Kudos to Mike Lowell, who slapped Red Sox owner John Henry around a bit by blasting a home run over the green monster on the first pitch he saw since returning to the Red Sox. While Lowell was busy hitting 3 home runs for the PawSox last week, Henry was actively trying to get him traded. This guy has never gotten any respect in his career — for a clutch performer and World Series MVP, he is wildly underrated. Not to mention his glove.
Kudos also to Josh Beckett who pitched a 3-hit, 8 strikeout gem needing only 103 pitches through 8 complete innings. Beckett was then taken out of the game as he was busy brawling with the Indians. You can see the video on ESPN.com. Beckett is listed at 6’5 and 225 pounds — and he looked very mad.
This game was a key win for the Red Sox, firing up a team that now is missing their two best players (Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia). Now is the time for them to start making a run.