*Picture from the Boston Globe*
There they are: the 2007 Boston Red Sox All-Stars, minus Big Papi: Scenic Lowell, Manny, Beckett, Pap's, and Okajima. Congratulations boys, you earned it.
All in all, a decent showing last night: Lowell played a little, Manny and Papi about as much, OKJ, thankfully, did not get in the game, and Beckett, thanks to an Ichiro inside the park homer, got the win.
Best part? Not one of them got hurt, though reports of Papi going to Boston to get an MRI on his knee don't exactly warm the cockles of my heart. Word is it would be after the season, but now I've got his knee to worry about, AS WELL as his hammy, his back, his heart, AND his weight? How much am I supposed to handle all at once?
Heading into the second half of the season, what's my biggest and most pleasant surprise? No trade talk out of the Manny camp: it's like he took a 162 game happy pill before the season started and is seemingly content to finish his Sox career in a muted silence.
A 10 game lead. Coco and Lugo remembering they are ballplayers and not members of the walking dead. Breakout years by Youk and Pedroia. All that, and we are still waiting for Papi and Manny to be, well, Papi and Manny.
Here's hoping for the following things to happen over the course of the rest of the season:
The aforementioned Dynamic Duo to bust out the whooping sticks and start being the most dangerous 3-4 hitters in the game today, Beckett and Daisuke win 20 games each, the Sox clinch the division by September 1st, and a brawl break out at a Sox/Yankee game, with Arod being dogpiled by the Sox bench, led by WMP, Hinske, and Cora. Then let Dougie top it off by doing the Andre the Giant "butt drop" on his face, and broadcast that image all over the free world.
Let it be written: Let it be so.