Sox 12, Rays 5: On to Chicago

I fell in love again
all things go, all things go
drove to Chicago
all things know, all things know
we sold our clothes to the state
I don’t mind, I don’t mind
I made a lot of mistakes
in my mind, in my mind
– Sufjan Stevens, “Chicago”

Well, that wasn’t the greatest of series. But the Sox avoided the sweep, and it’s on to Chicago. Urbs in horto and all that (I honestly can’t remember what the Boston motto was). Time to beat them, 25 or 6 to 4. (Damn, just as I wrote that the song actually came up on iTunes. Freaky!)

One of the great parts of last night’s game was seeing not just Papelbon but Manny Delcarmen play a key role. Very sweet to see what looks like the heart of an emerging young, solid relief corps.

Speaking of emerging young pitchers, seems like Philip Hughes, about the main bright spark on the otherwise woeful Yankees farm system, grew up a Sox fan:

Ironically, Philip Hughes came to the Yankees having grown up a fan of the Red Sox! When we spoke to the 19 year-old a few weeks ago, we asked him what it felt like pitching for Boston’s arch-rival. “I’ve learned to deal with it,” Hughes says jokingly. “It was fun (to root for the Red Sox) when I was a kid, but right now it all comes down to who you play for. That’s where your heart and your sweat go so it all doesn’t mean too much to me anymore.” (Link)

I guess they can have Hughes. I’ll take Paps – Lester – Delcarmen – Hansen, thanks.

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