Playing out the string
Three weeks of baseball left, and the Red Sox are basically in the position of playing out the string. How odd is this? How could anyone have predicted they’d be in this situation?
Considering that the Patriots open up today in Foxboro, this Red Sox-Royals game feels like the most irrelevant game i’ve covered since I started this beat in 2002. I was lucky to have four highly eventful years, and this season is closing out like a train wreck. Five losses in a row to the Kansas City Royals? At least they snapped out of it today.
Julian Tavarez is fun to watch when he’s on his game, isn’t he? And Big Papi launched one for the first time since his two-day stay at Mass. General. Just two more homers and Ortiz ties Double-X for the team record. It would be nice to see him hit No. 51 at Fenway, but i’m thinking he gets it at Yankee Stadium.
After the game, as I was finishing my gamestory, I couldn’t help but look down on the field, where Theo Epstein was taking part in batting practice in what was apparently an event involving his charity, A Foundation to be Named Later. His performance included a lot of infield grounders, but also a couple of basehits to left and left-center. I can see why he didn’t break any baseball records at Brookline High. But it should also be noted that Theo did help pick up the baseballs after his round was over.
Feel free to chime in with Patriots game thoughts on today’s blog. Who’d have thunk they would have won the game on a safety by Ty Warren.