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Home » April 2011 Game CommentsApril 2011 » Rule, Britton (Yeah)

Rule, Britton (Yeah)

The Red Sox faced Zach Britton just a few days before the Royal Wedding. Britton… Great Britain… get it?

Catherine Middleton and Prince William’s nuptials are on an entirely different plane from the upcoming ritual. I remember when Prince Charles and Lady Diana married I was nine years old and my family was on a trip in Oklahoma and Texas.

We got to choose our meals on the plane ride. It was the first time I had been in two states at the same time. I was amazed that the sun didn’t set in the ocean.

I don’t think our motel room had cable. All three networks were broadcasting live from St. Paul’s Cathedral. My mom and I lay prone on the bed, heads in our hands, transfixed by Lady Diana’s 25-foot long train. There were no tweets, status updates, live streaming web commentary, or hundreds of channels dissecting every second of the ceremony.

Mom and I won’t be watching Will and Kate’s wedding in person together, but we’ll chat about it over our smartphones, or she’ll send me an e-mail from her iPad, or we’ll write about it on each other’s walls. That would certainly interest her more than me harping on and on about Clay Buchholz.

Buchholz is the New Matsuzaka and Matsuzaka is the Old Buchholz. Maybe they are drawing from the Mystical Pool of Pitching Talent and when one is tapped into the other withers. Perhaps a malicious sorcerer cursed the pair so that when one was the good pitcher the other was bad, like a pitching version of Ladyhawke. Not a bad idea for a movie, actually, and even Buchholz, a part-time musician, could compose a better score than Andrew Powell did for the fantasy classic.

Let’s chalk this loss up to a combination of jetlag, left-handedness, and the lack of the magic snuggie because there was no pre-game show. Don Orsillo’s lavender tie with miniature paisleys was festive but no help. The Red Sox will resume the march to a winning record tomorrow night.

Game 22: April 26, 2011
Boston Red Sox
L: Clay Buchholz (1-3)
2B: Jacoby Ellsbury (4), Adrian Gonzalez (7)
WinBaltimore Orioles
W: Zach Britton (4-1)
H: Jim Johnson (4)
S: Kevin Gregg (3)
2B: Mark Reynolds (6), Luke Scott (3)

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