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Lex III: Actioni contrariam semper et æqualem esse reactionem: sive corporum duorum actiones in se mutuo semper esse æquales et in partes contrarias dirigi.

Law III: To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions

Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Sir Isaac Newton

To Newton’s great mathematical and philosophical opus I add a necessary component based on my observation of the Red Sox, its ownership and management, and the Boston media.

Action: Dustin Pedroia attempts to stretch a single to a double in the first inning and seems to avoid Will Rhymes’s tag.
Reaction: Mark Carlson calls Pedroia out and gets into an argument with Pedroia.
Overreaction: Bobby Valentine comes out to argue with Carlson, too. Dan Shaughnessy scribes 10,000-word column on Valentine’s war against umpires.

Action: In the fourth inning Adrian Gonzalez plays Matt Joyce’s double to the right field corner well but misses the cutoff man.
Reaction: Joyce advances to third and scores on Ben Zobrist’s ground out to first.
Overreaction: Trade for Manny Ramirez to play rover when Gonzalez is in the outfield or re-sign J.D. Drew to a $10M one-year deal to shore up the outfield. Sabermetrician Tom Tango compiles decades of defensive metrics proving that playing right field and first base are essentially the same. Voros McCracken counters with statistics that demonstrate the positions are only 1.61803399% similar. No one understands what either of them wrote but everyone pretends that they do.

Action: Rhymes lines a single to left to score Sean Rodriguez in the seventh.
Reaction: I learn that Rodriguez still has a job in the major leagues.
Overreaction: I hum “Touch It” for the rest of the game. Ben Cherington puts Rhymes on his short list of players to acquire.

Action: In the bottom of the seventh Gonzalez knocks a three-run homer into the first row of the Monster seats for a 3-2 lead.
Reaction: Gonzalez chest bumps and yells in Ortiz’s face upon reaching home.
Overreaction: I imagine the three-man rotations for the playoffs: Beckett, Buchholz, Lester? Doubront is actually pitching better than Lester right now, but what about in September? What if Daisuke comes back and is effective? Pete Abraham interviews the family that caught the ball and how they felt being a part of the team’s turnaround.

Action: Rodriguez homers off Alfredo Aceves with Zobrist on base in the ninth.
Reaction: Salty is up in the bottom of the ninth, maybe he can recreate the magic.
Overreaction: How are the Patriots’ OTAs going?

Game 47: May 27, 2012
WinTampa Bay Rays
W: Jake McGee (2-1)
S: Fernando Rodney (16)
2B: Matt Joyce (5), Sean Rodriguez (5)
HR: Rodriguez (5)
Boston Red Sox
H: Franklin Morales (8), Vicente Padilla (11)
BS, L: Alfredo Aceves (3, 0-2)
HR: Adrian Gonzalez (4)

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