How should I start this? Injury updates, game stuff or the big story that is really a non-story. Let’s go with the BSTIRANS.
Let me start by saying that I don’t condone any person that berates or makes fun of anyone of a different race or sexual orientation. That leads me to the Gordon Beckham hubbub. Dod you hear what terrible thing he did? He wrote in the dirt, ‘Getz is gay”. Getz is the KC Royals 2nd baseman, and a former Sox player, who just happens to be good friends with the new Sox 2nd sacker. As the story goes, cameras deciphered the message, forcing Beckham to apologize for not one, but 2 days.
With a failing economy, obesity that is reaching pandemic proportions (No pun intended), and crime rising, why do we draw attention to things like this? Gordon Beckham is as nice and down to earth person as there is. In no way did he mean to offend the homosexual community. He was so good to everyone in past springs, that they assigned AJ Pierzynski to teach him how to say no. Dumb comment, sure, but let’s go after the people that really are hurting others, not some ball player hassling his friend.
And how sure are we that what actually said was offensive? Years ago, gay was used as a word to describe a good, or happy, time. In the ‘Flintstones”, the theme song actually ends with, “You’ll have a gay ole time”. In many old movies, characters would say they had a gay time. Maybe Getz was just having too much for Beckham’s taste. We are so fragile nowadays, we eventually won’t be able to use any words, in jest.
1. Getz is an idiot—-offends me
2. Getz is an ass—–offends people with donkeys
3. Getz is a jerk—– offends fans of Steve Martin’s movie.
4. Getz is a bonehead-offends neurosurgeons
See where I’m going? Let it go! But one question, is saying I need Ben-Gay still ok?
John Danks appears to be on track to rejoining the Sox after the break. He threw a rehab game last night, going 3 innings while allowing 2 home runs. Danks is recovering from a side muscle (oblique) strain. They mean the same thing, to me.
Tony Pena is still having arm problems, so don’t expect to see him for awhile.
Finally, Ramon Castro suffered a broken finger in Saturday’s game against the Twins, and will be out a couple months. Taking his place will be Tyler Flowers. Flowers, arguably the Sox’ top catching prospect, was hitting .261 with 15 home runs and 32 RBI with Charlotte.
The Twins are without Jason Kubel, Justin Morneau, Denard Span & Delmon Young. How do they keep beating the Sox? Yes, the South Siders did beat the Twins on Saturday for the first time this year, but they still lost 3 of 4 overall. One positive, they did break a 9 game home losing streak to to Minnesota.
Mark Buehrle gave up 3 unearned runs, but still needed Alexei Ramirez’ walk off single in the 9th to win 4-3. Ramirez also hit a home run to get the Sox their first run. As free agency creeps ever so closer, I shudder to think of the Sox without their 154 game winner.
For the 2nd straight start, Jake Peavy walked 2 in one inning, and for the 2nd straight start he lost. Peavy looks so good, except for maybe 1-2 batters a game. I wonder what happens? It wouldn’t matter, except the Twins consistently befuddle the Sox. Sox finish their final home stand before the All-Star break 2-5, after falling to the Twins on Sunday, 6-3.
Sox finish the first half 44-48, trailing the Detroit Tigers by 5 full games.
I’m calling my shot. The Sox will win they Central by 3 games.