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What a great game!

Good lord. What a game. I'm still excited and tired from the game last night. That was the best moment of the season (so far?). It not only was fun to watch, but it could be the catalyst needed to get the Sox back to playing like they did before the All Star break.

Here's why this is such a huge moment:
  • Manny might get hot. Watch out.
  • A dangerous Manny might make Scioscia think twice before intentionally walking Papi - they walked him FOUR TIMES yesterday! Pitching to Papi, and more willingness to throw him strikes makes him a better player. That is why Papi bats 3rd rather than cleanup. He's more in need of lineup protection than Manny usually is because he's more liable to go with a bad pitch rather than weighting for his as Manny does. That's one reason why his power is down: Manny has struggled, they've pitched around Papi more, and he's swung at those pitches and hit them for singles.
  • It felt like the Sox backed into the playoffs. They needed a reminder why they had the best record in baseball. This might be it.
  • We're up 2-0 in a series which includes more nap time then a day at daycare. I'm actually sort of worried about rust. And this is the playoffs!
  • It was a hugely inspirational win. That can go a long way.
  • The bullpen looked fantastic. Mini-Manny, Oki, Lopez, and Pap didn't give up a single hit in 4 1/3 innings. When they are rolling, so are the Sox.

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