Monday, April 5, 2010

Opening Night

Baseball was the most important thing that didn't matter that he'd ever known.

Jesse Stone, "Night and Day" (Robert B. Parker)

I don't want to think of it as anything more than one game, but it was one hell of a game. The first season opening night game in Fenway was the best of baseball. It was not quite the pitcher's duel between CC Sabathia and Josh Beckett. But it was pretty much the best a Red Sox could have hoped for-- a come-from-behind win over the Evil Empire. Down 5-1 in the 5th, the Red Sox won 9-7, aided in no small part by a home-run from Dustin Pedroia and a clutch triple from Yuke. It was just a game, not necessarily a harbinger of the unfolding season, but, man, if they all play out like last night, the Yankees can hope for wild card spot and a chance at the Red Sox. It may be a cliché, but "it don't get any better than this."