A Year in Review

Well to start off, I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas. Santa brought me some wonderful Red Sox artifacts to decorate my room and car with. I’m pretty sure my room looks like a mini-Red Sox gift shop, which is perfectly fine with me, and not a big surprise to my friends. As far as my car goes, I’m pretty sure people will know who drives it when I park near my school next year (if possible). So if anyone is seeking vengeance on me, all they have to do is look for the Red Sox license plate. And now, to salvage the lack of baseball, I have the amazing 2007 Red Sox playoff run (and special moments). That might be able to carry me through to Spring Training (or at least another week to it). 

Anyway, when I was on the Sox site yesterday, Aiden Gonzalez posted a nice Red Sox Year in Review type article highlighting the major events of each month. Here are some of my favorite memories from each month of 2008.
January:
I’m pretty sure it was January when the Sox were in the Johan Santana sweepstakes with the Mets. I was so nervous during that because I really didn’t want Johan Santana. Sure he’s an incredible pitcher and what not, but we would’ve had to give up guys like Jon Lester, Justin Masterson and Jacoby Ellsbury. Think about how much that would’ve changed the season without those guys! Lester wouldn’t have become the ace of the Red Sox, there wouldn’t have been that beautiful no-no on May 19; Justin Masterson wouldn’t have been able to give the Red Sox life in the late innings of the tight playoff games; and we wouldn’t have the future star center fielder on the Red Sox, who makes incredible catches almost on a daily basis, and can steal any time. 
February:
The Sox signed Youkilis to that one year $3 million dollar deal during this month. That was a relief for sure seeing that he finished third in the MVP voting, batted an incredible .312, and was so helpful when he showed his versatility when he moved to third base. I sure hope that the Sox can sign him to a long term contract. 
Also, one of the most important men during every game, Terry Francona, received a three-year contract extension with options for the next two years. 
During this month the Sox also signed the good guy Sean Casey, who gave us laughs when he tripped over second base, then crawled back; Bobby Kielty, who made an incredible catch during one of the Spring Training games I was at; and Bartolo Colon, who wasn’t much of a help at all. 
March:
The beautiful Spring Training month, in which I was lucky enough to go to two glorious games at City of Palms Park. I met some really great people, and after the games, I would walk down to the player’s parking lot to try and get an autograph. I only got one, but I ran out into the middle of the street to stop Jed Lowrie’s car! It was at these Spring Training games that I knew that Jed Lowrie would come up and be a great help to the Red Sox. It was also at the first Spring Training game I went to that Beckett first started having back spasms. 
April
Tokyo Dome.jpg
One word: Japan! Those games were not at the most convenient times. I made the mistake of getting up at 5:30 am because I thought there would be pre-game. Apparently not. I remember the first game perfectly, at school we had assembly, but a few of my friends and I were sitting in the very back on my friend Nick’s iPhone, watching Game Day very intensly. We had to hush ourselves when Brandon Moss hit the home run and when Manny Ramirez hit the double. Then, we all ran to the closest room with cable (conveniently my next classroom) and watched the game. I led the five minute rebellion in which I refused to let class begin until the last out was recorded. 
A couple of good games I was reminded of while reading this article was the ninth inning go-ahead home run in Clevland by Manny, battling back from five runs to beat the Rangers 6-5, and Youk’s walk off single that ended Roy Halladay’s shutout. 
One thing I remember quite vividly was when David Ortiz came up with the bases loaded in that Rangers game, and I called it. I knew he would come out of the slump right then and there, placement and everything.
May
Jon Lester.jpg
Where to begin but Lester’s beautiful no hitter against the Royals on May 19? I was studying for my finals (while watching the game of course) but when I realized it in the seventh inning, I put the books away, to see one of the most beautiful performances of the year. The Sox won on my birthday in a late West Coast game (which I stayed up for of course even though I had finals the next day), and Manny hit number 500 at my little get together with some friends. 
June
Coco Crisp Fight.jpg
I was away for the last half of June at camp, but I was able to see Jacoby break the rookie record for steals, and see half of JD Drew’s incredible month, and of course most memorably, the Coco Crisp fight. I had seen things get heated the night before, with Iwamura, and I knew that as soon as Shields hit Coco (purposefully of course) that Coco would go after him. 
July
We all saw Josh Hamilton’s memorable Home Run Derby which was absolutely incredible. And we all saw the All-Star game, appropriately at Yankee Stadium. Did any of you get to go? It was so nice to see JD Drew be named the MVP of the All-Star game for helping to lead the American League to victory. Probably the saddest part of July for me, was the Manny Ramirez trade. I was upset at him for being a d-bag the past couple of weeks, but I still loved him to death. He still waved to me at Fenway Park, and he was still Manny! I found out when I arrived at my cousin’s house in Delaware, I didn’t cry though– I was in shock, and I realized that it had kind of been inevitable. 
August
Jason Bay.jpg
I came to love Jason Bay. I remember the walk-off run he scored in his first game, and the home run he hit in his second.He
was really a team player and I loved that about him. I hope the Sox sign him to a long contract. The injuries hit hard this month: Lowell, Drew, Wakefield (even though it was the best month of the season), and Lester got AL Pitcher of the Month honors.
September
My favorite part of this month was September 15. My father and I took the second half of the day off, drove four and a half hours to Tampa to see the Red Sox and Rays. It was nice to see the Red Sox win. What I found funny is that upon walking in, Sweet Caroline was playing! So of course the cluster of Red Sox fans were belting Sweet Caroline! We got back at 3 in the morning, and I had to take a Geometry test the next day. It was all worth it though. 
On September 23, a win against the Indians, the Sox assured themselves a playoff spot, which is always special to watch, and even though we didn’t win the division, the Wild Card was just as good. 
October
JD Drew.jpg
“There’s only one October!” as October Gonzo puts it. This was the month I joined MLBlogs, and I’m sure glad that I did. I’ve met so many great people (more on that next entry). One of my favorite parts of the year, the high stress playoffs! I was in the Bahamas with my friend for the first two games, but luckily we got the games in our room, so I was up late watching them of course. I remember I fell asleep during Game 3 with a broom, and watching the magical Game 4. Jason Varitek making that beautiful play down the third base line, the suicide squeeze, Jed’s walk-off single, and Jason Bay sliding into home! That was so exciting.
The ALCS was even more stressful. Dice-K pitched beautifully at the Trop in Game 1, but it went downhill during Games 2-4. I was so scared during Game 5, especially when it was 7-0. But as soon as Pedroia got that first RBI, I knew. And we all know the miracle that happened. Game 7 was somewhat of a disappointment, but it was still a beautiful season. 
November
Pedroia snagged a couple of awards: a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger, and the AL MVP Honors. A great first two seasons for him. Coco Crisp was also dealt to the Royals, and I miss his feistiness, but I think we all knew that Jacoby is the future. The Sox also picked up Wake’s option, and signed Wes Littleton. Jacoby Ellsbury finished third in ROY voting, and Francona finished fourth in the manager of the year award. 
December
Pedroia got his six year contract extension, which was a very happy day in RSN seeing that Pedroia essentially “embodies a Red Sox player” as Epstein put it, and Junichi Tazawa was signed. 
It was a great year for the Red Sox, and I hope 2009 is as well! 

11 Comments

I’m glad you had a great Christmas Elizabeth! I got lots of Red Sox “stuff” also. I loved your year in review! Didn’t you love JD’s comments after winning the MVP at the All Star Game – Well, I couldn’t tell if they were saying “Drew” or “Boo”! Classy fans. Here’s to 2009 season full of just as great memories and a Championship Ring!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Very nice year in review and even better personalized!
tom
http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

Elizabeth, what do you think the Red Sox will do about the catching situation? Taylor Teagarden, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, or Varitek? what would you want the Red Sox to do?

Great post, Elizabeth. Maybe you should be the one writing a book about your team’s season! You hit all the big moments with just the right personal touch.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Bay is nice hitter. Short and compact swing, likes to hit it into the gaps. He really knows what he is doing at the plate. Whats even cooler, is the fact that he Canadian, and is going to kill it in the World Baseball Classic. Great post, and I forgot all about that Tokyo game.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Great entry! I was at J-Bay’s first, second, and third game as a Red Sox. When he scored the place rocked! The next game when he got up he got a standing ovation.

Bigpapi72, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

Hey Elizabeth!!!
2008 was a good year for Red Sox Nation, even though they fell short on winning the World Series. 2009 is going to be interesting. With the defending AL champs in the Rays, and now the Yankees reloading, I have said all along that the AL East is the best division in the Majors. Happy New Year!!!

-Thrilla

Great memories! It was a pretty good year for baseball. Happy New Year!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Hi, Elizabeth …

It’s great to see that you had a Very Happy Christmas, receiving many great “Red Sox” gifts !!! … Also, an awesome “post” on the Red Sox and Baseball “2008 Year In Review” !!! … The highlights from your list, that I also enjoyed the most during the 2008 Baseball Season, are: * Watching the two Red Sox/A’s games from Japan, that opened the baseball season … It was a great feeling to watch those games early in the morning, and a perfect way to start the season … Early morning “coffee, bagels, and baseball” !!! … Now, I don’t think it gets any more perfect than that !!! … * The awesome “power display” by Josh Hamilton in the Homerun Derby at Yankee Stadium the day before the All-Star Game was an amazing performance to see … And, of course, the American League winning the All-Star Game [again] was another great moment in 2008 !!! … * Elizabeth, I know Manny was your favorite player; but, I think, bringing Jason Bay to Boston in that deal, was a great move, and in the long-run, Bay will be very valuable to the Red Sox over at least the next five years … * October, 2008, the month you joined the awesome mlblogging community here at mlb.com … Elizabeth, it’s great to have you and your mlblog part of this great baseball community !!! … Also, the Red Sox had a great year in 2008 … It will be fun in 2009, and in future years, to watch all the games between the Yankees and Red Sox, the greatest rivalry in baseball history, and all sports !!! … Take care, Elizabeth !!! … Enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] … http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Lester’s no-hitter was AMAZING. And it’s really nice to hear that Dustin Pedroia signed his six-year contract. Red Sox were great in 2008. Happy new year!

http://hyunyoung.mlblogs.com

Not a hardcore Red Sox fan, but the thing I’ll remember most about 2008 is the departure of Manny Ramirez and the acquisition of Bay, a very good move on the Sox’ part, in my opinion. The Coco Crisp fight was also something fun, too. :-)
http://theconsumptionof.mlblogs.com

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