Six good, or at least vaguely humorous, notes related to the Sox loss today:
1.) I could easily become a fan of new Sox reliever Ramon Ramirez. You know, the guy we got from Kansas City in return for the center fielder who hits them game winning home runs. Though Ramirez didn't win us the game, he kept that outcome within the realm of possibility by bailing out Delcarmen with a 1-6-3 double play in the eighth. Ramirez pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed one hit and no runs.
2.) NESN needs to be careful about its cameras following Dustin Pedroia after he makes an out at the plate. Yesterday, the home viewers clearly watched him mouth, "Fuck you, ump! Piece of shit! What the fuck?!" directly after he struck out in the eighth. Perhaps thinking they might avoid such antics today, the cameraman decided to avoid the close up directly after the out, and waited to show the feisty second baseman until he was safely back in the dugout. Fail. Pedroia dropped the most vehement f-bomb I've ever [not] heard, as soon as the camera closed in on him. Watch out Red Sox Nation, or the FCC might be closing down our game feed.
3.) How ridiculous is Kevin Youkilis? The Goatee went 3-for-4 with a walk today, improving to 8-for-11 in three games. That is a .727 average. I know that Youk has to come back to earth eventually, but he sure is fun to watch in the meantime. The only bad thing about Youk's day was the timing of his hits... if he could have moved one to the ninth-the only time he was retired all game-the outcome might have been different.
4.) Jason Bay hit an RBI triple. Any triple is rare, and I was thrilled for Bay, but to be honest, my favorite three-bagger of all time had to be David Ortiz chugging around the bases near the end of last season.
5.) In sort-of related news, I was watching the first half of the game on ESPN Gamecast in my Constitutional Law class, and when Matsuzaka gave up the first homerun, the guy next to me looked over and sighed. When he gave up the second, I swore. My Sox fan neighbor looked over and pulled a Pedroia, only the sound wasn't muted in class. I'm pretty sure the Professor thought we were upset about the case we were briefing.
6.) This video.