If not, head over to my Flickr for some photos from Thursday's game, most of them taken during that spectacular 9 run 2nd inning.
As for the rest of this weekend's games...I can see running into Halladay being a major drag after facing the worst pitching staff on God's green earth for a few days. This is not to mention Halladay being in great form when we faced him.
But today, with Josh Beckett on the mound for Boston and Shaun Marcum on the hill for the Jays, I thought the Sox would get back to business, because, you see, I'd been suckered despite my better efforts during this Texas series into believing that they were finally putting it all together. This was also my sense of Beckett after his last two starts, and then he came out and threw probably the most horrible 2 and 1/3 innings of his career.
I should've known better, though I don't think anyone could've predicted just how putrid Beckett would be. If there's one thing this team likes to do, it's defy your expectations - both good and bad. I think I'd all but conceded there wasn't much hope for this season by the depths of the Manny doldrums, and I had a sucky road record and awful bullpen to back me up. Then, once Manny departed and the team seemed to gel again (not to mention remember what a bat is for), and headed back to Boston to play out most of the remainder of the season at home, I started feeling pretty good.
Just in time to see the ace of the pitching staff get blown out of the water by a barely-over-.500 squad from the cellar of our division, at home.
I really just do not get it.*
Speaking of which, the Pats didn't do much for my mood, sports-wise, this evening, following up the Sox suckfest with a dispiriting effort of their own. I blogged about this over at MVN, if you're into that sort of thing.
* Chad Finn brings up an interesting possible (partial) explanation: "Toronto's pitching coach, Brad Arnsberg, had the same role in Florida when Beckett was on the staff, and I've always suspected he's the first to notice when Beckett is tipping his pitches or develops some sort of tell in his delivery." Hmm.