A few quick thoughts:
--Though I talked my friend down off the cliff when the Sox were 2-10, even I have to admit surprise that they're in first place on May 27th. They're in first for two reasons: their obvious turnaround--and the mediocre play of the Yanks and Rays. Had either team played better, this would be a much different season. And let's not forget that the Sox are 5-1 against the Yanks. Otherwise...
--Shockingly sparse crowd at McCoy Stadium last night. I know it's Triple-A baseball, but I have never seen the place as empty on such a beautiful night before. I know the Bruins Game 7 was on, and that maybe it was a travel night for some people, but the crowd of maybe 3,000 was the smallest I've ever seen there on such a good day, by about 5,000.
--The crash you heard was Michael Bowden's career hitting rock bottom. Or the sound of 3,000 people booing him after he gave up a grand slam to Barte, hitting below .200 at the time, in the 9th inning last night, turning a 3-1 lead into a 6-3 loss. (They got another run on a blown call by the 3rd base ump. that even the guy who sang the national anthem could've called correctly.) Well, okay, the guy who sang that (beautifully, I might add) was blind, but still...
--Keep Carl batting 6th. You have the best hitting lineup in MLB right now; don't fix what's not broken.
--If I'm the Sox, I keep Lackey and Dice-K injured, if you know what I mean. Not so much Scutaro, but where do you put him? If he's to be traded--since he's not playing there next year anyway--the time is now.
--Lost in the self-congratulating is the fact that Papelbon and Bard both have ERAs hovering at or over 3.00. They haven't exactly been lights-out. A 3.00 for your one-inning 8th and 9th inning guys is rather high. The really good ones keep it in the twos.
--Jenks started the Pawsox game yesterday and pitched just the first inning. People all around me--including employees of the park--were aghast at the short work. I had to remind them that he's a one-inning pitcher in the majors, so you don't want to stretch him out or over-extend him at Triple-A. Come on, guys...
--We're going to start to see the Indians come back down to earth now. They have seriously overachieved.
--Speaking of the Indians, have you noticed that the Native American stereotypes in baseball run the gamut from smiley, dopey looking wahoos (Cleveland) to tomahawk-wielding scalpers (Atlanta). There's nothing in between? And when do we do away with those, anyway? I'm not a politically-correct fascist, but--now's the time. No major league team would dare to have similar African-American stereotypes, as well they shouldn't.