September 01, 2011
Thank goodness for the Boston Red Sox that ownership decided against putting historic Fenway Park into mothballs and building a new stadium.
Otherwise, the area moth that fluttered into the personal space of right-hander Phil Hughes(notes) on Wednesday night never would have lived, and never would have distracted him into a walk that set up a key inning for the Red Sox in their 9-5 victory against the New York Yankees.
That's right: A moth. What in the name of Cleveland lakefront midges is a-goin' on here?!
It wasn't an all-out invasion as with Joba Chamberlain(notes) in the '07 playoffs — just a lone mothman, flying into Hughes' eye with one out in the sixth inning. Obviously, it was drawn to the flame of the continuing mega-saga that is Yanks-Sawx.
"I didn't want to tell you guys that because I can obviously see what's going to ... [laughs] ... come from this but — yeah, yeah — a moth flew in my eye on 3-2. That's why I yanked it and missed my location by eight feet."
Now, why wouldn't he want to tell us that? The truth is always better. Pretty soon, the Red Sox will be growing larvae inside the Green Monster for future attacks.
Following the mothball, Jason Varitek(notes) hit a freaky tie-breaking double inside the third-base line and, after Boone Logan(notes) relieved, Jacoby Ellsbury(notes) hit a two-run homer to give Boston the lead.
Manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees had no recourse for moth relief.
"You can't stop it and can't get a redo," [Girardi said.]
And none of it happens, maybe, without a moth bugging Phil Hughes into throwing ball four. It could have been worse: It could have flown into his mouth, which is a sign for all sorts of bad news.