The Second Game In Town
Aside from Patriots’ Sundays, there have been very few times over the past few years that a Red Sox game at Fenway Park can be looked at as the second game in town. But let’s face it, all the attention is on the team in Green, as it should be.
Big, big game over at the TD Bank tonight. I kind of wish I was there to be honest with you, but being here isn’t so bad either.
Dice-K is taking the ball here on 11 days rest. Thus far, he’s looked sharp, though as the esteemed colleague to my right said, this Toronto offense hasn’t exactly been on their game lately.
Very quiet pre-game here at Fenway. Bryan Corey has elected to stay in the organization after clearing waivers. He’ll report to Pawtucket. Drew and Ellsbury are both day-to-day, leaving Lugo as the only option should one of the starting outfielders get hurt.
How big a breakthrough did Lester make last night? We’ll find out on Sunday, when he chucks again against Tampa Bay. Young, talented pitchers are always capable of the gems here and there, but it’s when the consistency starts happening that you have a pitcher taking his game to the next level. He’ll be facing Kazmir in the 2008 debut of the highly talented Tampa Bay lefty, who has been on the disabled list.
The Red Sox went into this game without an extra base hit in 33 consecutive innings. Is that really possible?
And I would love to hear from anyone who was at Boston’s last 1-0 walkoff victory, won on a homer by Dave Stapleton in the bottom of the 10th on July 18, 1980.
Remember good old Stape? He did an above average job defensively at all four infield positions. That’s impressive. While he’s remembered as the guy who should have been inserted for Bill Buckner in the bottom of the 10th inning at Shea in Game 6 of ’86, I remember how versatile he was. I also remember that completely upright batting stance he had. And I also remember how his batting average went down each season he was in the Majors:
Check it out:
We haven’t had this much good Dave Stapleton talk in a while. Tomorrow, we should break down Glenn Hoffman. Does anyone remember Ed Jurak?
On that note, I’ll be back.