Friday, May 18, 2007
Hinske for Mayor
I love this guy. When the Sox picked him up last year from Toronto for cash, I had a hunch he'd turn into a nice role player—I wish he could play more. He got a rare chance to start last night. The converted thirdbaseman patrolling the game's toughest outfield made a game-saving, face-planting diving catch, then came back in storybook fashion to hit the game-winning two-run homer. Gotta feel great for the kid*. [video] Congratulations, Eric, you are now officially a dirt dog.
More on the game from Curt Schilling's surprisingly entertaining, informative and, hell—at time's downright educational—blog 38 Pitches.
The Sox are on a special roll right now, with everything breaking their way. Even though 8-0 stud Josh Beckett hits the DL today, it's more precautionary, and feels good that they have enough of a lead to be able to afford that. Bring on the Braves (though I don't like the pitching matchups at all), and next week let's stick a fork in the Yanks.
*Yeah, I said "kid." Hell, if I'm going to have to be 39 for the next year, I can call a 28-year-old "kid."