As May winds down, DigBoston looks back on another month of Boston sports.
Photo by Nick Minieri
FAIRLY CONFUSED BY THAT DIRTY WATER
These 2012 Red Sox can drive a Bostonian crazy (or crazier). They hit really well … sometimes. Josh Beckett pitches his brains out … sometimes. The bullpen locks down leads … sometimes. On any given day, the Red Sox can win 5-1 or lose 8-3.
Injuries have certainly played their part in this inconsistency: all three outfielders –super-leader-offer Jacoby Ellsbury, fan-favorite Cody Ross and surprisingly clutch Ryan Sweeney–are hurt, and Kevin Youkilis just recently returned from yet another stint on the DL. Youk has always treated every at-bat like his last, but now he gets hurt so often every at-bat could actually be his last.
Will Middlebrooks gives the fans someone to cheer for, and David Ortiz is still batting over .300 with plenty of power. Looking ahead, the Red Sox wrap up their four-game home series with the Tigers Thursday, then head to Toronto for a weekend matchup with the Blue Jays.
PROBABLY BEATEN BY THE HEAT(EN)
The Celtics play their first home game of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night at TD Garden. What a perfect opportunity for Celtics fans to show their appreciation of a team that’s fought tooth and nail to prolong a season they never had a chance of winning.
This is it for the Big Three. They won’t get past the too-strong, too-young, too-fast Heat. And when the Heat move on to the NBA Finals, the Big Three’s era will come to an end. Paul Pierce may retire, Kevin Garnett may want too much money (he’ll be one of the best big men hitting free agency), and Ray Allen may need to surgically correct those bone spurs before anyone gives him another contract.
But if this is it for these Celtics, then let’s all thank them for returning the once-greatest franchise in the NBA to elite status. And let’s acknowledge The Truth as one of the greatest Celtics in franchise history. Paul, you may have exaggerated a few fouls over the years to steal free throws, but you did it better than anyone not named Manu Ginobili. You will be missed.
THE BOSTON MILITIA: LIKE THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, BUT FEMALE
For those who don’t know, the Boston Militia is our women’s tackle football team. They’ve won back-to-back national championships (in two different leagues, no less), and this year they’ve been kicking an exceptional amount of ass. So far, they’ve gone 5-0, averaged 52 points a game and not allowed more than seven in any single game.
The Militia plays football better than any women’s football team in the country. They take on the Maine Lynx Saturday at 6 p.m. at Somerville’s Dilboy Stadium. If you’re jonesing for football over the summer, a Militia game is a perfect fix.
ROLLER DERBY! IN WORCESTER!
The Worcester Warriors will play their home opener against the Vermont Twin City Riot Saturday at Auburn’s Horgan Skating Arena at 6 p.m. Wait a minute: Vermont has two cities? Where?
The Worcester Warriors are the newest addition to the ever-growing sport of women’s roller derby. All the body-checking of hockey combined with the ever-circulating motion of NASCAR. Also, the best nicknames in all of organized athletics.