It’s tough in the middle of a tough loss — especially when a win seemed within reach for the first seven innings or so — to keep one’s perspective.
In the end, it’s one loss with 161 games to go. If Jon Lester has an 8.84 ERA in September, the Red Sox won’t be going anywhere near the postseason. Thankfully, that possibility seems quite remote.
To summarize: The offense looked pretty good, the defense looked solid, and even Lester looked like he was more the victim of bad luck than bad pitching. The Bard meltdown was the most unfortunate part of Opening Day, and it probably has the least predictive value on a day when nothing has any predictive value. (He’s unlikely to be terrible, obviously, and even if he is, the Sox won’t let one crappy reliever doom the season.)
I was expecting a loss with C.J. Wilson on the mound; it’s just harder to accept when the Sox manage to build two two-run leads against him. Still, there’s nothing to fix, nothing to change and, really, nothing to worry about yet. So we take it in stride and move on.