|Jacoby, doing what he does! Photo taken by Kelly O’Connor/sittingstill.net and used with permission.
I missed most of last night’s game as well. I’m happy for Jacoby’s hitting streak being in tact but not so happy to have another road loss. I hate dwelling on the past but realize that sometimes it’s necessary.
So, in an effort to put the last couple of games, into perspective, here’s what went on with the Red Sox a year ago today:
The Red Sox were in Seattle and lost to the Mariners 1-0. Tim Wakefield pitched all 8 innings, striking out 8 and giving up only 1 run on 5 hits. The Mariners used 3 pitchers (Erik Bedard got the win and J.J. Putz the save) to 2-hit the Sox (Those hits coming from the bats of Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell). The Red Sox were a game and a half out of first base behind the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees were six games behind Tampa Bay and in last place.
The Sox had also lost to the Mariners in the previous game. THAT was the game where Matsuzaka had to come out because of back pain (which quickly turned to “shoulder fatigue”) and Manny hit his 499th home run.
My point in dredging this up now? You’re always going to go through periods of suck with the team you love. Sometimes it’s amplified by their being on the road and sometimes, even though there were good games between the bad, you feel like the team is never going to get out of whatever funk they’re in. Thus far, in the month of May, the Red Sox are 13-12. Just over .500. Sure this isn’t fantastic. Especially when you look and see the Yankees have gone 15-10 in May (and I know many if not most of you are looking at the Yankees as well). But it’s May, folks. We have 4 entire months of regular season baseball left. If we’re going to get worked up over a series or two that doesn’t go our way, it’s going to be a long, hot, miserable summer.
This should perk you up: Curt Schilling has a live chat going on at noon today. He’s using the “Cover it Live” software that’s become so popular. Here’s hoping he also using the moderator function and doesn’t approve every insulting message he gets. Power is fun, Curt, use it well!
Oh and then there’s that baseball game on at 1:10pm. I have to imagine Josh Beckett is not amused by two straight losses. Put a stop to it, JPB.