Heat is On
Greetings from Pennsylvania, where, by the way, Hershey Park is one of the greatest amusement parks I’ve ever gone to. It’s so much better than Disney, where everything is such a production and every ride is a two-hour wait. Hershey has lots of stuff for the kids and us adults. Tons of roller coasters and fun water rides.
Now that I’ve got that out of my system, how about that pennant race. The weather is stifling lately and now, literally, the heat is on the Red Sox. Just a meager half-game separates them from the Yankees entering play on Monday.
Now we will find out what this 2006 Red Sox team is made of. Can Josh Beckett get his act together when the team needs him most? How will Mark Loretta, Coco Crisp, Mike Lowell and the other newbies respond to the pressure of playing in a pennant race in Boston, where every pitch is scrutinized to the Nth degree?
With the Royals coming to town, we’re going to hear plenty about Mientkiewicz. Spare me. He should have never kept that ball. He had as little to do with the Red Sox winning that World Series as any player on the entire roster. He should have given the ball to Foulke, case closed. He should really stop whining about how he was treated after trying to keep a ball that never should have been his. At least his agent had the sense to get the ball into the Hall of Fame.
The Red Sox need to regain their swagger here and flatten the Royals.
Monday update: It might have been 100 degrees at Dutch Wonderland today, a quaint little kids park in Lancaster, PA. And thankfully, they had a water park, where we spent the last two hours of the day. There is NOTHING better than getting splashed by globs of water when it’s 100 degrees out.
I’ll check in soon. Later.