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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

I don't call it the Rally Cuff for nothing. John Frakes and I wore a special rally cuff during service tonight just for Pedro, and lo and behold - an excellent game! Pedro was the Sweet P. of yore that we all know and love - not the colostomy-bag-wearing prison bitch that we witnessed in his last outing. Sweet P. went 8 innings with eight strikeouts, one walk, one hit batter and 2 hits. And, as much as I hate to compliment him, Shamu didn't do a bad job either, considering that it was his first start back off the DL. Keith Foulke picked up his thirteenth (I'm pretty sure) save of the season in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Johnny Damon got the sole RBI of the game. The Sox out-hit the Padres, yet continue to leave a lot of men on base. This problem has been very frustrating, but I'm hoping that once everyone is healthy and playing at their full capability (perhaps by the All Star break???) that problem will be minimized.
As Pedro was walking off the field after the eighth, my husband happened to comment how Pedro might resent everyone cheering him now after talking so much shit about him when he wasn't pitching well. My response: who gives a rat's ass? Pedro talks more shit than anyone else on that team, so I don't particularly care about his feelings. Just his pitching lines. Perhaps the side session on Saturday helped him out - I'll be very interested to watch his next start, which will come against the Dodgers at Fenway.
Mr. Useless is still not with the team. (That's the REAL Mr. Useless, Nomar, not the fill-in Mr. Useless, Gabe Kapler, who will become Mrs. Useless when/if Nomar ever plays.) And has anyone heard anything about Trot? He's the player I miss the most.
In any case, a very fun game to watch tonight. Hopefully it will set the tone for the rest of the homestand.