Exciting Weekend

27 04 2009
A fan holds up a broom as the Boston Red Sox swept a three game series against the New York Yankees last night. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A fan holds up a broom as the Boston Red Sox swept a three game series against the New York Yankees last night. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

By Brendan Tyman

This past weekened provided several highlights and the only downside for Boston sports fans was the 121-118 loss suffered by the Celtics in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series versus the pesky Chicago Bulls.

The image that will stand out the most is not the NFL Draft or the last second treys knocked down by Ray Allen and Ben Gordon to send the contest into another frame for their respective teams, but Jacoby Ellsbury stealing home with 15-year veteran Andy Pettite on the mound.

Things could not get better as Boston has become the center of the sports universe. Many analysts declared the New England Patriots as having one of the best drafts and being set for 2010 with 3 second round selections. The Boston Red Sox just swept the New York Yankees and the 9-game homestand. The Boston Bruins finally got revenge on the Montreal Canadiens and are currently relaxing while their future opponent is battling. The Boston Celtics are the defending champions and looking to repeat as world champions. Two Boston College players were just chosen on the first day of the Draft (B.J. Raji was the first defensive tackle taken by the Green Bay Packers and Ron Brace was taken by the Pats).

If you are a Boston sports fan, you can be thankful for living in this glorious renaissance in sports history. Enjoy weekends like this past one because they do not come along very often.

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Opening Act

7 04 2009
Boston Red Sox players Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew, Dustin Pedroia, and Jason Bay celebrate the first of what should be many triumphs this season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston Red Sox players Jacoby Ellsbury, J.D. Drew, Dustin Pedroia, and Jason Bay celebrate the first of what should be many triumphs this season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

By Brendan Tyman

There is nothing like a home opener in Boston. Food tastes delicious, the air smells fresh, and there is always something to make fans drop a tear. This year it was Senator Ted Kennedy being driven around the warning track on a cart with newly elected Hall of Famer, Jim Rice to throw the first pitch.

Once the game got started, Josh Beckett flashed the form he had in 2007 when he finished 2nd in the American League Cy Young voting. Beckett recorded 10 strikeouts in 7 innings. He only gave up 2 hits in leading the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the defending American League Champs, Tampa Bay Rays at a raucous Fenway Park.

Reigning American League MVP, Dustin Pedroia homered in his first at-bat to put the Sox ahead 1-0. He also began the bottom half of the 3rd inning with a walk. Eventually, J.D. Drew drove him in on a groundout to first base. This would give Boston a lead that they would never relinquish. Left Fielder Jason Bay brought in a run on an RBI single to right field.

In a sign of good things, Varitek had some nice swings, including a solo shot in the 6th to take Rays starting pitcher James Shields out of the contest.

The only negatives on this day was Jacoby Ellsbury snapped his 18-game hitting streak (continued from last season) and Hideki Okajima allowed 2 runs to score after Justin Masterson gave up a two-run single to Evan Longoria.

Even rain could not prevent this excitement to a new year. The win was worth the wait.