Whatever you do, don't watch the game


Whatever you do, don't watch the game

By Adam Hart

Twitter is a dangfangled thingamabob in the eyes of some, easier to bash than understand. But I'll go on record as saying it's the best invention of my young career.

How'd I find out about the Osama bin Laden death press conference in the late hours of May 1? Twitter.

How'd I find out about Brandon Meriweather's misunderstood in-game salute? Twitter.

How'd 367 people find out what I had for lunch Tuesday? Twitter.

The service has its drawbacks, but on the whole has changed a lot of daily life for the better. Like how I pass time waiting for an oil change. Or what I read instead of the morning paper. But what I hoped it would never change -- how fans watch baseball games -- has.

Corporations stoop to low levels for social media interaction, and the Boston Red Sox are no different. Take Tuesday's game for example:

The tweetyourseat promotion typically asks followers to reply with their seat location for a chance of being delivered a prize pack. But asking participants to leave their seats in the middle of the game for swag? No doubt it caused a headache for fans -- already sick of constant concessions trips -- sharing a row with those racing to Yawkey Way. It's a further step toward turning Fenway Park into the greenest big top in town.

Baseball game? What baseball game?

In truth, the @RedSox intentions were likely harmless. Really, is it any different than announcing Wally's location for antsy kids? No. But it's the only time I've thought of Twitter as a dangfangled thingamabob.

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Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays


Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays

Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox’ 10-9 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays…

1) Toronto’s offense can never be taken lightly.

Coming into the series, the Blue Jays had scored 197 runs, putting them in the middle of the pack among all Major League teams and averaging four runs per game. In the two games against Boston, they’ve scored 17 runs.

So an offense that had appeared to be dormant has been woken up thanks to some subpar Red Sox pitching.

It seems like these two teams are very similar and could be in opposite positions just as easily. The Blue Jays are only three behind in the win column (five in the loss), so Boston needs to win David Price’s Sunday start to widen the gap and cut their three-game skid.

2) Craig Kimbrel is only effective for so long.

Boston’s closer wasn’t giving excuses following Saturday’s game -- and this isn’t one either.

Saturday’s 39-pitch performance wasn’t just his season-high, but his career high in pitches.

This not only resulted in a drop in Kimbrel’s velocity, but it exposed flaws in the Red Sox’ pen. Kimbrel is truly a one-inning guy, so if Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara can’t get him the ball, he’s useless.

And it seems like Uehara won’t be used on back-to-back days frequently in the near future, so Boston won’t be able to use Tazawa in a seventh inning role with much consistency.

Somewhere along the way Dave Dombrowski will need to find another reliever for the back-end of the bullpen.

3) Offense can only take a team so far.

Both teams had big offensive days, in large part because pitchers from both sides made a lot of mistakes -- but they still took advantage of them.

Had the Red Sox been the home team in this contest, there’s no reason to believe they wouldn’t have won -- just based on the progression of the game and ignoring any statistical splits.

If the Red Sox are serious about making the postseason, they need pitching to pick up the slack once in a while. Because when they hit the road late in the year, games like will slip away when quality pitching is lacking.