Feeling good yet, Sox fans?
Two wins. A combined 21-4 score. Two Big Papi homers. Another huge day from usual second-half fader Mike Lowell. A solid start from Curt Schilling. And a Yankee loss that pushes the division lead above 6 games.
These things should have Red Sox fans waking up happy this Saturday morning. The Sox are 4-1 to begin this road trip, with two games to go. The often-inconsistent and much-maligned Sox offense has scored 50 runs in nine games (5.6 runs per game), while the Sox’ pitchers have allowed just 31 (3.3 RPG). The Red Sox are now 14-9 in August and have essentially the same cushion in the standings as when the month began.
If the offense is indeed finally clicking (beter late than never, right/), it could be just in time to roll into September and October. Hey, the season’s not over yet, and the Sox could use a little more padding before facing the Yanks six times in the final month, but that thought is appetizing indeed.
To continue with the warm fuzzies, I point you to Tom Verducci’s excellent SI piece
on the Sox — in which he notes the clubhouse remains as loose as ever,
even when the lead was down to four games and Eric Gagne was blowing
saves like … well, you can fill in the rest of that one:
Gagné’s teammates, however, seemed less troubled by the
loss. Backup first baseman Eric Hinske, for instance, figured Saturday
was a good day to ask the clubhouse barber for a Mohawk haircut.
Centerfielder Coco Crisp showed up wearing a green trucker’s hat,
lime-green T-shirt, green belt and white sneakers with green plaid
accents. "Whoever wears green today, good luck will be bestowed upon
him," Crisp explained.
And where, someone wondered, had he heard such a thing?
"My psychic," he replied earnestly. "Man, look at me. I should be batting fourth."
That day, of course, Big Papi broke through with the monstrous grand slam that hurt Jered Weaver’s feelings.
Meanwhile, USA Today this week called the Red Sox "America’s new home team,"
saying, "Sorry, Yankees" and using the fact that the Red Sox are
shattering road attendance records as an opening to profile the
craziness that follows the team wherever it goes.
It’s a Red Sox high this morning — at least until the next combination
of a Sox loss/Yankee win, at which point I reserve the right to take my
spot in line on the Tobin.