Boston plays its first game of the 2014 season at home this afternoon against Milwaukee. The regular season officially got underway on Monday afternoon in Baltimore. The Red Sox dropped the opener, 2-1, despite a strong opening day performance from Jon Lester. John Lackey got the Sox in the win column Wednesday night, giving the team a solid six innings as the team was paced by home runs by David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. Boston kept it going last night thanks to some key work from the bullpen in picking up Felix Doubront in a 4-3 win that gave the Sox a series victory at Camden Yards to star the season.
The rest of the week looked like this:
Sizemore Hit a Home Run in his First Game
The Red Sox Visited President Obama
End of story, right? Nothing else to see here…Everybody’s already forgotten this even happened, it was that innocuous and uneventful. Right?
NESN Hired Steve Lyons to Its Studio Arsenal
Lyons is of course forever famous for dropping his pants to get some dirt out of his nether regions. Back when he played for Boston, his bag of tricks was a little more G-rated. (Bonus points for choosing a worthy victim for the hidden ball trick in the ever-unsportsmanlike Ozzie Guillen.)
An Old Fan Favorite Struggled
Jonathan Papelbon’s days as a closer may be coming to a painful close. His velocity is down, his control is getting worse and his shoulder seems to be falling apart. It wasn’t all that long ago Papelbon talked about following in Mariano Rivera’s footsteps. It’s looking as though he may do just that, only in a more cruelly literal sense.
Norman Rockwell Painting Will Be Open for Bidding