OMG ADAM STERN I AM OFFICIALLY NAMING MY FIRSTBORN CHILD AFTER YOU EVEN IF IT'S A GIRL.
That said, Kevin Youkilis has also, as Surviving Grady once said of Johnny Damon, been bitten by a radioactive spider. I think everyone knew he deserved to be an everyday player by last year, but I don't think anyone would have figured that he could switch over to first and play some serious defense and mash at the plate and leg out ground balls all over the place. Clearly he's sold his soul to Satan or something.
Manny finally got a double. As of today, he had played thirteen straight games without an extra-base hit. His previous personal record for that was nine games. I'm reminded here of that thing Sarah wrote last year about watching Manny being like a little baby chick trying to break its way out of an egg. Except Manny's hair is way gnarlier than a baby chick's feathers.
But back to Adam Stern. Of course, the bacon saved by Adam Stern was Papelbon's, so that should be addressed too. Papelbon came within a razor's edge of his fall from grace tonight, walking two and allowing a base hit for loaded bases by the time he gave up a long fly ball to shallow center, which was somehow, in a COMPLETE MIRACLE, gloved by Stern and brought into the webbing of its glove within a micrometer of hitting the ground.
Meanwhile, Schilling, it seems, came within a nanosecond of just jumping over the dugout rail, sprinting out to the mound, ripping the glove off Jonathan's hand, pushing his way in front of him, and barking, "I'll take care of this. NEXT." I don't think Adam Stern was even back off the ground yet by the time Schilling had reached Jonathan when it was finally over. That is definitely a weird kind of pseudo-parental relationship right there.
Anyway, I still wonder what will happen when Papelbon can't come through with it, which is bound to happen, and probably sooner rather than later. I mean, as first Remy and then THE ECK pointed out tonight, if that ball gets by Adam Stern, we're talking blown save in the blink of an eye. Then what? What happens when Jonathan's seal is broken, so to speak, when he doesn't have that new-phenom smell anymore?
But for now, he got out of it. Kid's blessed, that's for sure. And we're all still riding his karmic trail.
P.S. Meanwhile, despite several of Johnny Damon's best runs into the wall tonight, the Yankees lost to the Blue Jays, 10-5. It's very, very early...but any time your team is not only in first place in your division, but first place in the American League, is not a time to take for granted.