I like to think that shortly before the Sox took the field this afternoon and proceeded to have their way with the Rays, the team got together, passed around a communal shot glass and vowed to win this one for Jacoby.
Because I can think of no better form of street justice to avenge the loss of our center fielder than a 13-5 pasting before the home crowd. (Actually, a better form might involve Julian Tavarez, a set of tools, and the Tampa Bay team bus. But that could get messy.)
This one had it all: Fifteen hits in total for the Sox including home runs from Aviles, The Elf, Ortiz, Saltalamacchia and Ross. The case of Coors goes to Mike Aviles, who repped his set rather well in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-5 and atoning nicely for a bases-loaed fly out.
Honorable mention to Papi, who had 4 hits and 5 RBIs and is once again starting to look like The Guy Pitchers Would Rather Chew Their Own Nutsack Than Face.
Props to Buchholz for settling down after giving up five runs over the first three innings, keeping the Rays on ice while his teammates went to work. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, people. That’s the way The Ghost of Teddy Ballgame intended it.
So write it down: This one was for Jacoby. Tomorrow we’ll just kick their asses ’cause it feels good.