...were those major league pitchers I saw you with last night?
Those were no major league pitchers, those were the Red Sox!
Yes, I know-that's harsh. But you can't keep playing this game of chicken and expect the Sox' bats to rise to the occasion every time-you came up with five runs last time, lets' see if you can come up with seven runs this time. Ummm, guys? Twelve run innings don't happen every day, you know. At some point, it would be nice if the lineup were working with a lead early on. If anybody does know where the 2008 Jon Lester is hanging out, would you please give him Tito's number? And we haven't seen the 2007 Josh Beckett in, hey, ages now. Do you suppose he got lost? He's supposed to pitch this afternoon. I hope we can find him...and while I don't expect to ever see the 2007 Brad Penny again, I'll settle for the guy who showed up the past couple of games. Let's keep our fingers crossed that those weren't just broken clock territory.
Sad state of affairs when the best guys in your rotation are a toddler and a guy waiting to hear about his Medicare application.
It may seem like I'm OCD on this subject, but I can't help it. It's my nature to fret. If the Sox really want to go anywhere this year, they have to shore up their starting pitching. Period. Guys you expected to rely on have to start coming through (yes, I'm looking at you, Josh and Jon). Hitting may keep them in games, and may even get them to a playoff spot-or maybe not. Good pitching will for sure. Just ask the Rays (and the '04 Red Sox).
On to better stuff. There are two guys who are in the business of making me look like an ass, and one of them is Theo Epstein. (The other, of course, is Barack Obama. Remember me stewing and fretting that he was letting the election slide away from him by not being aggressive enough, or that he wasn't pushing back hard enough on GOP jackasses who were trying to derail the stimulus? Nevermind now.) While I'll never say I wasn't a fan of Jason Bay's-he's loaded with that Tedy Bruschi workaday character that makes him very appealing-I didn't think he was an adequate Manny substitute. Of course, it's early yet, but so far I'm having to eat my words on that score, and I'm likin' 'em. The thought crossed my mind yesterday, after Lester let eight runs score, that Jason Bay would hit a home run and it would all be ok. Of course it wasn't, but that's not the point-I remember having exactly that same thought about Manny Ramirez in 2001. It's far too early to compare Bay's tenure in Boston to Manny's-in fact, it may be over after this year-but, as I switch to "live for the moment" mode, I couldn't be happier. Especially when I don't have to defend any weird behavior. You go, Jason!
More good karma to Papi, although frankly I'm expecting to see him land on the DL any day now. He just looks...lost. Not himself. But, I remember when Adam Vinatieri went through a tough stretch in 2002-after that sparkling 2001 playoff run-and one of the commentators noted, "Yes, he's hit a rough patch, but he's got the longest leash in the NFL right now." Same with Papi. He's earned the right to muddle through. I certainly haven't felt that way about all of the guys Tito has treated with kid gloves over the years, but this is different. We're talking about a legend here.
Sunday afternoon game today. While the Mother's Day Miracle a couple of years ago was exciting, I'd prefer a Mother's Day Smackdown of the Rays today. With nemesis Matt Garza on the mound, however, that will be very difficult to accomplish...
GO SOX!!!!!! GO JOSH!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!