First things first. Brendan Donnelly looks like if he weren't playing baseball he'd be working behind the counter at his uncle's tiny pizza place someplace like Leominster. And probably moonlighting as a bouncer at the darkest, deepest, seediest Irish neighborhood bar imaginable.
Schilling was dominant against the O's, whose fans seemed to comprise approximately 5% of the crowd.
Alex Cora is a stud who hits bombs.
Jason Varitek left his bat at Fenway before leaving for Baltimore. Again.
Memo to David Ortiz: thank you for that tremendous at-bat that broke Cabrera's stalemate with Schilling, broke open the game and possibly even broke Cabrera's spirit. However, we in Red Sox Nation kindly ask that you cease and desist flirting with disaster by sliding like a jumbo jet coming in for a crash landing every time you are on base.
Manny Ramirez hit a sac fly that might have been a homer if not for a spectacular catch by Corey Patterson in the top of the ninth, and then took solace in the arms of Julian Tavarez, with whom he literally snuggled on the bench for several minutes after walking back in off the field.
Hideki Okajima remains astonishing.
TV-broadcaster line of the night goes to Jerry Remy for saying, of the O's collapsing bullpen, which had been vaunted in the offseason, "It's like flushing $41 million down the toilet." And Orioles fans' ulcers bleed a little more...(to this, which I typed to Sam in IM earlier tonight, she replied, "Ulcers? I believe you mean SOULS.")
Part of me feels a pang of guilt for the fact that so many of our number took over Camden Yards in bright red wigs and headbands with Japanese on them and jerseys and facepaint and waving Red Sox beach towels. The other part of me figures, if the Orioles can't draw a crowd against a division opponent even when they're in second place by a game and a half, then screw 'em.
I especially like that so far, the majority of of the Sox games this year have been intricately collaborative efforts like this one--solid, grinding, never-say-die team wins. I really, REALLY love this team.
P.S. Joy of Sox has a post up on a very strange statement made tonight by an O's broadcaster...I really can't figure out why they've been so fascinated with Schilling's sock down there in Baltimore. Sam, who was listening to the O's broadcast on MLB.tv, says to her it sounded like he was joking.