Back in Baltimore
It feels a little strange to be back in Baltimore. Last time we were here — back in late May and early June — Manny Ramirez belted home run No. 500, a truly majestic shot.
That night, you couldn’t imagine Manny being happier anywhere than at that very moment, wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform.
Back here tonight, his successor Jason Bay clocked two homers high and far into the Baltimore night.
Last time we were here, J.D. Drew had vertigo. The series ended with Drew embarking on his most torrid month as a member of the Red Sox.
Back here tonight, Drew’s back is the problem, as he had to miss the game. Maybe he will rebound as strongly from the back as he did vertigo.
Last time we were here, Jason Varitek was having a highly normal season offensively.
Back here tonight, the captain came in with truly horrific numbers. But tonight, he smoked a home run on to Eutaw Street that, who knows, maybe is the start of something.
Last time we were here, David Ortiz had just torn that tendon sheath in his left wrist and would be lost to the Red Sox for nearly two months.
Back here tonight, the big man is back in the saddle and perhaps very close to getting in a groove.
Last time we were here, Rob Bradford was a key member of the Boston Herald.
Back here tonight, Rob made his writing debut for WEEI.com, where he is not just a tireless reporter but also the site editor. I expect that website will be a must visit for Boston sports fans, considering that Rob has added writers like Michael Felger, Ron Borges and the highly-underrated Alex Speier, who made his debut with a terrific and extensive piece on the man of the hour — Jason Bay. Also, frequent MLB.com contributor Mike Petraglia will be blogging for the website, and Mike virtually covers every major sporting event in Boston.
Good luck to Rob and his crew. I’ve already bookmarked that sucker.
Also, the Red Sox continue to call Josh Beckett their ace but Jon Lester continues to pitch like the ace. What would your rotation be in a potential Division Series? I’m curious.