacation. We ask you…would Ben Wrightman take a vacation during the season?
- That being said we fully expect Big Papi and Manny being Manny to hit 9+ home runs in this series and for Curt Schilling to take his all-star snub and shove it up Ozzie “I don’t hate homosexuals because i like the WNBA” Guillen’s arse in the form of a 2-hit shutout on the 4th of July.
- The Devil Rays have lost 4 of 6 including 2 of 3 this past weekend to the damn Washington Nats! (we are mad, Lou Piniella mad) and are in danger of finishing the first half of the season in a very ugly manner with 4 games against the Red Sox and 3 games against the Spankees. Tampa is 35-47, 16.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and 2.5 games behind the Orioles. We wanted to see what it would be like to be in first place, so turned the monitor upside-down…then we realized it would just be easier to stand on our head. Besides, the rush of blood to the head could do us some good.
- The Red Sox just kicked the National League’s arse to the tune of a 16-2 interleague record, including this past weekend in which they took 2 of 3 from the Marlins. Boston is 50-29 and have a 4 game lead over the Bronx Roiders.
- One good sign for the Rays is that they play 30 of their next 40 games at the Tropicana Dome, where they have a winning record (18-17). That’s called desperate for something good to write.
Monday, 7:15 et
Boston Josh Beckett, RHP (10-3, 4.64)
Devil Rays Scott Kazmir, LHP (9-5, 3.59)
Tuesday, 4:15 et
Boston Curt Schilling, RHP (10-2, 3.54)
Devil Rays Casey Fossum, LHP (3-3, 5.03)
Wednesday, 7:15 et
Boston Jason Johnson, RHP (3-9, 6.22)
Devil Rays Tim Corcoran, RHP (2-0, 1.17)
Thursday, 7:15 et
Boston Tim Wakefield, RHP (6-8, 3.90)
Devil Rays James Shields, RHP (4-1, 4.39)