I dreamt last night that the Red Sox won the World Series this year. Three-game sweep in the first round, six-game win over the Yanks in the ALCS, and a six-game win over the NL team (not sure which). Apparently my subconscious remains as optimistic as ever.
My subconscious is thrilled that the Sox have already outperformed my conscious expectations by winning two against Toronto in this series, and now have a chance to take three, assuming the weather allows it. Josh Beckett has figured out of late that throwing without risk of blisters means nothing if you give up eight runs a game. His curveball has been dandy, as have the results. Let’s hope he keeps that up.
The physical clouds may still be hanging above Fenway Park, but the injury cloud is beginning to dissipate. Alex Gonzalez and Wily Mo Pena are in the lineup today, and the Sox activated Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek from the DL. Terry Francona said Manny Ramirez is "real close" to returning, as is David Ortiz. Thank God for that.