Back to the scene of their glory
Here we are, back at Coors Field, and Jon Lester is starting, just like he was when last we left this place.
Yes, that was Oct. 28, 2007, the night the Red Sox won their second World Series in four years by sweeping the Rockies.
Still here from that squad? Jacoby Ellsbury (DL), J.D. Drew, Dustin Pedroia, Manny Delcarmen, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell, Lester, Jason Varitek, David Ortiz, Hideki Okajima, Tim Wakefield and Jonathan Papelbon.
Being back where they won it all, you wonder if maybe the Red Sox are starting to build the scrapbook of another championship season.
Consider how they got to this point — a half-game back entering tonight. They’ve had one win from Josh Beckett, they’ve gotten just nine games from leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury and barely anything from their starting center fielder Mike Cameron, who is building his health back a little bit more each week.
They overcame an 11-14 start and have the best record in baseball since April 20.
The Red Sox are riding a wave just when New Englanders need them to be. Yes, fans were stung by a certain basketball team coming up short in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. But it could be a memorable summer in progress here, with what coudl be an epic three-team race between the Rays, Yankees and Sox.