There was no daylight to tell the Red Sox what time it was when they touched down in the Land of the Rising Sun. It was early Friday morning in Japan, late Thursday morning back in Boston, and infinitely timeless in the minds and bodies of the exhausted world champions.
"Saddle up, partner," said reliever Jonathan Papelbon as he waited in an immigration line after the 20-hour journey from City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla., to the team’s massive hotel headquarters near the Tokyo Dome. "This is going to be some road trip." — Dan Shaughnessy, in a well-written ridealong recap
Four days and counting until the games matter. They can’t get here soon enough.
Saddle up, indeed.