No one-hit wonder
That was an incredible performance by Curt Schilling. But the agony of it all, giving up a hit with two outs in the ninth. And congratulations to Schilling for reacting with complete class and having a big smile on his face over a victory his team desperately needed.
"We needed a win more than anything today," Schilling said to NESN’s Tina Cervasio immediately following the game.
And he’s right. A 1-0 win ends the four-game losing streak. Who would have thought a Big Papi solo shot in the first inning would make all the difference?
More on the near no-hitter later. http://www.38pitches.com should be a great read. I wonder if the Red Sox are going to start revving up those extension talks with Schilling soon.
It was an interesting day for Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, who was trying to get ready for the draft and watch a no-hitter in progress all at once. Here’s what Theo had to say about the odd juxtaposition:
“It was an interesting day. This is the one day where
none of us really get to see the big league game. We were all in the draft room
and we had the game on outside the room and kept kind of poking our head out
and getting updates and trying not to jinx things. It was funny because the
ninth inning came around right when the 55th pick was about to be selected. We
were trying to do two things at once. We actually closed the door to the draft
room with one out in the ninth inning and asked people not to make noise
outside no matter what happened in the big league game. We actually saw the
basehit right before we selected. It was great to be able to see our club win
and than have two guys we weren’t sure would be at our pick get there at 55 and
62. All in all, it was a good day."
Speaking of the draft, you know this Red Sox regime doesn’t worry a whole lot about karma when they take a shortstop named Dent with their second pick. Fear not, Sox Nationers. From all the research I’ve done, Ryan Dent has no relation to Bucky Bleep. And he also has far better speed than Bucky Bleep.
On that note, my car service will be arriving at my house in five short hours, and than it’s off to Phoenix. I’ll catch up with you all from the desert.