This is the time of year when baseball standings can change dramatically in a day or two. The amusing thing in the standings today is that there is a four-way tie for first place in the AL East. I don’t think I have ever seen that before. Unfortunately, the Red Sox are not part of that tie, which leaves them at the bottom, all alone. The Blackbirds, the Evil Empire, the Desperate Housewives, and the Bluebirds are all tied at 4-3. The Sox are at 2-5. But note the conspicuous presence of the number “2” in the first position. Ladies and gentlemen, we will NOT be 1-10 this season! And, to make that certain, the Sox put some whoopin’ on the Desperate Housewives in yesterday’s home opener at Fenway Park. 12-2, they beat those wives! It was already a fairly good win, but then the Sox broke loose for eight runs in the eighth inning, during which I lost count how many times the bases were loaded. It was at least four, I think. The down side of yesterday’s game…and yes, gentle readers, there was most definitely a down side…was that Eric Brainiac BROKE Jacoby Ellsbury!!
The initial word is that we may have lost him for 6-8 weeks!
Later in the day, the Texas Rangers met the Twinkies in the Twinkiedome. Oh. Wait. That’s right. Minnesota did away with the Twinkiedome and built a new stadium. Without a roof. In Minnesota. Where winter lasts most of the year. Anyway…Matt Harrison turned in a brilliant pitching performance, allowing only one run over eight innings. Ron Washington showed some wisdom in letting Ogando close the game yesterday. He did not give Joe Nathan the opportunity to blow this one. The rangers win 4-1 and move to 6-2 on the season. They are currently 3.5 games ahead of the team everyone said is going to win the World Series this year. Remember who “they” said was going to win it all last year? If memory serves me, it was the Red Sox. “They” aren’t doing so well with their predictions lately, are “they?” Again, I know it’s very, very early in the season, and this is not likely to last. But it’s great fun seeing Pajoly and the Halos in dead last place, with a 2-5 record. Once again proving that one man cannot win a pennant. Of course, I have mixed feelings about their loss yesterday. It was like, “Hooray, the Angels lost!” “Oh, dang…the Evil Empire won.”
So…to recap. Friday was a win, win, LOSE!! (The LOSE being the tragic loss of Ellsbury in that injury.)