How much fun was that to watch last night? As a sports writer or sports spectator, there is nothing more enjoyable to watch then a master at work. That’s how I used to feel when Pedro was on the mound. That’s what it felt like with Daisuke last night.
The amazing thing was Varitek saying after the game that Dice-K had great command of his cutter, but he sensed in the bullpen that a lot of the other pitches weren’t working. he’s going to pitch complete game masterpieces when he only has one or two pitches working? That’s going to be interesting. And it’s sort of a depressing thought for opposing hitters. Jim Leyland, who doesn’t toss praise around loosely, was impressed.
The real star athletes always seem to elevate their level when the crowd gets electric behind them. And I suppose it takes a star to generate such electricity. You saw that in the ninth last night with the crowd basically standing on every pitch.
It seems like all of a sudden, Dice-K is getting it. He’s getting the type of workout routine that works for him. More running,less weights. He’s getting used to gripping the bigger baseball. He’s making do with a smaller strike zone.
The Red Sox are just rolling in every possible way right now. The offense is hardly dominant, but they always seem to get that hit when they need it. And it has to be so much less taxing for an offense when the starting pitching is getting it done basically every night. And the bullpen is getting so much rest thanks to the starters.
Sure, the Sox got off to a great start last year. But didn’t you always see the flaws in that team? This team looks loaded, and you feel that "winning vibe" in the clubhouse that I never felt as much last year. The ’03-04 teams had a special feel from a chemistry standpoint, and I think these guys are starting to get that.
Hopefully we’ll get more of an update on Beckett today, and whether he can make his next start. The way things are going for this team right now, Snyder will step in and allow two runs over seven innings.
I’ll talk to you later,