That was pretty much vancredible.
Especially since it looked out of reach early on, as Lester struggled yet again, giving up 5 runs over the first four innings. But the Sox saved it up for the late innings, which, honestly, I should have known. Because, much like Ida Luchrenstein from my sophomore year of college, this team does its best work late at night. And they did it again last night, tying it up in the eighth, and setting it up for Jonathan Van Every’s heroics in the tenth. Never mind the fact that the dude — who looks like he just walked off the set of one of the Fast and Furious movies — kept us in this one with a couple of stellar defensive plays. When we needed the big hit to push us over the top, he launched his first major league home run.
How awesome a showcase for the young talent has the past few weeks been? We got Nick Green filling Lowrie’s shoes, Hunter Jones and Michael Bowden helping us stuff the Yankees last weekend, John Henry likely grooming a pack of hot young female sportcasters to prep for Heidi Watney’s retirement, and now Van Every going yard to drop us into a tie for first place in the East. You couldn’t have scripted a more perfect ending to this game, and as soon as the ball left the bat, I went f@#king van nuts.
Here’s to the new winning streak. And god bless Jonathan Van Every.