Call it that championship feeling. A year ago, it made Fenway Park a special shrine, and the Red Sox a very special team.
The moment lefthander Bruce Hurst took the field yesterday, the magic that carried the Red Sox to the 1986 American League pennant seemed to fill the air for the first time this season. After Hurst left the mound with a two-hit, 3-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, an Opening Day crowd of 33,679 hoped they were seeing the beginning of a grand revival.
After three puzzling losses to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Red Sox were suddenly on track -- and against a prime contender in the AL East.
“The way our staff is set up now,” said Marty Barrett, “we’re going to go out every game thinking we can’t lose.
“That’s how I felt last year. That’s how I felt today with Hurst. I’ll feel the same tomorrow with (Roger) Clemens.”
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