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A few quick Red Sox notes…

Posted by bdowd625 on July 18, 2010

*  Boston’s 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers last night was HUGE. Yes, it was only one game, but wins like that have a way of turning things around. The Sox were in danger of falling to 51-40 – a measly 11 games over .500 – and surely the complaints about their lackluster lineup would have grown even louder. Instead, Kevin Youkilis saves Boston with a clutch two-out double off of Cliff Lee in the ninth, and wins it with a sacrifice fly in the 11th.

John Lackey actually pitched well for once – hanging with the devastatingly filthy Cliffy from the start – and the bullpen did its part with scoreless innings from Daniel Bard, Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Delcarmen (surprise!). All in all, it was an excellent win at a dire time.

*  Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett both had rehab starts for Pawtucket this weekend, and neither was overly impressive. Buchholz got knocked around a little bit, only threw 33 strikes out of 60 pitches and committed a balk. Beckett, meanwhile, said he wasn’t as sharp as he wanted to be. And here we are getting excited about their imminent returns to the big club. Maybe it’s not going to go as smoothly as we had all hoped.

*  This last point is in response to a reader comment (which we would like more of, so please send us your thoughts) about Jerry Remy. Remy – a Red Sox legend – has been in the broadcast booth since the late 1980s and recently overcame a bout with cancer. The reader wondered who would be next in line to replace Remy as color commentator when he calls it quits, ultimately saying he thought Lou Merloni would be his successor.

Merloni, a local guy and former Red Sox infielder, has been a mainstay on WEEI’s The Big Show during the last few years and has made a pretty smooth transition from player to media member. He’s definitely a viable option because he knows the game and the ins and outs of the organization.

To that end, Nomar Garciaparra would also fit the bill. Garciaparra’s departure from the team at the trade deadline in 2004 was unceremonious, so it would be hard to see the team bringing him back in any capacity, let alone having him in the broadcast booth every night. But Garciaparra has also made the transition into the media – taking an analyst position with ESPN – so it’s hard to rule him out completely. He has the exact type of charismatic phoniness that would make him a great commentator.

And finally, for my sleeper pick for the job: Kevin Millar. Millar has the personality and knowledge of the game to be a great color guy. The only problem? He may be too much of a clown. Millar, who created the “Cowboy Up” slogan back in 2004, was the perfect guy to help Boston end it’s 86-year World Series drought. But can he be professional enough to be taken seriously in the booth? That remains to be seen. Still, he’s made some appearances in studio on NESN and Fox and brings the right presence to the broadcast. Maybe I’m just seeing him through rose-colored glasses because he was part of my favorite Red Sox team of all time.

So who do you think will end up replacing Jerry Remy when he finally decides to hang it up? Leave your suggestions here.

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2 Responses to “A few quick Red Sox notes…”

  1. Matt Jose said

    You left out the obvious replacement…Eck

    • bdowd625 said

      I know it. Somehow, in my haste, I completely forgot Dennis Eckersley, even though he already filled in for Remy when he was out last year. I suck. But you’re right, he’s perfect for the job. He’s got the experience, the charisma and even his own funny baseball language. Thanks for pointing out that foolish mistake.

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