Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Game 82: Swan Song for JJ

Final Score:

Boston Red Sox 2, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 5

“Jason Johnson… you’re fired!”

I was relieved when Julian Tavarez started the 4th.

READ THAT AGAIN!!! I should never be “relieved” when Tavarez does ANYTHING except not die on the mound! That alone should give you an idea how much Jason Johnson sucks. He is an enigma, wrapped in a Sox uniform, locked in a box of crap. Anyone who allows a steal of home plate (Crawford stole 2nd AND home that inning) should be shot in the street. He is destined for DFA’ing and its only 2 starts too late. Theo needs to hold a one-on-one conference with Johnson and it should go like this:

Theo: Step into my office Jason.
Johnson: Why?
Theo: Cause you’re f***ing fired, that’s why!

…and scene!

Seriously, was Kyle Snyder that bad? Isn’t there a cast off from some other crappy team that could take this spot? I know Clement is weeks (Months? Years?) away from being ready and the next thing Wells is going to pitch is his hot wings into some blue cheese… but there HAS to be somebody better than this hump.

Oh and the bats seem to be dipped in ice water. Coco Crisp (now mired in a 0-for a week slump) needs to get his chin off his shoulder and stop swinging for the fences. Someone remind him that he’s a single and gap hitter. Loretta is in one of his cold streaks and Manny looks to be resting his knee a bit early. Awful... just awful.

The silver lining to this thunderhead was the relief pitching. Tavarez was great through 3 innings (did the hair on the back of your neck stand up when you read that?) and Hansen struck out the side in the 8th. Way to go guys… golf clap…

Now can we avoid the sweep and get out of Tampa with SOME semblance of pride? It’s up to you Wake. God, how I miss the NL. GO SOX.