Tim Wakefield, 41 year old Timmeh Wakefield, won his 16th game of the year today in the Red Sox 14-2 win over the Chicago White Sox: that ties him with 26 year old teammate Josh Beckett for the MLB lead in wins. It also gives fellow graybeards like myself hope.
If Timmy can compete and be successful at the highest athletic level there is, then surely I can survive a week of schlepping furniture and conning money out of people that they don't really have to spend.
Another member of the salt and pepper set continued to remind fans, players, and hopefully upper management of his value: Mike Lowell went 4 for 6 with 2 RBI's, raising his season total to 92.
Yep: you read it right. The aging knuckleball pitcher won his 16th game, and the add on player we HAD to take to get Beckett has 92 freaking RBI's. Hopefully, Theo is taking notice: other than Slappy and his reported $35 million dollar asking price, do you see any other 3B options for next year that have been as productive as Senor Doubles? Yeah: that's what I thought.
79-51: 28 games over .500 with a 6.5 game lead over the MFY's going into tonight. The Boston Massacre of last year is a distant memory, and Torre and his crew of billion dollar babies need to realize that this year is different.
THIS year, we have Beckett being an ace, OKJ being dominant, and Pap morphing into the Rivera of the decade. Papi is back, Manny is Manny, and Mike Freaking Lowell has 92 RBI's.
It's finally going to happen: the Red Sox are going to give the Yankees their last rights this week.
I may TiVo it all for posterity: at the very least I'm going to call my Yankee buddy Shawn and ride him unmercilessly.
It's the least I can do.