This one was ugly from the beginning. By 9pm I had already turned to LOST for help.. And even though it was a recap clip show, it was a relief. A relief from 4 more passed balls, giving the Red Sox catcher 10 for the season. 10! Think of it....only 25 more, with plenty of time to go this season, and he will have tied the mark for most passed balls in a season. That dubious mark is held by Geno Petralli, formerly of the Jays and the Rangers, and was set in 1987. For the record, the Red Sox record for passed balls is held by Mike Macfarlane, with 26 of 'em in 1995. Bard has that one in the bag. Done deal. Mission accomplished. Lift off.
Bright spots were few and far between. The relief work by Julian Tavarez. Manny's continued hot bat. Wily Mo's homer. But there was an overwhelming sense of "we have no chance tonight" throughout the long and tortuous 9 innings. Even "Little Manny" Delcarmen could not escape the bad Bard vibes in this one.
Later, I'll have something to say about the famous 2004 World Series ball, and Keith Foulke and his shoes. I know. Important stuff, BS at this time of year, when the games REALLY count.