Sports and my thoughts

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Sports: Schilling the closer

I guess anything is better than Foulke.

Ace starter Curt Schilling is going into Boston's bullpen, and closer Keith Foulke is headed for the disabled list.

In a move that will accelerate Schilling's return to the major leagues, and provide needed help in their bullpen, the Red Sox plan to use the 38-year-old right-hander as a reliever instead of a starter as he continues to work back from an ankle injury.

Manager Terry Francona said Schilling isn't ready to give the Red Sox the innings they need from a starter, but can help for a couple of innings at a time.

"It's kind of a work in progress, trying to repeat your delivery 100 times, and being at his level is not easy," Francona said. "I think he can impact our club and repeat his delivery for an inning or two. ... We're trying to figure out a way to make that have an impact on our ballclub.

I think Schilling would do well as a closer, but not for the ammount that we pay him. I hope this is only temporary, I want to see Schilling pitch 7 innings every 5 days and win the ball games.

Sports: 2 in a row with no Foulking up

Redsox won again last night, beating the Rangers 7-4 on a great effort from Matt Clement. Who went 8 and 2/3 innings to get his 10th win of the year.

Matt Clement had the perfect comeback after pitching in Boston's most lopsided loss of the season last week and then being left off the AL All-Star team.

Clement worked into the ninth inning for his 10th victory with nine strikeouts and no walks, and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Wednesday night.

"He pitched with so much heart," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "For him to go that deep against that lineup, it was tremendous."

In his last start before the All-Star break, five days after allowing eight runs in 5 2-3 innings in a 15-2 loss to Toronto, Clement (10-2) threw 84 of his season-high 122 pitches for strikes. He didn't come out until giving up a two-out single in the ninth.

The bigger disappointment came when the All-Star teams were named Sunday. Clement wasn't voted in by the players and Francona, who will manage the game in Detroit, wasn't able to find him a spot while having to make sure every team was represented on the squad.

I can't believe Clement didn't make the All Star team, Francona should have picked Clement to be on the All Star team over someone else.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Sports: No more Foulking things up

Atleast not for the near future, Foulke has been sent to Boston to have an MRI on his knees.

Red Sox closer Keith Foulke will leave the team and return to Boston to determine if a knee problem is the cause of his struggles. The disabled list is a possibility, manager Terry Francona said.

"We think there's a chance, but we want to let it run its course," Francona said before Tuesday night's game against the Texas Rangers. "He'll never turn the ball down. He'll take the ball every day. So I need to step in and say, 'No, you won't. We're going to get you looked at.' And I think he's OK with that. I think he actually appreciated it."

It was nice to have a Redsox closer come in and not blow the game last night.

Sports: Rehab for Schilling not going as well as hoped

I just wish he took the extra time at the beginning of the year instead of rushing back to glory. Schilling hoped to pitch before the all star break, but now looks like he needs one more rehab start.

Injured Red Sox ace Curt Schilling will probably need at least one more rehab start before returning to the Boston rotation.

"I think he needs to come here and throw [on the] side, then pitch a couple more times," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Tuesday before Boston's game against the Texas Rangers. "I think that's more realistic than starting this weekend. I think that makes sense."

Schilling struggled Monday night in what was supposed to be his final rehab outing before returning to the big league rotation, allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings for Boston's Triple-A team in Pawtucket.

"Physically, I feel great today. But yesterday was what it was," Schilling said after rejoining his teammates Tuesday in Texas.

Schilling is going to be the best mid season pick up for any team. It is hard to believe that the Sox are 3.5 games ahead of the Al East with out their ace of the staff.

If Schilling comes back healthy, and I've said this a thousand times, the Redsox are going to run away with the division title.

Thoughts: London gets 2012 Olympics

Hmm who has the 2008 Olympics? I don't know and don't really care. All I know is France lost and that makes me happy.

Britain vs. France. Blair vs. Chirac. Two historic rival cities convinced they were long overdue. London prevailed - upsetting Paris to secure the 2012 Olympics.

The British capital overcame its cross-Channel opponent 54-50 Wednesday on the fourth ballot of the International Olympic Committee vote, capping the most glamorous and hotly contested bid race in Olympic history.

Moscow, New York and Madrid were eliminated in the first three rounds.

London got the Olympics for the first time since 1948, while Paris was frustrated for a third time in 20 years. It hasn't held the games since 1924.

Screw France!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Sports: I feel better

Sox won...Foulke is gone...

more to come tommorrow

Thoughts: Don't feel like blogging today

Have too much on my mind about trying to get back with my ex girlfriend....

And I am too disgusted with the Sox blowing another game last night.....

Monday, July 04, 2005

Sports: Foulke him

Ok it's time to get a new closer....

Friday, July 01, 2005

Thoughts: 3 charged with murder in Aruba

That poor girl, I can't even imagine this happening to anyone. Hopefully these murderers are charged and killed in prison or put to death.

Three young men detained in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager have been charged with murder since their arrest more than three weeks ago, Aruba's chief prosecutor told The Associated Press on Friday.

The charges were not announced at the time to protect the feelings of the family of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, said Attorney General Karin Janssen.

"At the time, we didn't want to upset the (Holloway) family talking about murder while they searched," Janssen said.

Janssen, who has said several times in the past three weeks that no one was charged in the case, said they also kept the information quiet in order not to compromise their investigation. Authorities have said they have no physical evidence suggesting Holloway is dead.

Thoughts: This is why I voted for Bush

Sandra Day O'connor annoucned today her retirement from the Supreme Court.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court and a key swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty, said Friday she is retiring.

O'Connor, 75, said she expects to leave before the start of the court's next term in October, or whenever the Senate confirms her successor. There was no immediate word from the White House on who might be nominated to replace O'Connor.

It's been 11 years since the last opening on the court, one of the longest uninterrupted stretches in history. O'Connor's decision gives Bush his first opportunity to appoint a justice.

"This is to inform you of my decision to retire from my position as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, effective upon the nomination and confirmation of my successor. It has been a great privilege indeed to have served as a member of the court for 24 terms. I will leave it with enormous respect for the integrity of the court and its role under our constitutional structure."

I wouldn't want Kerry to appoint more liberal judges who will rule in favor of taking away our freedom. I know Bush will nominate a judge with the same character as Justice's Scalia and Thomas. Someone who actually believes in the Constitution and will rule in favor of it.

Sports: Orioles loose again

I knew they couldn't keep their pace up, last night the Indians beat the Orioles 9-3 in a game that wasn't even close. I knew it was only a matter of time til they implode and started going down the tubes. I'll be suprised if they finish above 500 for the year.