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Hitting the weekend in a Red Sox state of mind

Posted by Bill Koch on August 20, 2010

It’s been a pretty crazy week here at Ramble On, and we want to thank all of you for helping us pile up one of our best stretches of website hits that we’ve had since we started this thing. We’d also like to thank Kevin Youkilis for screwing up his domestic situation – that certainly didn’t hurt our traffic at all.

Speaking of Youkilis, we’ll send you into this beautiful weekend with a few Red Sox notes. Boston is one of the best places in the country to be in the late summer/early fall, so we’ll turn our attention to the Olde Towne Team.

— Dustin Pedroia went back on the disabled list on Friday with a sore foot, and we hope this is the end of his season. There’s no reason to jeopardize the future of one of the organization’s true sparkplugs, and a broken foot is nothing to take lightly. Pedroia probably won’t want to hear this, but he’s worth far more at 100 percent in 2011 than he would be for the last two weeks of September in 2010 with the Red Sox well out of the pennant race. Let’s hope that This Manager and Boston’s front office have the good sense to sit Pedroia down.

— Boston won its series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Orange County and Everywhere Else in Southern California, but the Red Sox still failed to gain any ground on the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Wild Card chase and lost a game in the AL East to the New York Yankees. This is the reality of the mathematics that so many Red Sox fans have loved to turned to since the new regime took control in 2003 – Boston needs its opponents to stumble even more than it needs to play good baseball down the stretch to even have a prayer at qualifying for the postseason. Needless to say, we don’t think that’s happening.

— We can officially deem The Mike Cameron Experiment an absolute failure, and we have to tell the Red Sox front office that we saw it coming. Cameron will have abdominal surgery and be shelved until spring training next year after just 48 games, and there’s no reason to think that he’ll be any better when he’s a year older in 2011. The 37-year-old center fielder hit just .259 and posted a dreadful .729 OPS in his first season in Boston, about what we expected when the Red Sox decided to throw away $15.5 million over two seasons to secure Cameron’s services.

— Part of the collateral damage of signing Cameron was unsettling Jacoby Ellsbury, and it looks like his season is over, too. Ellsbury fractured a rib in Texas, one of the five that he broke when Adrian Beltre took his right knee and smashed it into Ellsbury’s torso in Kansas City just two weeks into the season. That led to weeks of back-and-forth between Ellsbury, his doctors and Boston’s front office. Ellsbury insisted he wasn’t well enough to play, the Red Sox thought that he was and ill feeling will foul the air between the two camps heading into the offseason. Let’s hope that Theo and The Trio come to their senses, bury the hatchet and return Ellsbury to his rightful spot in center field and leading off in Boston’s batting order.

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