Let’s face it: baseball is boring. Nothing much happens in the course of a game. For every minute of action, there are five minutes of crotch-scratching and sunflower-seed-spitting. The Red Sox this season have been particularly boring: win a game, lose a game…
And then something like this happens….
Tie game, bottom of the eighth, Ryan Kalish on first. Bobby Valentine puts on a hit-and-run. Kalish takes off with the pitch. Mike Aviles bounces a ball to first. Kalish reaches second — and keeps running! He beats the tag at third. Daniel Nava hits a single to center, and Kalish scores the go-ahead run. The Red Sox win. How did that happen?
The Red Sox don’t look like they’re going anywhere this year: too many injuries, too many stars underperforming. Tonight Jon Lester is underperforming yet again. But just for that one moment, they were exciting.
Now back to the crotch-scratching.