Good On Ya, Bronson
Joe over at Bigger Than Life or Death once speculated that Bronson Arroyo might have a dartboard somewhere that said "My Team". The poor guy has pitched solid innings all. season. long. but early Sox defense / hitting was so poor that the poor kid still has a 7-9 record--quite possibly the least deserved .400 record for any pitcher in the Major Leagues.
Or maybe I just have a soft spot in my heart for the stringbean pitcher I call the Boy Wonder. He's 27 years old, but he looks about fourteen, largely due to the fact that he's 6'5" tall and weighs just 190 pounds (Pedro, at 5' 11", weighs 180). I have the urge to baby him--Mangia! Mangia! You too skeeny!!!
He has also pitched in a grand total--get this--of 83 games in his lifetime. He has been the starting pitcher in just fifty of those. And yet this season he's greeted a spot in the starting rotation in a clinically insane baseball city with a nice curveball, that country-line-dancing kick before his delivery, and a smirk. I always loved when Bronson would come in for long relief last year--you felt like he knew what he was doing. This season, despite his difficult record, he remains a calming influence.
Or maybe it's because he and I are of the same generation, and have similar taste in music--he once told Eric Frede that his favorite song ever is "Plush" by the Stone Temple Pilots, which made me tempted to kiss the TV. He also sings Pearl Jam karaoke. Rock on.
Last night the Red Sox juggernaut rolled over Detroit, despite some completely hamfisted moments including a Doug Mirabelli throw that went off Pudge Rodriguez' bat, over Billy Mueller's head and into foul territory, nothin' but net, allowing the then-tying run to score. Bastards. Kevin Millar also hit into a double play that made me tempted to begin flinging my feces at the wall like a tortured circus monkey. But in the end, all was right with Fenway, and Bronson walked off the field after 7-1/3 innings with a W and a standing ovation he's had coming for quite a while.
Maybe now he can eat a cheeseburger or two.