Sox 8 Oakland 3 - Up, up and away; Dr. Spock

Up, Up and Away

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'Manny Ortez' Goes Deep

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And Mueller, Roberts Put it Away

Bronson bounces back from bad outing

Sox tie it up, take the lead, and break it open,
topping Oakland 8-3


Star Tek

Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek slept uneasily, having absorbed a half-dozen foul balls off his face mask. Catching takes a toll on you, physically and mentally, the sum total of countless contrecoup brain trauma, however subtle. How else can you explain Yogi Berra?

JV_9.6_300.jpg As he drifted off to sleep, with its inevitable dreams, he entered a conversation with Science Officer Spock, the Vulcan from the Starship Enterprise.

Varitek: “We’ve really been on a tear, winning 18 of 20, playing great baseball.”

Spock: “Random chance seems to have operated in our favor.”

Varitek: “In plain, non-Vulcan English, we’ve been lucky.”

Spock: “I believe I said that.”

Varitek: “It’s hard to believe that we could go on such a tear without Nomar. Unfortunately, he wasn’t very happy with his contract situation.”

Spock: “You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical but it is often true.”

Varitek: “It’s tough to build a competitive team, one that can win the big games and function as one.”

Spock: “As a matter of cosmic history, it has always been easier to destroy than to create.”

Varitek: “Do you know what General Manager Theo Epstein said about Nomar’s contract?”

DrS_9.6.jpg Spock: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

Varitek: “How do you think the average fan viewed the team, before The Trade?”

Spock: “It only knows that it needs. But like many of us, it does not know what.”

Varitek: “Yes, and we’ve been getting some great press, too, even from the likes of Gerry Callahan and Dan Shaughnessy.”

Spock: “Ah, the giants.”

Varitek: “Sometimes a big play can change your season, like the fight I had with Alex Rodriguez. I had to do something after he mouthed off.”

Spock: “If I were human, I believe the correct response would be, ‘Go to hell.’”

Varitek: “I told him, ‘eat leather’ and showed him some glove. Maybe it wasn’t the logical thing to do, but it felt good.”

Spock: “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.”

Varitek: “A lot of teams struggle on the road. Do you have any thoughts on that?”

Spock: “You must learn to govern your passions. They will be your undoing. I would not remind you of that which you know so well.”

Varitek: “What do you think our chances are of overtaking the Yankees for the American League East Title?”

Spock: “I have never computed them.”

Varitek: “How do you think the Yankees will fare against us down the stretch?”

Spock: “Any show of resistance will be futile.”

Mrs. Varitek (waking Jason): “Wake up, time to go.”

Varitek: “Where no Red Sox team has gone before.”

(Spock quotes from various Star Trek episodes and films)

- Ron S.
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