Released by the Sox years ago, brought back last year, released again, not even on the playoff roster in 2003. Suppan could not play in Boston, could not deal with the intensity of the media, fans, history, expectations, yada, yada, yada. Why did anyone expect him to be better last night than he was, against a team that knew him as well as he (supposedly) knew them?
The baserunning gaffe was a bonus.
The situation is this:
The Cardinals have not (and tonight against Lowe will not) hit Boston pitching.
The Red Sox have (and will again tonight, against Marquis or Williams or whoever) hit St. Louis pitching.
Unless good defensive plays count as runs, St. Louis will be in tough shape again tonight. Lowe has much to prove, was back in his old form last time out, and I expect will be in the same form tonight.
Of course, I could be wrong. I'll just keep in mind how Steinbrenner must have felt after game 3 and check my optimism at the gate.
Play hard, Sox, just like you have been -- one game at a time.