Five dingers tonight in KC and Beckett gets W #1 and the first by a Sox starter this young season. Showing good stuff and command of the curve that was lacking against NY last week, Beckett only has trouble in the 7th and is solid throughout . Okajima goes 1,2,3 in the 8th and Ramirez works the 9th. Varitek in his first start hits 2, Hermida in his first start hit 1 and Youk and Pedroia also go yard. This is the kind of game that the faithful want to see – solid offense and strong starting pitching – especially against the reigning Cy Young award winner. Greinke lasts 6 2/3 and gives up 4 runs on 8 hits, allowing 2 HRs and takes the L. Kaufmann is reported as a sellout despite alot of empties I spy with my own eye on the telly. I’m not sure if it is because baseball has become a year-long affair, but this game has a midseason feel where the Royals are bouncing along near the bottom of their division and the Sox are trading body blows with the Rays and Yanks. Maybe I’m having deja vu. Maybe my mind is on an infinite loop. Maybe baseball has become the theater of the absurd where there is action without result, where is the play with nothing happening. Maybe Umpire Joe West is this medium’s new director, propelling the script by halting the action, encouraging the players to hurry up and slow down. He is critiquing the performers and the performance while tinkering with the script along the way. He is philosophically motivated, existing in his black mask, questioning time and the absolutes of delay of game. The critics love the concept because this is a thinking man’s game and no satisfying rational explanation exists for why we play along. Could the old game of throw, catch, hit and run be …gulp…meaningless? It must be Kansas City that is lulling me into this malaise. It exists in 2 states and has the world’s largest concrete soccer ball but not one temple to the Mad Hungarian Al Hrbosky. Tomorrow is Sunday and the first for Buchholz and the rubber game. We need a win to keep pace with the pace of wins. To quote Albert Camus (middle relief pitcher extraordinaire and ESPN analyst):
“Don’t wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day”
Spaceman Lee and Don Zimmer – the players
Zimmer: Nothing to be done.
Spaceman: I’m beginning to come round to that opinion. All my life I’ve tried to put it from me, saying Spaceman, be reasonable, you haven’t yet tried everything. And I resumed the struggle. So there you are again.