Today Brad Penny made his Red Sox debut. Penny, a 16-game winner with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 and 2007, pitched a quality six innings of work allowing three earned runs to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the team with the most absurd name in Major League Baseball. The significance of this for Penny is unparalleled. Last season with the Dodgers, shoulder
issues sidelined him multiple times during the season on his way to a 6-9 record. Recognizing his potential, the Red Sox offered him a low-risk, incentive laden contract for the 2009 season. The Red Sox have one of the most recognized pitching staffs and shoulder work programs in the majors, and Penny has regained his old form, hitting 95 mph on the radar gun several times today while striking out two and only throwing 86 pitches.
If Penny can continue to work on locating his pitches, he has a great chance at winning 15 games for Boston as the fifth starter in the rotation. his pitch count today was low as well, a good sign for Penny’s efficiency.
I would now like to introduce baseball fans to Bayhem. With the Red Sox down 3-2 today in the seventh innning, Jason Bay hit a 2-run homer to put the sox on top. This is considered by my friend Nick Parson and myself to be BAYHEM. Notice the play on words (mayhem). However, Bay’s wordplay extends to other extra-base adventures. Anything less than a homer that knocks in some runs for the Sox is considered Baynia. This is a video I took of some Baynia at Fenway Park during the Red Sox game on 4/7/09/:
As I write this, there is more BAYHEMMMMM!! 2nd homer today for Jason Bay at 6:37 pm to put the sox up 5-3 going into the bottom of the 9th. He may be my favorite Canadian athlete of all time.