Well that stunk. But, really, the Sox just won seven out of their last eight games on this home stand, I can’t begrudge the Angels one win here – regardless of how damn whiny the bunch of them seem to be.Â Â A sweep (both of the Angels and the home stand) would have been nice but I’ll take what wins they got.
More important than a sweep is how the team is coming together.Â The pitching seems to be on and the bats are heating up at exactly the right time. While looking at the rest of their schedule I was a little taken back by fact that there are only five series left in the regular season.
3 games at Baltimore, 4 at Kansas City, 3 at New York and then 3 at home against the Blue Jays and 4, for the final home stand of the season, against the Indians.Â 17 games left before the playoffs begin.Â It doesn’t seem possible.Â Realizing this was the case and remembering that I didn’t have tickets for any other games this year, I went online to RedSox.com to see if I could pick up a ticket for the last game of the season (at 9am today they still had single seats – but they’re obstructed view).Â As I was about to purchase one, something told me to check my email because I had a feeling I DID have a ticket for that final game and I just hadn’t printed it up.Â I was right, I did.Â And I bought it back in February so it’s actually a good seat!Â Regardless of what games I get to see during the year, more than any of them, I like being at the last game of the season.Â It’s my way of saying “goodbye” to Fenway, as silly as that sounds, and I like getting that closure.Â I have the “end of the season” blues coming on (and, yes, I believe the Sox are going to the post-season but the end of the regular season still gives us much less baseball and THAT bums me out) so I’m trying to work through them by enjoying this month as much as I can!
As you can see from today’s photo, last night was the annual rookie hazing.Â Joe Giza of WBZ has some wonderful photos from it here.Â If you dig baseball player biceps, check them out! (Personally, I’d also like to see photos from the Sox arriving in Baltimore.Â The fans in Boston expect the rooks to be dressed like this but the reactions of the unsuspecting folks at the airport would be priceless!)
This weekend, Buchholz, Lester and Matsuzaka will bring it to the Orioles and maybe the Nation will stop trying to nail Jason Varitek to a cross.
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