As much as I would like to post a clip of John "Bluto" Blutarsky rallying the Deltas and talking it not being over yet, I just don't have it in me to do so. (Or as Dennis Simpson Day said, "War's over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.")
A rather dispiriting loss to the reborn Baltimore Orioles last night by the Sox, 5-2, has made it pretty clear that the Red Sox will play their next meaningful game next April. Josh Beckett didn't pitch badly, but the offense wasn't there, as they could only manage a two-run home run by Jed Lowrie.
Let's face it gang. It's just not going to happen in 2010. The injuries have just been too much to overcome. The pitching disappointments doomed the Sox to a third place finish in the East. And one of those disappointments, Manny Delcarmen, was shipped off to Colorado yesterday for a single A righthanded starting pitcher named Chris Balcom-Miller.
Delcarmen lived the dream of almost every Boston kid: play for the Red Sox. And also won a ring in 2007. But he had fallen so far down the depth charts that the Sox figured they could get something for him on the postseason waiver deadline, and it sounds like Balcom-Miller is a legitimate prospect. Manny is a decent guy and I wish him all the best in Colorado.
And the Jeremy Hermida experiment was officially declared a failure yesterday, as he was officially released by the Red Sox, as he had been playing at Pawtucket.