I'm sorry, I can't do this. Of ALL people we, Red Sox fans, should sympathize with Indians fans right now. One minute you're up 3-1 with two of the top four starters in the AL scheduled to go, and the next minute you're home in Sandusky watching Josh Beckett blow away a bunch of 24-year-olds in purple and black and wondering what the hell just happened. Instead of celebrating your first world series win since the Korean War, you're carefully folding your Grady's Ladies t-shirts and quietly sobbing. Yes, I know exactly how you feel, Cleveland fans. Group hug. Things will get better.
But seriously -- you people need to sit your manager down and explain to him that Joe Borowski really sucks donkey turds. So he's upset that his fastball has "lost velocity," eh? Yeah, I can see how it would bother you when you're only hitting 68 when you used to be able to smoke those 70MPHers in there like clockwork. But really -- there's NO possible problem with having a guy whom the pitching-strapped Cubs -- and the DEVIL RAYS, for god's sake -- both deemed inadequate for their glaring needs. I think there's a place for Joe in baseball.... out on an island somewhere.....
Joe Borowski (R) meets up with his new teammates
Getting back to the actual game... Can we all just admit now that Jon Lester is probably not going to be putting up 24-2/1.84/298k seasons? He's a servicable lefty, no doubt, and does have value as a 4th or 5th starter. But whereas "Jars of" Clay Buchholz's pitching stuff can be spectacular, frightening, and vaguely erotic at times, Lester's stuff is just... there. He throws a decent fastball, a decent change, and a decent curve, all decently. In today's world, that can win you 15 games, of course (see, e.g.: Jamie Moyer)..... But let's be honest -- it was Crazy Julian Tavarez who was the most valuable pitcher on the field yesterday. Lester's still young, and he's still learning, and he's not that far removed from a chemotherapy treatment, so maybe some of us (coughGAMMONScough) should lay off the Cooperstown talk for a while.
Nice to see Big Papi get a hit, too. Let's hope it continues.