was like a dream come true. I didn't think it was going to happen. ... I was embarrassed last year. It was my first year. I was more embarrassed than hurt, or worried about the money. I was embarrassed to face my teammates. I apologized to Francona so many times. But it's a lot different for me this year. ... I'm very happy they're counting on me.More from Sexy Lips here.
MLB has decided to strictly enforce its rule about unauthorized people in the dugout during a game. Which means Johnny Pesky will lose his seat on the bench. Theo Epstein admitted: "We've been breaking the rule all along and they told us they were going to strictly enforce it -- heavy fines that progressively get heavier every day he's in the dugout."
Joe Garagiola Jr., senior vice president for baseball operations:
Red Schoendienst is in uniform every night, down on the field, talking to players, hitting infield. But when the game starts, he's sitting upstairs with Walt [Jocketty, the Cardinals GM]. Cardinals fans can say Red Schoendienst is as beloved [as Pesky]. If [Pesky] can be on the bench, why not Schoendienst?I don't care about this one way or the other, but there is a petition you can sign in favour of letting Pesky stay.
Gordon Edes reports from today's game:
Daisuke Matsuzaka has had control issues, especially with his off-speed pitches, bouncing his slider to [left-handed] hitters. He threw 26 pitches in the first inning ... His velocity has consistently been 93-94.Dice's line: 4-2-3-4-7, 82. The Sox lead 6-3 after 4 innings. David Ortiz has homered and both JD Drew and Coco Crisp have two hits.