A little thing like an historic collapse can't stop the nightly 'Sweet Caroline' sing-a-long at Fenway Park -- three times during this homestand, the singing happily went on immediately after the Red Sox had blown a lead in the top of the eighth inning -- and it drives both Sports Tonight's Michael Felger and the Boston Globe's Bob Ryan crazy.
However, Ryan disagrees with Felger's assertion that "it's filtered into the team itself . . . the Red Sox are a very soft team . . . and I think somewhere down the line, they're just related a little bit."
"I don't think they're related, though I agree with you about the atmosphere," said Ryan, later adding: "I don't think it carries over to the team's play and what's going on now on the field."
"I do," shot back Felger.
"Well, I know you do," responded Ryan, "and I respectfully disagree."
But as for 'Sweet Caroline'?
"It's an embarrassment," said Ryan. "It's a national embarrassment to us every time that thing goes off."
BOSTON - Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.
The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.
Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and the Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth.
Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.
A Taiwanese announcer's call outshined Hanley Ramirez's homer.
In a video that made rounds on the internet Sunday, the Taiwanese broadcaster delivered a laughable response to Ramirez's homer.
"This ball is long gone! Just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return! Home run!" the man yelled.
The hit took place a few years ago when he was in the Taiwanese league. He is now playing in Japan. But frankly, he many never have another home run as epic as that one. And he certainly won't get a call as epic as that one.
Watch the video in the tweet below.