We went down to Brockton last night to see the independent Can-Am League Brockton Rox play a team from Northern New Jersey. We’ve been taking in a couple of Rox games a summer for the last 4 or 5 years. Great seats for not a lot a money, a nice little ballpark, no hassles getting in and out the park, and entertainment between innings. (little kids running the bases and trying to beat mascot K-O the Kangaroo and stuff like that. ) What more could you ask for? By my reckoning, the Rox have a winning record when we go. To prove what fans we are, we have bobbleheads of Bill Murray (yes, that Bill Murray) and Saul Bustos. I’m hoping that when slugger Melvin Falu retires, we can get his bobblehead to add to the collection. Bill Murray is the Director of Fun for the team and, although no ones says, I assume a financial investor. The Rox blew out Sussex Skyhawks last night winning 13-2.
Part of the fun is watching the little scoreboard where they post the Sox scores. I looked at it at one point and it is the 9th and the Sox are still down 4-2. Then suddenly, the score is final and the Sox win 5-4. People around me pulled out their phones to see how the Red Sox pulled it out. (David Ortiz hit a walk off double with the bases loaded.)
And yesterday was the trade deadline. While we were driving to Brockton, the new broke that we had picked up another catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia. I remembered him from having the longest name on a major league jersey. Saltalamacchia is going to Pawtucket to play some Triple A. I believe he is the guy who developed some weird thing where he was unable to throw the ball back to the pitcher. This is not a good thing for a catcher. I assume Theo Epstein has some assurance that he is over that now. Saltalamacchia is young and Veritek is about to retire so it may turn out to be a good move.
Bob Ryan writes in the Boston Globe today
There is no doubt massive disappointment among the Red Sox faithful. There were no blockbuster deals, only the acquisition of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, plus the addition-by-subtraction expunging of Jeremy Hermida and Ramon Ramirez, the former being designated for assignment, the latter sent to San Francisco. Instead of producing a familiar name belonging to a veteran, Sox management has settled for picking up a catcher who has failed to fulfill his promise and by promoting prized prospect Ryan Kalish from Pawtucket.
The Sox needed a veteran reliever, and they still need one. Theo Epstein was quite obviously unwilling to sacrifice a valued prospect, and you know what? Good for him. Sometimes you just have to accept that it’s just not shaping up as your year, and you simply focus more on the future.
So now we are waiting for Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Veritek, and Dustin Pedroia to get better and rejoin the Sox. This has been a rough year and we have lots of games with Tampa Bay and the Yankees to win if the Sox are to make the play-offs this year.
Perhaps Pawtucket Red Sox management was psychic.
In the nine years the team has held a bobblehead doll night promotion, never before had a former PawSox player appeared in a game that his bobblehead was given to fans at McCoy Stadium.
Jacoby Ellsbury put his name in Pawtucket’s “record book’’ last night when he played six innings in the first of two games against the Durham Bulls and went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
I think he is on his way back. Maybe the Red Sox have a chance.