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Josh Beckett Dominates!! | April 7, 2009

The Red sox opened their season today. The weather was fine and Fenway looked great. The festivities started with a touching moment when Ted Kennedy threw out the first ball to Jim Rice. Both are Hall of Famers in their respective games and belong in the Pantheon of Boston greats!

When the game got down to business, so did the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia got things going early with a home run in the first inning. Beckett rang up ten strikeouts in seven innings while giving up only 2 hits in a quick 93 pitches. Jason Varitek hit his first homer, the team struck out 14 Rays and Jonathan Papelbon finished with a 1-2-3 inning! After the Yankees abysmal opener and the Sox knocking off their other significant AL East rival, at least for tonight, all is right with the world!! With any luck, the question will be, whether the Yankees or Orioles can beat the Rays for the Wild Card slot.

1 Comment »

  1. Who will have a better second half of the season- Josh Beckett or Felix Hernandez?

    Comment by kareena — May 12, 2012 @ 11:49 am

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Mr Thaler is currently the Managing Partner of Lieutenant Island Partners, an organization providing corporate finance advice and general consulting to corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Mr Thaler retired as Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank Securities in early 2008. His background includes experience as an investment banker, senior manager, business builder, college professor, not for profit board chair and trustee. In his thirty plus years as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, he has been involved in numerous significant debt and equity financings, mergers & acquisitions, leverage buyouts, restructurings and cross border transactions. Of particular note, Mr Thaler has been one of the most active participants and strategic advisors to the homebuilding industry. In a period of significant turmoil and losses, he was one of the few active bankers to the industry who did not have either a loss or credit write down. He is currently advising several public builders on strategic matters and is an adjunct professor of finance at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Though he lives in New York, he is a life long Red Sox fan!







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