As we dwell in the melancholy of the past year, there is much to be pondered, and much to be proud of. The 365 days that comprised 2010 took Red Sox fans on quite a rollercoaster ride of hills and valleys that started with media-pumped optimism, and ended with a lackluster ending of the 3rd spot in our American League East.
After a tough game yesterday in Minneapolis, the Sox came home last night to cold, raw temps and the possibility of rain and snow for Friday night’s game. What would’ve been a 190th win for veteran pitcher Tim Wakefield, in his 16th year in the major leagues….turned-out to be a shutout win for the Twins, and a disaster for the Sox.
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The series at home (Fenway) against the 1st place in Central AL division Detroit Tigers went well until I got to the park on Thursday afternoon for game 4 of the series. Did not have that spring in my step when I walked into the park that afternoon when I heard the lineup. Drew, Pedroia, and Varitek not playing – and Youkilis on suspension. (After he tackled Porcello near the mound upon being hit-again!)
The Sox were shutout of the game that day with a 0-2 loss in game 4…no sweep.
Onto Texas, fingers crossed and prayers muttered throughout game 1 in the uber-important series against our closest rival for the AL Wild Card race. Lester pitched a decent game (aside from 1st inning) 11K, but not much going on bat-wise until late in the game. The bats woke up in a huge way (Ortiz,Varitek,Ellsbury,Pedroia,Martinez,Bay and Drew) to miraculously end the game at 8-4 Sox !! Very impressive teamwork.
I won’t even discuss the ridiculous decision Tito made to insert Buchholz in as pinch runner for my Captain on 2nd, and his subsiquent hesitation and debocle running home that almost cost us the game !!!!!! Focus … Terry … Focus.
Boston Red Sox are now 1.5 games up over the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card Race, and in 2nd place in the AL East behind the New York Yankees. Have faith.
– fenway fruitgirl