I know it means nothing, especially given the two teams have identical records and the only reason they aren’t listed in last place is because B comes before N in the alphabet, but there is something psychologically soothing about seeing “Boston” above “NY Yankees” instead of anchoring the American League East in last place. I’ll take it.
This has been a fun run. I still am a little sore that Jonathan Papelbon got a save against the Sox but if that was the price we had to pay for the team to leave Philly with the series win I guess I’ll have to get over that. The Baltimore Orioles are another story. I actually really like the Orioles. I mean REALLY like them. If there was ever a reason I had to choose a new team (say if the Red Sox brought Brett Myers on or if Rick Pitino decided he had enough of basketball and wanted to give managing a baseball team a shot and the Sox said “Come on over!”) it would be the Orioles. But when the Red Sox play the Orioles I might dislike them even more than the Rays (never more than the Yankees). They drive me crazy. I want them to lose and lose hard. So last night didn’t exactly start the way I was hoping.
I was out of television range for the first two hours of the game. Fortunately, I could check the progress on my phone and I kept switching between the Red Sox and the Celtics and I’m being honest when I say at one point I completely shut down my phone so I wouldn’t be tempted to look at the scores and get worked up. Such different emotions from the beginning stages of both those game to the end stages, huh?
After seeing that Clay walked in two runs it was sweet schadenfreude to read that the Orioles balked in the tie-breaking run. Hooray for balks being called on the other guy! And kudos to Will Middlebrooks for instigating it over on third base. Reminded me of Coco Crisp. I was at a game in Baltimore in 2007 where Coco was similarly jiggy on third and caused Daniel Cabrera to balk in a run ~ which then caused Cabrera to lose his mind and throw at Dustin Pedroia’s head which caused a benches clearing shoving match. Good times, good times.
The Red Sox are .500 in the standings and 10-10 in the month of May. Not often do we celebrate mediocrity but when you consider they got to this point by winning 9 out oft heir last 12 games instead of identifying the team as mediocre we can now consider them on a roll.