Jason Bay = Best Canadian Export since Molson Triple X. (SawxBlog Illustration)
Jason Bay is beginning to carve out his own legend here in April as he smashed his second 9th inning homerun in the past four days. There's pretty much no reason not to love this guy. He's a consummate professional and a pretty sick ball player to boot. He's like the offensive version of Tim Wakefield. Speaking of Wakefield, don't forget he's the guy who started this 11 game winning streak rolling over in Oakland. This is now his third win during the streak as he marches ever closer to becoming the most winning pitcher in Red Sox history. All the talk of Beckett, Lester, and Dice-K made us forget how reliable Mr. Ol' Reliable is. You gotta love Wake.
But 9th inning heroics usually steal the spotlight from solid starts, and that's certainly the case for last night. We often forget that it was Jason Bay last year in the playoffs who seemed to carry the Red Sox bats when needed the most. He seems to have developed a cold killer attitude, where the tougher the situation, the more he wants to be in it. I like to call it the Ray Allen syndrome, and it's much more appealing to have instead of oh, say, the swine flu.
Last year splitting time between Pittsburgh and Boston Bay still had 31 HR's and 101 RBI, and you just know a full year in Boston is going to see those number rise like flood waters. Sometimes you just can't stop a force of nature, I just hope the Ray Allen syndrome is contagious in the Red Sox dugout.
And the below video is all thanks to Sons of Sam Horn, it's not the most politically correct, but kinda funny none the less. Go Sawx, Go Celtics.