Brandon Moss, the Red Sox Opener in Japan and Sox’ Sweet 16

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A home run in his first MLB game in the season opener? Are you kidding? Is this every kid’s dream, or what? You had to love Moss’ exuberance in the post-game interviews. This is part of why we love this game, the joy of a childhood game is right there in any game, in some moment, some play, some at-bat.

Moss, a Monroe GA native is listed at 6-0, 205. Bats left, throws right. Came out in the 8th round of 2002 draft. Signed by Rob English. Scouting report notes the fielder has a strong arm, good speed, bats to all fields, and has a good approach at plate.

Watching the Sox opening game in Tokyo, Japan also reminds you of the less innocent nature of the game. The “follow the money” aspect of the MLB. The huge popularity of the game in Japan means there’s money for the league to chase there. Even after they pay the fees to the players, the staff and the managers, there’s gravy on top of that.

Moss was optioned back to Pawtucket, but we probably haven’t seen the last of him. Once again this clutch performance shows the strength of the Red Sox player development system. Maybe it’s time for a Paw Sox road trip.

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The Sox’ Sweet 16

It is Sweet 16 time so we have to defer to that some way – here’s a weird, fun list of 16 facts about the Red Sox. Three examples from the list compiled by Marty Noble. Click here for more.

3. The big league record for successive plate appearances reaching base is 16, established by Ted Williams in September 1957 — two singles, four home runs, nine walks and one hit by pitch.

4. The Red Sox have won 16 AL batting championships, more than any other team, since Williams won his sixth and final title in 1958.

16. The Sox haven’t played a 16-inning game since April Fool’s Day 2003. They defeated the Rays, 9-8, at Tropicana Field that night in the second game of the season. Kevin Millar hit a home run against Jorge Sosa with one out in the 16th. The game was the first of — what else? — 16 extra-inning games the Sox played in 2003.

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Remember Joe Buck’s insensitive comments about “the imports”? Well, you have to give Youk all the credit in the world, he took the impact of the trip to Japan and recognized what it meant to his players from Japan living in the US. I didn’t necessarily expect that and it makes me feel even better about our huge first baseman with the bizarre batting stance. You go, Youk!

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~ by jacqueline1230 on March 28, 2008.

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