As I write this, the Red Sox are again on the verge of .500 after a 4-3, 12-inning win over the Reds at Fenway.
The Red Sox are trying to take advantage of the Reds while flame-throwing Aroldis Chapman (due back this weekend) and outfielder Jay Bruce are missing. The Red Sox had a knack in 2013 of playing teams when they had key injuries and they took full advantage of those situations.
A few other things:
■ Why are people leaving Fenway so early now? On Sunday afternoon in a tie game in the 10th inning, media members looked around the ballpark and it was half-empty. On Tuesday night (and granted it was a long game and people had to go to work the next day), a crowd announced at 36,004 looked like 6,004 remaining in the park in an extra inning game. This never happened during the “consecutive game streak.” More people stayed around in these situations back then. Not a complaint, just an observation.
■ Great to see some old Sox with the Reds this week. Outfielders Lee Tinsley and Billy Hatcher (he stole home when with the Sox) are coaches. Paul Lessard, one of the best trainers in the biz, is the Reds’ head trainer and served the Red Sox well. Not long ago won the MLB trainer of the year award.
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