Meet Chico Walker – And Get an Autograph

On July 9th, 2011, Chico Walker will be in Autograph Alley for approximately an hour, starting 90 minutes before the first pitch. (Location: Inside the Red Sox Team Store on Yawkey Way.)  This is open for all fans and it is urged that you show up as early as possible to get in line to meet Chico Walker.  Make sure you bring a card, baseball, photo, hat or other memorabilia for Chico to sign.  This will be right before the Red Sox vs Orioles game at Fenway Park in Boston, MA.

Chico Walker spent 4 seasons in Boston to start his career before moving onto the Chicago Cubs, California Angels and New York Mets.  Chico had 20 hits in 81 at bats as a Red Sox player and had 2 triples and 1 home run.  Walker’s career came to an end in 1993.

And the Sox Move Into 1st

Last night’s 6-4 win and a Yankees loss to the Tampa Bay Rays was enough to move Boston back into first place in the American League East standings.  The Yankees may have 1 game in hand (86 games played to Boston’s 87 games played), however, Boston will have the upper hand come the All Star Break because Boston will have an extra day off. Also, more New York players will be affected by traveling to and from the All Star game.

Once the All Star break is over, Boston will be playing against Tampa Bay and then Baltimore while New York will be taking on Toronto and Tampa Bay.  All four series will be on the road for Boston and New York.  The Red Sox and Yankees won’t play each other until the first week of August when the Yankees travel to Boston for a 3 game series directly after a 4 game series with the Chicago White Sox (they can call it their Sox trip).

As of now, the Boston Red Sox are on pace to reach 97 wins…. BUT keep in mind that they are playing great baseball right now and they had a horrible start to the season.  If Boston’s start wasn’t so bad, they might have a 5 or 6 game lead at this point.

Current AL East Standings (as of 7/8/2011 @ 8:34 am est)

Team W L PCT GB
Boston 52 35 .598
NY Yankees 51 35 .593 0.5
Tampa Bay 49 39 .557 3.5
Toronto 42 47 .472 11.0
Baltimore 36 49 .424 15.0

Red Sox Back Within a Half Game in AL East

Tim WakefieldTim Wakefield and the Red Sox earned a win against the Toronto Blue Jays last night to come within .5 games of the Yankees in the AL East standings.  The Red Sox are 51-35 overall and the Yankees are 51-34 overall.

The Red Sox start a series against the Baltimore Orioles tonight in Boston and it’s a 4 game series that will take Boston up into the All Star Break.  Boston has a great chance to take a few wins from the struggling Baltimore Orioles the next few days and move ahead of the Yankees in the standings.

The Tampa Bay Rays are now 4 games behind New York and are also in the hunt of the AL East lead.  Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox was just named the player of the month for June in the American League.  Although pitchers on the Red Sox are on and off the DL, the Red Sox have found ways to win games and snap the brief loosing streak from 2 weeks ago.

It would be nice to see the Red Sox with a slight advantage over the Yankees in the AL Standings during the All Star break!

Red Sox Going Backwards

After having the best MLB record since April, the Boston Red Sox find themselves praying that interleague play comes to an end.  Last night, the Red Sox lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1.  The Sox finally had an RBI… and who did it come from? John Lackey… go figure!

Boston needs to wake up their bats, get their $h!t together and reclaim first place in the AL East standings.  The All Star game is not too far off and it would be a huge advantage for the Sox if they had a slight lead in the AL East heading into the All Star break.  By the way, have you been voting for Sox players to go to the All Star game?

Boston is now 2.5 games out of first place and only 1.0 games ahead of  Tampa Bay.  Tampa has Boston in the cross-hairs and it would be disappointing for the team and fans to see the team fight back to first place after a dismal start and then fall back to 3rd place.

What this ball club needs is a nice home stand against an AL East team that they are very familiar with… On July 4th, the Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.  The Red Sox need to win this series and take at least two games from Toronto. Additionally, Boston hosts the Baltimore Orioles directly after the Blue Jays.  This would be a great time to make up some lost ground.  hopefully the Sox can win 3 out of the 4 games with Baltimore.  This would significantly put the team in a positive direction before the all star break.  We’re looking for Boston to take 5 out of 7 (or better) from their next 7 home games at Fenway.

What could REALLY help the Red Sox though, is winning game 3 against Philadelphia today.  It’s a 1:05 game and it would be really nice to see Boston get their bats going in this one.  Today’s matchup is Jon Lester vs Cole Hamels.  Both pitchers are 9-4 on the season so far.  Hamels’ ERA is slightly better 2.49 vs Lester’s 3.36 ERA.

After today, Boston heads to Houston for a weekend series vs the Astros.  The weather has been very hot in Texas the past few days and I am hoping that this will not hurt the Sox in any way shape or form.  Houston is currently 28-53 on the season, but that doesn’t mean this will be a walk in the park for Boston.  They are going to have to earn every run and work hard for a win.

Let’s go Boston!  Reclaim 1st place before the All Star Break!

Concerts at Fenway Park

I was really hoping that there would be another concert scheduled at Fenway Park this year.  I was looking forward to going to a concert there and I sure as heck wasn’t going to see The New Kids on the Block (The Old Guys in Beverly Hills) and The Backstreet Boys (The Washedup Guys).

Last year, Aerosmith rocked Fenway Park with J Geils Band.  This year, Paul McCartney is going to Detroit’s Comerica Park, New York’s Yankee Stadium, Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Montreal’s Centre Bell.  Sir Paul McCartney, however, did play at Fenway Park years ago.

But still, I would be excited for anything (almost) at Fenway Park at this point.  I know Taylor Swift just played 2 shows at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, but I am not a huge country music fan so I didn’t waste my time trying to get into or out of Foxborough.

Anyone else think it would be nice to have at least one more concert this year at Fenway Park (and not some washed up pop crap)?  I’d like to hear some ideas on what band or performer you’d like to see at Fenway Park!