The Celtics are squaring off with the 76ers in the NBA playoffs and the Red Sox are beginning interleague play against the Phillies. Between Boston and Philadelphia, there’s much ado in sports, politics, and history. Trust us when we say we’re over Benjamin Franklin’s departure. But what is interesting is the storied series between the teams in each city, whether that is the old Celtics-76ers rivalry, Sox-Phillies, Bruins-Flyers, or even Patriots-Eagles. It’s all worth a deeper look. Here are the bullet points on Boston vs. Philly. I promise no cheesesteak or clam chowder references.
If you pay attention to such things, for the last week the most recent post on my site has been about the 2-9 Red Sox. Trust me when I say I’m acutely aware of the shelf life of such posts and understand how stale a site can look if not updated regularly. I do, however, have a day job. And, thankfully, a nightlife.
(It’s actually been 12 days since my last post. Almost two whole weeks.)
So in the last week and a half, the Red Sox started a pretty good streak. They went 8-2 since my last post and are now sporting a 10-11 record. The bellyaching that was so prevalent in their 2-9 start has subsided and what’s mostly heard is a low howl of dissatisfaction for particular players. Through 20 games, the nation is starting to form its opinion about select members of the laundry and I believe rightfully so.
So it’s without any surprise that those receiving the brunt of criticism are those that are still struggling, i.e. Carl Crawford, Marco Scutaro and even Daisuke Matsuzaka.
In the last few games, it was nice to see Crawford get his first jack and Dice-K to dazzle teams with not one, but two one-hit performances. (He was, as he said to the Globe, motivated by losing his spot in the rotation.) This stretch has been representative of the roller coaster of an MLB season. That’s always worth noting. I’m sure, in no time at all, the Sox will go through another stretch of poor pitching and hitting and losing. I just hope the general public (read: Massholes) doesn’t treat the losses like they’re football losses. It’s not that big of a deal.
In between time, we’ve watched the Boston Bruins (yes, that’s hockey) turn an 0-2 series deficit into a 3-2 lead against the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL playoffs, the Celtics have swept the New York Knicks in the NBA playoffs and the Boston Marathon was played out suspensefully as an American woman vied for the win finishing second and a course record was broken in the men’s race. A ton of time and resources at Boston.com and the Globe have been dedicated to covering all of these events.
That’s the 3-minute recap. The devil, as they say, is in the details.
(Oh, and to top it off, the NFL is still prepping for the draft. So there’s the Patriots to consider.)
It’s a nice little trifecta for the diehards in the Hub.
Here are a few thoughts on this special time in sports for Boston:
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