*Image courtesy of, you guessed it, Kelly @www.sittingstill.net*
When you throw a no-hitter in your second start as a pro, expectations tend to, well, expand.
And if you happen to go 2-9 the next year in the bigs most folks label you a failure and write you off.
Fortunately, Clay Buchholz mentally told all the haters to Bite His Tweeter and kept his career in the middle of the highway. Which led him to Toronto tonight to make his first big league start of 2009.
Can I say the kid didn't let anyone down? 6 plus innings and 1 run later he turned it over to Bard, Oki, and Pap and before you knew it the Red Sox were high fiving each other and wondering where the best all you can eat buffet in Toronto was located.
4-1 Red Sox, Julio Lugo has been DFA'd, and Nick Green is currently trying to figure out how to slip a Mickie in Jed Lowrie's pre-game meal.
Papi is raking, Youk is sweating, and Beckett is swearing.
Sounds like it's time to signal the all clear and have Pedie, doing his best Quasimodo impression, to ring the bell signalling the start of the second half is official.
Sweet Mary and Moses have I missed baseball the last 4 days.