Swept by the lowly Cubs and put on the cusp of their 50th loss of the season, it’s time to call it quits for any expectation of the Red Sox competing for a post-season slot this year. The most astounding one-sided run in recent memory – that is, when one team surged mightily without much benefit from the collapse of a different team – was the 2011 Cardinals. The Braves didn’t do themselves much good in that run, but it is extremely uncharitable to characterize their year as a collapse. The Cardinals simply took the reins starting in early August and never once looked back, all the way to an epic seven game World Series victory.
There was a point during Saturday’s game where I saw the possibility that Jon Lester could successfully pitch a no-hitter and we still lose the game. A boneheaded error by Drew, a wild HBP, a deft sacrifice bunt by Gardner, and a canny fielder’s choice RBI by Jeter knotted the score at one with the box still reading no hits. “Perfect,” I thought. After the downright embarrassing shutout from the hated Yankees the night before and being pounded by the Mariners for a three-day score of 10-24 I almost reveled in the prospect of having our ace twirl his second career no-no and collecting a loss for his efforts.
June 21 2014, NEWHBA and the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park
co-hosted the second Annual NEWHBA-Fest in Christopher Columbus Park in the
North End to raise money for the local Nazzaro Community Center as well as
raise awareness about all of the local health and beauty options in Boston. To
put it plainly, the festival was a success. The local bands were playing; the
people were dancing; the volleyballers were volleyballing. It was a great
atmosphere. NEWHBA’s sponsors and vendors were out in full force for the
majority of the day, educating the public about how easy it is to live a
healthy lifestyle and look beautiful while doing it.
U.S. and the crazy fortunes of a few American national team players were
brought into focus following Sunday's 2-2 draw with Portugal. There were the
heroes Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones, and then there was the scapegoat
most inspiring person of the match was none other than Client Dempsey. Even sporting
a broken nose that still looked like an old windy road in the countryside and taking
lumps from Portugal's defenders, Dempsey’s game reached another level.
The first words out of
Tom Caron’s mouth in the post-game review are the same on all our lips: what a
difference a week makes. A home and home four game sweep of the Braves (while
we handled Minor, we were extremely lucky to dodge Teheran) and a three game
sweep of the Rays equals seven straight wins after a ten game stretch I’m sure
we’d all like to forget. Never mind that the Jays have been winning steadily
during that span, it’s not time for us to obsess over the standings just yet.
It feels particularly right
that we clean off our week of wins by sweeping the Rays.