Can nothing stop the Boston Red Sox?
Despite an energized Jon Lester throwing just about everything he has toward stopping his team from its seemingly inevitable march into eternal greatness, the Red Sox demonstrated that they just cannot be stopped!
They stepped up to the plate and made certain that Lester's sinister plan would be foiled, proving their mettle and ultimate resolve. They are absolutely a force to be reckoned with and the rest of the league should take notice. When the chips are down and it looks like trouble is on the horizon, no team is better suited to lose at just the right moment than this 2011 squad!
There is a touch of destiny in this group!
They can't take anything for granted, however. They have a long road ahead of them if they ever hope to catch the immortal 1988 Baltimore Orioles, who lost a stunning and awe-inspiring 21 consecutive games to start their season, a mark that seems almost unreachable to mere mortals. To top that mark, the Sox would have to refuse to win until April 24th, meaning they would have to endure 10 games at home (and engage in the inevitable shrapnel avoidance) and lose multiple games against the Rays, another team making a valiant run of their own at 0-5, and also Oakland.
There is also the continued fear that the troublemakers in the pitching staff and offense just refuse to conform to the new clubhouse code of conduct. Adrian Gonzalez seems to be the biggest threat, with a batting average that still is over .300 and a fresh home run under his belt from last night's impressive defeat. And other than Papelbon, Bard, Reyes and Wheeler, the bullpen seems determined to maintain slim leads in the later innings, should any happen to materialize in future games.
Similarly, Lester, who initially seemed willing to surrender himself fully to the cause after a dismal opening performance, changed drastically today. Had it not been for the efforts of the immutable offense, he might have been in a position to ruin everything! Red Sox Nation must be worried that he may be influencing the other starters, and it may be necessary to "remind" him that he has a duty to the mission of the entire team, not just his own selfish desire for wins.
Carl Crawford cannot do this all by himself!
Tomorrow, the Red Sox come home to Fenway for the first time this year. They will face the Yankees, who, at 3-2, are surprisingly threatening to be mediocre, something I was not prepared for. There is now a very real and grave risk that the Sox could possibly win a game. Should Lester manage to infect his evil onto Lackey, Buchholz or Beckett, they might accidentally be able to finish on top, assuming the Yankees force in a run by walking five consecutive batters "by accident" (they're always trying to ruin the Sox' chances for glory).
To ensure the team's place in the record books, it's time for fans everywhere to come to their feet, don their Red Sox cap proudly, and let the hometown team know exactly what we want by utilizing the time-tested and bulletproof chant that is always sure to motivate a team in danger of winning: "Boo!"