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Red Sox Game 147 recap: Excessive celebration

Highest WPA: Mike … Napoli!?! .344 (1-3, 2 BB, 2B, 2 RBI, R)
Lowest WPA: Brandon “this isn’t going to” Workman, -.281 (2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K, HR)

It’s a pretty established fact that I would be happiest if baseball players were literally robots who did their jobs and left reacting emotionally to spectators. So seeing Mike Carp fist-pumping and exuberantly high-fiving wasn’t quite my favorite thing. What preceded it seconds earlier, however…

Well, let’s back up. And say, “thanks for reading, John Farrell!” Because apparently, the Red Sox manager is finally heeding the advice we’ve been screaming for months; with a 3-3 tie going to the bottom of the ninth, he chose to use Koji Uehara instead of an inferior pitcher, and Koji tacked on another perfect frame. Immediately supporting the “get to the next inning, let the bottom of that inning figure itself out” approach, the Sox loaded the bases with one out, and had only to stay away from grounding into a double play on Roberto “don’t call me Fausto” Hernandez’s sinker.

Far exceeding that requirement, Mike Carp lined a first-pitch slider over the center field wall for a grand slam, giving the Sox a lead that Junichi Tazawa would not relinquish. I could have done without the replays and dugout cameras showing way too much celebration for a mid-September lead, but joyful hubris is infinitely more tolerable when preceded by awesome baseball that brought the Red Sox magic number into single digits.

Oh, and we’d better be resting Shane Victorino tomorrow. Even if today’s ailment was just a cramp, there’s little to be gained from playing nine (or ten!) more innings on turf, much less with a favorable pitching matchup. Let’s figure we can play .500 the rest of the way, or the Rays can come up short of a perfect finish, and not lose an injury-prone guy for weeks just to clinch a few days faster.

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