Blah blah, Safeco sucks, small village left on base, etc.
But doesn't Jon Lester look magnificent? I'm not even talking about his pitching, I'm talking just about him. He was downright gangly last year even before his cancer treatments, but this year he has filled out incredibly. He looks so much more solid, and I still can't get over the way he carries himself now. SI had a great interview (complete with adorable picture) with Jon this week, and he told them that last year he was always trying to work on something or worrying about a particular pitch. This year, it's "just pitching" -- "I hope I can go out there, throw strike one and not think about it."
Personally, I'm willing to give Jon-boy a mulligan on that one last night. Because obviously Safeco field holds some kind of magical powers over the Red Sox that makes them utterly suck whenever they visit.
Meanwhile, one guy I'm not giving a free pass to is Manny, on that called-strike vs. walk debacle in the second inning. It's clear from his half hour of gesticulating and bitching loudly to whoever was within earshot that he felt the pitch was up and in. But I'm personally surprised the home plate umpire didn't throw him out after all the time he spent on first base chirping and making a gesture like he was leaning out of the way of a pitch, which was not at all the case with that one anyway, and honestly I wanted to smack him. Maybe in a somewhat parental way that would separate me from the true Manny haters, but still. Bang zoom. To the moon.*
Finally, for your weekend viewing pleasure, have another video of Matt Damon on David Letterman, via Shakespeare's Sister. In this video, Matt makes reference to Sean McDonough, and by extension, to back when the Red Sox were still on Channel 38:
It seems like every time Matt Damon has been interviewed recently, he has worked in a Red Sox reference. This elevates him from "incredibly hot" to "indescribably hot," in my eyes.
Also, his Matthew McConaughey impression is not to be missed:
*I'm not even going to get into the baserunning debacle that occurred after that, because frankly I don't want to relive it.