Several Globe readers, before last night’s game, said that this would be the real test for Clay, facing a surprisingly good Royals’ line-up after two wretched losses for the Sox at Fenway. Again, Clay set things right, putting us back in tune. While a another pitcher(Congrats Philly) was throwing a perfect game in Miami, the same pitcher Sox bats dethroned last week, Clay offered us a “mere” shutout. Was he irritated by the lack of runs, all those runners left on base? It seemed that with a few small changes in hit ball flight, we would have had a blowout. Was he nervous facing Greinke? Was he distracted by Kevin Millar’s laugh in the press box? None of the above. All the perfect pitch metaphors are flying around Philly of course, but there is perfection to behold in a Buchholz, Bard, Papelbon shutout. As agida-inducing as a one run game can be, this is one damn good trio.
PS. As happy as I was to see Kevin Millar visiting Remy & Orsillo, and hear him talk about 04, pointing to the goose bumps on his arms he gets every time he talks about it, there was an equally joyful visit from Tina Cervasio. In this spirit, I have to mention the reunion of Jonathan Papelbon”s arm with the 96 mph fastball. With the split-finger dropping like it did, 96 is perfect, just perfect.
*Claymotion: clay-mo-tion (clay-mo-shuhn)
1. grace under pressure, especially exhibited after two team losses in a row.
2. motion opposite commotion, also motion stopping momentum of opposing force. see Newton.
Boston, USA, 2010, more specifically, Fenway Park.
Lesteration. See Jon Lester, and see Thomas’ Trolley, May 31, 2010