By Joe Barron
Despite the slightly overcast weather and weekday schedule, a packed Fenway Park was rocking Thursday night, kicking off the first of a seven game homestand. The energy was off the charts as old pal, Terry Francona's Cleveland Indians came to town. This may be exactly what everyone has been waiting for.
This one had the making of a classic Red Sox win. A gritty, yet consistent starting performance by John Lester, (7.2 IP, 2 R, 1ER, 4K 0 BB) lit the fuse for a memorable night in Fenway. David Ortiz's 5th inning bomb to center field blew the metaphorical roof off. Lester's only blemish of a pair of runs in the 6th inning was immediately forgotten as young gun, Brock Holt retaliated with a two-run double. The Sox may have finally found their lead-off hitter.
Solid bullpen work by Junichi Tazawa bridged the gap to for fan favorite, Koji Uehara to earn his 14th save of the still young season.
The most impressive plays of the night, however, were on the defensive end as Grady Sizemore made a nifty crowd catch in foul territory as well as a brilliant catch and throw by JBJ in centerfield, forcing the double play at first.
Fun was in the air tonight, as the crowd completed 6 roaring consecutive “waves” in the 7th inning. Only a small percentage of fans left early. Even Sweet Caroline was tolerable! Could this be it? The moment we've all been waiting for? Only time will tell, but one thing for sure is the Fenway faithful are ready to drink and be merry. It's about damn time.
Special thanks to the girls of the Central Baptist of New Mexico who were silly enough to ask for my autograph and kind enough to give me a free ticket to the game. I'll be out there early tomorrow slinging magazines for Boston Baseball. Make sure to collect on your free high five. Bam!