The Boston Red Sox opened the season against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 29. On that day they took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but blew it badly, coughing up six runs that frame and losing the game 6-4.
Chris Sale was great that day, but the bullpen blew up badly, with Joe Kelly being the biggest goat, allowing four runs in a third of an inning. It was a bad, bad day for the Sox, and many of their fans — apparently forgetting in the offseason that a single regular baseball game is essentially meaningless — freaked the heck out.
Overnight, whoever is running the Red Sox Twitter account had an inspired idea: to go back and respond to the Tweets from March 29. A sampling:
Petty? Maybe. Silly? Sure. But surprisingly hilarious. And when you win the World Series you can do anything you want to, so no complaints here.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.