Brooms for Boston
Well, that was worth a long winter’s wait. Nothing like handing the World Series champions a three-game sweep to start off the season on home turf. Some thoughts:
- Keep an eye on how many home run pitches are down and in this season. I wrote a few little ditties on fastballs and curveballs this year that came to the conclusion that no matter what the pitch is, it gets hammered low and inside. The bombs off Halladay were off sinkers/cutters that were supposed to be outside but leaked in. Same goes for Thomas’, and 80% of the HR’s I’ve seen so far this year
- Speaking of Thomas’ bedlam-inducing grand slam, maybe he can still get around on a 95 mph fastball, eh? He had to know it was coming, as much was made of Delcarmen’s changeup in the first game that that he hit a game-winning double off of being a “gift”, and pretty much the only pitch he can catch up to at this time of the year.
- Now that he’s hotter than he was all of last season, can we stop getting on Vernon’s case for being pull-happy? That’s just what he does (like swinging at every first pitch) when he’s hitting well. His bomb off Beckett was off a curveball up and away. Sure, maybe he could hit for more average if he slapped that ball into the right field gap, but you can’t make a leopard change his spots, and as long as its shoulder holds up, you don’t need to. That being to said, is it too soon to notice that he’s working the count more? A few walks have always been the only thing between him and superstardom.
- Great to see McDonald flashing the leather right from the get-go (and seemingly unaffected by his lack of playing time) but that collision in center field was dangerous and not necessary. Clearly the center fielder’s ball, especially when he’s calling it the whole way- and PLEASE at all costs stay away from that 18 million dollar reconstructed shoulder in center field (although he hit Wells in the opposite shoulder than the one that he had surgery on). Scary moment in the middle of a great weekend: it looked like McDonald was twitching on the turf for a while there.
- Jamie Campbell is attempting to compensate for baseball knowledge with pure enthusiasm and it’s painful. Every time the Jays score a run, he raises his voice to a shout. Right after Wells went yard, Thomas hit one hard but only to the wall and Ramirez’s glove that he went positively ballistic over on contact. Even when you’re sitting in the stands, that’s not cool.
- For all the hoo-hah, was it really that bad shipping in Sox Fans for opener weekend? There were still plenty of seats available, and the attendance was 50,171, 35,238 and 30,114 as compared to this weekend last year, when we got 38,437, 18,495 (mostly free tickets given at the first one) and 12,436. Now that was against the Rays, but I never really had a problem with inviting New England for the Jays’ coming out party.