...left is right, etc. Ichiro, of all people, lost sight of a ball in the sun of late-afternoon right field at Fenway, letting Jed Lowrie reach third base safely, and then Carl Crawford hit a walkoff single that scored the Legend. And thus, with the first walkoff win of the season, the one game the Red Sox were expected to lose this weekend -- right up until it started today, even when it would mean a sweep -- they won, at the last minute, and in unlikely fashion.
"Unlikely"goes for the Sox in macrocosm, too, so far this season. They have defied every expectation, from the certainty that they would probably flounder during their West Coast swing, to the assumption that they would then feast on the soft underbelly of the Orioles, before returning for another strong homestand.
As it turned out, they went on an ass-kicking rampage in Oakland and Anaheim, inexplicably dropped the series in Baltimore, and did indeed look headed for another blindingly frustrating loss this afternoon before a pitch was even thrown, given the pitching matchup: AARP member Tim Wakefield vs. "King" Felix Hernandez. Sure, piece of cake. Or so, of course, we thought.