Back in the playoffs, and Iain of Baseball Desert fame flies in tonight for another pilgrimage to Fenway.
I'm taking time off to show him more sights around the Boston area, which meant last night I had to work so late I only got home in time to see Youkilis stand at the plate with two on and two outs down one run in the bottom of the ninth, work a full count, and then watch strike three streak past him into the catcher's mitt.
As Soxaholix put it, "Ah, yes, nothing quite like chahging into the playoffs by losing 5 straight including getting nonchalantly flicked like a boogah off the nose of the pinstriped 800 lb playoff gorilla."
Then again, the theme of this team this year has been ups and downs -- BIG ups and downs. I figure if they're getting their inexplicable week-long slump out of the way now, maybe it'll up the chances they'll get hot mid-September-style by this time next week.