Deep In the Heart of Texas
Yes, I’m in Houston. I’m out here in the country working on my southern accent. Guess what I had for lunch today? Texas-style BBQ? Mexican, perhaps? Wrong, and wrong.
Sushi. Yes, I’ll eat sushi anywhere, just ask Rob Bradford — my partner in sushi crime. We found a good spot today. OK, it wasn’t quite Japan sushi, or even California, Seattle, Fort Myers, New York or Boston, but still, it was pretty good.
This is a great stadium, one of the finer new facilities in baseball. I love that hill in center field right in front of the 436-foot mark. Forget about climbing the Rocky steps in Philly. I want to climb that hill and run down and see if I can do it without falling.
Dice-K was on
the hill, and I know everyone was curious to see what he will bring
after the disaster of six days ago. Some of that curiosity ended in the
first inning when Matsuzaka struck out the side. Overall, the Dice-Man had it gong, giving up two hits and no runs over five innings.
J.D. Drew continues to do his best Yaz ’67 en fuego impersonation. He just launched another drive, high and deep to right. Three-run blast. Drew now has 11 homers in June, which, as you may recall, marks the amount of homers he hit in his entire first season in Boston.
Highlight of the game so far was the bottom of the seventh inning, when they cranked out the song “DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS”. One unnamed Boston writer clapped and sang along, while another said, “This is enough to make you vomit.” Good time had by all.
As, I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Coco Crisp suspension came down — reduced to five games. And what a shock that it neatly coincides that he will miss all three Red Sox-Rays games at the Trop.
In other news, Mike Timlin had his first rehab outing without a hitch on Thursday in Pawtucket and will toe the slab again on Thursday. Timlin is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 4 at Yankee Stadium.
Big Papi David Ortiz is here with the Red Sox, but still taking just light swings off the tee. No word yet on when he will advance to more aggressive cuts. Big Bart, as I like to call Bartolo Colon, is also with the team, but he hasn’t been cleared to start throwing yet.