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Post by manfred on Sept 25, 2019 9:00:00 GMT -5
I was never a huge Porcello fan the way I am for Sale or the way I particularly was for Pedro and Clemens (and I'm sure Tiant had I seen him pitch with the Red Sox), but I have a lot of respect for Porcello.
In a way he reminds me of Tim Wakefield. He'd have his flashes of excellence (or in Porcello's case the entirety of 2016), his periods of getting hit like a pinata, but you could always count on him to take the ball and eat up innings. And it was obvious that he cared about being a Red Sox. I have little doubt Porcello would take less to stay with the Red Sox, but I don't think we're going to see the perpetual $4 million roll-over that the Sox had working with Wakefield, but anyways, that's how Porcello reminds me of Wakefield.
Now, of course, he's not a knuckleballer, but rather a smart pitcher who re-invents himself constantly. I think his stuff has diminished, but if anybody can figure out a way to make it work, I would think Porcello would be the guy.
I'll remember Porcello fondly and look forward to seeing him whenever the Red Sox celebrate the 2018 team, which by the way - when a number of us were concerned about the pen going into the playoffs - it was Porcello coming out of the pen in the 8th inning of Game 1 ALDS which calmed my nerves, for whatever reason - which was a surprise to me. Didn't realize I'd feel calm with Porcello coming in to protect a 5-3 8th inning lead - and it was the same feeling in Game 2 of the ALCS when he held Houston in check for Boston's first win of the ALCS.
And it was Porcello, whose reportoire resembled Derek Lowe a bit, who got the clinching win to eliminate the Yankees in the post-season, an honor that only he and D-Lowe share. And of course, I'll always remember the 86 pitch 1 hitter he threw against the Yankees during that 4 game sweep in 2018, too.
Thanks for the memories Rick.
I agree completely... I’m grateful to Porcello for being a solid guy these years. It is best they part, but I hope he can go somewhere and get to 200 wins.