BOSTON — Except for the grubby, unkempt beards, didn’t the Boston Red Sox look really sharp last night?
We’re talking three-piece suit with polished wing tips sharp!
Yes, it’s true that the Red Sox could not have played a more flawless game ... well, other than Jonny Gomes’ bobble in the fifth inning. Except for that, your Boston Red Sox played like a well-oiled machine in Game 1 of the World Series against a Cardinals team that threw up their cleats with three errors and a lazy pop up dropping smack-dab in the middle of starting pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina.
Behind Jon Lester’s 7.2 scoreless innings and eight strikeouts as well as a thunderous three-run double in the first inning by Mike Napoli, Boston rolled 8-1 over the Cards here at Fenway Park.
Lester was so darn excellent — and he knew it — that he even tipped his cap to a roaring Fenway Park crowd after manager John Farrell relieved the southpaw with two outs in the eighth. Lester doesn’t do that too often. When he does, he barely lifts the cap off his head. Last night, we saw his entire noggin.
Did this dominance remind you of anything? Maybe it provided you a flashback to the 2004 World Series when Boston scored four runs in the first inning of Game 1 and rolled to a 4-0 series sweep.
Maybe you had a flashback to Game 1 of the 2007 World Series when Boston came out like gangbusters against the then-hottest team in the majors, the Colorado Rockies, scoring three times in the first inning and controlling that series throughout on the way to a 4-0 series sweep.
I’m not getting ahead of myself. I’m not telling you the Red Sox are going to sweep this series. That would be foolish considering they have their own issues right now.