The Red Sox got their 2006 season off to a great start with a 7-3 victory over the Texas Rangers. Curt Schilling pitched seven strong innings, threw 115 pitches and mixed them well, and struck out 5 to get the win. Jonathan Papelbon pitched lights out in the eighth, and Keith Foulke got hit hard in the ninth. He surrendered a run, and was saved by a spectacular over the shoulder catch by Coco Crisp in center field.
The Red Sox offense was sparked by a David Ortiz home run that could best be described as "majestic." It hit the right field foul pole about 3/4 of the way up. Papi also doubled in a run and had three hits. Mark Loretta doubled in a run and Jason Varitek doubled in two runs. Crisp scored two runs and Mike Lowell hit an eighth inning homer to conclude the scoring. Kevin Millwood started out strong for the first three innings, but the Sox got him for two in the fourth and three in the fifth.
The Sox begin the campaign in style, and so did Professor Thom's. There was a good crowd of Sox fans watching the game, and they'll be a bigger crowd in for Tuesday night's contest. Seth Meyers from Saturday Night Live made an appearance in the bar today, as he is friendly with one of PT's owners. (I didn't get a chance to meet him though, as he left after a few innings.)
The one drawback was that PT's couldn't get today's Mets game, as DirectTV, which the bar has, doesn't have a deal yet with SportsNet New York. Mets fans who have a satellite dish couldn't see today's Mets 3-2 win over the Nationals, and until the deal is done, will have to find other ways of seeing the Mets's games on SNY.