Well, that time has come, and Julio Lugo is no longer a member of the Boston Red Sox. He was designated for assignment by the club, to be traded or released within the next ten days (retroactive to last Friday), and seeing as he has sucked away money and time from the team for the past 2-1/2 seasons, his departure is a long awaited respite from sucking. With the absence of Lugo, Lowrie was added back to the roster and hit a bomb in his first game as he continues to rehab his knee and wrist. Of course, this means that we add him to Nick Green, who has sucked a lot less than Lugo, Renteria or anyone else since Nomar was good in 2002 (except Alex Gonzalez, who was awesome). I’m not going to miss him, or his errors, inability to turn a DP, or ability to kill a rally. It’ll be great when the Sox get back to Fenway so that I can bask in the glow of a Lugoless ballclub.
Have I mentioned lately that I hate it when the Sox are on the road, especially in Canada? They can never seem to get it together up there, this time losing two of three to the fourth place Blue Jays and falling to just one game ahead of the Yanks in the division. Yesterday was a Roy Halladay game, one where Jon Lester pitched well enough to get the win but came up against the hopefully NL bound buzzsaw known as Doc Halladay. It was vintage Roy, a complete game (so there is no hope of getting to him by beating the bullpen), with no walks (low pitch count) and six K’s (usually at the most inopportune time for the Sox). But at least the rumor mill today indicates that the Phillies are the most likely destination for Halladay, giving them the odds on chance of being the NL team that loses to the Sox in the World Series.
Tonight the Sox get to Texas, where the Rangers have been a surprise but have been sucking lately. Let’s jump on that like Quagmire on a sleeping teenager.