Why stormy? There was no rain, no thunder or lightning. No delay of game. Here's why. The Boston Red Sox, after falling behind in the 6th inning, stormed back, took the lead and held it to sweep the Texas Rangers out of their own stadium. Mark Teixeira slammed a 3 run 6th inning home run off of Julian Tavarez, who before the 6th was pitching a one-hitter. 3 hits later and the score was 4-3 bad guys. And that's when the heroics began. Coco Crisp, in the 7th, made an impossible "oh my God how did he catch that" grap of a Catalanotto drive to the gap in right center. It saved the inning for a surprisingly effective Joel Piniero. He looked great, his breaking ball unhittable. And the Sox were about to make another patented 2007 comeback, as run scoring singles by JD Drew (2 hits!) and Mikey Lowell put the Sox up 5-4. A Pedroia homer run in the ninth proved decisive, as the Darkman allowed a run in that frame but still collected his 3rd save. SWEEP. And coupled with the Sox sweep was an Angel sweep over the helpless, hapless, bullpen-lacking, yes they ARE that bad New York Yankees. The pinstriped ones are now 12 1/2 games behind the best team in baseball, our team. And let's not forget the 2 base hits by Kevin Youkilis that extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Can anyone say All Star first baseman? If we have to, let's write him in all the way to an All Star Game start. And with a Monday win, we would go 20 games over the .500 mark. Holy ****! Well, I'll leave it at that!
Today begins the series that we have all been waiting for. Trot Nixon and the Cleveland Indians make their first visit to the Hub. Said Curt Schilling, and this is from the Courant.......
"The Red Sox are looking forward to outfielder Trot Nixon's return to Fenway tonight. He played his entire career with Boston before signing with the Indians in the offseason. "I'm anxious to see him get the reception that someone who's spent their whole career here should get," said Curt Schilling, who will start for the Red Sox. "He had a very special place in Boston history. A No. 1 pick, spent his whole life there and didn't want to leave. I'm hoping they do something special for him."
Peter here....well said Curt. We'll all stand as one, whether at the Park or at home with our families and NESN, and salute a true Boston Red Sox hero. And here's one more comment from someone who was instrumental in the Sox Sunday win....Julian Tavarez himself, from the Globe of Boston......
"This series was huge for us," Tavarez said. "We're going back home happy. Dropping two in Yankee Stadium, come in and take three, go home at 4-2. It's been a great road trip for us.
"We just keep on winning, playing ball, and having fun."
Peter here, and Julian, we're having fun too. You see, we're lucky to watch the team we love so much performing so well. Happy Memorial Day everyone, and as I said in my last post, remember the troops, past and present, who have made or are making this country what it is today..........the land of the free, the home of the brave.
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