Something to build on
Mark April 17 down as the first true character win for the 2006 Red Sox. Every team with championship aspirations needs games like this to bring them together. If there could be a qualm with the first 12 games of the season, it was that the Sox were too dependent on 3 men — Schilling, Beckett and Papelbon.
This was one of those great wins where it seems like everyone who got in the game did something for the cause. Youkilis legging out the infield hit in the ninth was huge. And Loretta was in the catbird’s seat with Ortiz lurking in the on deck circle. He worked the count to 2-0 and then crushed it. Ballgame.
Loretta needed a hit like that to get him going. Another underrated development today was Manny crushing two balls, though he didn’t get a home run to show for either one. This might not exactly be going out on a limb, but I really think Papi is going to hit 50 this year.
Anyway, I had a good couple of days off, but i’m looking forward to getting back to Fenway tomorrow.