Red Sox @ Jays - The day of the living dead
2:50 - After handing over the game on Friday night, Delcarmen serves Thomas a first pitch fastball that Thomas quickly deposits over the fence. Thomas' 3rd grand slam as a Jay makes it 6-2.
2:46 - Single, walk, walk from Beckett to load the bases with two out. Frank Thomas coming up. Beckett's out. Manny Delcarmen replaces him.
2:35 - Bottom of the fifth. Vernon Wells hit a two-run shot off Beckett in the fourth. He now has five homers in 27 career at-bats against the Boston ace. Jason Varitek replied in the fifth with a leadoff homer. Score knotted 2-2.
Today, he dissassembles William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, which, to me, is a little like trying to break water. Not getting Naked Lunch is the whole point of Naked Lunch. I would suggest that this book can only properly be read when you are in an altered state or 17. I met both conditions and have a deep and abiding love of Burroughs' masterpiece. Man, if Law doesn't like Naked Lunch, tell him to steer well clear of Junkie.
Law's next book is Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore. Wrong. If you're reading Murakami, you have to go with Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.
Man, where's Scott Rolen when we need him?
That said, I have nothing but admiration for a sportswriter who writes (or thinks in general) about something other than sports. The Sun's Rutsey has what I think is the correct rule on this - he refuses to talk sports away from the ballpark. No exceptions.
2:05 - Top of the fourth. So much for a sub-two hour game. Sox leading 1-0 on a Jacoby Ellsbury solo homer. Ellsbury is now 4-for-4 against Halladay over his career. Both pitchers look strong. As I write that, Halladay embarrasses J.D. Drew with a sick curveball for strike three. Drew knew he was done when the ball was still ten feet from the plate. He just waved at it picture postcard style.
12:36 p.m. - Watching the Boston Red Sox go through their pre-game stretch, one is left wondering - Can you do calesthenics while asleep?
After what seems like eight months on the road, including traipsing across 11 time zones in 10 days, the Red Sox look ragged. This team just wants to get home. Combine that with a Roy Halladay start and I'm putting the over-under final time on this afternoon's game at 1 hour 49 minutes.
In news, John McDonald gets his first start of the year today behind Halladay. Manager John Gibbons once again denied that the slick fielding McDonald has become Halladay's personal shortstop, but we'll allow appearances to bear that out.
Also, B.J. Ryan will pitch on only one day's rest for the first time tomorrow. He's still on target to rejoin the Jays April 11th or 12th.
Today was my first chance to get a look at the Jays new refurbished clubhouse and it is palatial. The Sun's Mike Rutsey likened it to a train station, in a good way. Gibbons was so cheered by the prospect of a weekend sweep of the Sox that he toasted the Toronto press corps with a shot of Monavie, Lyle Overbay's antioxidant of choice. It's early, but these are giggly times in Blue Jay land.