Seeing Jacoby and Papi back in the lineup was a beautiful sight. (AP Photo)
- Jacoby Ellsbury - I can't say enough about the player he's become. As I stated yesterday, and this is no disrespect to Adrian Gonzalez and the wonderful season he's having, but Jacoby should be getting all Red Sox related MVP votes this year. His resurgence from 2010 is only matched by Josh Beckett, and his affect on the game is whole and complete, there's literally no hole's - save for maybe a lack of plate discipline, but when he's hitting, who cares. His number's after last night read like this: .315 AVG, .893 OPS, 93 R, 23 HR, 81 RBI, 35 SB - He's legitimately entering Ricky Henderson land, a place not often visited by anyone.
- Carl Crawford - It was only one game, but the glimmer has already blinded me. If Crawford finds his confidence and starts playing to his true ability the Sox are nearly unstoppable. We could have El Guapo be our Game 3 Starter and still win. With Carl and Ellsbury bookending the Sox lineup with guys like Papi, Gonzo, Pedroia, and Youk sandwiched in-between there's constant stress being applied to opposing pitchers. Crawford set a career high with 5 RBI last night, and as a Sox fan you just pray the smelling salts finally hit his nose in Texas - and no, that was not a Ron Washington joke.
- Big Papi - First pitch Ortiz sees in 10 days he hits for an RBI single. Instant Impact. Much like Jacoby's return the night before, you could tell Papi's presence sent a charge through the rest of the Team. He appears healthy, rested, and ready to mash - just in time for my fantasy playoffs :)