|Game 101: July 21, 2008
||W: Jon Lester (8-3)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (29)
|58-43, 1 game winning streak
||L: Jarrod Washburn (4-9)
||38-61, 3 game losing streak
| Highlights: Perhaps Jason Varitek wanted to vindicate Jon Lester’s loss of the “Best Moment” ESPY award to softball players Sara Tucholsky, Liz Wallace, and Mallory Holtman, who were indeed part of an inspiring moment but only because an umpire misinterpreted a rule. Whatever it was that motivated the Red Sox backstop to blast a two-run homer in the fifth will hopefully carry him through the rest of this season, which has been his poorest since his rookie season. In contrast Lester is having his best season in his young career, surpassing purported ace Josh Beckett. Besides his no-hitter, this eight-inning, six strikeout, and no walk performance was amongst his best of the year and came when his team needed it most.|
Flashback: Spring Training 2008
Manny: Hey, Peewee, have you heard this before? [Passes Dustin his iPod.]
Dustin: Uh, I think I remember hearing this when I was in sixth grade or something. Are they from like Ireland or something?
Manny: Yeah, man. It’s the Cranberries! Aren’t they awesome? I love Dolores’s voice, it’s so intense, man.
Dustin: I don’t know, dude. I roll with Snoop, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, y'know, that kind of shiz.
Manny: [Sings] “Unhappiness where’s when I was young and we didn’t give a damn....” I should make this my at bat music when we get back to Fenway, yeah?
Manny: [Frowns] You don’t like it?
Dustin: Dude, for at bat music, it has to be loud and funky and shit. It has to strike fear into the heart of the pitcher.
Manny: [Laughs] Millar, he said the stuff that comes flying out of my hair does that.
Dustin: Not to mention that stuff that clogs up the shower drains. Isn’t there a more hardcore song on that disc?
Manny: Well, there’s one, but that one’s not the real me, man.
Dustin: I’m telling you, you bust out “Dreaming My Dreams” or “Linger” or some shit like that you are gonna be called a bitch. Like a bigger bitch than A-Rod.
Manny: Okay, okay, I got another one in mind then.
Dustin: Good! What is it?
Manny: [Winks] It’s gonna be a surprise. [Wanders off to the batting cages at Johnny Pesky Field, singing] “In your he-ead, in your he-eh-eh-ead! Zombie! Zombie! Zombie, eh eh! In your he-ead, in your he-eh-eh-ead....”