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.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.