Kevin Duggan -

It was a tough weekend for Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard and Sox fans everywhere, after Bard was chased from Sunday’s game against Toronto during the second inning.  Bard surrendered only one hit during the appearance but gave up six walks, including two hit batters, and a home run which led to the Blue Jays scoring three runs in the first inning and two more in the second.

Bard has always battled control problems but has also shown at times that he can be a force out on the mound with his fastball.  Here are five songs to help him get past this not-so-memorable weekend.

Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild

Bard’s control issues have always been a problem, but sometimes you have to just be yourself, and Bard was definitely born to be wild.

Elvis Presley – All Shook Up

This sums up Bard’s feelings pretty well.  Toronto got to him early and took away his confidence,which never ends well for a young pitcher.

Bill Withers – Lean On Me

This isn’t the first time Bard has struggled out on the mound and it won’t be the last.  Let’s hope that his teammates and fans will be able to get him out of this slump and back to being the fireball hurler we know he can be.

The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Who knows, maybe this could become a turning point for Bard.  We saw Beckett face similar struggles earlier this season, but after being criticized by fans and reporters, he has turned it around and gone back to being the Beckett of old.

Bob Seger – Turn the Page

If there is one piece of advice that Bard needs to hear it’s this: forget about it!  Bard and the Sox need to put this miserable game behind them and move on.  Let’s hope he looks better in his next few starts.


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