Quick thoughts before beginning the workday:
- It’s still early, and there’s a lot of baseball left to play, but Dere Jeter’s MVP hopes took a significant hit last night.
- Ortiz’s heroics would have been impossible without Kyle Snyder’s fantastic performance. 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R. As Jim Rice said last night, perhaps coming into the middle of a game agrees with him more than starting. If so, we’ve got a terrific middle reliever (but no fifth starter. Go figure).
- I’m glad Mike Lowell is still with the Red Sox. His reaction after the home run was the same as everyone else’s in the ballpark. No cool, detached profesionalism. No just-collecting-paychecks flippance. Just leaping up and down with a huge, disbelieving smile. Cool.