Apr 9, 2015 9:44 AM
Opening day for the Red Sox couldn't have gone more their way if they had scripted it themselves.
We saw the offense perform as predicted, the defense was nearly flawless and Clay Buchholz looked great throwing seven scoreless innings with every pitch in his arsenal working to perfection. Could this mean that he's ready to take on the roll of the ace? I'd like to think so but a little voice in my head is saying not so fast.
We've seen signs of brilliance from Clay in the past and then we've seen him self-destruct, standing on the mound looking like a deer in the headlights.
Curt Schilling went as far as to say that he didn't think Buchholz wanted to be an ace. He said that there's a level of commitment mentally and physically you have to have, and you have to have a little bit of a dark side.
Call it dark side or a little bit of crazy but a pitcher has to create fear and confusion in the batter not demonstrate it on the mound. They need to have ice water in their veins and as Micky told Rocky they have to eat lightning and crap thunder. To be blunt, they need one heck of a set of these.
Here's my take. As a Sox fan I'm hoping that Monday's performance is just the beginning of a more confident and consistent Buchholz. That the next time he finds himself in a jam we don't see the blank stare of a mouth breathing hayseed giving a clear sign to batters that it's time to tee off. If Clay can dig deep into that dark side and show he's got a pair I think we may see something pretty amazing.
That's my take, what's yours? You can email it to email@example.com
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