Apparently wanting something to celebrate so he could spend his birthday with a hangover, Jason Varitek took advantage of his appearance in last night’s game by hitting two home runs.Â Maybe this resting every for four days between each start works for him?
On a night when reigning Cy Young winner Zack Greinke pitched 6.2 innings, every Red Sox starter except Victor Martinez had at least one hit in the game.Â (Greinke gave up eight hits, four earned runs – including two home runs – while striking out five.)Â It was a fun game to watch and it had the feel of the team really starting to get it together.Â Let’s hope it keeps up today when Clay Buchholz faces Gil Meche.
In the middle of being tortured by the idea of a CC Sabathia no-hitter happening on national television (beers for Kelly Shoppach!), we got the news that Mike Lowell might very well be calling it quits after this season.Â It doesn’t come as a huge surprise really – I think all his talk about not being 100% lately was probably leading up to this – but finding out that he specifically didn’t take the Phillies’ four-year contract because he knew he wouldn’t be playing that fourth year is interesting.Â I always hate to bear witness to the end of a player’s career.Â Last night, though, it was fun to watch him start.Â He looked good on third and even got himself a hit off of Greinke.Â I’m sure he’s antsy sitting on that bench for the first time in his career but at least he’s still able to be productive when the team needs him.Â If if fact this is his last season, I’d really like to see him finish it in Boston.Â Ah, drama.Â What would Boston be without it?
A little shameless self-promotion:Â Tonight at 6:30pm ET, I’ll be a guest on the new podcast “Throwing Like a Girl“.Â Caryn Rose from “Metsgrrl” and Julie DiCaro from “A League of Her Own” have invited me on to chat about the Red Sox.Â Follow the link and you’ll be able to enjoy the ‘cast.Â Both Julie and Caryn have a really great conversational style, IMO, that makes the podcast listenable and interesting.Â Even without my being a guest, I think it’s something you’ll enjoy!Â If you miss the live podcast you can find it on iTunes as well.Â Join us if you can – it promises to be a lot of fun!
Today’s game is at 2:10pm ET and then the next two games are afternoon games (Monday is the Twins’ home opener at 4:10pm ET and then Wednesday at 1:10pm ET).Â Folks have been asking about live blog/chats this season and since the Twins are messing up the timing a little, I’m going to start them up again a week from Tuesday when Texas comes to town (the day after Patriots’ Day).Â So for now the plan is to try and have “Tuesday Night Live Chats” this season.Â We’ll see how that works.
Tek with two home runs, Jeremy Hermida with one and Lowell with a hit.Â The bench came up big last night.Â Bodes well (I hope)!
Happy birthday to Jason Varitek today and Trot Nixon as well!Â How about a win for the Captain’s birthday, fellas?