The action of Lactose Intolerance occurs when the human body is unable to produce the enzyme lactase. People with this condition are not able to eat dairy products and food dishes that contain heavy amounts of milk. One dish in mind that would make this type of persons stomach encounter in sorts of discomforting pain would be Alfredo pasta. This particular dish has taken on a human form the last couple months in Boston with their closer Alfredo Aceves as he has been a guided missile full of milk and cheese that has blown up inside the stomachs of his manager and teammates.
When the sox took the field in April down in Fort Myers Florida they intended on having Aceves fulfill dire needs as either a back end of the rotation guy or a vital jack of all trades role that he excelled in last season. Relying on him to shut the door in the 9th inning was not on this list of possible roles until their expected closer in newly acquired Andrew Bailey developed a thumb problem that would put him on the shelf for the foreseeable future. When this unfortunate event occurred, Aceves name was immediately tossed into the conversations as a formidable alternative for the closing job. On opening day eve he was anointed the ingloriously stressful position as Boston’s closer for the indefinite future. His first week on the job was not one to remember as he was lit up in every which way by opposing batters sporting an ugly line of 3+ Innings pitched, 8 Earned Runs, 6Hits, 4 walks and 2 blown saves. Performances like this were not going to be accepted on a regular basis by Bobby Valentine and more importantly the devoted Red Sox Nation. Luckily for Aceves things turned around in dramatic fashion as he converted 17 of his next 20 save opportunities from May 4th through July 29th. Then came the month of August….. He has been anything but the reliable power arm that has supplied this team with so many valuable innings in the last two seasons posting a disastrous 10.64 ERA in 14 appearances blowing three of his six save chances. The 29 year old native of Mexico has made his frustrations all too visible as of late getting himself suspended for three games after contributing “conduct that was detrimental to the team” according to his manager Bobby Valentine. His welcome back party was most certainly spoiled in last night’s outing as he surrendering a 5-4 lead by giving up two runs in the bottom of the 9th leading to a disappointing L in the loss column for his struggling ball club. Andrew Baileys emergence since his return from the DL (6 scoreless outings in 7 appearances) has done nothing but put added pressure on a guy that has done so well with that element in years past. Coming into this season the guy had a glistening 24-3 win-loss record and 164 SO’s in 240 innings of work in his entire 5 year career as a setup man, middle reliever and spot starter. I do not think he is the long term answer as a closer for this ball club, but his value to that bullpen should not be taken lightly. He has a mid to high 90’s fastball that he can blow by hitters and above average breaking stuff that he mixes well throwing for strikes. Being a guy that consistently set up in the 7thand 8th innings is a valuable commodity that the majority of teams around the league struggle to find. Aceves has proven in his major league career that he can be that coveted guy which I hope for his sake is the role that he will be placed back into for the 2013 season. The fire, attitude and outgoing personality he has is one that cannot be taught and many players can learn a lot from watching this guy on an everyday basis. The effort he has put forth in this mess of a season cannot go unnoticed. His results however have not been ideal for him to be given the chance to close games from here on out. Consider this Alfredo dish one that has ruined one too many weak stomachs to remain as the closer for the Boston Red Sox.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.