Thursday, May 25, 2006

The series against the Yankees didn't end as well as it started. Wakefield had a so-so start on Tuesday night, while Jaret Wright (who the Sox usually beat the crap out of) pitched very well. Last night, Randy Johnson pitched poorly yet again, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. Unfortunately, Matt Clement was even worse, giving up 8 runs in 4 and 1/3. He really lost it after he was hit on the leg by a shot back through the box by Bernie Williams. Y'know, it's nice that Clement tried to stay in, but if you are really hurting and unable to perform, you aren't helping the team by trying to gut it out.

One surprising thing about the game last night was the fact that David Ortiz struck out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th last night. This isn't a criticism of Big Papi - quite the contrary. We have become so used to Ortiz delivering in the clutch that it's a bit of a shock when he doesn't do it. I'm sure Papi will be back with a big hit soon enough.

I'm really starting to feel sorry for the Kansas City Royals. It looked like they were going to break their 12 game losing streak today, taking an 8-5 lead into the 8th against the Detroit Tigers. KC proceeded to give up 3 runs in the 8th and 5 in the 9th to lose 13-8. The Royals are currently 25 games below .500 and 22 games out of first in the AL Central. Keep in mind, we're still almost a week from the end of May.

I have admitted my unfortunate addiction to American Idol here in the past. I was happy to see Taylor Hicks win the contest over California babe Katherine McPhee yesterday. Hicks is a hero to all us prematurely grey men out here. He could do for grey hair what Patrick Stewart did for no hair.


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