It may have been ugly, but it was a win, and a step in the right direction.
Case in point: David Ortiz hit his first home run of the season last night (still waiting on Cameron and Beltre), and it may be the start of something. Last season, from the point when he hit his first homer (May 21), Ortiz hit 28 homers and had 83 RBI or so. This year, he has gotten a months jump start on that and if his numbers follow the path that they did last year, he’s on track for a monster season, especially if he only hits against righties. Ortiz won’t be a guy who can dominate pitching and give us 50 homers and 135 RBI again, but as a role player hitting out of the fifth or sixth spot, he can solidify this lineup. At the very least, it’s a start.
And thank God for the Baltimore Orioles and their 18 games against the Sox this season. Nothing gets a team going like a nice weekend swing against a truly miserable team. They do it again tonight at 7:10, and Lackey’s on the hill.