Kevin Youkilis hit what he was sure was a home run in the very first inning, but it turned out to have somehow bounced off the very top of the vertical face of the all, and back out onto the field.
Pretty soon, the Sox would be up 3-0. Then 3-1. And then it all fell apart, in a circus-like inning that involved lots of lunging fruitlessly in an effort to tag runners and Lenny DiNardo not so much catching as deflecting the ball with his glove, and it all went predictably pear-shaped.
There's a chance Schilling may not be back this year, although they'll probably keep stringing us along about him. Just now NESN reported that Manny is indefinitely shut down. About the only thing left to hope for is Ortiz breaking Jimmie Foxx's record.
I cringe whenever I think about the upcoming series with the Yankees in New York. I mean...it's like having a huge test that counts for 50% of your grade and you've skipped class a lot and you haven't studied anything, and you tried to cram last night but you fell asleep on your books instead, and now here you are, trudging toward the lecture hall trying frantically to think of a way out of it, but you can't, and you know you just have to go in there and take your punishment and consider it a learning experience.
In other words, the Red Sox season is currently giving me flashbacks to college. And that is not good, people. That is not good at all.