WOW! What a day for the city of Boston… It was a sports spectacle. It began early for millions with the “Original” Marathon taking place throughout the city. The race was won in 2:08 respectively for the men and 2:30 for the women. The morning continued with the Red Sox entertaining a large Patriot’s Day crowd with a true Boston Massacre of the Orioles to complete the sweep. Finally, the Celtics with their backs against the wall, down 0-1 to the Bulls, pulled off Game 2 with a buzzer-beater from Ray Allen!…. Whew….
Now, we are on the MLB BLOG network so I think that it is only fair that I spend at least a few more lines on my Red Sox. My last blog spoke about the Sox slow start. They were 2-6 at the time and struggling at the plate, mostly by keeping runners on. Today the Sox sit at 7-6 and out of last place. They are winners of 5 in a row and an outstanding sweep of the Orioles. I would be lying if I said that this series was more important than most Sox fans wanted to admit. All of the BBTN (Baseball Tonight) analysts continue to remain calm about the early season surprises in baseball this year, but last year proved how significant a good start is. Mostly because with good starts come bad ones as well. Last year Tampa Bay got off to a great start and never gave it up. So with the Sox off to the worst start since the ’99 campaign, Red Sox fans around the world were already beginning to worry.
The latter part of last week and this weekend settled the souls of the Fenway Faithful. The Red Sox, for the first time this season, began running on all cylinders. From top to bottom, the lineup was potent, consistent and best of all… intimidating. Orioles pitching had no match for Boston hitters. By the same token, Red Sox pitching held their own and kept balls in the park. I am sure the feeling is mutual when I see how comfortable Ellsbury and Ortiz looked at the plate. BBTN guys were already talking about what options Boston had in the market for another big bat to compensate for a struggling Ortiz. Both Holiday and Cabrera were in the clouds…
With Minnesota going into Boston tomorrow and struggling, let us all hope that the Boston bats remain hot and consistent. But for now let us enjoy what the day has brought to those in Boston and fans alike. An amazing performance by thousands of great athletes to begin the day, a slaughter at Fenway and RAY with a shot to lift the Celtics… One fine day indeed.