Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Red Sox 3, White Sox 2

Tavarez on the mound
Originally uploaded by bostonian71.
When my wife and I learned that Julian Tavarez was starting last night's game, we groaned. Since we hadn't been to Fenway in a while, we knew we'd enjoy being there, but we were convinced the game itself would be a blowout for the other side.

The last thing we expected was six -- count them, six -- shutout innings against a very dangerous lineup. Yes, he tired in the seventh, but as my wife pointed out afterwards, there's no shame in giving up a homer to Jim Thome. And he's certainly earned another chance to start, as well as a hell of a lot more respect from Sox fans. In a game that featured the return of Tek, Trot, and Manny, that might've been the best thing of all.

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