Pedro Ciriaco’s RBI bloop single in the top of the 10th inning of last night’s game versus the Yankees was the farthest thing from pretty. Nonetheless, it got the job done standing as the winning hit for Boston as they took two very crucial games out of three against their arch nemesis. It doesn’t say how you won it in the box score of the papers the following morning. Instead just a mere W is the meat and potatoes if you will. More importantly, what happened prior to last night’s game winning base knock was truly a thing of beauty that might just be the spark needed for 25 underachieving men.
After a Jarrod Saltalamacchia Walk, rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks stepped up to the dish hoping to advance the runner into scoring position with no outs. He attempted to square a bunt that ended up being unsuccessful stirring up controversy in the process. David Robertson let a fastball run too far on the inside half of the plate striking Middlebrooks on his wrist… so we thought. According to home plate umpire Brian O’ Nora thought otherwise deeming that the ball hit his bat and not his wrist even after being shown the mark from the pitch on Middlebrook’s hand. To his defense, O’ Nora was not given the best angle of which to judge as Middlebrooks hit the deck immediately after being struck blocking the line of sight. Bobby Valentine did what every good baseball manager does as he sprinted to home plate to make his case that the call needed to be reversed. O’Nora and the rest of his posse made up their minds declaring it a foul ball which only lead Valentine’s hear rate right through the roof. He refused to go down quietly getting ejected for the third time this season with this instance varying from the other two in some much needed ways. After Valentine was given the hook, ESPN zoomed into the Boston dugout which displayed one of the more shocking but necessary scenes I have seen in the 2012 season. Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez were on the top of the dugout fence barking, swearing and standing up for their teammate and manager as they heckled third-base umpire Tim Hallion. The Texas tough guy‘s words struck a deep nerve that led to him getting tossed as well. This is the fiery example of Josh Beckett reminisced the one that helped win the Boston Red Sox a world series in 2007. He is still viewed as a leader on this ball club and reacting the way he did last night came as a surprise to most of Red Sox nation as well as his teammates in my opinion. Anyone that says otherwise is most likely lying seeing as the guy can’t even stick around to answer a few questions after his lackluster starts or take any accountability for his performances and actions on or off the field. Better late than never. The energy that was created by last night’s comeback win clearly carried over to tonight’s 7-3 scrappy win over the Tigers as it seemed that the Boston dugout was one filled with exuberance and a sense of life that has not been apparent much if at all during this season. They have now won three straight games and are 52-51 overall and 4.0 games back of the second wild card spot making tomorrows 4pm trade deadline that much more interesting for some, difficult if your names Ben Cherrington. I do not foresee many moves being made besides a few minor players like Shoppach and Sweeney packing their bags but still feel that getting rid of Beckett needs to be a task at hand if a suitor can be found. Either way this team continues to pull its fans back into the wringer of hell forcing only the truest and loyal of sox Nation to stick around for the fireworks that will entail in the remaining weeks of the season. More acts of ugliness will most likely follow, but hopefully some of the aesthetically pleasing variety will also rear their heads.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.