Oh, I know. It’s only one game. But, July 24, 2004 was only one game too.
They’re all one game. So, you can only go by what happens within each one game.
And yesterday, a lot sure happened. Even if it was just one inning. Of one game.
When a team is struggling, sometimes it just takes a little confidence to get the ball rolling again. Yesterday’s game certainly provided a lot of that.
Rusney Castillo made key contributions, hitting his first home run of the year. He doesn’t have to look at that zero any more. Pablo Sandoval had a big hit to put runners at the corners. They weren’t rallying in spite of Panda, they were rallying because of him. Mookie Betts had an important steal. Hanley Ramirez had a bit hit, driving in a run. David Ortiz had an RBI. Dustin Pedroia got a hit and scored a run. Brock Holt had a hit and scored a run. Bogaerts had an absolute crushing two run double. De Aza had a pinch hit RBI for crying out loud. They had four hits with a runner in scoring position. Three of them in a row. With two outs. Maybe this can let everyone stop trying too hard. This proves that they just need to all do their part, and let everyone else take it from there. Panda only needs a single, because it’s will be followed by a double. This could help them realize that they don’t need to hit a three run homer with nobody on base.
This wasn’t them winning a game because Mike Napoli had two homers and drove in four runs. This was a team win if there ever was won. A team win where they had a huge comeback in a game they could have given up on. If you were thinking this team didn’t care, or wasn’t vested in the games, this was the perfect chance for them to prove it. Down four early, it was the perfect time to just mail it in. Instead they held on and rallied. Everyone. The whole team.
Now, they say that momentum is the next day’s starter. Well, with Eduardo Rodriguez next in line, they seem to have that covered as well.
Everyone is into it now.
This could be fun.