Thursday, June 12, 2003

Game 63 - Red Sox

Red Sox 13, Cardinals 1
Record: 36-27

This game, and evening, could not have been any better for a Sox fan, unless it happened on October 27 in Game 7 of the World Series. Pedro came back from his extended stint on the disabled list, and while he only threw 47 pitches and went three innings, he was electric. He absolutely punked Albert Pujols with a letter-high, 96 mph heater, and his command was obscene for a guy who hadn't pitched in 26 days. When he's healthy, he is the most dominant starting pitcher ever. This is not up for debate. One of these days I'll blog about the '99 ALDS game he pitched against the Indians - I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.

Just having Pedro back and healthy would have been enough, but the offense went berzerk against Brett Tomko and a succession of stiffs. 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd essentially sealed the deal, but the Sox just kept hitting and hitting, rapping 19 safeties and 2 homers (Nixon and Manny - again!). So much fun when this offense is clicking, which is just about every day lately.

But wait, there's more. Sox win, Pedro's back, the offense is hammering the ball, and...the Yankees get no-hit by a collection of Astros, in Yankee Stadium. After the game, Joe Torre closed the doors and reamed the team - um, I mean, he, um, yelled at them. Seems to have worked, as the Yanks just got done beating the Astros today, 6-5. Still, Sox win by 12, Yankees get no-hit, Pedro is healthy. Remain calm, indeed.

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